2018 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Oct 27||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Lake Casitas|
|Nov 3||3:00 PM||Birds and a Beer Field Trip||Conejo Creek Park North + Draughts|
|Nov 5||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Nov 10||8:00 AM||Birdfest - Cancelled!||King Gillette Ranch|
|Nov 11||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Matilija Creek|
|Nov 14||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk - CANCELLED||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Nov 17||8:00 AM||Field Trip - CANCELLED||Malibu Creek State Park|
October 2018 Field Trips
Saturday, October 27th - Field Trip / Lake Casitas
Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:00 am or outside the entrance to Lake Casitas at 7:45am., where we will condense into the least possible number of vehicles (note: entry fee is $10, please bring funds to help split the cost) and caravan to various locations. We will look for heron and egret rookeries as well as Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Red-Tailed and Red-Shouldered Hawk nests. Other target
species include Red-Breasted Sapsucker, Lark Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike, White-tailed Kite, grebes and other water and woodland birds. If we’re lucky, we might spot a Zone-Tailed Hawk. Directions to Lake Casitas: Take the 101 freeway toward Ventura, turn right on Highway 33, turn left on Highway 150 (Baldwin Rd) and then left on Santa Ana Rd.
Entrance to Lake Casitas is within the first 100 yds. on the right. Trip leader: Dave Schaar
Contact: Dave Schaar / 626-710-0740
November 2018 Field Trips
Saturday, November 3rd - Birds and a Beer Field Trip / Conejo Creek Park North + Draughts
Have you ever found it difficult to decide between birding and sleeping in on your precious weekend mornings? Now you can do both! Join us for late afternoon birding at Conejo Creek North
Park, 1379 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. We will meet by the pond near the southwest end of the park, where we will scan the water for shorebirds, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, gulls and
kingfishers. From there we will stroll along Conejo Creek, searching the trees for a variety of gems, including White-and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Acorn and Nuttall’s woodpecker, Yellow-rumped and Townsend’s Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and Western Wood-peewee. We’ll also check the open areas for Lark, White-crowned and Chipping
Sparrow as well as Say’s Phoebe, Western
Bluebird and American Pipit. Perhaps we’ll spy an owl as sunset approaches. If you’re hungry and/or thirsty afterward, join us at 6:00 p.m. at
Draughts Restaurant and Bar, 398 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, 805-777-7883 (to ensure enough table space, please RSVP at http://bit.do/birdsandabeer). The walk is free, but each person will need to pay for their own meal/drinks. Trip leaders are Bonnie Clarfield-
Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632
Monday, November 5th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Join seasoned educator, birder, author and LA native Benny Jacobs-Schwartz for a unique presentation on his summer as a guide in Alaska. This presentation features fabulous bird photos, vibrant videos and captivating stories from
the Kenai Peninsula. We will also explore where many of our local residents spend their breeding season.
Saturday, November 10th - Birdfest - Cancelled! / King Gillette Ranch
Due to the ongoing fires in the area, Birdfest has been cancelled.
Sunday, November 11th - Field Trip / Matilija Creek
Matilija Creek is a major tributary to the Ventura River, located off Highway 33 a short distance from Ojai. We will explore the riparian habitat and lake upstream of Matilija Dam, which host a diverse array of birds, aquatic life, and native plants. The cattail marsh just behind the lake provides habitat for least bitterns, sora, and Virginia rail (which breed here), and the alder/cottonwood/willow gallery forest along the creek is an excellent place to look for migrants. The creek is still flowing. To date, 145 species have been recorded there. Newest additions to the list this fall include black and white, chestnut-sided, blackpoll, and parula warblers. The chaparral-dominated slopes and mountains above the creek (yes, mountain quail can be heard) will provide a scenic backdrop to our birding adventure. This is very important…we will traverse uneven ground, walking on cobbles, stepping over fallen limbs, and perhaps crossing wet areas. Not for the faint of heart. Please wear appropriate footgear. There is little parking, so we will meet at Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, in Ojai at 8:00 a.m. to consolidate into fewer vehicles and carpool to the site. There are no restrooms on site so we suggest you use the Shell station in Oak View. If you would like to carpool from the lowlands, meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride by 7:00 am. Trip leader is Jesse Grantham, (805) 746-0975. A checklist can be downloaded from eBird. Go to Hotspots, enter Matilija Riparian and Lake, and follow links.
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975
Wednesday, November 14th - Beginner Bird Walk - CANCELLED / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks are held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00 am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Road at Via Goleta in Newbury Park. Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley area. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and will teach the best techniques for locating and identifying them. If you have binoculars please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. In the event of heavy rain, we will cancel the walk. The walk leader will be Richard Armerding.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878
Saturday, November 17th - Field Trip - CANCELLED / Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains features 15 miles of streamside trails through oak and sycamore woodlands. It has also been extensively used as a movie set for many features and TV shows. While here we will look for hawks, sparrows, woodpeckers, bluebirds, finches, and other winter species. Perhaps we will encounter a Phainopepla, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-breasted sapsucker, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. There is a $12 parking fee, so carpooling is recommended. Bring funds for the entrance fee and for gas. Meet at the Rancho Park & Ride at 7:30 am for carpooling. Leader: Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987