2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Apr 1||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Apr 6||9:00 AM||Field Trip||Hopper Mountain NWF|
|Apr 10||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Apr 13||9:00 AM||Bird-Friendly Garden Tour||Eastern Ventura County|
|Apr 14||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Matilija Creek|
|Apr 20||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Las Llajas Canyon|
|Apr 27||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Cal State Channel Islands|
|Apr 27||7:00 AM||Field Trip||Big Morongo Canyon Preserve|
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April 2019 Field Trips
Monday, April 1st - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Frank DeMartino, president of the Conejo Valley Audubon Society, will discuss some longstanding myths and contemporary science relating to migratory birds. He will talk about some migration superstars and the extreme lengths that they go to in order to perform their bi-annual journeys. He will also touch on hot topics like fallout, migration obstacles, and current conservation efforts. Come celebrate April Fool’s Day by taking in an educational and mind-blowing presentation with Frank’s unique sense of humor.
Saturday, April 6th - Field Trip / Hopper Mountain NWF
A high mountain valley encircled by deep canyons, steep ridgelines, and rocky pinnacles, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge is the gateway into California condor country…where California condors safely forage, nest, and roost,” states the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site. The 2,471-acre Hopper Mountain NWR abuts the southern boundary of the 53,000-acre Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Scopes are welcome, as there is a confirmed nest at Pole Canyon and Sespe Ridge! Other raptors we might encounter include Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, and Cooper’s Hawk. With luck, we may also spot early migrating warblers, flycatchers, and orioles.
Meet at the Subway parking lot in Fillmore (612 W. Ventura St.), which will get us to Hopper Mountain by 9:00 a.m. At Fillmore we will consolidate into no more than six high-clearance vehicles (walkie talkies may be helpful). Limited walking required, as this is mostly a driving tour. The tour will end at 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Contact Angela at fieldtrips@ConejoValleyAudubon.org to sign up: maximum 24 people. Trip leaders: Vince Gerve (Friends of the California Condor) and Bill Langford.
Contact: Bill Langford / 360-515-8765
Wednesday, April 10th - Beginner Bird Walk / 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, April 13th - Bird-Friendly Garden Tour / Eastern Ventura County
This year CVAS will be partnering with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology as we host our Bird-Friendly Garden Tour. This year’s tour will feature yards which provide habitat for
our native birds and demonstrate the use of drought tolerant native plants, non-native plants, along with a few water features. We invite you to visit the gardens in the order of your choice. If you are planning to attend the tour, please RSVP with your first and last name, the names of guests you will be bringing and your contact e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN April 8th, 2019. This year, the tour will be limited to the first 100 people to RSVP. If you are among the first 100 people to reply, you will receive an e-mail containing the tour addresses shortly before the tour date.
Contact: Shannon Morris /
Sunday, April 14th - 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. Abundant rainfall this season means the creek will be flowing and the area will be wet, so wear appropriate footgear, sturdy rubber boots if you have them. To date, 145 species have been recorded there. Newest additions to the list last 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. There is little parking, so we will meet at Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, in Ojai at 7:45 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
Saturday, April 20th - Field Trip / Las Llajas Canyon
Rusting steam shovels. Fossilized sea shells. Oaks, cottonwoods, and willows. Lizards, hawks, woodpeckers, and bluebirds. In the foothills of Simi Valley lies Las Llajas Canyon, home to all of these attractions and more. We’ll take a leisurely hike up this gentle canyon looking for evidence of 20th century oil exploration. We’ll see geologic formations and wildlife. We’ll also just enjoy the (hopefully) cool spring air. The trailhead to Las Llajas canyon is at approximately 5715 Evening Sky Drive in Simi Valley. Bring water, sunblock and good hiking shoes. Dress in layers. We will hike two to three miles and then return the way we came. Most of the trail is gentle, but the first and last 0.2 miles are steep, so we will have a short but steep climb out. Please plan accordingly. Directions: From Highway 118 in Simi Valley exit Yosemite and head north. Turn right on Evening Sky Drive and proceed to the trailhead. Trip leader: Don Klabunde.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023
Saturday, April 27th - Field Trip / Cal State Channel Islands
Let’s explore this beautiful campus along the transition from the Santa Monica Mountains to the coastal plain. We may cover a good distance so be
sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Habitats include riverine, coastal sage scrub, wetland, ponded and landscaped areas. From
Camarillo travel south on Lewis Road to Potrero Road and turn left. After crossing over Calleguas Creek make a quick left onto the road between the
creek and Round Mountain (go around the small barrier to access the road.) We will begin near the pond and search for Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Yellowthroat, Purple Finch and
Song Sparrow. Then we will scan the mountain for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and California Quail. As we hike on the trail into campus we’ll look for Say’s Phoebe, Cedar Waxwing and Hooded Oriole. We will also listen for the beautiful song of a Canyon Wren. Throughout the morning we’ll stay alert for raptors. Park on the shoulder near the intersection with Round Mountain road.
Trip leader: Sammy Cowell.
Contact: Sammy Cowell / 818-470-7098
Saturday, April 27th - Field Trip / Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Come with us and spend the weekend birding the desert canyons and campgrounds of San Bernardino County looking for northbound migrants and resident birds. Target species include Scott’s Oriole, Gambel’s Quail, Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-throated Sparrow, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, and Lawrence’s Goldfinch. Hopefuls include migrating warblers, hawks, buntings, hummingbirds, and vireos (and perhaps desert bighorn sheep). We will explore a diversity of habitats, including Mojave riparian forest, fresh-water marsh, desert wash, and creosote bush scrub.
Trip leader Ron Barns (805-341-3983) plans to camp at the Joshua Tree National Park Black Rock Campground Friday and Saturday evening. If camping isn’t your cup of tea, nearby motels can be found in Yucca Valley and Desert Hot Springs. Ron will begin birding at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the entrance to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (Interstate 10 east to State Hwy 62, then north on 62 to East Drive, then east on East Drive one block to the Preserve sign on the left, turn into the Preserve and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the lane). Please call Ron for more details and to arrange carpools.
Contact: Ron Barns / 805-341-3983