2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Jan 6||3:00 pm||Field Trip||Rancho Potrero Open Space|
|Jan 7||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Jan 9||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Jan 11||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Pt. Mugu Naval Base|
|Jan 20||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Rancho Simi Community Park|
|Jan 25||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Lake Bard (restricted access - preregistration required)|
|Feb 2||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Santa Clara River Estuary|
|Feb 3||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Feb 9||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Sepulveda Basin|
|Feb 17||9:30 AM||Field Trip||California Lutheran University|
|Feb 23||3:00 PM||Birds and a Beer!||Arroyo Simi + All About the Burgers|
Please click here for the waiver for the Lake Bard Trip
January 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, January 6th - Field Trip / Rancho Potrero Open Space
Sleep in on the weekend and join us for
birding! In 1993 the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Parks District and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority collaborated on acquisition of this 326-acre open
space land just south of Potrero Road. Currently it is owned and managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. The property abuts the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park Service land on the east and boasts grassland,
coastal sage scrub and riparian habitats. Raptors might easily be detected, including White-tailed
Kite, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk,
American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon,
Sharp-shinned Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk. We will also work on our sparrow identification skills, as several species have been observed here,
including White-crowned, Savannah, Song,
Vesper, Lark, Golden-crowned, Rufous-crowned, Lincoln’s, Grasshopper, Fox and Chipping Sparrows. Meet at the Rancho Potrero Trailhead on Lynn Road, immediately west of the Rocking K Horse Rental facility (about 0.1 mile east of the intersection of Rancho Dos Vientos and Lynn Road.) Trip leader is Bruce Henderson.
Contact: Bruce Henderson / 805-312-2650
Monday, January 7th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Join our Programs Chair, Chrystal Klabunde, for a look at birding in the United Kingdom. The Klabundes visited England and Scotland in the spring of 2017 and felt like kids in a candy store
with all the beautiful British birds. We all had a brief preview of this program at last year's Show and Tell, and now “by popular demand” we can really do this ….with narration.
Wednesday, January 9th - 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
Friday, January 11th - Field Trip / Pt. Mugu Naval Base
This location is recognized as an Important Bird Area, supporting up to 10,000 shorebirds in winter! This trip required pre-registration and is full. Those who clear the Base’s background
check must bring a picture ID card with name matching that on your registration form. No cameras or video equipment are permitted on base. Vehicles, articles and personnel are subject to a search. Please bring a scope if you have one.
Previously spotted species include Ruff,
Vermilion Flycatcher, Wilson’s Snipe, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Ferruginous Hawk, Eurasian Wigeon and Burrowing Owl.
Directions: From Hwy 101 travel south on Las Posas Rd., west on Hueneme Rd., south on Wood Rd., crossing over PCH. Then head south on Naval Air Rd. Meet at the main entrance at the intersection of Naval Air Rd. and Mugu Rd., near Buildings 112 & 116, at 7:45 am. Trip
leaders: Martin Ruane of Naval base Ventura County and Frank DeMartino.
Contact: Frank DeMartino / 856-906-8733
Sunday, January 20th - Field Trip / Rancho Simi Community Park
Rancho Simi Community Park in Simi
Valley is perhaps an under-birded location. It offers up a variety of habitats, such as stands of conifers, a pond and an adjacent arroyo. The park has hosted such species as Plumbeous
Vireo, Cackling Goose, Wood Duck and fall migrating warblers. Resident species include Canada Goose, Western Bluebird, Belted Kingfisher and Black-crowned Night-Heron. There always seems to be at least one White-faced Ibis in Arroyo Simi. We may also find Chipping Sparrow and winter visitors hanging
around. Meet in the parking lot nearest the swimming pool. Directions: Take 118
freeway to Erringer Rd. Exit and head south. Turn right at Royal Ave. Enter the park along Royal just before you get to the brick building near the pool. Trip leader: Don Klabunde.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023
Friday, January 25th - Field Trip / Lake Bard (restricted access - preregistration required)
To pre-register for this trip please
email Angela at the email address
Lake Bard is a 10,000-acre-foot open reservoir owned and operated by the Calleguas Municipal Water District, and supplied with treated water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The lake supplies water to about three quarters of Ventura County’s residents. To preserve water quality, Lake Bard's watershed is completely fenced off to restrict human contact. Kara Wade of CMWD will escort our group on a moderate three-mile walk. Birds we may encounter include five species of
Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, American Wigeons, Gadwalls, Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canada Geese, Mallards and possibly Canvasbacks. The coastal sage scrub habitat around the lake’s perimeter might provide glimpses of Bewick’s Wren, California Thrasher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Golden and
Rufous-crowned Sparrows. All participants much complete a waiver, which is then brought the day of the trip. Everyone must as well show their driver’s license or other government-issued photo i.d. when we meet in the
Boardroom at the CMWD office, 2100 Olsen
Road, Thousand Oaks, at 7:45. Trip leader: Bill Langford.
Contact: Bill Langford / 360-742-6059
February 2019 Field Trips
Saturday, February 2nd - Field Trip / Santa Clara River Estuary
The Santa Clara River Estuary produces some of the most diverse observations of ducks, sandpipers, terns, gulls, plovers, and other shorebirds in the county. We’ll meet at Surfer’s Knoll and walk down to the estuary after peeking over the fence into the Ventura Settling Ponds. The estuary should be a great place to see Northern Shovelers, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, American White and Brown Pelicans, Eared and Western Grebes,
Heerman’s, California, and Ring-billed Gulls, Whimbrels, Long-billed Curlews, Avocets and Western & Least Sandpipers. We may even spot a Peregrine Falcon, Merlin or Osprey. If you wish to carpool, meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:30am. Directions: from the 101 freeway, exit Seaward and proceed south to Harbor. Turn left and continue to Spinnaker, turning right to enter the harbor area. Drive past the Surfer’s Knoll parking area on the left and make a U-turn to double back and enter the
parking lot. Trip leader: Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-499-2165
Sunday, February 3rd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
How does the Los Angeles urban forest affect our resident and migrant birds? How do they use it? Do they use native and exotic trees differently? Do the trees lining our public street actually benefit our birds? These are just a few of the topics Dr. Eric Wood will address. What patterns of tree cover and diversity occur in our urban forest, especially in our public street trees? What are the patterns of public street trees preferred by birds, especially when it comes to the question of native versus exotic trees? How do our own socioeconomic differences shape our urban forest and its bird communities?
All this and more. Dr. Eric Wood is an Assistant Professor of Ecology in the Biological Science Department at
California State University Los Angeles. His lab research centers on terrestrial ecosystems and avian communities. The lab uses field and citizen science data, spatial analysis and quantitative approaches to explore questions which
focus on avian ecology, urban ecosystems and conservation.
Saturday, February 9th - Field Trip / Sepulveda Basin
Kris Ohlenkamp has birded this location for over 30 years, noting 240 species and averaging 60-65 on each visit. Previously spotted species include Wood
Duck, Green-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe and Belted Kingfisher.
Directions: Take Hwy 101 to the Balboa Blvd. exit. Travel north on Balboa Blvd., then east on Burbank Blvd., north on Woodley Ave., and east at the access road with signs for “Wildlife Reserve,
Japanese Gardens, Archery.” Bear right at the immediate fork in the road and continue ½ mile to the end, where you will find Wildlife Reserve parking on
the left. Trip leader: Kris Ohlenkamp.
Contact: Kris Ohlenkamp / 818-521-8799
Sunday, February 17th - Field Trip / California Lutheran University
This lovely campus at the edge of the Mount Clef Open Space property offers much to explore. Join us as we seek encounters with up to four wren, ten
sparrow, ten raptor and two gnatcatcher species. Perhaps we will see the endangered California Gnatcatcher! Other possible sightings include meadowlarks, roadrunners, warblers and thrashers. We will start by birding the willows near the athletic fields. To carpool from the western part of Ventura County, meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride at 9:00am. Otherwise take Hwy 101 to the Lynn Rd. exit and travel north 3.8 miles to Mountclef Blvd. (Lynn Rd. becomes Olsen Rd. near the campus). Travel north on Mountclef Blvd then turn west (left) onto Overton Court. Park in the northwest corner of the general admission lot next to the baseball fields Trip leader: Cia DeMartino.
Contact: Cia DeMartino / 805-612-1832
Saturday, February 23rd - Birds and a Beer! / Arroyo Simi + All About the Burgers
Sleep in and bird on the same day! Join us for late afternoon birding at Arroyo Simi just upstream of Madera Road. Arroyo Simi has a great assortment of shorebirds, ducks, herons, and gulls. It is easily accessed via a level bike path that runs from Madera Street to First Street and on through most of Simi
Valley. We will walk slowly along the mostly natural bottomed channel scanning for birds and taking our time to learn better identification skills. Expected species include Canada goose, American
Wigeon, Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird and White-faced Ibis. Possible birds include Ring-necked duck, Horned Grebe and Rock Wren. Meet at the entrance to the bike path at Easy Street in Simi Valley, just east of Madera Road. If you’re hungry and/or thirsty afterward, join us at 6:00 p.m. at All About the Burgers, 1464 Madera Rd, Suite E, Simi Valley, 805-864-9348) Please RSVP by February 23 for table space to Angela at email@example.com Trip
leaders: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632