2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Sep 8||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Santa Clara River Estuary (TNC Property)|
|Sep 9||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Sep 15||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Arnold Road / Ormond Beach|
|Sep 22||9:00 AM||Field Trip||Ventura Settling Ponds|
|Sep 29||8:30 AM||Field Trip||Pine Mountain|
Please click here for the waiver for the Lake Bard Trip
September 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, September 8th - Field Trip / Santa Clara River Estuary (TNC Property)
The Nature Conservancy has been restoring its 1,000-acre Hanson Property along the Santa Clara River since 2015. Formerly mined for sand and gravel, this private reserve near Santa Paula now
boasts lush riparian habitat with coastal sage scrub and chaparral uplands. The site supports a diversity
of birds, including various species of herons, egrets, ducks, sandpipers, woodpeckers, raptors, vireos, flycatchers and swallows. We may even spot a Yellow-breasted Chat, Loggerhead Shrike or Lawrence’s Goldfinch. While predominantly flat, the terrain is uneven – please wear sturdy footgear.
There are no water or restroom facilities. If you wish to carpool, meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride – we will leave promptly at 7:30 a.m. Otherwise, meet in front of the gate at 8:00 am at 1368 Mission Rock Road (yellow farm gate at the end of the road). Space is limited to fifteen. Please RSVP to
fieldtrips@ConejoValleyAudubon.org, and you will be provided a link to complete the online waiver in advance. For logistics the morning of the trip,
contact Angela at (805) 509-2777. Trip leader: Amy Davis, TNC naturalist.
Contact: Angela Bonfiglio Allen / 805-509-2777
Monday, September 9th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Our general meeting, normally held on the first Monday of the month, will be held this month on the second Monday, September 9th, because of the Labor Day holiday.
The program for this first meeting of our 2019-2020 season will, as in previous years, be a “Show and Tell” program. This is the evening where we can gather again after our long summer
breaks and meet friends and discuss our various outings. All members are encouraged to bring photos, movies, slides or anything else they would like
to share to the meeting. Chrystal Klabunde, our programs chair, will coordinate the presentations and will set up the computer and projector to
show the pictures. If you would like to participate, please call or email Chrystal (805-522-8023) firstname.lastname@example.org by
Friday, September 6th, to sign up for a time slot and learn about presentation media formats.
Sunday, September 15th - Field Trip / Arnold Road / Ormond Beach
We will look for a variety of shorebirds at this excellent coastal location. There is a good chance of encountering Willets, Whimbrels, Black-necked
Stilts, Black-bellied Plovers and other interesting birds. If we’re lucky, we may spy endangered Western Snowy Plovers on the beach and Red-necked Phalaropes migrating through. We will also look for
Peregrine Falcons, Ospreys, Loggerhead Shrikes, Savannah Sparrows and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Dress in layers as the morning may be chilly. Please bring a scope if you have one. This is an easy walk, though it may include traversing the beach.
Directions: Exit Hwy 101 at Rice Avenue and go south. Continue to Hueneme Rd. and turn right. Take a left on Arnold Rd. and continue to the end of the road. Please note: Avoid leaving valuables in
your car. There are portable restrooms at the beach entrance. To carpool meet at the Las Posas Road Park and Ride lot at 7:30 am. Trip leader: Linda Easter.
Contact: Linda Easter / 818-519-2833
Sunday, September 22nd - Field Trip / Ventura Settling Ponds
Join trip leader Frank DeMartino as he leads us around the settling ponds in Ventura to scour for ducks, herons, grebes, raptors and sparrows. Frank
enjoys birding the ponds and has much local knowledge of the species we can expect. This is an easy walk. Directions: Meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride to carpool at 8:30 am. Alternatively, meet at the harbor at 9 am, in the parking lot across the street
from the ponds, where Spinnaker meets Angler Court. For more information, call Frank DeMartino.
Contact: Frank DeMartino / 856-906-8733
Sunday, September 29th - Field Trip / Pine Mountain
The mountains are calling, so let’s journey to Pine Mountain Ridge (over 7,000 ft elevation) in Ventura County. Target species include Brewer’s,
Black-chinned and Bell’s Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhee, White-headed Woodpecker, Pacific-slope and Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-pewee,
Red-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatch, Mountain Quail, Mountain Bluebird, Steller’s Jay and Mountain Chickadee. There are limited facilities (vault toilets available at the campground) and no water on this trip. Please plan accordingly. Also, we may experience a wide range of temperatures on our
approximately 2 mile hike, so be ready for both warm and crisp weather and rough terrain. Given the distance, we will be gone into the afternoon, so
please also bring lunch/snacks. To carpool from Conejo Valley (carpooling suggested due to narrow, winding and occasionally rough roads): Meet at
7:00 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Transit Center (aka Rancho Park and Ride), 265 South Rancho Road, Thousand Oaks. If you wish, you may meet the group at Pine Mountain Inn at 8:30 a.m. (just past
Upper Hartman Ranch Road), located on the right side of the Hwy 33 (it is an abandoned inn/restaurant with a fence around it, but a great stop for sparrows, finches and perhaps Red-breasted Sapsucker). Trip leader is Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987