2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Sep 29||8:30 AM||Field Trip||Pine Mountain|
|Oct 6||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Laguna Tams and Oxnard Plain|
|Oct 7||7:30 PM||General Meeting||WFVZ Building|
|Oct 9||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Oct 13||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Matilija Creek|
|Oct 19||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Arroyo Simi (Madera)|
|Oct 26||3:00 PM||Birds & Beer Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista|
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September 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, September 29th - Field Trip / Pine Mountain
The mountains are calling, so letís journey to Pine Mountain Ridge (over 7,000 ft elevation) in Ventura County. Target species include Brewerís,
Black-chinned and Bellís 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, Stellerís 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
October 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, October 6th - Field Trip / Laguna Tams and Oxnard Plain
We will visit the Laguna Tams, noted for producing a wide variety of migrating warblers, vireos and sparrows, before trying the sod fields for pipits and plovers. We will then work our way down Arnold Road, where we can find warblers, sparrows and perhaps something unexpected. Meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride to carpool at 7:30 am. Trip leader is Matthew Page.
Contact: Matthew Page / 805-990-6534
Monday, October 7th - General Meeting / WFVZ Building
The barren and colorful Amargosa Desert southeast of Death Valley is a geologist's playground. It is important ecologically due to perennial water flow through Amargosa Canyon. Bill Neill will outline the area's long and dramatic geological history, which connects to that of all of western North America. He will close by describing the transition since the 1970's from a mining economy to eco-tourism. Bill studied geology at UCLA and Stanford University. Then he was employed as a petroleum engineer for twenty years. He has been active for 36 years working at controlling invasive wildland weeds and exotic trees in native areas. He has served as co-president of the LA/SMM CNPS chapter since January. Since 2014 he has been director of the Amargosa Conservancy.
Wednesday, October 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
Sunday, October 13th - 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 hosts 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). 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 am to consolidate into fewer vehicles and carpool to the site. There are no restrooms onsite 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.
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975
Saturday, October 19th - Field Trip / Arroyo Simi (Madera)
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 Green Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Belted Kingfisher and White-face Ibis. Possible birds include Hooded Merganser and Blue-winged Teal. Meet at the entrance to the bike path at Easy Street in Simi Valley, just east of Madera Road. Trip leader is Don Klabunde.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023
Saturday, October 26th - Birds & Beer Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista
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 Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, where we will look for Greater Roadrunner, Western Meodowlark, California Thrasher and Western Bluebird. Other target species include Loggerhead Shrike, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk and a variety of sparrows and woodpeckers. Perhaps we'll spy an owl or hear a Common Poorwill as sunset approaches. If you're hungry and/or thirsty afterward, join us at 6:00 pm at Brendon's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 495 N Ventu Park Rd, Newbury Park, 805-498-5050 (to ensure enough table space, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org). The walk is free, but your meal and drinks are on you. Directions for meeting at the Wendy Trailhead: Highway 101 to Wendy Drive exit in Thousand Oaks, then south on Wendy Drive to the dirt pullout at the intersection with Potrero Road. Trip leaders: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632