2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Jan 8||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Jan 10||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Pt. Mugu Naval Base - Registration Closed|
|Jan 19||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Rancho Simi Community Park|
|Jan 25||8:30 AM||Field Trip||Bolsa Chica Wetlands (Donation Required)|
|Feb 1||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Lake Casitas|
|Feb 3||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Feb 9||8:30 AM||Field Trip||Ventura Settling Ponds|
|Feb 16||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Malibu Lagoon|
|Feb 21||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Lake Bard (Private Access)|
|Feb 29||3:00 PM||Field Trip||Wildwood / Briar Bluffs / CLU|
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January 2020 Field Trips
Wednesday, January 8th - 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 10th - Field Trip / Pt. Mugu Naval Base - Registration Closed
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, communities, including salt marsh, coastal strand/sand dune, coastal sage scrub, freshwater wetlands and riparian woodland. As a result we may encounter Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Reddish Egret, 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, David Pereksta, and Frank DeMartino.
Sunday, January 19th - 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 almost always seems to be a 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
Saturday, January 25th - Field Trip / Bolsa Chica Wetlands (Donation Required)
The 1,449-acre Bolsa Chica Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary and another Audubon Important Bird Area. A Bolsa Chica Conservancy (BCC) docent will lead us through three restored plant communities, including salt marsh, coastal strand/sand dune, and coastal sage scrub. As a result, we may encounter a great diversity of birds including Brant, Canvasback, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Blue-winged, Cinnamon, and Green-winged Teal, Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted Merganser, Horned and Eared Grebe, Red Knot, Black and Ruddy Turnstone, Belted Kingfisher, Osprey, American White Pelican, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, and many others. Each participant is requested to donate $5.00 to BCC. We will meet at the Interpretive Center, 3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach at 8:30 a.m. To carpool from Conejo Valley: Meet at the Thousand Oaks Transit Center (aka Rancho Park and Ride), 265 South Rancho Road, Thousand Oaks; we will leave by 7:00 a.m. For questions, or if you would like to carpool but live east of Thousand Oaks,contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Angela Bonfiglio Allen / 805-509-2777
February 2020 Field Trips
Saturday, February 1st - Field Trip / Lake Casitas
Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:00 am, or outside the entrance to Lake Casitas at 7:45 am., where we will condense into the fewest 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. 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. Directionsto 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
Monday, February 3rd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Linnea Hall, Director of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, will discuss the WFVZ’s decade of research on the birds of Ventura County’s Santa Clara River. She will highlight monitoring and experiments with Least Bell’s Vireos and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. She will discuss the future prospects for these and other bird species using the river. She will also discuss the intensive habitat restoration efforts by agency, non-profit and university partners in the watershed, with an eye toward how members of the public mightget more involved with actions on the river.Dr Hall has led the WFVZ and its research efforts forthe past 17 years, and has been studying birds for 30 years. She grew up in Ventura County and has watched it change a lot over the past 5 decades. She is passionate about sustaining the ecological integrityof the county. She has a B.S. in Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, an M.S. in Wildland ResourceSciences from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from University of Arizona at Tucson. Since1989 Linnea has conducted more than 150 studies ofbirds in the western US and Guatemala and publishedon the findings, as well as edited scientific articles and books for many outlets. She has taught professionally at multiple institutions since 1995, including as a faculty member at California State University Sacramento, an adjunct at UC Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Center, and the Executive Director of the WFVZ. Her favorite subject areas are avian ecology, identification, and monitoring, and therelevance of the study of natural history to solving modern day environmental dilemmas. Her primary focus is always on connecting people to nature by introducing them to the beauty and importance of the creatures that are all around us.
Sunday, February 9th - Field Trip / Ventura Settling Ponds
Join trip leaders Dana Duncan and Cody Swanson as they lead us around the settling ponds in Ventura to scour for ducks, herons, grebes, raptors and sparrows. Recently, they have spotted Black-and-white Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Red-throated Loon here. This is an easy walk. Directions: Meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride to carpool at 8:00 am. Alternatively, meet at Angler Court near the intersection with Spinnaker Drive at 8:30. Overflow parking is available in the Ventura Harbor parking lot across the street from the ponds. For more information, call Dana Duncan.
Contact: Dana Duncan / 661-618-2606
Sunday, February 16th - Field Trip / Malibu Lagoon
Restoration of the previously impaired Malibu Lagoon was completed on March 31, 2013. Come seehow this coastal estuary, featuring channels, open river and coastline has recovered nearly seven years later. The 2019 annual monitoring report noted that “post-restoration numbers of birds, species richness, and diversity...remain higher on average for the restored western channels as compared to pre-restoration data.” We can expect to see waterfowl, grebes, loons, gulls, terns and shorebirds. We will also see raptors, sparrows, wrens, warblers, gnatcatchers and flycatchers. Expect as many as 60-70 species, with good weather and good luck. Carpool from Las Posas Park-and-Ride in Camarillo at 7:15 am or meet at the lagoon at 8 am. You can tryto find parking on Pacific Coast Highway or park in the State Beach parking lot at the southeast corner of Cross Creek Rd. and PCH ($12). Trip leader: Bruce Henderson.
Contact: Bruce Henderson / 805-312-2650
Friday, February 21st - Field Trip / Lake Bard (Private Access)
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. Jennifer Lancaster 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 must sign a waiver and 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. For those with limited mobility, CMWD will graciously provide one or two golf carts (up to 3 passengers each) for movement around the reservoir. Email email@example.com to sign up for the trip. Trip leader: Bill Langford.
Contact: Bill Langford / 360-742-6059
Saturday, February 29th - Field Trip / Wildwood / Briar Bluffs / CLU
Sleep in and bird on the same day! Join us for late afternoon birding in the hills of northwestern Thousand Oaks, much of which has been preserved as open space. Expected species include California Quail, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, California Thrasher, Cactus Wren and a variety of sparrows and finches. Perhaps we’ll hear an owl as sunset approaches. If you’re hungry and/or thirsty afterward, join us at 6:15 p.m. at Draughts Restaurantand Bar, 398 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, 805-777-7883. 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, (805) 405-5632. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain directions to the birding location and to ensure sufficient table space at Draughts.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632