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2017 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Oct 18:00 AMField TripCanada Larga Road
Oct 27:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Oct 88:00 AMField TripRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Oct 148:00 AMField TripArroyo Simi
Oct 218:15 AMField TripLake Casitas
Oct 288:00 AMField TripCarpinteria Salt Marsh


October 2017 Field Trips
Sunday, October 1st - Field Trip / Canada Larga Road
Cañada Larga Road is one of the more reliable spots in Ventura County to find good numbers of migrating and wintering birds in the fall. Though the road is only a few miles long, we can expect to find roadrunners, bluebirds, hawks, kestrels and perhaps even a Golden Eagle. There could be White-crowned, Golden-crowned and even Vesper Sparrows. Time allowing and at the leader’s discretion, we may also bird nearby Foster Park. Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:30 am or under the Highway 33 overpass at 8:00 am. Directions: From Highway 101 take Highway 33 north to the Cañada Larga Road exit. Turn left and park on the shoulder. We will carpool to the site so as to minimize the number of cars. Trip leader is Ron Barns.
Contact: Ron Barns / 818-991-9967

Monday, October 2nd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Brent Paull, professional photographer, has spent over 800 days shooting pictures in Yellowstone, with hundreds of other days spent in Glacier National Park, the Tetons and Zion. He’s become best known for his bobcat and bird photography and won the 2013 California Wildlife Photo of the Year. He says “ I think my love of wildlife and photography comes through in my images.” Come enjoy Brent’s presentation and learn about the behavior and habits of the birds and animals of the American West.
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Sunday, October 8th - Field Trip / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
We expect to see woodpeckers, hummingbirds and swallows and at this great park. In the grassland we should be able to find gnatcatchers and California Thrashers. Raptors observed here include White-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk and American Kestrel. Directions: From Highway 101 exit Wendy Drive and head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Lynn Road soon becomes Potrero Road. Turn left on Via Goleta (look for the rustic arch signaling the National Recreation Area/ Sierra Vista entrance) and head to the parking lot at the end of the road. Meet at 8 am. Trip leader is Richard Armerding.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

Saturday, October 14th - Field Trip / Arroyo Simi
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 better learn identification skills. Expected species include Green Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Belted Kingfisher and White-faced Ibis. Possible birds include Hooded Merganser and Blue-winged Teal. Meet at 8 am at the entrance to the bike path at Easy Street in Simi Valley, just east of Madera Road. If time allows we will bird other locations in Simi, such as Rancho Simi Community Park. Trip leader is Don Klabunde.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023

Saturday, October 21st - Field Trip / Lake Casitas
Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:30 am, or outside the entrance to Lake Casitas at 8:15 am. We’ll carpool or walk into the recreation area together. CVAS and VAS are teaming up to explore the eastern arm of the lake, see the Bald Eagle nests and look for wintering species. We’ll also look around outside the lake at Santa Ana Road. Target species include Bald Eagle, Zone-tailed Hawk (unlikely), Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lewis’s Woodpecker, White-tailed Kite and other water and woodland birds. Directions to 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 leaders: Dee Lyon (805) 427-0987 and Kay Regester (805) 258-1025 for Ventura Audubon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987

Saturday, October 28th - Field Trip / Carpinteria Salt Marsh
This is a unique opportunity to have a guided tour of the private part of the salt marsh that is used by UCSB and other research affiliates to study the ecology of one of the last coastal salt marshes in southern California. This trip is limited to 25 people and advance registration is required. Please call Linda Easter at 818-519-2833 or email her at lindita517@yahoo.com to add your name to the list. We will meet at the Estero Road gate to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Resereve (Note: this is NOT a public entrance.) Everyone must arrive on time as the gate will be locked once we enter. Directions: Take Highway 101 north to Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria. Turn left over the freeway and proceed to Carpinteria Avenue. Turn right on Carpinteria Avenue and proceed to Estero Street, a small road on the left. Park along Carpinteria Ave or in one of the few spaces on Estero Street and walk to the Estero Street gate. Do not park in the lots of nearby commercial buildings. No potable water is available on site. Meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:00 am or at the salt marsh at 8:00 am. Our guide will be Rob Denholtz of UCSB, assisted by Linda Easter for CVAS and VAS.
Contact: Linda Easter / 818-519-2833

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