2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Nov 17||7:00 AM||Field Trip||Lake Sherwood|
|Nov 23||3:00 PM||Birds and a Beer||Cal State Channel Islands Campus|
|Dec 2||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Dec 8||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Hill Canyon / Santa Rosa Park|
|Dec 11||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Dec 14||8:30 AM||Field Trip||Mission Oaks Park|
|Dec 22||Christmas Bird Count||CATO Circle|
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November 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, November 17th - Field Trip / Lake Sherwood
Join us for a birding gem not typically accessible to the public. We will meet just inside the Stafford Gates in hopes of seeing the Red-winged Blackbirds as they leave the reeds. We will also search for Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Eared Grebe, Least Bittern, Osprey, Merlin, Lincoln's Sparrow and Purple Finch. The Stafford Gate ( 2186 Stafford Rd. ) is accessed from Potrero Rd. just west of Sherwood Dr. near the fire station. Meet at the large parking lot on your left after you enter the gate. Spotting scopes are encouraged. Heavy rain cancels. As entry into this community is restricted please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 15, to place your name on the guest list. Trip leader is Mary Hansen.
Contact: Mary Hansen / 805-390-4586
Saturday, November 23rd - Birds and a Beer / Cal State Channel Islands Campus
Have you every 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 this beautiful campus along the transition from the Santa Monica Mountains to the coastal plain. We may cover a good distance, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Habitats include riverine, coastal sage scrub, wetland, ponded and landscaped areas. From Camarillo travel south on Lewis Road to Potrero Road and turn left. After crossing over Calleguas Creek make a quick left onto the road between the creek and Round Mountain (go around the small barrier to access the road). Park on the shoulder near the intersection with Round Mountain Rd. Bring binoculars. We will begin near the pond and search for Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Yellowthroat, Purple Finch and Song Sparrow. Then we will scan the mountain for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and quail. If you are hungry and/or thirsty afterwards, join us at 6:00 pm at Brendon's Irish Pub, 1755 E Daily Dr. Camarillo (805)383-4100. To ensure there is enough table space please RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, November 22nd. The walk is free but each person will need to pay for their own food. The walk will be from 3pm - 5:30pm. Trip leaders are Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632
December 2019 Field Trips
Monday, December 2nd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Mongolia is legendary for reasons which include its nomadic culture and Genghis Khan, the 13th century Mongol Empire leader. It is also a very interesting country for birding. Varied birding
locales include the immense and beautiful Gobi desert and its mountains. There are also lakes, wetlands, the grass environment of the steppe and the
evergreen forest of the taiga. More than 400 bird species are found, including many that migrate to and from Siberia. Domestic camel herds range freely
throughout the Gobi as well as herds of horses. Pomona Valley Audubon Society members Brian Elliott and Gary Charlton took an 18 day birding trip to Mongolia in the summer of 2018. Lodging on the trip was primarily in gers, the traditional nomadic style of temporary shelter. They will share their images from the trip and discuss the unique
birding adventure they experienced in this fascinating country.
Sunday, December 8th - Field Trip / Hill Canyon / Santa Rosa Park
Hill Canyon/ Santa Rosa Park is at the north edge of Thousand Oaks, off of Santa Rosa Road. This park features a trail that follows Conejo Creek into
the canyon, downstream of the water treatment plant. Raptors may soar overhead. We'll scour the cottonwoods and eucalyptus for warblers, Hermit
Thrush and woodpeckers. We'll also explore the canyon for Bewick's, Rock, Cactus and Canyon Wrens. We could spot Thrasher, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and a variety of sparrows and even a covey of quail. Meet at the park, 10241 Hill
Canyon Road. There is free parking right across the road from the bridge. If full there, park for $4.00 at Santa Rosa Valley Park very close by. Trip leader is Richard Armerding.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878
Wednesday, December 11th - 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
Saturday, December 14th - Field Trip / Mission Oaks Park
This park has potential but appears to be rarely birded. So let's explore it together. Ball fields empty in the morning provide opportunities to spot Western Meadowlark, Western Bluebird, Say's Phoebe, American Pipit and Lark and Chipping Sparrow. Creek and wooded areas may yield view of Cedar Waxwings, American and Lesser Goldfinch, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Flicker, American
Robin and Dark-eyed Junco. Address is 5501 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. Park near the tennis courts. While not a strenuous walk there is a short descent where a walking stick might be good to have with you. Trip leader: Linda Easter.
Contact: Linda Easter / 818-519-2833
Sunday, December 22nd - Christmas Bird Count / CATO Circle
See December Newsletter for more information on participating!
Contact: David Pereksta / 805-659-5740