2018 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Dec 2||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Sapwi Trails Community Park|
|Dec 3||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Dec 9||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Arnold Road / Ormond Beach|
|Dec 12||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Dec 16||Christmas Bird Count||Thousand Oaks Circle|
|Jan 11||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Point Mugu Naval Station|
December 2018 Field Trips
Sunday, December 2nd - Field Trip / Sapwi Trails Community Park
Join us for birding along Lang Creek in
Thousand Oaks. We will meet in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Erbes Road and Avenida de las Flores (entrance to parking lot is on Scenic
Park Street). The Conejo Recreation and Park District just completed this new park in September 2018, with open space encompassing a riparian corridor and oak woodlands. We will walk the trail that parallels Lang Creek, examining the riparian corridor for White-breasted nuthatch, Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpecker, California Quail, Yellow-rumped and Townsend’s Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush. We’ll also check the open areas for Lark and White-crowned Sparrow, as well as Say’s Phoebe, Western Bluebird and Bewick’s Wren. Trip leader is David Person.
Contact: David Person / 805-469-6806
Monday, December 3rd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the landmark law that has protected nearly 2,000 miles of
rivers and streams in California. Evans served as Conservation Director of Friends of the River and now is Wild Rivers Director for the California
Wilderness Coalition. He has spent decades working to protect the state's waterways. Evans will present a historical overview of both the state
and federal wild rivers systems and how they protect southern California streams such as Piru and Sespe Creeks. He will explore the opportunities for river protection through Congress and federal agencies despite the anti-environmental policies of the current administration., In addition, Evans will discuss current threats to rivers, including the proposed Temperance Flat Dam on the San
Joaquin River Gorge. His slides include more than 30 high quality pictures of existing and proposed wild and scenic rivers in California.
Sunday, December 9th - 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 Loons, Scoters and Black Skimmers over the ocean and endangered Western Snowy Plovers on the beach. We will also look for Yellow-headed Blackbirds, 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. Directions: Exit Hwy 101 at Rice Avenue and go south. Continue on 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 Park and Ride at 7:30 am. Trip leader: Linda Easter.
Contact: Linda Easter / 818-519-2833
Wednesday, December 12th - 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, December 16th - Christmas Bird Count / Thousand Oaks Circle
The National Audubon Society’s web-based
pre-registration program should be up and working during November, so just go to http://www.audubon.org/content/joinchristmas-bird-count (The Conejo Valley’s four-letter CBC code is CATO). This system allows you to register for as many CBCs as you wish, and there is no registration fee! Your name and contact information is forwarded to
me, so I have a better idea of how many people are going to participate, and can plan accordingly. For those who prefer to contact me directly, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, call (805) 659-5740, or sign up during the December meeting at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.
Contact: David Pereksta / 805-659-5740
January 2019 Field Trips
Friday, January 11th - Field Trip / Point Mugu Naval Station
Martin Ruane of Naval Base Ventura County has generously agreed to lead an excursion at Mugu Lagoon. This location is recognized as an important Bird Area, supporting up to 10,000 shorebirds in winter! To register, please complete and sign the “Mugu Form” and return a signed, initialed, and scanned copy to fieldtrips@ConejoValleyAudubon.org by
Monday, December 3 (the Base requires that the two forms of identification provided on the form be a driver’s license/California I.D. and a social security number). You can also submit a hard copy of the form to Angela during the CVAS meeting on either Monday, November 5, or Monday, December 3. Both meetings are at 7:30 pm, Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology. If you are Department of Defense civilian or military personnel, you do not need to fill out the form, but please let Angela know if you are coming (DoD contractors are required to complete the form.) This trip is limited to a maximum of 20 current CVAS members only.