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2017 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Nov 67:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Nov 128:00 AMField TripKrotona Institute
Nov 198:00 AMField TripMalibu Creek State Park
Dec 18:00 AMField TripPoint Mugu Naval Base
Dec 17:45AMField TripPt. Mugu Naval Base
Dec 47:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Dec 99:00AMField TripCoal Oil Point Reserve
Dec 16Christmas Bird CountCATO Circle


November 2017 Field Trips
Monday, November 6th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Marilyn Fordney and Sandor Havasi will give a presentation including a short movie entitled “Birds and Wildlife Around the World.” Join us on this exciting adventure as we explore plants, birds, mammals and environmental “breaking news” from eleven countries, including ten World Heritage sites. Our journey starts in North America (Florida), continues to South America (Peru, Easter Island), Australia, Polynesia (Samoa), Asia (Cambodia, Nepal, India), Africa (Tanzania, Jordan, Morocco), Europe (Azores, Portugal) and finally home again in southern California.
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Sunday, November 12th - Field Trip / Krotona Institute
Jesse Grantham has arranged for Audubon members to bird the Krotona Institute of Theosophy property on the outskirts of Ojai. These private grounds comprise 115 acres of oak grasslands,sage thickets and manicured grounds with ornamental trees and shrubs. We will have access to the more formal garden areas. The trip will begin 8:00 am at the Library Parking lot at the Institute. To reach the Institute travel north on Rt. 33 through Mira Monte. After Mira Monte the next traffic light will be Route 150 (to Santa Barbara.) The next traffic light will be Tico Rd. After this light travel about another mile to the first road on the left, which is Hermosa Rd. Turn left on Hermosa Road and then proceed straight through the stone gates of the Institute. Follow the road to the top of the hill and at the Site Map sign on the right the road splits into three forks. Take the middle fork to the parking area. If you would like to carpool from the lowlands, meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride by 7:00 am.
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975

Sunday, November 19th - Field Trip / Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains features 15 miles of streamside trails through oak and sycamore woodlands. It has also been extensively used as a movie set for many features and TV shows. While here we will look for hawks, sparrows, woodpeckers, bluebirds, finches and other winter species. There is a $12 parking fee, so carpooling is recommended. Bring money for the entrance fee and for gas. Meet at the Rancho Park & Ride at 8:00 am for carpooling. The leader will be met at the last parking lot before the campground.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632

December 2017 Field Trips
Friday, December 1st - Field Trip / Point Mugu Naval Base
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 file “Mugu Form” and return a scanned copy to fieldtrips@ConejoValleyAudubon.org by Thursday, November 9. You can also submit a hard copy of the form to Angela during the next CVAS meeting on Monday, November 6, 7:30 pm at the Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology. If you are a Department of Defense civilian or military, you do not need to fill out the form, but you do need to 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.
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Friday, December 1st - Field Trip / Pt. Mugu Naval Base
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 signed up must bring a picture ID card with name matching that on your pre-registration form. No cameras or video equipment are permitted on base. Please bring a scope if you have one. Vehicles, articles and personnel are subject to search. Recently spotted species include Vermilion Flycatcher, Wilson’s Snipe, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Ferruginous Hawk, Eurasian Wigeon, Burrowing Owl and Golden-crowned Sparrow! Trip leaders are Martin Ruane of Naval Base Ventura County and Frank DeMartino (856-906-8733). Directions: From Hwy 101 travel south on Las Posas Rd, west on Hueneme Rd and 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 and 116. Meet at 7:45 am.
Contact: Frank DeMartino / 856-906-8733

Monday, December 4th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Jess Morton gives a look at the birds and wildlife of a small country with big biodiversity. On a recent visit to Gamboa, home of the Rainforest Reserve and other birding hotspots, Jess had a chance to photograph tanagers, trogons and the Titan, a crane without wings. He also photographed the Helicopter Damselfly with an eight inch wingspan. Jess met birder and conservation leader Guido Berguido, who is assembling a cloudforest preserve on Cerro Chucanti as an eventual national park. Biologists visiting this remote reserve have discovered dozens of species new to science, including a tree, a snake and a salamander.
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Saturday, December 9th - Field Trip / Coal Oil Point Reserve
This coastal strand property located four miles from UC Santa Barbara is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Another Important Bird Area, this site also supports thousands of migratory birds. During the tour our guide will take us on about two miles of trails through various habitats, including sandy beach, coastal dunes, grassland and Devereux Slough. We may see Ospreys, Red-breasted Mergansers, Eared Grebes, and Fox sparrows, among others. In early November, Cassin’s, Western and Tropical Kingbirds were all seen together on the reserve, providing a rare opportunity to compare each species’ unique attributes in person! The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Friday, November 24. Please submit your signed waiver form to fieldtrips@conejovalleyaudubon.org Trip leaders are COPR staff and Dee Lyon (805-427-0987.) Directions: From Hwy 101 north exit at Glen Annie/Storke Rd and turn onto Storke toward the ocean. Take Storke until it hits El Colegio Rd. At this point, Storke turns into Slough Rd, but you need to stay in the right lane of Storke Rd to enter Slough Rd. Slough Rd will lead to a locked gate. You can use the code 1711 to enter the reserve and park for free.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987

Saturday, December 16th - Christmas Bird Count / CATO Circle
If you are looking for an easy way to contribute to understanding the status of wintering birds in North America, please join us for the National Audubon Society’s 118th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 16th and help cover the Conejo Valley Audubon Society’s “Thousand Oaks” CBC circle. This is our 43rd CBC. We’re hoping to top last year’s count of 188 species! When all was said and done, we recorded over 18,000 individual birds! We hope to do even better this year, but need CVAS members to close out the year by getting up early and being ready to bird. Please contact me directly, send an email to pereksta@pacbell.net, call (805) 659-5740, or sign up during the December meeting at the Western Foundation of Verterbrate Zoology.
Contact: David Pereksta / 805-659-5740

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