2016 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Apr 22||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Ojai Meadows|
|Apr 30||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Rustic Canyon / Happy Camp|
|May 1||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|May 7||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Hill Canyon|
|May 13||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Wheeler Gorge Campground|
|May 21||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Las Llajas Canyon|
|May 28||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Malibu Creek State Park|
April 2017 Field Trips
Saturday, April 22nd - Field Trip / Ojai Meadows
Ojai Meadows is a jewel of woodland, meadow, and marsh that is continuously being restored with native grasses, flowers and other plants. Our trip will be led by Jesse Grantham, who frequently birds this location and is intimately familiar with local species and where to find them. We expect to see Bluebirds, Kingbirds, Phoebes, Meadowlarks, marsh birds and birds native to the local oak woodlands. Directions: Meet at the Las Posas Park and ride to carpool to the preserve at 7 am, or meet us at the preserve in Ojai at 8 am. Leader: Jesse Grantham 805-746-0975. (Note: Jesse will not be at Las Posas Park and Ride, but will meet the group at 8 at the preserve)
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975
Sunday, April 30th - Field Trip / Rustic Canyon / Happy Camp
Rustic Canyon parallels the golf course. It passes through sage scrub and eventually enters some oak woodland and riparian areas as the canyon turns towards the east. Flycatchers, warblers, goldfinches and towhees will dominate. Raptors are possible. Directions: From Hwy 118 in Moorpark turn north on Princeton Ave. and then left on Campus Park Dr. Meet at the gate at 8:00 am. Trip leaders: Don and Chrystal Klabunde.
Contact: Don & Chrystal Klabunde / 805-522-8023
May 2017 Field Trips
Monday, May 1st - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Rosi Dagit has been doing Santa Monica
Mountains research and restoration work since 1987. Each January since 1994 she has traveled to Antarctica and worked on the Antarctica Site Inventory longterm monitoring project. She will share insights from this monitoring work into how our actions can affect Antarctica wildlife.
Sunday, May 7th - Field Trip / Hill Canyon
This joint CVAS/COSCA field trip is to Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa Park which offer a variety of birding habitats, such as chaparral, riparian and oak woodland. We should see spring migrants, as many as four species of wren (house, Bewick's, canyon and rock) , red-shouldered and red-tailed Hawks, woodpeckers, gnatcatchers, goldfinches and resident white-throated swift. Directions: From Moorpark or Camarillo, take Santa Rosa Road and turn onto Hill Canyon Road to enter the park. The COSCA parking lot on the left is free, but fills quickly. Recent county upgrades to the parking lot on the right have eliminated the free parking, so please expect a $4 fee for weekend use of the lot. Meet in the COSCA parking lot at 8 am.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632
Saturday, May 13th - Field Trip / Wheeler Gorge Campground
Wheeler Gorge is a wonder to bird in the spring, when the oak trees team with migrating warblers, tanagers, vireo and flycatchers. Up to six species of hummingbirds are a possibility, and as many as eight species of flycatcher, including Olive-sided, Western Wood-pewee, Dusky, Hammond’s and Pacific-slope, can be found. Swainson’s Thrushes are also found regularly along the stream bed and Hutton’s Vireos should be singing from the tree tops. Add in resident woodpeckers, Steller’s Jays, towhees and titmice, and you have the perfect recipe for a great day birding. Meet at 8 am at the entrance to the campground on highway 33.
Contact: Kay Regester / 805-258-1025
Sunday, May 21st - Field Trip / Las Llajas Canyon
Rusting steam shovels. Fossilized sea shells. Oaks, cottonwoods and willows. Lizards, hawks, woodpeckers and bluebirds. In the foothills of Simi Valley lies Las Llajas Canyon, home to all of these attractions and more. We’ll take a leisurely hike up this gentle canyon looking for evidence of 20th century oil exploration, geology and wildlife. And we’ll just enjoy the cool spring air. The trailhead to Las Llajas canyon is at approximately 5715 Evening Sky Drive in Simi Valley. Meet here at 8 am with water, sunblock and and good hiking shoes. Dress in layers. We will hike for 2 to 3 miles and then return the way we came. Most of the trail is gentle, but the first and last 0.2 miles are steep. So we will have a short but steep climb out. Please plan accordingly. Directions: From the 118 freeway in Simi Valley exit Yosemite and head north. Turn right on Evening Sky Drive and proceed to the trailhead.
Contact: Don & Chrystal Klabunde / 805-522-8023
Sunday, May 28th - Field Trip / Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains features 15 miles of stream side 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 and orioles. There is a fee at Malibu Creek State Park, so bring money for the entrance fee and for gas. We will meet at the Rancho Park & Ride at the junction of Highways 101 and 23 at 8:00 am for carpooling.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987