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2018 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Mar 48:00 AMField TripRustic Canyon Golf Course / Happy Camp
Mar 57:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Mar 1010:00 AMField TripCoal Oil Point Reserve
Mar 148:00 AMBeginner Bird WalkRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Mar 178:00 AMField TripSanta Clara River Estuary
Mar 178:00 AMBeginning Bird Identification ClassConejo Valley Botanic Gardens
Mar 245:30 PMAnnual Dinner & AuctionPalm Garden Hotel
Apr 27:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Apr 89:00 AMField TripBitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 118:00 AMBeginner Bird WalkRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Apr 157:00 AMField TripKrotona Institute
Apr 218:00 AMField TripLas Llagas
Apr 28Weekend Field TripButterbredt Springs


March 2018 Field Trips
Sunday, March 4th - Field Trip / Rustic Canyon Golf Course / Happy Camp
Our walk will begin adjacent to the golf course and continue through the open space beyond. The trail passes through coastal sage scrub and eventually enters oak woodland and riparian habitat as Rustic Canyon turns eastward. Flycatchers, warblers, goldfinches, towhees and other sparrows will likely be present. We may glimpse California Quail, California Thrasher, Phainopepla, Roadrunner and Shrike. Several species of raptors are possible, including breeding Great Horned Owl or Red-tailed Hawk or even a flyover by a Golden Eagle. Directions: From Hwy 118 in Moorpark turn north on Princeton Ave. and then left on Campus Park Dr. Meet at the trailhead parking lot (to the right of the golf course entrance).
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023

Monday, March 5th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Along Revolon Slough on the Oxnard Plain, flood control levees had long been plagued by burrowing rodents whose excavations could cause the failure of levees and dams. After the use of anticoagulant rodenticides was found to be killing un-targeted wildlife, such as bobcats, coyotes and pumas, the Ventura County Watershed Protection District decided to try something more natural. They installed raptor perches, hawk nesting platforms and owl nesting boxes. Join us on March 5th as Karl Novak of VCWPD reports on the results of this Raptor Pilot Study. Karl Novak is the Deputy Director at the Ventura County Public Works agency.
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Saturday, March 10th - 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. Its purpose is protecting native habitats to support research, education, outreach and stewardship. An Important Bird Area, this site supports thousands of migratory birds. During the tour our guide will take us on about two miles of trails through various habitats. Our outing is timed to coincide with lower tides when more mud flats are exposed, enhancing our ability to view shorebirds. Please submit your signed waiver form by Monday, March 5, either via email to fieldtrips@conejovalleyaudubon.org or at the monthly meeting that evening. Carpool from Las Posas Park and Ride at 9:00 am. Directions: From Hwy 101 north exit at Glen Annie/Storke Rd and turn onto Storke Rd toward the ocean. Take Storke Rd until it hits El Colegio Rd. At this point stay in the right hand lane and Storke Rd turns into Slough Rd. Slough Rd. then leads to a locked gate. You use the code 1803 to enter the reserve and park for free. You will see a sign on your way which directs you to the parking lot. Trip leaders are Polly (a docent with COPR) and Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987

Wednesday, March 14th - Beginner Bird Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa main parking lot Call Richard Armerding for details (310) 701-3878.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

Saturday, March 17th - Field Trip / Santa Clara River Estuary
The Santa Clara River Estuary produces some of the most diverse observations of ducks, sandpipers, gulls, plovers and other shorebirds in the county. We’ll meet at Surfer’s Knoll at 8 am and walk down to the estuary after peeking over the fence into the Ventura Settling Ponds. The estuary should be a great place to see Brown and perhaps also White Pelicans, Western and Ring-billed Gulls, Ruddy Ducks, Grebes, Avocets and Western and Least Sandpipers. Directions: From the 101 freeway exit Seaward and proceed south to Harbor. Turn left and continue to Spinnaker, turning right to enter the harbor area. Drive past the Surfer’s Knoll parking area on the left and make a U-turn to double back and enter the parking lot. Trip leader: Matthew Page.
Contact: Matthew Page / 805-990-6534

Saturday, March 17th - Beginning Bird Identification Class / Conejo Valley Botanic Gardens
Conejo Valley Audubon Society (CVAS), in conjunction with the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, is offering a series of three classes on bird identification. These classes will help beginners learn to identify our local bird species and introduce them to nearby birding locations. Dee Lyon, longtime birder and Conservation Chair of CVAS, will present the classes. She will be assisted by other members of CVAS. The class dates are March 17th, 24th and 31st, 2018. Each class will go from 8 am to 10 am. The first class will be at the Botanic Garden, 400 W. Gainsborough Rd. Follow signs to the Kids’ Adventure Garden. Directions to the second and third classes will be provided at the first class. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for warm or cool weather. If you have binoculars bring them. Otherwise, binoculars will be provided. The classes are limited to 25 people, so contact Dee, at 805-499-2165, to reserve your spot. We ask that you donate $25 to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden for the three classes, or $10 per class if you are not able to attend all three.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-499-2165

Saturday, March 24th - Annual Dinner & Auction / Palm Garden Hotel
Conejo Valley Audubon Society will be hosting its annual Cocktail Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at Palm Garden Hotel located at 495 Ventu Park Road Thousand Oaks - CA 91320 No host cocktails will begin at 5:30PM and dinner begins at 6:30PM. Early Bird Ticket price is $40 by check and $42 through Paypal (thru 3/10/18!). We ask that everyone kindly bring an item for the raffles. All types of donation items are acceptable and are not limited to those with an avian theme. Anyone interested in donating items for the silent or live auctions please contact Carol Langford at 360-742-6059 or berry50@yahoo.com Dinner selections: Buffet service with Seasoned Vegetable Medley, Salads, Roasted Potatoes and choice of entree. Also, freshly baked breads and a delicious dessert, coffee, or tea. Entree options are Vegetarian Stuffed Squash or Wild Salmon and Roast Beef. To order your tickets through Paypal, please use the link below. You can add multiple tickets to your cart before paying. Please be sure to include a guest name for each ticket that you purchase so that we can have place cards made. Annual Dinner & Auction page.
Contact: Carol Langford / 360-742-6059

April 2018 Field Trips
Monday, April 2nd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
What does it take to return a bird extinct in the wild to its ancestral home? A small group of ornithologists have been working for more than three decades to return the Socorro Dove to its original home on an island off the Mexican coast. It has been extinct in the wild since 1978. Last July public radio journalist Loretta Williams spent a month on the island tracking the plans for the dove's return in the coming year. Loretta is an award-winning public radio journalist. She has worked on stories which range from wildlife conflict to cochlear implants to the mysteries and promise of genetic science. Currently she is working on a book about the reintroduction of various birds to their ancestral homes.
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Sunday, April 8th - Field Trip / Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Bitter Creek NWR is an important part of the California Condor recovery because it provides essential foraging habitat and serves as the main release site for the Southern California population. Other raptors commonly observed there include Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon and Cooper's Hawk. Resident birds include California Quail, Horned Lark, Western Meadowlark and Lark Sparrow. Migrating songbirds may include Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Tanager and Bullock's Oriole. With luck we may also see pronghorn antelope, tule elk, bobcats and black-tailed jackrabbits. Details: Go north on Interstate 5 to the Frazier Mountain Park Road offramp. Go left at the end of the offramp and then make another left into the Flying J Travel Center. Meet there at 9:00 am at the Condor statue at the northeast corner of the parking lot. There we will consolidate into no more than five vehicles (walkie talkies may be helpful). We will arrive at Bitter Creek around 10:00 am. There Joseph Brandt will talk about the Condor program and what the staff does, introduce the group to the flight pen and check out a nest, if feasible. Our tour will end between 1:00 and 2:00.
Contact: Angela / 805-509-2777

Wednesday, April 11th - Beginner Bird Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa main parking lot Call Richard Armerding for details (310) 701-3878.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

Sunday, April 15th - Field Trip / Krotona Institute
Jesse Grantham has arranged for Ventura and CVAS members to bird the Kotona Institute of Theosophy property on the outskirts of Ojai. These private grounds comprise 115 acres of oaks grasslands, sage thickets and manicured grounds with ornamental trees and shrubs. We will have access to the more formal garden areas. Krotona has produced the Field Sparrow, Townsend's Solitaire, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-naped Sapsucker, Red Crossbill, Steller's Jay and Pygmy Nuthatch. Other species frequently seen are Purple Finch, Lawrence's Goldfinch and Red-breasted Nuthatch. The trip will begin at the Library Parking Lot. 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 Rd. 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

Saturday, April 21st - Field Trip / Las Llagas
Rusting steam shovels. Fossilized sea shells. Oaks, cottonwoods and willows. Lizards, hawks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, Western Bluebirds, Phainopela, Grosbeaks and often Lazuli Buntings! 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 at interesting geologic formations, native flora and wildlife. We'll also just enjoy the (hopefully) cool spring air. The trailhead of Las Llajas Canyon is at approximately 5715 Evening Sky Drive in Simi Valley. Bring water, sunblock and good hiking shoes. Dress in layers. We will hike about two miles and then return the way we came. Most of the trail is gentle. However, the first and last 0.2 miles are steep, so we will have a short but steep climb out. Please plan accordingly. Directions: from Highway 118 in Simi Valley exit at Yosemite and head north. Turn right on Evening Sky Drive and proceed to the trailhead.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023

Saturday, April 28th - Weekend Field Trip / Butterbredt Springs
Nature photographer Bob Steels writes "the springs are located in a narrowing upslope canyon that naturally funnels northbound passerine migrants. When the wind blows, as it often does there on spring mornings, the migrants are pushed to near ground level. Arrive early and watch the display as hundreds or thousands of migrants pass per hour." Many species of warblers, vireos, and flycatchers as well as buntings and tanagers can be expected May through June. Ron Barns plans to camp Friday evening and begin birding before dawn Saturday morning to find the best views. Please call to arrange carpools. Directions: From State Highway 14 south of Red Rock Canyon State Park take Jawbone Canyon Road west to the site, as described below: Drive 6.4 miles and then bear right at a Y-intersection, leaving the pavement to a rough dirt road. Drive 5.4 miles to an intersection where you'll see Butterbredt Springs Bird Sanctuary sign and bear right Drive 1.0 miles on this road while watching for motorcyclists and waterbars. Arrive at Butterbredt Springs on your right. Park along the sides of the road so as not to block traffic. The fenced, designated, self-contained camping area lies just above the parking area, just beyond the Tree of Heaven.
Contact: Ron Barns / 818-991-9967

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