2017 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Dec 1||7:45AM||Field Trip||Pt. Mugu Naval Base|
|Dec 4||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Dec 9||9:00AM||Field Trip||Coal Oil Point Reserve|
|Dec 16||Christmas Bird Count||CATO Circle|
December 2017 Field Trips
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call (805) 659-5740, or sign up during the December meeting at the Western Foundation of Verterbrate Zoology.
Contact: David Pereksta / 805-659-5740