Audubon field trips and events

March 4     8:30 a.m.   Hill Canyon at Santa Rosa County Park, Camarillo
Linda Easter  482-7537.
Hill Canyon has several habitats including chaparral, oak woodland, and riparian.  We will look for woodpeckers, towhees, sparrows, hawks, swifts, and as many as five species of wrens.  Park in the Santa Rosa County Park area where the charge is $2 per vehicle.

March 5     8:00 a.m.  Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area.   Sandy Hedrick  340-0478.
Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves and sun protection.

March 11   8:30 a.m.   The Nature Conservancy Hanson Property.
Karl Krause,  [email protected],    415-0188
This walk will be limited to 15 people. Participants will need to complete a TNC Liability Release and Waiver form prior to the trip. Please contact Karl Krause to reserve a space and obtain a blank release form.

This is an opportunity to visit the TNC Hanson Property along the Santa Clara River and see the habitat restoration work being done by the Nature Conservancy.

March 14 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road at 7:30 an informative presentation of two essential restoration and conservation projects that serve to protect and develop habitat in our area.  Scientists from the Riparian Invasion Research Lab (RIVRLab) at UCSB are conducting a large scale restoration on over 200 acres of riparian habitat in the Santa Clara River in Santa Paula and Fillmore.  The goals of this project are to remove the invasive giant reed Arundo and reestablish native woodland and scrub habitat to benefit wildlife, including the Least Bell’s Vireo and the Southwest Willow Flycatcher.

March 18   8:30 a.m.     Foster Park   David Lee 451-3504
Meet inside the entrance to the. There will be a good opportunity to see riparian species such as great blue and other herons, forest accipiters, neotropical migrants and various sparrows.

March 19    8:30 a.m.    Wheeler Canyon  Raeanne Koerner   701-1919
This canyon provides good birding opportunities. Looking for raptors, ground doves, Western Bluebirds and maybe a Lewis’ Woodpecker.

March 21   8:30 a.m.   Krotona   Adele Fergusson   415-4304
Krotona Institute is a theosophical study center, with acres of beautiful grounds, including grasslands, pines, oaks, and ornamental plants with lot of water features.  Field Sparrow was seen here last winter a good place to discover raptors flying over.

March 25   8:30 a.m.   Ventura Hillsides   Jackie Worden   [email protected]
Audubon members only are invited to visit a private ranch which Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) is working to purchase and preserve for hiking, biking, and nature loving. Coastal sage scrub, oak woodland and riparian corridors are found within the annual grasslands of this beautiful parcel. To reserve your spot and receive additional event details, RSVP to the Jackie Worden on or before March 15th.  Space is limited to 25 participants and reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

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