December 11, 2018 Program 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Poinsettia Pavillion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. Sea of Grass, Sea of Ice: How Will 2 Iconic Arctic Birds Navigate a Warming Climate….
with Karen Laing
We will explore the natural history and conservation status of the emperor goose and spectacled eider, two birds that live year-round in Alaska and Siberia. How will their dependence on high latitudes affect their ability to thrive as the Arctic rapidly warms?
Karen Laing grew up in Ventura and Santa Barbara. She was a wildlife biologist in Alaska for more than 30 years, working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Since returning to Ventura Karen has been active in VAS by leading field trips among other things.
December 2018 Field Trips
December 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. Lake Casitas. Leader: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304
Join us for a walk by the lake, we will be looking for hummingbirds, grosbeaks, gnatcatchers as well as ducks, geese and waterfowl. Hopefully we will see a Bald Eagle.
December 13, 2018 8:30 a.m. Ventura Settling Ponds. Leader: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304
Enjoy a morning of mostly waterfowl birding. Spotting scopes are always welcome.
December 22, 8:30 a.m. Camino Real. Leader: Raeann Koerner 805-701-1919
Camino Real is a grassy park surrounded by pines and eucalyptus and is an excellent place to see birds. Target birds will include Red Shouldered Hawk, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler and Townsend’s Warbler.
December 29, 2018 8:30 a.m. Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Leader: Corine Barksdale 805-535-5173
The Salt Marsh Reserve on Ash Ave. is an excellent birding location due to the estuary, wetlands and upland habitats. Special birds of concern can be found here, including Belding’s Savannah Sparrow and Clapper Rail.