Ventura Audubon Society December events

Dec 7, 8:30 a.m. Ojai Meadows Field Trip.Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833

This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings. Target birds will include: Western Bluebirds, Sora, White tailed Kites, Western Meadowlark, Merlin, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows.

Dec 9, 8:30 a.m. Lake Casitas Field Trip.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 the Lewis’s woodpecker and the Bald Eagle. Plans are to enter Lake Casitas by car so walking will be less than usual

Dec 10, 7:30 p.m. Ventura Audubon Monthly Program at the Poinsettia Pavilion – 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura (Free to the Public).

From high seas to intertidal mudflat: Audubon protects birds on the west coast. Speaker: Anna Weinstein is the marine conservation director for National Audubon and Audubon California.

Audubon’s chapter network is a unique and powerful force for conservation. Anna will share stories of my collaboration with many of our 19 coastal California chapters to win conservation fights, shed light on the ecology and status of charismatic coastal species including the brown pelican and black oystercatcher, and inspire the public to love and care for our coast and ocean.

Dec 14, 8:00 a.m. Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Work Day.Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478.

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 & sun protection.

Dec 15, 8:00 a.m. Santa Clara River Estuary/ Surfers Knoll Field Trip.Leader: Tevin Schmitt 661-904-1563

We will walk along the beach from Surfers Knoll parking lot to the estuary. We hope to see a variety of shorebirds including Snowy Plovers, Ruddy and Black Turnstones and hopefully Surfbirds which are always an exciting treat. We will also tackle some gull and tern identification, so bring your field guides!

Dec 21, 8:00 a.m. Ojai Valley Sanitation District and Ventura River Field Trip. Leader: Kay Regester 805-258-1025

We will walk around the plant and census the birds there, and in the surrounding area. We will also check out Ventura River and Big Rock Preserve, as well as the bridge at Foster Park. Expect Mew Gulls, sparrows, woodpeckers, Blackbirds, and hawks. Maybe Hooded Mergansers. We may be in that area 3 hours, but you can leave anytime.

Jan 4, Ventura Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count – Organizer/Compiler: Frank DeMartino 856-906-8733 or (

Our Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, January 4, 2020. The CBC is the longest running citizen science effort in existence. Bird counts take place all over North America with a few in the Caribbean and Latin America as well. This will be the 120th Christmas Bird Count conducted by National Audubon.

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