Mar 8, 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.
Mar 10, 8:30 a.m. Ventura Water Treatment Plant Settling Ponds – Leader: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304
Enjoy a morning of mostly waterfowl birding. Spotting scopes are always welcome.
Mar 10, 7:30 p.m. Ventura Audubon Society Monthly Program at the Poinsettia Pavilion – 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura (Free to the Public): Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the Ventura River, Speaker: Ben Pitterle – Science and Policy Director
For 20 years, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper has been a watchdog and advocate for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of the Ventura River and its groundwater. The program will cover background information about the history of Channelkeeper’s involvement in the Ventura River watershed including events that led to Channelkeeper’s litigation against the State Water Board and City of Ventura to address over-pumping.
Mar 14, 8:30 a.m. Happy Camp Regional Park – Leader: Cody Swanson 805-304-2505
The walk begins alongside the rustic canyon golf course, and continues into open area. We will encounter coastal sage scrub, riparian wetland, open grassland, and oak woodlands along the trail. The diverse habitat allows for many different species of birds. We can expect to see: towhees, phoebes, red-tailed hawks, goldfinches, and a variety of sparrows. Target species include: roadrunners, California quails, California thrashers, western meadowlarks, loggerhead shrikes, a variety of raptors, and the possibility of owls.
Mar 21, 8:30 a.m. Canada Larga Road – Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833
Meet near the beginning of the road off Hwy 33. We will carpool from that location as we walk and drive this long county road. Target species will include Barn Owl, Western Bluebirds, Lark Sparrow, Roadrunner, Phainopepla and various species of swallows.
Mar 28, 8:00 a.m. Carpinteria Salt Marsh – Leader Tevin Schmitt 661-904-1563
The Salt Marsh Reserve 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 White-tailed Kite. Several species of heron are often seen at once.