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Ventura Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society located in Ventura County, California

Mailing address: P. O. Box 24198, Ventura, California 93002

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Ormond Nesting Season Update:

Nesting season for least terns and snowy plovers is peaking at Ormond.  This season has seen more nests than we’ve seen in the past 4 years for both species.  At this early time, it is difficult to know if this is a result of the Ormond Ordinance that was passed last year which restricts activities that harm nesting success, or a fluctuation due to some other variable.  Ventura Audubon will continue to collect data and monitor the situation.

 

San Buenaventura SB- no plovers or terns

McGrath SB- Active plover and tern nests! Two plover nests have hatched and one chick has been spotted. Nests are spread out from McGrath lake all the way to the Santa Clara Estuary. There has been crow predation on some of the tern nests and we are waiting for them to relocate and try again. 

Mandalay SB- There has been a few plovers spotted periodically over the last few weeks with some scrapes, but as of today no nests have been located.

Ormond Beach- Ormond is up to 33 WSP nests and 34 CLT nests.  We've got 6 active WSP nests and most of our chicks are in the salt panne right now, so pretty hard to see, although some chicks might be seen at the lagoon.  CLT nests have just started hatching this week and should be picking up speed next week.  There are also  2 WSP that should be hatching near the lagoon in the next few weeks, and we anticipate that those chicks will gravitate to the lagoon too. 

So for Ormond the best action is at the lagoon!  

Hollywood Beach- There are 2 active plover nests within the symbolic fencing, near the large mesh fences. The females are disturbed easily, so if you or a member of the public sees activity, talk with the visitor to let them know what is going on and slowly move away so they can go back and incubate their nest. 1 nest has recently hatched 3 eggs of which 1 chick is still remaining.

In the meantime, we still have at least a month of busy nesting activity.  Chicks of both species are still hatching and the terns are very busy at Ormond Lagoon.  Fall migrants from the arctic and high plains are already showing up to rest and forage at the tideline. It isn’t too late to come out and appreciate out amazing wildlife.  Please join us for one of our Beaches Are Habitat outreach events (see below).

Beaches Are Habitat @ Hueneme Beach: Sunday July 2nd or July 16th from 12:00noon-4pm

Ventura Audubon volunteers will be at Ormond Lagoon just south of Hueneme Beach with spotting scopes.  We will be there to share bird viewing with beach goers.  We’ll see least terns catching fish and flying to the nesting area, and if we are lucky we’ll see one of our snowy plover chicks foraging by the lagoon.  Some of the recent migrants that have shown up are curlews, whimbrels and godwits.  If you’d like to help, we need volunteers for the July 16th date! By then we might even have least tern chicks learning to fly at the tideline. 

 

Please contact us at wsp.ventura.audubon@gmail.com.

In the meantime, we still have at least a month of busy nesting activity.  Chicks of both species are still hatching and the terns are very busy at Ormond Lagoon.  Fall migrants from the arctic and high plains are already showing up to rest and forage at the tideline. It isn't too late to come out and appreciate our amazing wildlife.  Please join us for one of our Beaches Are Habitat outreach events (see below).

 

Parking Directions:

Parking Option 1:  Park at Bubbling Springs park.  It's free, but a little bit of a walk to the beach.  From Hueneme Rd turn on Surfside Dr (toward the ocean).  Parking lot is before the railroad tracks.

Parking Option 2: Paid parking, closest lot is Lot C Hueneme Beach parking lot C.  $2/hr or $8/

Walk south along the tide line (toward the power plant) until you reach the post and cable fencing by the lagoon.

 

Volunteer Needs

Again, please be aware that the 4th of July holiday brings out extra people, more dogs off leash, drones, paragliders, vehicles, and many other activities that we do not see the rest of the year. The extra hands we have helping out and keeping an eye on things, the better chance of success we have! 

 We've had a rash of raven depredations in the south habitat.  A gull was seen today eating a snowy plover chick in the salt panne. So any volunteers who would like to walk the beach on the south end and record predator sightings would be appreciated! 

 

Anyone with questions can contact Cynthia at wsp.ventura.audubon@gmail.com

 

Action Alert: Support the Port Hueneme Police Department!  They recently announced they will be enforcing the restriction on animals on Hueneme Beach in cooperation with the Ventura Audubon Society.  Hueneme Beach is the gateway to Ormond Beach which is a globally important IBA.  This is a critical time for our endangered nesting birds and migrants. An excellent way to show them your support is to let them know of Facebook, follow the link below.  Like the post, thank the PH police!  They need to hear from you.

https://www.facebook.com/PortHuenemePD/posts/440485992995745

Then remind your friends and family to have beach fun with family dogs on one of our less sensitive Ventura County beaches that don’t have dog restrictions: Thornehill Broome Beach, Channel Islands Harbor Beach, Oxnard Beach Park, Marina Cove Beach, Promenade Park, Surfer’s Point, Solimar Beach, Faria Beach, Hobson County Park, Oil Piers (some but not all!).