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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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November 2019 Field Trips

Sunday November 3, 2019, 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area.

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.
Directions: Take Hwy 126 to Santa Paula, 10th St. Exit. Go under freeway, rt. on Harvard, rt. on 12th and cross the S.C. River Bridge. Go 3.7 miles to 20395 S. Mountain Rd. Turn left onto the dirt road & follow it to the end (approx. ½ mile). Even a little rain can make the road impassable; if in doubt, call Sandy to check road conditions.


Saturday, November 9,2019 8:30 a.m. Canada Larga
Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833

We will drive and walk as we bird this beautiful canyon road and one of our best birding hotspots. Target birds will include: Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Nuttall’s Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatch.
Directions: From 101 N, take the 33 and exit Canada Larga Rd. Meet at the beginning of the road there is a small parking lot on the right. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a fairly busy county road, so please use good birding etiquette. Do not stop your car in the middle of the road and always bird from the shoulder. 


Sunday, November 17, 2019 8:30 a.m. Alamos Canyon
Leader: Cody Swanson 805-304-2505

This is a beautiful but somewhat strenuous walk located between Moorpark and Simi Valley. The canyon is a natural refuge for many plants and animals; including many species of birds. The terrain includes riparian wetland, oak filled canyons, and open grasslands.  Target species include: savannah sparrow, lark sparrow, blue-gray gnatcatcher, oak titmouse, and hawk and owl species. We will be walking 4 miles, which includes some uphill, so bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, and sun protection. 
Directions: Take highway 118 towards Simi Valley. Get off at Collins Dr.; continue straight onto Arroyo Dr./E Los Angeles St. Turn left onto Quimisa Dr. pay the 5-dollar fee at the gate, and stay on the right and park by the trailhead. It costs 5 dollars to park so carpooling is strongly encouraged. To Carpool from Ventura/Oxnard Area meet at 7:45 in parking lot in front of Office Depot on Telephone Rd near Main Street.


Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Ormond Beach
Leader: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304

Join us at this excellent coastal location, where we will look for a variety of waterfowl, such as Willets, Whimbrels, Black necked Stilts, Black bellied plovers and other interesting birds. We will also look for Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcon, and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers. Dress in layers, as the morning may be chilly. Please bring a scope if you have one.
Directions: Hwy 101 south and exit on Rice, turn right and continue to Hueneme Rd. Turn right on Hueneme Rd. After Olds Rd. take a left on Arnold and continue to the end of the road. Please note: Avoid leaving valuables in your car if you are parking it at the end of Arnold Rd. To carpool, meet at 7:50 a.m. at Carrows on Harbor Blvd near Seaward, in the parking lot behind the restaurant next to the Chevron gas station.

Sunday, November 24th, 2019, 8AM Arroyo Verde Park
Leader: Tevin Schmitt 661-904-1563

Enjoy birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon. We will be looking for the Common Yellowthroat, White-breasted nuthatch, song sparrow, California Thrasher and Wrentits among others.
Directions: Take Victoria Ave. north, left on Foothill Rd., right on Day Rd. entrance to the park. Meet at the last parking lot by the restrooms. NOTE: There is a $2 per hour entrance fee, Maximum $4 for parking on the weekends!


Upcoming Field Trips 2019

Beginners are welcome on all field trips. Light drizzle does not necessarily cancel trips, but heavier rain will. If in doubt, please call the trip leader. For all trips, please wear appropriate clothing (layers are suggested), comfortable shoes, and bring snacks, water, hats, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides


A few reminders about birding etiquette:  Stay behind the leader, move quietly, ask questions, listen to what people are pointing out.  When socializing, stay behind the group.  If you have any questions you may contact me at:


fieldtrips@venturaaudubon.org       Adele Fergusson