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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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January 2020 Field Trips

Saturday, January 4, 2020 Christmas Bird Count

Contact Frank DeMartino at (frank@colynx.com) or (856) 906-8733 if you have questions or would like to participate.

Sunday 8 a.m.  Jan 12, 2020, 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.

Monday, 8:30 a.m.  January 13, 2020 Camino Real Park

Leader: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304

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.

Directions: We will meet outside the park and walk in. Take Telegraph Road toward Ventura College. Across from Ventura College, turn onto Estates, take a right on Aurora, go to the grass beltway across from the mobile home park. Park closest to the last house in the residential tract. We will start birding along the barranca and go into the park.

Saturday 8:30 a.m.  January 18, 2020 Ventura Settling Ponds

Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833

The settling ponds at the Ventura Harbor is a reliable place to find ducks, grebes, gulls and terns, as well as songbirds and raptors. We should hear Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue-gray gnatcatchers.

Directions: Take Harbor Blvd to Spinnaker Dr. and enter Ventura Harbor. The water treatment plant is on Angler, a left turn before Spinnaker curves to the right. Park either across the street from the entrance on Angler or in lot on right hand side of Spinnaker Dr. Use caution in crossing road at blind curve. Meet in front of gate.


Sunday 8:00 a.m.  January 26, 2020 Ormond Beach

Leader: Tevin Schmitt 661-904-1563

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 Carrow(which is closed) on Harbor Blvd near Seaward, in the parking lot behind the closed restaurant next to the Chevron gas station.


Upcoming Field Trips 2020

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