Founded 1968 Published by the Conejo Valley Audubon Society A Chapter of the National Audubon Society
VOL. 42 February 2011 NO. 6
General Meeting February 7
development on birds off the Pacific coast.
7:30 pm Western Foundation
Throughout his career with various Federal and State
agencies, he has studied several imperiled bird
“Pelagic Birding off Southern California:
species including Snowy Plovers, Piping Plovers,
What You See When You Go to Sea”
Least Terns, Ospreys, Northern Goshawks, Brown
Pelicans, Spotted Owls, and Ivory-Billed Wood-
peckers. An avid birder for over 30 years, he has
The waters offshore of southern California are one
birded throughout North America and the American
of the last birding frontiers in the state. An exciting
tropics, including leading trips to Belize, Costa Rica,
mix of local breeders, arctic nesting migrants, and
and Peru. He has seen over 1,500 species in his
austral migrants that are rarely if ever seen from land
travels in the Americas; photographing nearly 1,000
can be found at sea if you know when, where, and
how to look for them. A limited number of trips,
unpredictable weather, and challenging viewing
conditions make pelagic birding trips an adventurous
By Dee Lyon
way to explore this frontier. Birders wishing to see
these special birds must find some of the few
scheduled trips each year, get a reservation before
So you’ve made the decision to switch part of your
they sell-out, and hope that the weather and birds
yard to California Natives! Good for you; now if you
cooperate. David Pereksta will show us what
plan ahead, you can avoid paying $7 or $8 each.
experiences southern California pelagic birding trips
For ground cover, take cuttings from some nice
offer. David has spent over 100 days at sea off
low-growing-Ceanothus and dip them into rooting
southern California and will describe the species that
hormone (available at nurseries and Big Box Stores);
occur off our coast, where local pelagic trips go and
then put them into sand in a sheltered spot. Don’t
how they operate, and how to best schedule a trip to
forget to spray them with water occasionally!
see the birds (and marine mammals) you are looking
They’ll be ready to set in about a year. Too much
for. Bring your soda crackers, Dramamine, and
binoculars for this program that is richly illustrated
There are over 40 species of Ceanothus in
with the best of the thousands of photos of birds and
California and some of them are really spectacular,
especially Gentian Plume. They are evergreen and
David is an Avian Biologist with the Bureau of
the flowers range through many shades of blue to
Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and
white and some pinkish shades. They vary from
Enforcement, where he studies and analyzes the
effects of offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy
CALENDAR *** Pre meeting Dinner *** February Ottavio’s in Camarillo at 5:15 pm
5 7:00 am Field Trip: Carrizo Plain Nat’l Monument
7 5:15 pm Pre meeting Dinner: Ottavio’s
7 7:30 pm General Meeting Western Foundation
Call Nobuko McClure
For Reservations (805) 482-0411 Reservation Deadline Before!
19 7:30 am Field Trip: Santa Barbara Hotspots
Meet at Las Posas Park & Ride at 7:30 am. Leader
will choose the spots. Leader is Linda Easter (805)
Everyone is welcome to attend any CVAS meeting or
field trip. CVAS assumes no responsibility for injuries,
personal or otherwise, incurred while attending a society-
Sunday, February 27th
sponsored activity and will not be held liable for such
accidents. One attends at one’s own risk.
Malibu Lagoon Board Meeting Notice
Meet at 8:00 am at Rancho Road Park & Ride or at 8:30 am in the Malibu Lagoon parking lot (ocean
The February Board Meeting will be held on Monday,
side of Hwy 1). Shore birds, herons, gulls, ducks,
February 21. All CVAS members are invited to attend
and marsh birds make this oasis a great spot. Rarities
monthly CVAS Board Meetings. Meetings start at 7:00
are often seen! Leader is Thelma Williams (805)
pm and are held in the home of a board member with
meeting locations varying monthly. Please contact CVAS
Secretary, Gary Evans at (805) 231-5692 or Conservation Column [email protected] for meeting location
Another excellent evergreen shrub to make a
statement is the Manzanita. You have at least 20
species to choose from, again from low ground
The times specified are departure times – be sure to ar-
covers to trees. Their richly colored red bark gives
rive 15 min earlier. Try to carpool whenever possible
very pleasing architectural forms to your garden, and
and don’t forget to offer the driver gas money!
the white or pink bells in the spring attract birds.
These can also be propagated using cuttings, but a
combination of peat moss and sand works best.
Saturday, February 5th
Cuttings should not be allowed to dry out. Figure
Carrizo Plain Nat’l Monument
out some kind of a wood frame with plastic over it.
Meet at Las Posas Park & Ride for 7:00 am
Wild Buckwheats are a great addition to a native
departure. Will travel over Hwy 33 to Soda Lake Rd.
garden. They support many butterflies. Grow them
Will look for Mountain Bluebirds, Mountain Plovers
from seeds from Theodore Payne Foundation and
and various sparrows and raptors. Bring lunch and
they should reseed themselves. The giant red
warm clothes. Contact the leaders regarding possible
buckwheat is especially eye catching, as well as St
overnight camping or motel. Leaders are Bill and
Catherine’s lace. For the birds, you must put some sage in your
Carol Langford (805) 987-2721.
yard, purple, black and/or white. Some of these are
Thursday, February 10th
low-growing and spread as much as 12 feet across
Beginner’s Bird Walk
(Sonomenensis). Sage can also be increased by tip
Second Thursday of each month. This month is the
Toyon is one of my favorites. The white flowers in
Annual Westlake Boat Trip. (Must Reserve.)
the summer, then red berries in the winter make this
Call Angie Kobabe (818) 991-4055 between 9 am
an attractive shrub (or small tree if you don’t prune
and 9 pm for reservation and directions. Rain will
it!). The Cedar Waxwings came Dec 2 to dine, along
with Hermit Thrushes, Robins, Mockingbirds; even
Sunday, February 13th Lake Casitas SAVE THESE DATES
Those who wish to carpool, meet at Las Posas Park
February 18 – 21, 2011
& Ride at 8:00 am else meet at Lake Casitas parking
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
lot at 8:30 am. Lots of ducks, grebes, sparrows,
hawks and woodpeckers. Leader is John Pavelko (805) 640-9040.
The GBBC is sponsored jointly by the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology and Audubon. Instructions on how to
Saturday, February 19th
participate in the 2011 GBBC are available on the
Santa Barbara Hotspots
Sterling Hills Golf Club 901 Sterling Hills Drive
Exit the Ventura Freeway (101) at Central Avenue in Camarillo.
Go north on Central (0.8 mi) to Beardsley Road and turn RIGHT.
Continue on Beardsley (0.75 mi) until you reach Sterling Hills Drive and turn RIGHT.
On the left you will see the golf course parking lot.
Cocktails, Dinner and Auction
No-host cocktails 5:30 PM – Dinner 6:30 PM
Ticket price per person $40.00 (early-bird special $35.00 – before 3/4/11)
5-FREE raffle tickets for each 1st time guest
We ask that everyone kindly bring an item for the raffles.
All types of donation items are acceptable and are not limited to those with an avian theme.
Anyone interested in donating items for the silent or live auctions please contact Carol Langford at:
805-987-2721 or [email protected]All are tax deductible!
Dinner selections: All served with Tossed Green Salad, Fresh Vegetable, Chef’s Choice Starch, Freshly Baked Breads & Butter, and Chef’s Choice Dessert and Beverage.
(1) Duet Plate: Petite Filet Mignon & Baked Salmon Filet
Please fill out this reservation form, tear it off, and mail it with your check (payable to CVAS) to:
CVAS, P.O. Box 4782, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
Print your name(s) as you would like it to appear on your place card and select an entrée by number
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Conejo Valley Audubon Society, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 February, 2011
Officers and Committee Chairs Usernames SAVE THESE DATES April 8-10, 2011 Olympic BirdFest 2011
Contact: Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, (360)
Special Projects Nobuko McClure 805-482-0411 nobuko
CVAS Web Site http://www.ConejoValleyAudubon.org
Send E-mail to username@ConejoValleyAudubon.org
Regular meetings are held on the first Monday evening of each month at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 439 Calle San Pablo,
Camarillo at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. E v e r y o n e i s we l c o m e. Take Pleasant Valley Road or Lewis Road to where they cross south of the 101 Freeway. Go west to the second street, Calle San Pablo. Turn right. The Foundation is the fifth building on the left.
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 to promote the study and conservation of birds and other vertebrates. The organization makes contributions in the areas of natural history collections, original research, and conservation.
The Roadrunner is published monthly except July and August by the Conejo Valley Audubon Society. It is sent to paid CVAS members only. Members are invited to submit articles, announcements, letters, photos, and drawings for publication consideration. Copy deadline is the 5th of
the month. Send items to Charlie Lucas, 465 Havenside Ave., Newbury Park, CA 91320, or by E-mail: [email protected].
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payable to National Audubon Society, for an introductory membership.
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