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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 Conservation Column
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 ***
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 CVAS Events
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 482-7537.
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 492-2796.
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 Field Trips
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. RAIN CANCELS!
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
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 Name ________________________________________Dinner # ____ Phone # ______________ Name ________________________________________Dinner # ____ Name ________________________________________Dinner # ____ Name ________________________________________Dinner # ____ Name ________________________________________Dinner # ____ Conejo Valley Audubon Society, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
February, 2011

Officers and Committee Chairs
April 8-10, 2011
Olympic BirdFest 2011
Contact: Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, (360) Special Projects Nobuko McClure 805-482-0411 nobuko CVAS Web Site Send E-mail to 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]. NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION C1ZC230Z
Please enroll me as a member of the National Audubon Society. I have enclosed $20 ($15 for seniors and students), payable to National Audubon Society, for an introductory membership.
Mail it to: National Audubon Society, P. O. Box 422250, Palm Coast, FL 32142-2250 Renewing memberships should be sent to National Audubon with the renewal form and envelope you receive. For questions regarding national membership status call: National Audubon Customer Service 1-800-274-4201 Name_________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________ City______________________________________ State_____ Zip_______________________________ Phone __________________________ E-mail address _________________________________________ CONEJO VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
Please enroll me as a member of Conejo Valley Audubon Society. I have enclosed $20, payable to CVAS, for a family membership. Mail to: CVAS, P.O. Box 4782, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 __Please send my newsletter by E-mail. Name _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________ City ___________________________________________________________State _____ Zip __________________ Phone ___________________________ E-mail address ______________________________________________


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