Apr
28
Sat
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek Tickets
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

San Fernando Valley Audubon Young Birders Group Walk @ Franklin Canyon Park Tickets
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
San Fernando Valley Audubon Young Birders Group Walk @ Franklin Canyon Park | Beverly Hills | California | United States

A Young Birder is any young person who is serious about birding, knows some birds, and is willing to learn. SFVAS conducts Young Birders Group walks to foster that learning, helping to create the next generation of birders. The world needs birders, to watch, to identify, to count and to speak out for protection of habitat. It’s not work, though — it’s fun. Meet in the parking lot below the Sookie Goldman Nature Center.

Malibu Creek Welcome Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Malibu Creek Welcome Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed in the park. Meet at “Main Trailhead Parking” (lower parking lot) by the restrooms for this leisurely two-hour walk.

Apr
29
Sun
Fossils as a Tool for Marine Restoration: Old Shells Provide New Insights For Santa Monica Bay @ Pepperdine University Tickets
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fossils as a Tool for Marine Restoration: Old Shells Provide New Insights For Santa Monica Bay @ Pepperdine University | Malibu | California | United States

One of the great challenges in conservation biology is discovering ‘what was natural’ before human impacts. This problem is especially pressing in marine systems where biological monitoring and other records are brief or lacking. Dr. Susan Kidwell has been tackling this problem in our Southern California marine ecosystems by treating the shells acquired during marine surveys as a young fossil record to reveal the dramatic, unsuspected changes in species composition and abundance that have occurred across much of our region. This reconstructed history of the last few thousand years highlights the profound transformation of seafloor communities in response to ~300 years of shifting land-use in the Los Angeles watershed, providing a powerful tool that can help set priorities for restoration.

Dr. Kidwell’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Mark Gold (UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and Past President of Heal the Bay). Mark will be joined on stage by ocean conservation leaders and UCLA alumni Dr. Chad Nelson (CEO, the Surfrider Foundation), Dr. Craig Shuman (Marine Regional Manager, California Department of Fish and Wildlife) and Dr. Shelley Luce (President and CEO of Heal the Bay) for a lively discussion and audience
Q & A.

Please join us for an informative, thought-provoking afternoon as we discuss how to make our oceans healthier, more resilient ecosystems.

May
5
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.

 

We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration @ Juan Bautista de Anza Park Tickets
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration @ Juan Bautista de Anza Park | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outdoors at Juan Bautista de Anza Park! We’re working to restore the native grasslands in the west foothills. We’ll be planting native southern California plants, like purple needlegrass and creeping wildrye and flowering perennials and shrubs.

Please arrive by 8:45 am and look for our group on the west side of the park. Parking is limited to street side spaces to avoid impacting parking for park visitors. Please bring a hat and a waterbottle, and wear comfortable work clothes and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided for you.

Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is FREE but is required!

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701

Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek Tickets
May 5 @ 9:00 am
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

Coyote Scat I.D. Party @ SAMO NPS HQ Tickets
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Coyote Scat I.D. Party @ SAMO NPS HQ | Thousand Oaks | California | United States

Come work with the biologists from the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service to dissect sterilized coyote scat (poop!) collected in Thousand Oaks, and to identify the contents!

We will provide protective equipment and tools. We will also provide bagels and coffee, but feel free to bring lunch/snacks for yourself or to share!

We ask that participants under age 16 come with a parent or guardian, and to our younger audiences, please realize that scat dissection is a delicate science and requires patience and focus. If you’re coming with a kid, please download a ticket for each of you.

May
6
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve | Los Angeles | California | United States

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Sunday Walks @ Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday Walks @ Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park | Topanga | California | United States

Journey of Discovery with Gene Cheltenham, experienced naturalist and long time Topanga Canyon Docent will guide a nature walk and explained about indigenous ways.

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