Jan
25
Sat
“Welcome Walk” @ Malbu Creek State Park Tickets
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Welcome Walk" @ Malbu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a leisure walk under the oaks and along the creek in Malibu Creek State Park. We’ll talk about the the park’s history, plants and animals, and see how nature is recovering after the Woolsey Fire. The walk is approximately 2 1/2 hours and families are welcome. Meet at 10am in the park’s Main Trailhead parking lot (second lower lot) by the restrooms. Bring water, hat, camera and your wonderful smiles! For more information, contact docent Dean Arnold at dean.arnold333@gmail.com

Jan
26
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Jan 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Nature Walk in Topanga State Park @ Topanga State Park - Trippet Ranch Tickets
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nature Walk in Topanga State Park @ Topanga State Park - Trippet Ranch

Hike with a Topanga State Park Docent, trained in the natural ecology of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Feb
1
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Feb 1 @ 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!

Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow @ Rancho Sierra Vista
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
 
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
 
Native species for this project include species known to occur in and around wetland areas (yerba mansa, mugwort, spreading rush, mule fat, golden current, deer grass, giant wild rye) and common coastal sage scrub species (purple sage, California buckwheat , California sagebrush, elderberry).

Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-86287019799 

Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
 
This event occurs on the first Saturday of the every month!
For more information, contact:
Lei DeVera at National Park Service tel. 805-370-2300 x 3325
Directions:
 
Main entrance cross street is Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
Main Entrance: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
 
It is best to park in the equestrian or overflow parking lot and walk to the restoration. The distance to the restoration site is less than a quarter of a mile.
Mountains on the Moon @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mountains on the Moon @ Paramount Ranch

Join us for a night under the moon and stars at Paramount Ranch! Fix your gaze upon the first quarter moon as low angle sunlight reveals dramatic mountain ridges and craters on the moon’s surface. Then, search for Venus in the twilight sky. As the sky darkens, watch for Orion and Taurus in the heavens above.

Telescopes will be pointed to the Moon, Venus, and other celestial objects such as the Orion Nebula and Pleiades cluster.

The viewing area will be in the field opposite the Western Town ruins. Wear warm clothing, as Paramount Ranch can get cold! If you use a flashlight or headlamp, please make sure it is pointed down when you are near the viewing area. Restrooms available in parking lot. Are you interested in bringing your own telescope? Contact ranger Scott Sharaga at the phone number or email address listed above.

All the stars will be there. Will you?

Feb
2
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Feb 2 @ 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.

Docent Led Nature Walk @ Topanga State Park Tickets
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Docent Led Nature Walk @ Topanga State Park

Learn about Marvelous Oaks and the web of community they weave.

Meet the Pumas in the Park @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet the Pumas in the Park @ King Gillete Ranch

Join ranger Mithra and learn about the protection and survival of the park’s last large mammal carnivores. Learn about what wildlife biologists are discovering from a 17-year study and explore the puma’s unique challenges in the nation’s largest urban park. Walk will be about 2 miles round trip. Bring sun protection, water and sturdy shoes. Meet at water fountain at Visitor Center.

Coyote Challenge Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Coyote Challenge Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch

Do you have what it takes to be a coyote? Join  ranger Xochitl for a fun jr. ranger activity and learn about the coyotes that live among us in the mountains and cities. Drop by anytime from 2:00 PM-3:30 PM and earn a junior ranger pin!