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Malibu Creek State Park Field Trip Reminder, 8 AM Saturday, 14 April 2018

April 12, 2018
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Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas
Saturday, 14 April 2018 at 8am

Golden Current closeup (J.Kenney 4/15/12)

This is always a lovely walk past grassy fields and groves of Live Oak.  We should see resident species such as Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Acorn Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird.

Western Bluebird male (L.Johnson 4/10)

We’ll look for flycatchers, swallows, warblers, buntings and other spring migrants as well as lingering winter visitors such as Lark, Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows.  In past years we have had good looks at some uncommon species such as Merlin and Phainopepla and there is a chance of seeing White-tailed Kite.  Deer, Coyote and Bobcat are resident though seeing a Bobcat would be a rare treat.
Link to prior trips:  Nov 2012, Nov 2011,  Nov. 2010
Family guide: 2-3 miles walking on pavement and dirt trails. Morning temperatures start cool.
[Directions] From the Ventura Fwy (101): exit at Las Virgenes Rd.  Go south on Las Virgenes Rd. for about 3 miles. Continue past the traffic light at the intersection with Mulholland Hwy.  The Park entrance is on the right just south of the traffic light.
Coast Route: From PCH, take Malibu Canyon Road inland. The main entrance of the park is on the left about 1.5 miles past the traffic light at Piuma Rd.  (Don’t turn at the entrance to Tapia Park which is just after Piuma Rd.)

Coyote crossing (J. Waterman 4/15/12)

If you don’t have a CA State Park pass, the day-use fee is $12 per vehicle, $11 for seniors. Go straight after you pass the kiosk.  We’ll meet in the second (lower) parking lot.  Look for the sign that says “Main Trailhead Parking”.  Look for us near the building (restrooms).  Either way, allow 45 minutes travel time from Santa Monica.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Main Trailhead parking lot.
For additional information, e-mail:
<smbaudubon [at] gmail.com>
[Caniswatch]

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