Calling all VHC members and volunteers – you’re invited to our annual “Picnic in the Park” member and volunteer appreciation celebration on Saturday, October 8th from 11 am – 1 PM. This family-friendly fiesta, to be held at Foster Park, will include a delicious Mexican food lunch, old-fashioned games, an update on VHC projects, volunteer awards and the chance to hike next door to our Big Rock Preserve and check on the progress of the 500 trees VHC planted in late 2015/early 2016. Active dues-paying members and volunteers are welcome.
*NOTE: VHC will provide the food and drink but there is a $4/vehicle fee to enter Foster Park on the weekend. To avoid the fee, you can park at Casitas Vista Road and walk into the park OR ride your bike to the event!
Join Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) biologists for an easy 1-mile nature walk along the banks of the Ventura River. We will identify native plants, animals and birds and showcase areas where environmental restoration is taking place. VHC has spent four years cleaning, clearing and restoring this beautiful habitat. Our goal is to introduce local residents to this unique ecosystem and encourage more visitors to explore and enjoy the area!
Meet VHC staff at 10 a.m. next to the Main St. Bridge along the bike path near downtown Ventura (at Main St. & Peking Streets). We will gather next to the Conservancy's beautiful new informational kiosk and then walk down on our Willoughby Nature Preserve. Please wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and water!
At the end of the walk, a light lunch will be served. This event is free to the public but RSVPs are highly encouraged!
Like the wolf and grizzly bear, the mountain lion, cougar, or puma, North America's largest cat, was once vilified as a pest to the livestock industry. Historically ranging from coast to coast, puma populations today continue to push eastward and reclaim areas they formerly inhabited and as they do, they are nothing short of an ongoing conservation success story. Today however, no state has more of them than California. As encroachment of development into our wild spaces, increased demand for dwindling water supplies, and expanding transportation infrastructure, all threaten to further fragment (or separate) the state's landscapes, can we look to the puma as a tool for implementing logical conservation strategies, and to protect wildness, water, and the ecological foundation that is essential to healthy human and wildlife communities alike?
Join Anthony Giordano, local conservation biologist and wildlife ecologist, on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7 - 8pm for a FREE open-to-the-public presentation for the second installment of our Environmental Speaker Series to learn about the ways humans and mountain lions can peacefully coexist.
Anthony possess more than 20 years of experience with carnivores working around the world. He holds a double B.S. from Long Island University at Southampton College in Biology (Zoology) and Environmental Science (Biology), a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology from Frostburg State, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife science and Management from Texas Tech. Currently he is managing or co-managing 14 projects involving cats in 10 countries as director of S.P.E.C.I.E.S., including a fishing cat conservation effort in Bangladesh, a survey of Sri Lanka leopards with SLWCS, the first ocelot project on Trinidad, and several investigations of jaguarundi ecology.