• Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 09:00 AM · 2 rsvps

    River Restoration Saturday at Willoughby Preserve

    Trash removal volunteers

    On the third Saturday of each month, VHC staff and volunteers join forces from 9 a.m.-12 noon to clear invasive (Arundo donax) plants, clean up trash and clear paths in the Ventura River bottom.  River Restoration Saturdays are a part of VHC's ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural state and make it more welcoming to human and wildlife visitors alike.

    Meet VHC staff at 9 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. Please wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and water!

    Please note: River cleanup volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Due to the nature of bio-hazardous materials occasionally found in the river estuary, we do not encourage young children to participate in these events. Please see our Events Page for more family-friendly outings!

  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 at 11:00 AM · 13 rsvps
    Foster Park

    Picnic in the Park

    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!

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Poinsettia Pavillion

    Connecting Landscapes to Mountain Lions


    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.

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