Known as “song dogs,” a coyote’s nighttime yips and howls are often heard coming from the Ventura hills. Coyotes howl to communicate to other pack members – to coordinate hunts, establish territories and simply tell other coyotes know where they are.
Human-coyote interactions are on the rise. During California's ongoing drought, coyotes are on the lookout for food and water in our gardens, backyards, alleyways, parks and open spaces. Favorite non-wild foods include garbage, fruit from landscaped trees, and even the occasional small pet.
All too often coyotes are given a ‘bad rap’ but in reality, they are one of North America’s unique wildlife species.
Join David Lee, California wildlife guru and senior biologist with Davey Resource Group, on Thursday, June 30 from 7 - 8pm for a FREE open-to-the-public presentation to learn about Ventura's urban coyotes and the ways humans and coyotes can peacefully coexist.
To learn more about David Lee (and see some fantastic wildlife videos!), check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davidleebio/?fref=ts
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!
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 but we ask that each attendee BYOD (Bring Your Own Drinks) & there is a $4/vehicle fee to enter Foster Park on the weekend.