On the first Saturday of June, to celebrate National Trail Building, VHC staff and volunteers will be constructing new trails and improving existing trails at our Big Rock Preserve from 9 am-12 noon.
To get to Big Rock Preserve, take Highway 33 toward Ojai and exit at Casitas Vista Rd. Turn right, park underneath the highway overpass and walk to the bike path. Take a left at the bike path entrance and we will be set up a short way ahead - near the mural. Please wear pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and bring a shovel and a friend!
In the event of HEAVY RAIN, this event will be rescheduled!
Come see us at REI of Oxnard on June 15th!
To RSVP for this event, please visit the REI Co-Op website.
"Ventura County prides itself having beautiful wide open natural spaces and Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC), a nonprofit land trust operating in the Ventura region since 2003, is dedicated to protecting and preserving the area's natural beauty so that future generations can enjoy the same opportunities we have today to live, work and play in a place of unspoiled beauty. Join us as David Comden, VHC Board President, talks about the history of VHC, the management of 83 acres of permanently protected open space along the Ventura River Parkway and purchase of 1200 acres in the hillsides above Ventura. The Ventura River is one of the last wild coastal rivers in Southern California and contains the one of the greatest diversity of plants and animal in the region. Over the past four years, VHC has devoted thousands of staff and volunteer hours working to restoring this sensitive habitat and creating public access on their two nature preserves along the banks of the Ventura River - the Willoughby Preserve and the Big Rock Preserve. VHC is a REI Grant Partner."
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