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Did You Know? Eagle The Channel Islands are home to the largest breeding colonies of seabirds in Southern California.

 

Bird Watching in Ventura

Ventura County provides many recreational opportunities in a beautiful natural setting of coastal plain that includes the Santa Clara River estuary, forest-canopied mountains and interior valleys.

Elevation varies from sea level to 8,831 feet at the summit of Mt. Pinos. Mugu Lagoon and the Los Padres National Forest are globally important bird areas. 457 bird species have been recorded in the county including a Xantus's Hummingbird. 

Field trips are regularly offered by two Audubon chapters that sponsor two Christmas counts http://www.venturaaudubon.org.

Channel Islands trips can be scheduled through www.islandpackers.com. The Channel Islands National Park is recognized as an important breeding and resting area for a variety of seabirds.  Enjoy reading about bird watching in the Channel Island Hopping Blog

Channel Islands Bald Eagle Nest Cam Live Video Stream.

Make a selection from the dropdown menu to learn more about what Ventura has to offer for bird-watchers:

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Arroyo Verde Park
5101 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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http://www.cityofventura.net/files/public_works/parks/resources/Arroyo_Verde_Trail_Map.pdf

Oak woodland, grassy areas, chaparral, long, broad canyon.Location: From 101, exit at Victoria. Go north to Foothill Rd. Turn left. Continue to park e...

 
Camino Real Park
Dean Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
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Open grassy area ringed by pines. Eucalyptus trees along the barranca and Aurora Dr., forming north border of park, are resting places for migrating M...

Canada Larga Road
Canada Larga Road
Ventura, CA 93001

5-mile dead-end road. Oak woodland/savanna, private ranch land. Respect private property. Beware fast traffic.Location: Take Hwy 33 off 101. Exit at C...

 
La Jolla Canyon
La Jolla Canyon
Hwy 1 (PCH) south past Naval Air Weapons Station and Pt. Mugu Lagoon and Rock.
Point Mugu NAWC, CA 93042

Coastal sage scrub, campground. Trail starts just past main parking lot, crosses the stream several times as it climbs to the end at pond. Lower porti...

Mugu Rock Overlook

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MUGU ROCK OVERLOOK and MUGU LAGOON Part of Mugu State Park. Habitat: Ocean backed by cliffs, salt marsh. Location: From Hwy 101, exit Las Posas...

 
Ormond Beach/Pt. Hueneme Beach
Ormond Beach/Pt. Hueneme Beach
End of Ventura Rd.
Port Hueneme State Beach
Port Hueneme, CA 93041

Coastal strand, dunes, marsh between ocean edge and water treatment plant. Location: From Ventura, take Harbor Blvd. (becomes Channel Islands Blvd. a...

Rancho Sierra Vista - Satwiwa
Rancho Sierra Vista - Satwiwa
Part of Mugu State Park
Camarillo, CA 93010

Low coastal mountain park, open meadows, chaparral and sage scrub, some riparian, small ponds. Location: From 101 south, exit at Wendy Dr. Turn left (...

 
Santa Clara River Estuary
Santa Clara River Estuary
Spinnaker Dr.
At Surfer's Knoll
Ventura, CA 93001

Santa Clara River Estuary and McGrath State Beach Habitat: Coastal estuary, salt marsh, riparian.Location: From Hwy 101, exit at Seaward Ave. Turn lef...

Ventura Audubon Society
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Ventura Audubon Society
P.O. Box 24198
Ventura, CA 93002
Phone: 805-642-1585
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www.venturaaudubon.org

Ventura is strategically located on the Pacific Flyway and provides habitat to many resident and migratory birds. The mission of the National Audubon ...

 
Ventura River Estuary, River Trail and Ocean Shore Trail
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Ventura River Estuary, River Trail and Ocean Shore Trail
Corner of Main & Olive St.
Ventura, CA 93001
http://www.cityofventura.net/files/public_works/parks/resources/Parks_Brochure.pdf

VENTURA RIVER ESTUARY, RIVER TRAIL and OCEAN SHORE TRAIL Habitat: Coastal strand, dunes, estuary, riparian. Location: Emma Woods Group Campground ...

Ventura Water Treatment Plant Wildlife Ponds
Ventura Water Treatment Plant Wildlife Ponds
Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001

Coastal dunes, ponds, willows, reeds, habitat varied. Location: From Hwy 101 in Ventura, take Seaward toward the beach. Turn left onto Harbor Blvd. C...

 
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To arrange a walk for your group, please contact the  City of Ventura Interpretive Outreach Programs at 805-677-3961. 

Ocean's Edge Walk - Explore coastal dunes and wetlands as you learn about plant survival techniques.

 River Walk - Enjoy stories and hands-on exploration as you walk approximately 2/3 mile along a streamside habitat that is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Lagoon Bird Walk - Visit secluded lagoon teeming with life, located near the Santa Clara River estuary.

Please make your requests at least three weeks in advance of desired date.