Field Trip: Ventura Duck Ponds / Wetlands

Date & Time

Sunday, February 27, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Ventura County Game Preserve is adjacent to Point Mugu NAS and close to the ocean in Oxnard. It is a private club which occasionally allows birding groups to visit its 650 acres of ponds and wetlands. The preserve is a hot spot for waterfowl, wetland birds and raptors. This is a Members only event, SBAS and Goleta Coast Audubon members only.

To ensure the safety of our leaders and participants, the following protocols have been adopted until further notice:
  – All participants are mandated to have been vaccinated to attend a field trip.
  – Decision to wear masks on field trips will be up to the discretion of the trip leader.
  – Maintain social distancing.
  – If you are sick, or feel unwell, do not attend.

Target Birds

  • Waterfowl
  • Virginia Rail
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • American Bittern
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Yellow-headed Blackbirds
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Marsh Wren
  • & others

Trip Leader: Peggy Kearns and Jeff Hanson


  • Take Hwy 101 to the Rice Avenue off ramp (in Oxnard)
  • Turn right on Rice Avenue and head towards the ocean
  • Take the Hueneme Road turnoff when Rice Avenue turns to Hwy 1
  • Head West on Hueneme Road
  • Turn left on Casper Road
  • Turn left at the end of Casper Road into the private area
  • Please Park on the paved road near the drainage ditch at the ranch buildings

Map Here

Other Information

  • SBAS and Goleta Coast Audubon Members Only!
  • Bring water, snack or lunch and wear comfortable shoes and hats. Dress in layers.
  • We will be walking about 3.0 miles in exposed area.
  • Binoculars a must, spotting scopes are very useful.

Trip Coordinator: Jeff Hanson

Contact Jeff for information or questions at

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Sponsored By Santa Barbara Audubon Society