We’re happily restarting our much-missed MCSP walk. David and Kathy will be out of town on 5/16, and Muriel Kotin has graciously offered to lend her notable skills as leader.
Participants will enjoy a leisurely stroll along Malibu Creek, enjoying oak and sycamore woodlands set amidst a stunning backdrop of chaparral-covered slopes and rocky buttes. Birds, deer, bobcat, butterflies, reptiles and, in season, a bewildering array of wildflowers can be found in this jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, now mostly recovered from the devastating Woolsey fire. Our focus will be on finding and identifying many of the over 200 species of birds that have been recorded here. You can expect to see thirty to fifty species during these three to four hour walks, depending on the season. Common resident species include Acorn Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, California Quail, and White-breasted Nuthatch, and spring brings us Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, and Lazuli Buntings. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot per the Google map. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Road, just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car. For more information, contact Kathy Barton (818) 929-2516 or David Barton (310) 990-6896. Click location below for more about MSCP and an Accessibility Note.