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Winter Newsletter 2013 Volume 19, Number 4



The Beauty of OVLC’s Winter Restoration Work at the Ventura River Preserve



Ojai Valley Land Conservancy P.O. Box 1092 • Ojai, CA 93024 370 W. Baldwin Rd. A-4 Tel. 805.649.6852 • Fax 649.8913 •

Board of Directors

Don Reed, President Sandy Buechley, Vice President Cricket Twichell, Secretary Nathan Wallace, Treasurer Mary Bergen Roger Essick Brian Holly Ann Oppenheimer

Sandy Buechley Margot Griswold Allan Jacobs Barbara Washburn


Greg Gamble, Executive Director Nick Auringer, Restoration Technician Rick Bisaccia, Preserve Manager Todd Bertola, Restoration Technician Darcy Gamble, Marketing & Membership Marti Reid, Office Manager Ron Singer, Nursery Manager Brian Stark, Conservation Director Lorraine Walter, Watershed Coordinator Lauren Ward, Restoration Technician

“The Ojai” by OVLC Member and Ojai Native Peter Larramendy The green is more vibrant now. Spring came with the Orioles. One just landed in the Valencia Tree, they are companions once they meet with spring. The forest of tangerines Give the air a luscious taste in my mouth. I savor and handle it with care. Giving each cheek a feel of the taste wtice, before releasing it back into the valley. The meadow is a marsh now. Cattail Reeds grow like fingernails, while Red-Winged Blackbirds sally from tail to rail taunting for terriroty. I was there today, walking in water, had thigh waders on. There was a hole in them water filled the bottom of the boots made squishy Like the mud below.

by Les Dublin

I constructed a home in the middle of the marsh, for tree swallows to enjoy an island house. There were moments that I’ll never forget in the meadow. When I was a boy I plated amoung Tall eucalyptus and oaks who sat and watched me gambol and play hide and seek with my basset hound Chip. During the year, the grass was usually dry. But the marsh I helpted to restor is back to what it was. I’m glad the meadow is a marsh now.

News About People The New Year Brings Changes to OVLC’s Board of Directors The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy wishes to thank the following Directors who left the Board at the end of 2012: Cari Guerrero, Deborah Whorf, and Stefanie Coeler. The new executive officers are Don Reed, President, Sandy Buechley Vice-President, Nathan Wallace, Treasurer and Cricket Twichell as Secretary. We appreciate these Board members stepping forward to take on additional responsibilites especially during these exciting times.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who partici-

pated in the supremely successful planting day at the Old Baldwin Trailhead in December. Over 250 shrubs, trees and grasses were installed and bags of native wildflower seed were spread. Cheers to Barbara, Jim, Ted, Pearl, Sarah, James, Riley, John, Emily and Brian for being so generous with their time. Please contact Ron Singer at to be part of the next nursery planting project in February.

Thank you OVLC friends for your contributions! based on cumulative giving from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012

Welcome OVLC’s newest restoration techni-

cian Nick Auringer. Nick comes to OVLC with experience and passion. He previosly worked for the California Conservation Corps (CCC). His strong work ethic was first introduced to the OVLC Preserve Manager when Nick was working on a trail erosion project at the Ventura River Preserve while a CCC member. 2

MEMBERS $35+ Robert & Carole Adams Becky Adams, Earle Okamura & Claire Sowa Michael Allen Heidi Anderson Nita Whaley & Arne Anderson Brenda Andosz Tia Andrews John Azevedo Russ & Pat Baggerly Deena-Jane Barnett Wayne Battleson Elizabeth A. Bauer Karen & Gary Bednorz Gene Beery Anne & Brian Bemel Steve Bennett & Leslie Ann Ogden Craig Bensen Bryan & Peggy Bernard Dan & Joanna Berry Sharon Best Barry Betlock & Chris Bjornstedt Dave & Tracy Bettles Andy & Sharon Bisaccia Lerie Bjornstedt Cecily Blake Dawn Blauer

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Alasdair Coyne Gary & Mackay Crampton Laura Crary Ken Crosby Tom & Dorothy Crossman Sue Crowe Liz Currie & Allen Bertke Don & Colleen Cutler Sean & Deirdre Daly Robert & Dominique Daniels Crystal Davis & Brad Meiners Mary Jo Davy Evelyn & Bain Dayman Marion McIsaac (deceased) Joseph Delatre Dick & Kris DeVillers Frederick Dewey Roger & Susan Dickens Tom Dicky Jon Dieges Richard & Patricia Clark Doerner Susan Draffan & David Buehrens Boyd & Karin Dron Linda & Hugo Ekback Carrie Eller & Jimmy Harvey Janis Emhardt Andrew & Sharon Engel Nancy Escher

Conservation Success in 2012

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy also successfully completed its fundraising for the Steelhead Preserve Education & Conservation Center. We are projecting that we will ultimately receive $400,000 to $500,000. The funds beyond the $250,000 campaign goal will enable OVLC to improve the educational facilities and offerings for the community and allow execution of the full vision for the preserve. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy had a solid year financially in FY2012. Direct public support for the Steelhead Preserve Education & Conservation Center, the bridge in the Ojai Meadows Preserve, and for general operations was very strong. Restricted funds newly arriving in FY2012 and being transferred in from restricted accounts supported robust habitat restoration projects on the Ojai Meadows Preserve and at Rice Creek on the Ventura River Preserve. With regard to uses of funds, 85% of expenditures were for mission related projects and programs, with the balance to fundraising, general and administrative expenses.

OVLC Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2012 Financials (10/1/11 to 9/30/12) SOURCES Direct public support Restricted grants & contracts Investment & other income Transfers in restricted funds Sources Subtotal = USES Mission services General & administrative Fundraising Uses Subtotal = NET PROFIT =

$268,703 $367,453 $62,923 $149,656 $848,735 $688,564 $67,434 $54,882 $810,880 $37,855

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OVLC Annual Report

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Susan Bee LIFETIME MEMBERS Mary Bergen Jerry & Linda Bruckheimer Former giving level David Mason Susan & Peter Cheney Vivienne Moody Willi & Stefanie Coeler

Education and Events


Wild about Ojai events are free for members, $10 for non-members and are held at the OVLC office unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for all Wild about Ojai events. For more information or to make a reservation contact Marti Reid at 649-6852 ext.2 or

Thank You OVLC Business Sponsors

February 9- Wild about Ojai 10AM to 12PM, The Arctic Ecosystem, by Tom Rambo PhD, UC Davis


March 9- Wild about Ojai 10AM to 12PM, Introduction to Wildlife Tracking with Christine Danko and the Channel Islands Tracking Club - Old Baldwin Road Trailhead March 9- New Member Mixer 2PM to 4PM, mix & mingle April 6- Wild about Ojai 9AM to 12PM, Preserve Manager Hike and Picnic on Ilvento Preserve, led by OVLC’s Rick Bisaccia April 20- Earth Day Celebration 10AM to 4PM, Earth Day celebration at Oak Grove School, free May 4- Wild about Ojai 10AM to 12PM, Healing Our River: An Update, by Watershed Coordinator Lorraine Walter May 11, 18 & 25 -Springtime Bird Tours and Wildflower Walks 8:30AM to 10:30AM August 3 - Wild about Ojai 10AM to 12PM, Leapin’ Lizards and other cold bloodeds by herpetologist Dr. Lawrence Hunt September 14- OVLC Annual Celebration, details TBD October 12 – Wild about Ojai 10AM to12PM, Intro to Orienteering with OVLC Conservation Director Brian Stark November 3- Wild about Ojai 6PM to 9PM, Astronomy: Ojai’s Incredible Night Skies with Professor Hal Jandor December 7- Wild about Ojai 8:30AM-10:30AM, Winter Migration Bird Walk at Ojai Meadows Preserve


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The Cassin's Kingbird is common in spring, summer and fall, but not in winter. Photo by Robert McMorran. A bird checklist for the Ojai Meadows Preserve in online at: http://www.ovlc. org/?attachment_id=2720

Special Acknowledgements 9.29.12 to 1.15.13

There Is A New Club In Town!

OVLC’s office at the HELP of Ojai’s Baldwin Road campus has a next-door neighbor - the Rotary EcoClub of the Ventura River Watershed. Cofounders and steering committee members Jane McClenahan and Stephanie Midgett call this “a new kind of Rotary” which focuses on environmental service projects in an area extending from the mountains to the Channel Islands. The club encourages personal participation by service-minded people. Club members have been good neighbors to OVLC, volunteering in the Adopt-A-Meadow Project on the Ojai Meadow Preserve. The EcoClub is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ojai West, which has a floating classroom project at Lake Casitas. The new EcoClub provides docent training for the floating classroom’s environmental education programs for children. The club’s members will also be working with Ojai Trees

to maintain and care for newly planted oaks in Libbey Park, and the club has signed on to organize an Ojai Valley site as part of 2013’s California Coastal Cleanup. Other Lake Casitas environmental projects are being developed. Mid-morning meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month and feature speakers and project planning sessions. The club is eager to grow in 2013 and anyone interested in environmental service and watershed protection is welcome to attend a meeting to learn more about the club. A special orientation meeting for new and prospective members will set sail on Rotary’s floating classroom at Lake Casitas on February 28th. For information, contact Judith Gustafson, at or (805) 6463692.

Jane Handel gave a membership to Ramona Handel-Bajema Maruja Real gave a gift in memory of Frank Real. Boyd & Karin Dron

In honor of

Dorothy Rail

Maria Elena Nava

In honor of

Lorenz Challer

New Members Gianna M Cagliano Stephen & Sheila Cox Kenneth & Louanne Fay Halina Garbacz Laurel Haas Jeanne Kalogridis Jim Kentosh Jackie Lanum Bob & Patty McFall Kristopher Moller Karen & Ray Morse James & Carlito Paul Brossy Reina

Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks In honor of Lucy Hendricks Lynn Schwirtz In honor of Michael Reidinger & Allee Stillman Lucy & Peter Read In honor of Oliver T. Wilson and Kaarina Tienhaara Larry Rose & Lisa Larramendy In honor of Peter Larramendy

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