Board members at the COSF booth at Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest

Inaugural Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest Draws Crowds of Plant Enthusiasts

On Saturday, October 1, COSF launched a live event as part of its popular Speaker Series: Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest at Conejo Creek North Park. The first-year, free event, which was blessed with mild, sunny weather, featured beekeepers, butterfly experts, master gardeners, naturalists, and others.  Attendees enjoyed presentations from Read more…

View the recording of Betina Loudermilk’s talk about the plight of the Western monarch butterflies and what you can do to help them survive

For COSF’s summer 2022 Speaker Series virtual presentation on June 8, butterfly educator Betina Loudermilk of Betina’s Little Farm & Butterfly Garden gave a fact-filled presentation about the East and West Coast monarch migrations and lifecycles. She discussed the mysterious resurgence of the Western monarchs and the grave threats they Read more…

View Dr. Sean Anderson’s talk about the impact of ‘global weirding’ in the Conejo Valley and what you can do to slow it

For COSF’s first 2022 Speaker Series virtual presentation on March 2, conservation ecologist Dr. Sean Anderson examined the multiple threats posed to the Conejo Valley by global warming—or “global weirding,” as he calls it because of the bizarre weather events it causes. Dr. Anderson, who chairs the Environmental Science and Read more…

Wildlife-friendly tips from the California Wildlife Center and the video “Wildlife in Our Neighborhood” presented by Jenn Guess

Jenn Guess gave her COSF audience a very enthusiastic and spirited talk to address common ways wild animals get injured and end up at the California Wildlife Center for rehabilitation, where she works. The CWC receives 30,000 phone calls a year about injured wildlife, and takes in 4,300 animals annually, Read more…

Read the synopsis, then watch the recording of the “Native Plants Demystified” Speaker Series event from October 14, 2021

Native-plant experts Laura Pasetta, Jenn Rodriguez,  Antonio Sanchez and COSCA Administrator Brian Stark spoke from their extensive knowledge and experience of developing a garden of native Southern California plants. The video recording and a photo gallery can be found below this brief synopsis of their presentations. Laura Pasetta (Clinical herbalist, Read more…

Watch the recording of the talk: Changes in Bird Populations due to Urbanization over 25 Years

Dr. Daniel Cooper, who spoke to us via Zoom on Thursday evening June 10th, gave a scholarly presentation of his research into the changes of bird populations over the past few decades due to expanding urban areas. He finds that some species thrive in cities, some avoid them, and others Read more…

Watch the recording of the 101 Freeway wildlife crossing talk: its need and current status

“Wow. Beth is even better than I had hoped!!!” That was one response to March 11th presentation on the need for the 101 Freeway wildlife crossing bridge. The Zoom webinar was given by Beth Pratt, the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation for California. 215 people registered for the Read more…

Watch the recording of November’s Wildfire Recovery presentation

National Park Service wildfire ecologist Dr. Marti Witter gave a fantastically interesting and informative talk, “Fire History, Climate Change, and Wildfire Recovery in the Santa Monica Mountains” on November 12th. The Zoom presentation is now available for viewing. Her talk was the finale of the Conejo Open Space Foundation speaker Read more…