With the development of urban communities, many areas of natural wildlife habitat are disappearing. The Garden realized it had an ideal site for the creation of a garden especially designed to protect and sustain birds.
Begun in 1996, the Westlake Village Garden Club, AMGEN and SOKA University contributed time, expertise and money to restore a weedy slope to beauty and usefulness.
The bird habitat is one-third acre in size. It has a fresh water source that is an essential feature to attract local and migratory birds. A grape covered arbor was installed in 1998 by a grant from Shell Oil Company's PETALS program (Protect the Environment Through Action Learning and Service) through National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., with matching funds donated by the Westlake Village Garden Club to help shelter bird watchers. The habitat is planted with plants that birds favor.
The Elliott McClure Birding Trail
The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden along with the Conejo Valley Chapter of the Audubon Society has dedicated the habitat paths to honor H. Elliott Mc Clure, friend of many and distinguished birder. Signage has been installed to help visitors identify the feathered residents of the Garden.