At Poison Free Conejo Valley, our approach is that of education, information and advocacy to help keep our wildlife, pets and children safe from the harmful effects of rodenticides. We do this by talking to community members and sharing alternatives to rat poisons so that we can all live in poison free neighborhoods.
By providing safe alternatives to rat poisons, our goal is to create community awareness around the issues connected to rodenticides. By doing this we hope to inspire others to become poison free and help maintain safe environments for our wildlife.
We encourage you to speak with your neighbors and begin by making a difference on your own streets, in your own neighborhoods.
For downloadable flyers and letters, please go to the Outreach Materials page under Helpful Info.
Bambi is a native Californian with over 35 years of executive work experience in corporations. She believes that all living things are interconnected and therefore need to be treated as important parts of the whole. She is an avid lover of nature and animals and enjoys photographing local wildlife.
She started an owl box group on Nextdoor.com in 2020 which now consists of over 250 people, with the intent of sharing information and education about owls being natures rodent control. She encourages people not to use rat poisons, and as the group has grown, many people have put up owl boxes themselves, becoming advocates for poison free neighborhoods.
Bambi was inspired to co-found Poison Free Conejo Valley when rodent poisoning hit close to home. In 2020, she and her husband found a young, dead coyote in their backyard who apparently fell victim to rodent poisons. Her motto: If not me, Who? If not now, When?
Robin came to the Conejo Valley as a second grader and has lived here most of her life. She remembers this area when it was mostly oak trees and horses. Robin has spent her career working in media. Robin and her husband have 3 dogs and love hiking around the neighborhoods and local trails.
Robin became aware of the dangers of rat poisons when a red tailed hawk hatchling she had watched from the first day it took flight was killed by poison. Every year a pair of red tail hawks come to build a nest and raise their family in a tree in her backyard. One of the of the hatchlings was found on the ground, bleeding and unable to fly. She and her husband raced it to the California Wildlife Center but it died before it could be treated for consuming poisoned prey. Since then, she’s been focused on making sure her neighbors are aware of the amazing local wildlife around us and the dangers of rat poisons on the food chain.
Michelle has lived in the Conejo Valley most of her life. She loves to hike, water ski and horseback ride. She has two children and enjoys quality family time. She reached out to Poison Free Conejo Valley after reading the Acorn article about the bobcats that were dying from mange caused by rat poisons. From that point on she wanted to do her part in helping educate people on how dangerous rodenticides are. Passionate about the cause, she became Vice President on the board of directors at Eagle Ridge at Lang Ranch. The HOA no longer uses rodenticides thanks to her help within her community and she continues to educate people on alternatives to poisons. “We live in an area where there is so much beautiful wildlife, we need to protect them from these deadly poisons that are destroying them and the natural food chain.”
If we don’t have a place for nature in our hearts, how can we expect nature to have a place for us.