Field Trips

Small Owls of the San Gabriels #3, Friday, June 22 (FULLY BOOKED as of May 18, 2018)
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP, PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OWL DATE ONLY

Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. We will be looking for Flammulated, Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy and Western Screech-Owls. Sign up, and meet at 6:00 p.m. on the frontage road for Angeles Forest Hwy just north of the 210 Fwy in La Canada. Turn N on ACH, take the second right (Milmada Dr.), and a quick left (Flanders Rd.). Meet along the first 50-yard stretch, fed and gassed up, and we will carpool from here. Bring quiet cold weather gear (no nylon if possible), a small walking flashlight, binoculars, powerful flashlight optional. Photo ops possible. LAAS telephone / e-mail sign-up mandatory. 10 max.
SIGN-UP: Email sign-up mandatory. Send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide name(s) email addresses, & Cell phone #s and wait for email confirmation. (10 max.) Please allow others to attend this popular series by signing up for one date only. Please allow others to attend this popular series by signing up for one date only (Other dates: Friday, April 20, & Friday, May 18). For more information call (323) 876-0202, leave voice message if no answer.

Thursday thru Sunday, July 5-8
Owls & other Birds of the Southern Sierra
$140 FEE, LIMITED 10 Max. SIGN-UP (As of Mon. June 18, 1 remaining spot, sign-up ASAP)

 Fixed Sequoia by Mary Freeman

Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. Scheduled so you can light a few fireworks with the family! We will be renting a new summer home this year, which should be a bit nicer. Flammulated and Spotted Owls have been seen in multiples every year. Saw-whet (adult & juv.) and Pygmy Owl are less reliable, but we will look hard! During days, we will search out Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and perhaps Goshawk, Dipper or Evening Grosbeak! Meeting time and location in Ponderosa will be in upcoming newsletters. All beds are queens, so couples will be prioritized, and singles in sleeping bags will be wait-listed until reservations open up on July 2. Coordinate your contribution for the Thursday potluck with Mary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). LAAS will provide a weenie roast one other night, and we always have plenty of left overs for a third dinner!
For more information call (323) 876-0202, leave voice message if no answer.

Saturday, July 21
Big Bear Area
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP FOR DAY BIRDING AND / OR NIGHT OWLING

Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. Get a hotel room for July 20 (or wake up really early), and a room for July 21 if you plan to dine and owl with the Freemans. Target birds include Williamson’s?and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Calliope and Rufous Hummers, mountain finches, White-headed Woodpecker, and Mountain Quail. Meet in the Aspen Glen Picnic Area parking lot in Big Bear at 7:30 a.m. Take Hwy 18 or 38 to Big Bear Lake, then proceed about half way along the south side of the lake on Hwy 18 (Big Bear Blvd.) and turn south on Tulip Lane. The lot will be on the south side of this short street. Bring lunch for a full day, and a Forest Service Adventure Pass. SIGN-UP: Email sign-up mandatory. Send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide name(s), email addresses, & cell phone #s and wait for email confirmation.

Field Trip Listings, June 2018 and beyond

Field trips often require more driving and time in the field than do our bird walks. If you do not have convenient e-mail to reserve a trip, you may always substitute a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) and provide your daytime phone number. We do not sell, trade, or re-use contact information; cell and email simply improve our chances of contacting you at home and in the field. No pets or unapproved small children (under 12), please. Bird walks are better-suited for most children. Contact information WILL BE released to others inquiring about carpooling unless requested otherwise. Envelopes for donations to support Los Angeles Audubon and its field trips will be distributed on some non-fee trips. Please support your LAAS field trips.

Mail reservation fees to: L.A. Audubon-Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041. Send email reservation requests to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about LAAS field trips call: (323) 876-0202, and leave a voice message if there is no answer. When carpooling, remember to offer compensation for gas to your driver.

Friday, June 22
Small Owls of the San Gabriels #3 (FULLY BOOKED as of May 18th)
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP, PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OWL DATE ONLY
Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. We will be looking for Flammulated, Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy and Western Screech-Owls. Sign up, and meet at 6:00 p.m. on the frontage road for Angeles Forest Hwy just north of the 210 Fwy in La Canada. Turn N on ACH, take the second right (Milmada Dr.), and a quick left (Flanders Rd.). Meet along the first 50-yard stretch, fed and gassed up, and we will carpool from here. Bring quiet cold weather gear (no nylon if possible), a small walking flashlight, binoculars, powerful flashlight optional. Photo ops possible. LAAS telephone / e-mail sign-up mandatory. 10 max.
SIGN-UP: Email sign-up mandatory. Send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide name(s) email addresses, & cell phone #s and wait for email confirmation. (10 max.) Please allow others to attend this popular series by signing up for one date only. Please allow others to attend this popular series by signing up for one date only (additional dates: Friday, April 20 & Friday, May 18). For more information call (323) 876-0202, leave voice message if no answer.

Wednesday thru Sunday, July 5-8
Owls & other Birds of the Southern Sierra
$140 FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP, 10 MAX (As of Mon. Jun. 18, 1 spot available, sign-up ASAP)
Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. Scheduled so you can light a few fireworks with the family! We will be renting a new summer home this year, which should be a bit nicer. Flammulated and Spotted Owls have been seen in multiples every year. Saw-whet (adult & juv.) and Pygmy Owl are less reliable, but we will look hard! During days, we will search out Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and perhaps Goshawk, Dipper or Evening Grosbeak! Meeting time and location in Ponderosa will be in upcoming newsletters. All beds are queens, so couples will be prioritized, and singles in sleeping bags will be wait-listed until reservations open up on June 15. Coordinate your contribution for the Thursday potluck with Mary. LAAS will provide a weenie roast one other night, and we always have plenty of left overs for a third dinner!
For more information call (323) 876-0202, leave voice message if no answer.

Saturday, July 21
Big Bear Area
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP FOR DAY BIRDING AND / OR NIGHT OWLING
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Get a hotel room for July 20 (or wake up really early), and a room for July 21 if you plan to dine and owl with the Freemans. Target birds include Williamson’s?and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Calliope and Rufous Hummers, mountain finches, White-headed Woodpecker, and Mountain Quail. Meet in the Aspen Glen Picnic Area parking lot in Big Bear at 7:30 a.m. Take Hwy 18 or 38 to Big Bear Lake, then proceed about half way along the south side of the lake on Hwy 18 (Big Bear Blvd.) and turn south on Tulip Lane. The lot will be on the south side of this short street. Bring lunch for a full day, and a Forest Service Adventure Pass.
SIGN-UP: Email sign-up mandatory. Send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide name(s) email addresses, & cell phone #s and wait for email confirmation.

Sunday, July 29
Lower LA River Shorebird Migration
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
Leader: To Be Announced. Shorebirds frequently stage in droves on this stretch of the river, with some exciting finds here in the past. Take the 710 (Long Beach) Fwy S to the Willow Street offramp, head E over the LA River, and take the first left on Golden Ave, the first left on 26th, and follow this past the pump station onto DeForest Ave. Park near the river access by the bridge, meet along the river at 8:00 a.m., and bird until noon.

Saturday, August 4
San Gabriel Mountains / Mt. Wilson Observatory
TOUR FEE: $15/head ($12 over 62) payable at Mt. Wilson, SIGN-UP MAX: 16
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. We will bird the morning away up in the conifers, buy lunch at Newcomb’s Ranch (the Biker Bar) and end up at Mount Wilson Observatory after noon, to take the 1 p.m. guided 2-hour tour around the grounds and facility, including the 100-inch telescope. The one-mile walking tour is unsuitable for individuals with respiratory and heart problems or with limited mobility. It will be hot, but not as hot as L.A! Please visit the observatory website at www.mtwilson.edu for more exciting and cautionary details before the trip. Forest Service Adventure Pass is required ($5/day or $30/yr). Meet at 7:00 a.m. along the frontage road for Angeles Forest Hwy just north of the 210 Fwy in La Canada. Turn N on ACH, take the second right (Milmada Dr.), and a quick left (Flanders Rd.). Meet along the first 50-yard stretch, fed and gassed up, and we will carpool from here. Plan to stay out until 3 or 4 p.m.

Sunday, August 19
Salton Sea
$15 FEE, SIGN-UP 8 CARS LIMIT
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Anticipate 95-105°F, and bring plenty of water. We will see Yellow-footed (only place in the U.S.) and Laughing gulls, Black Tern, Abert's Towhee, and Gila Woodpecker. We may also see Wood Stork, Lesser Nighthawk, and Stilt Sandpiper. Lots of driving, so come with a friend, as singles will be bumped if we fill up the trip. Reserve by e-mail; and mail $15, cell# and address. Brawley Inn - (760) 344-1199 offers a better continental breakfast, $80, and there is a decent restaurant next door. America’s Best Value Inn in Westmorland - (760) 351-7100 is $70. Ask for AAA discount. Continental breakfast. Meet at Cattle Call Park at 5:30 a.m., and bird until about 3 p.m. Bring lunch, FRS radios, scope, sunblock, minimum 1 gallon of water each, and a big hat. Other lodging suggestions and information in e-mailer.

Saturday, August 25
Piute Ponds, Edwards AFB
NO FEE, 20 MAX SIGN UP, PERSONAL EAFB PASS REQUIRED!
Leader: Jim Moore. A good mix of shorebirds, with a chance at LeConte’s Thrasher, and Pectoral and Baird’s sandpipers. Some of the finest desert birding in LA County! Some amazing birds have been seen here over the years, including a pair of Hudsonian Godwits, and a Little Stint just four years ago! Meet at the Avenue C gate at 7:30 a.m. To get here, take Hwy 14 N to Avenue D, head E to Sierra Hwy, head N to Avenue C, and go a block E to the gate at the end. Lunch and finish at Apollo Park. Bring lunch, sunblock and lots of water. Likely hot weather, and possible afternoon wind. High clearance vehicles may be a plus. E-mail LAAS to sign up. ***Talk with base biologist Misty Hailstone by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Aug 15 to arrange a required annual pass ***. Tell her your personal information (legal name, driver's license number and state issued, social security number, date of birth, email address, and phone number). Please do not e-mail or leave a message. Access for foreign nationals is trickier but still possible. Cameras O.K.

September 26 – 30
Western Field Ornithologists Conference right here in Ventura! Check www.westernfieldornithologists.org for details. Whether beginner or field biologist, this event and the many field trips / workshops / lectures / quiz sessions are not to be missed!

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