Field Trips

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Owens Valley, Photo by Mary Freeman

LAAS field trip destinations are a bit further afield than our regularly scheduled bird walks. Click here for local bird walks. "Read More" for all listings.

April 29 & 30 Weekend | **As of Apr. 11, this trip is FULLY BOOKED**
Owens Valley Grouse and More
$55 FEE LIMITED SIGN-UP of 20
Mary and Nick Freeman lead. Friday (April 28) evening in Bishop, a grouse biologist will present a slide show on the Sage Grouse at the BLM headquarters building. She’s really knowledgeable! We will meet at the Crowley lek turnoff (“the Green Church” at 34 Benton Crossing Rd, Mammoth Lakes – GPS address) very early on Saturday for Sage Grouse photos and viewing, and later possible Black-backed Woodpecker and Evening Grosbeak! Sunday, plan to meet in Bishop at Jack’s Restaurant (437 N Main St) for Sooty Grouse, Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch, Bank Swallow, and perhaps Chukar. An e-mailer will be sent out to the participants who have signed-up for this trip. Net profits go towards the Ralph Schreiber Grant.

Call (323) 876-0202 and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability. Mail registration fee to: Los Angeles audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041.

Please provide names, email addresses and cell phone numbers for each participant along with the check ($55 per person).

Saturday, May 6, 2017 (FULLY BOOKED)
Tejon Ranch
SUGGESTED $20 DONATION,
LIMITED (12 max.) SIGN-UP REQUIRED
Leader: Louis Tucker. Visits to the Ranch are by special arrangement with escort only, as one could easily get lost on the web of gated dirt roads covering this huge working ranch. On this new date, hopefully the ranch will have dried out from the winter storms we've so desperately needed. The bird life will be quite different from the wintering birds that were promised for January. The good news is that this is spring bird migration peak time. This will be a great time to see various passerine species: warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and other song birds. The rain and snow will also mean that the resident birds should also have plenty to feast on. There are resident Red-tails, Burrowing Owls, Golden Eagles, and Prairie Falcons are all out there to be found. Even Swainson's Hawks may be passing through or nesting! California Condor is also a possibility if it's a bright sunny day. There also is a chance of catching sight of some Pronghorn Antelope.
We will meet at Denny's in Sylmar. Take the Roxford Exit off of the 5 Fwy. Denny's can be seen on the east side of the Fwy. 12861 Encinitas Ave. Sylmar. Be prepared to carpool and leave from there at 7 a.m. to be at the 300 St. West Gate at 8 a.m. At the gate at Tejon we will then transfer to the Ranch's vehicles, for a number of reasons — first and foremost, safety — as there has been a lot of weather this winter, and roads on the ranch can be treacherous.
Also, NEW for this trip, a $20 donation to Tejon Ranch is suggested. Bring lunch, as we will be out most of the day. Rain cancels.
Limit: 12 participants only. Confirmed sign-ups for January date, who inquire before April 1, shall receive priority.
Please register with LA Audubon by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (323) 876-0202, and provide your cell phone number, & e-mail for each participant. FRS radios and scopes useful.

Friday, May 12 (FULLY BOOKED)
Small Owls of the San Gabriels #2 (of 3)
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP (10 max.)
Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. We will be looking for Flammulated, Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy and Western Screech-Owls. Sign up, and meet at 5:00 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. Mandatory sign-up by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (323) 876-0202 .
(See also: Owls #1 Apr. 21, #3 June 9)

Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20
Mojave Area with Galileo Hills & Butterbredt Springs
SIGN-UP REQUIRED, LIMITED 12 Max., NO FEE
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Western warblers and flycatchers should headline. Reptiles may be encountered!
On Friday morning we will meet at Galileo Hills main parking lot. Head east from Hwy 14 through California City, turn N after the end of the golf course onto the Randsberg Mojave Rd., take the right fork just out of town onto 20 Mule Team Parkway, continue 15 min. or so to a paved left turn marked “Silver Saddle”, make two paved right turns, and a paved left turn, continuing around the pond to the parking lot. Park and meet near the car bridge at 7:30 a.m. To meet Saturday, veer right heading north out of Mojave, taking Hwy 14 for about 20 miles, just over the riverbed, and take Jawbone Canyon Road on the left. Meet right at the turnoff at the ranger station parking lot at 6:30 a.m. (restroom). 6:30 a.m.???
Birds start shooting up this canyon at first light, so even this will get us into Butterbredt a tad late, but if we happen to hit migration on the nose, it will be magical! We will carpool to Butterbredt Springs, back-track to California City environs for lunch and more birds, and possibly finish the day at Apollo Park.

To sign-up call LAAS  (323) 876-0202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide your email address & cell phone #.

12 max. Bring lunches, sun block, FRS radios. Reserve rooms (Motel 6 or other) in Mojave, or Best Western in CA City. Those wishing to night-herp, we will meet Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. or so after a group feast at Gloria’s Mexican Restaurant, 7027 California City Blvd.

Friday, June 9, 2017
Small Owls of the San Gabriels #3 (of 3)
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP (10 Max.)
Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. We will be looking for Flammulated, Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy and Western Screech-Owls. Sign up, and meet at 5:30 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.

Mandatory sign-up by phone (323) 876-0202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

10 max.
(See also: Owls #1 Apr. 21,Owls #2 May 12)

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