Field Trips

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Owens Valley, Photo by Mary Freeman

This is a complied list of the upcoming field trips sponsored by Los Angeles. This compiled list is updated periodically adding new events as they become scheduled. This is the list to print-out if needed. To read more on individual field trips, please read the indivdual web articles that follow,

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Small Owls of the San Gabriels #3 (of 3)


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)

LA Audubon Field Trippers! Below is described a trip that we have not offered for a long time. It takes in the areas of Shaver Lake / Dinkey Creek, parts of Yosemite NP, Tioga Pass, and Owens Valley (if followed to its conclusion! Unfortunately, we (that’s the royal we) have been stymied by changing logistics in the planning process, and interested participants will need to scramble to line up lodging in some of these resort towns. Our original plans called for greater anticipated expense and a higher cost, but this has been recalculated down from $120 to $75 each! We still have room for 6 more participants, and need another one or two to make it a go, so please commit soon, and please do not reserve if you are not likely to commit, in deference to others who might be aching to get on this trip! Hope you can make it!

Nick Freeman
LA Audubon Fieldtrip Chair
Glendale, CA

Saturday thru Monday, July 1 - 3

Montane Birds and Owls of Dinkey Creek and Yosemite Valley
FLAT FEE $75 (reduced), LIMITED SIGN-UP of 12 MAX, 7 MIN

Saturday, July 15
Big Bear Lake Vicinity Field Trip
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. 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. Target birds include Williamson’s and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Calliope and Rufous Hummers, mountain finches and White-headed Woodpecker. Later, we may go to Arrastre Creek (east) or Upper Santa Ana River (south). It should be warm and there may be bugs, so come prepared. Bring lunch for a full day, and a Forest Service Adventure Pass. Those wishing to go owling with Mary in the evening (probably near Bluff Lake or Hart Bar Campground), plan to eat with us, and get a room for Saturday night as well.

Sunday, July 30
Lower LA River Shorebird Migration
Leader: Larry Allen. 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. More details in July.

Sunday, August 13
Salton Sea
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. 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.
RESERVE with LAAS by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and mail $15 to Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. Provide your cell phone # and your address.