Field Trips

Field Trip Listings, July 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. When carpooling, remember to offer compensation for gas to your driver.

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.

Sunday, August 19
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.

Reserve by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); and U.S. mail $15 check to Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301, Provide your •cell #, •eMail Address and •mailing 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
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.

TO SIGNUP: 1st 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 EAFB pass. Tell her your personal information (•legal name, •driver's license number and state issued, •social security number, •date of birth, •email address, and •cell phone number). Please DO NOT e-mail or leave Misty a voice message!  Access for foreign nationals is trickier but still possible. Cameras O.K

After you obtain the personal EAFB pass, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the LA Audubon sign-up list, (20 Max sign-up)

Sunday, September 16
Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Harriet Weider Park
Leader: Irwin Woldman. At Bolsa Chica, flocks of shorebirds should be heading south, mixing with post-breeding terns and Skimmers, and a chance for American Bittern and Ridgeway’s Rail. We will caravan to Harriet Weider park next, for passerines, flycatchers and such. For those wishing to picnic lunch, we will do so afterwards at the tables near the library about 1.5 miles north on PCH and one block toward the ocean. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Bolsa Chica parking lot on the north side of PCH, a block southeast of Warner Avenue. Bring a scope if you have one!

Saturday, September 22
Mojave Area
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Kern County has some of the best migrant traps in the state. Western warblers and flycatchers should headline. Reptiles may be encountered! Dine out (then herp?) with leaders Saturday evening if you wish (Gloria’s, 7027 CA City Blvd, 93505). Contact leaders if you plan to dine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Sunday, bird California City environs, and hit Apollo Park on our way south if we have time. Reserve a room at Motel 6 or other in Mojave, or the Best Western in CA City (across the street from the meeting spot). Bring lunches, FRS radios, sunblock, bird and reptile books.  To meet, take Hwy 14 about 4 miles past Mojave, then turn right on California City Blvd. Drive through town about a mile past the shops, turn left into the golf course parking lot past the huge, fenced driving range. Meet here at 7:30 a.m.

To reserve, send e-mail to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call (323) 876-0202, leave voice message if no answer). Provide •name(s), •cell number, and •e-mail address (for confirmation). 

September 26 – 30
Western Field Ornithologists Conference

Right here in Ventura! Check for details. Whether beginner or field biologist, this event and the many field trips / workshops / lectures / quiz sessions are not to be missed!