Field Trips

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Tejon Ranch, Copyright © 2016 Jason Koenig

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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Saturday, December 2
West Antelope Valley Raptors and Less Consequential Birds
NO FEE, *MINIMUM SIGN-UP of 3 Participants* *Sign-up by Nov. 29th end-of-day* 

11/30/2017 1:50 PM, TRIP CANCELLED, MINIMUM NOT MET.

Louis Tucker will lead us viewing the Antelope Valley through the warped lens of his raptor-loving mind. Ferruginous Hawk and Prairie Falcon likely, Golden Eagle possible. Wear warm clothing, bring lunch, and have a full tank of gas. Meet at Denny’s at 6:45 a.m. to carpool. Take 405N to Roxford in Sylmar. Turn right, then right into the Denny’s parking lot at 12861 Encinitas Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342. Trip leaves at 7:00 a.m. Rain in the AV cancels, as decided at Denny’s by Louis. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.

UPDATE as of 10 a.m. Nov. 29th, 2017

Here is an amended tour itinerary. We will meet at Denny's off of the Roxford Exit in Sylmar at 6:45 to carpool and leave at 7 a.m. as planned. Carpooling is strongly suggested as the dirt roads in the AV are easy to travel on, they just pull up a lot of dust. So, if we limit the car caravan, that will be very helpful.
There is a change in approach to the AV. From Denny's, we will go north on the 5 fwy and soon after get on the 14 fwy towards Palmdale and Lancaster. We will exit the 14 fwy at Avenue A and make a left after leaving the off ramp from the 14 fwy. Our trip will start there and head west, making stops at various spots along the way. The trip will end at Quail Lake. The reason for the change is that you will have a better chance of seeing land birds in the morning while it is cooler; and the waterfowl will be sitting waiting for us in the afternoon at the lake. It will be a full day of birding.

Per leader, MINIMUM of 3 people, (no upper limit or max.) *Sign-up by Wed. Nov. 29th end-of-day* Send email to reserve to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (323) 876-0202, and leave a voice message if there is no answer.

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Lancaster Christmas Bird Count
Contact compilers Nick and Mary Freeman at: (818) 636-4361 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be placed on a team or be given an area. Prairie Falcon, Mountain Bluebird, Greater Roadrunner, LeConte’s Thrasher, and Burrowing and Long-eared owls usually reported by someone!

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Malibu Christmas Bird Count
Contact compiler Dick Norton at: (310) 455-1138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched up with a team or a survey area. Historically, our best-attended count!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Los Angeles Christmas Bird Count
Contact compiler Daniel Cooper at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched up with a team or a survey area.

BOUNDARY MAP FOR L.A. Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, January 6, 2018 (NOTE: Rescheduled, was 1/7/18)
East Antelope Valley, including Piute Ponds
NO FEE, 20 MAX SIGN UP, PERSONAL EAFB PASS REQUIRED!
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Chance of LeConte’s Thrasher, and occasionally Vermilion Flycatcher. Some of the finest desert birding in LA County! Some amazing birds have been seen here over the years! Continue to 110th St. E, Apollo Park and possibly elsewhere afterwards. Meet at the Avenue C gate at 8:00 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. Bring lunch, sunblock and lots of water. Possible afternoon wind. High clearance vehicles may be a plus.

TO RESERVE:
***First talk with Misty Hailstone on the base by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Dec 20 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.

THEN: Send an e-mail reservation request 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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
Leader: Kris Ohlenkamp. “Freeway close” morning of birding. Kris has led this walk on-and-off for over 30 years, noting 240 species, and averaging 60-65 per walk. Osprey likely, Peregrine Falcon and American Bittern sometimes seen. Take the 405 Fwy N into the San Fernando Valley, turn W on Burbank Blvd. and N (Rt.) on Woodley Ave. to the second Rt., which is marked “Wildlife Reserve”. Turn here and park in the lot at the end. Meet at 8:00 a.m., and bird until about 11:30 a.m.

Friday, January 19
Gull Study Workshop — LECTURE
$20 FULL WORKSHOP FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP (20 Max.)
Speaker, Larry Allen will discuss most gulls that have appeared in North America – the majority of which have made it to California. So, you’ve been avoiding gulls for the last decade (if that’s possible), hoping that they would migrate out of the Southern California region. Well, that’s not going to happen. But Larry has a kind touch when it comes to Gull I.D., and will rapidly get you up to speed with how to evaluate and identify our gulls. Larry will specifically address general aspects of gull topography, the confusing (but orderly) logic of molt sequences, and the finer aspects of identifying to age and species. Slides, study skins and handouts will be used. This is a Ralph Schreiber Grant fund-raiser.  Private residence in Altadena, from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m., with one refreshment break. 20 maximum. 

Sunday, January 21
Gull Study Workshop — FIELD TRIP
Leader: Larry Allen. Put your new knowledge to use in the field, perhaps even identifying immature California & Ring-billed gulls as they fly overhead! Meet in the field at 8:00 a.m. and ogle the gulls until we’re all gull identification experts! Location will be confirmed during the lecture. We often go to Doheny State Beach in Orange County (34422 Park Lantern, Dana Point; then turn right into the main lot before the bridge, and meet in the SE corner by San Juan Creek). It is a fair drive to Doheny, but we have had large numbers of gulls on our workshops here, including Glaucous Gull twice, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull once! Maximum of 20 participants. See above to reserve lecture & field trip. Doheny Beach parking fee. If goodly numbers of gulls are present around the Los Angeles Basin, we will assemble there instead. Bring a lunch.
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TO REGISTER: Please register by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., •providing name(s), •cell phone number, and •e-mail address.  •Mail a check for $20 per person, which gets you the lecture & field trip, and an e-mailer with directions and details.

MAIL TO: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. Lecture and field trip are NOT offered separately. 

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