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

Leader: Kevin Enns-Rempel, past president and trip chair for Fresno Audubon, will have some help from the Freemans. Includes evenings of owling on July 1 & 2. Pencil in June 30 and July 3 as travel days. Great warblers, grosbeaks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, mountain wildflowers, and hopefully Sooty Grouse and owls! Great scenery and (hopefully) bird photo ops. We will spend a day and evening around Shaver Lake / Dinkey Creek; one day along Glacier Point Road in Yosemite NP, and nearby areas; and one day heading over Tioga Pass to the Owens Valley (for those interested, IF the Pass is open). The Freemans will escort those still with them down the Owens Valley to L.A. on July 4. Accommodations in Clovis on June 30 and July 1, Oakhurst on July 2, and Lee Vining or June Lake on July 3, are not covered, are the responsibility of participants, and may be difficult to arrange on this holiday weekend! Park admission is not covered. We will be staying up late to very late, waking up early to very early (to avoid the worst of the traffic), and seeing many to very many birds, so 2 drivers in each vehicle please! This very scenic trip is NOT a “Yosemite sightseeing trip”, and we will NOT be able to visit the Yosemite Valley, which will be a parking lot! We will be packing some meals with us. Provide Mary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your lodging info ASAP, so we know you are settled.Lodging suggestions follow.

Lodging: on Friday & Saturday nights should be in Clovis. This is NE of Fresno proper, and in close proximity to Highway 168. All have rooms priced between $100 and $150 per night. It is a one-hour drive from Clovis to Swanson Meadow on Dinkey Creek Road (just east of Shaver Lake).
* Fairfield Inn & Suites (Clovis Ave.)
* Comfort Suites (Clovis Ave.)
* Best Western Clovis Cole (Clovis Ave.)
* Holiday Inn Express (W. Shaw Ave)
* Hilton Garden Inn Clovis (W. Shaw Ave.)

Lodging: on Sunday in Oakhurst.
* Yosemite Sierra Inn (Highway 41 – Nick & Mary will stay here)

Lodging: Monday in June Lake.
* June Lake Motel (21/2*,$100)
* Whispering Pines (2*, $80)

LAAS telephone (323) 876-0202 / e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) interest sign-up mandatory. The 1st 12 people whose registration fees are received will be confirmed. Note: this price was reduced from the “Tickler” price due to revised expense estimates. Those who already sent the original amount please send replacement check for $75 per person now, and Susan will tear up old $120 check! 80% refunds after May 26, no refund after June 16. O.K. to head back to L.A. early, or turn in early, but same flat fee applies. More information will be provided in the e-mail flyer, including some accommodation suggestions.