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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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September - October 2017 Field Trip Listings

Field trips often require more driving and time in the field than do our bird walks. If you do not have convenient e-mail and cell phone to reserve a trip, you may always substitute an SASE and home phone number. We do not sell, trade, or re-use contact information; cell and e-mail 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. When carpooling, remember to offer compensation for gas to your driver. 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. Mail reservation fees to: L.A. Audubon—Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041. Please send e-mail reservation sign-up requests for 'NO-FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED' activities to: Susan at 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, September 24
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). Sunday, bird California City environs, and hit Apollo Park on our way south if we have time. 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 6:30 a.m. To reserve, either call or e-mail Audubon with name(s), cell number, and e-mail address (for confirmation). 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.

Saturday, September 30
Malibu to McGrath Field Trip
Leader: Louis Tucker. Late passerines and shorebirds should be moving through coastal migration spots, mixed with early wintering birds. Possibly 80 species. Take PCH N over the bridge in Malibu to the stoplight, and park on PCH, or turn right on Cross Creek Road for free parking along the road (and Starbucks), or turn left into the fee lot (GPS: 3999 Cross Creek Rd. 90265). Cross PCH, and meet at the kiosk by the lagoon at 7:30 a.m. for a full day of birding. There may be an access fee at McGrath or elsewhere. Bring lunch.

Saturday, October 7
San Diego
Leaders: “local ringer” Mark Stratton, and “owl ringer” Mary Freeman (both with spousal support). We will be sizing up migrating shorebirds and passerines, and chasing after myriad rarity reports that typically burn up the San Diego listservs this time of year. A good portion of the morning may be spent at Pt. Loma, depending on access. Other possible areas include Sunset Cliffs, Mission Bay, lower San Diego Bay and Tijuana River marshland. Bring lunch for a full day of birding. Take the 5 Fwy S about three miles past Route 52 to the Clairemont Drive off-ramp and head W into the small lot adjacent to the Mission Bay Information Center. Meet E of the kiosk at 8:00 AM. On GPS, punch in: 2688 E. Mission Bay Dr. 92109.

Sunday, October 15
Oxnard Plain
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Meet at the Hueneme sod fields at 8:00 a.m. to look for Red-throated Pipit, Golden-Plovers and longspurs. Later, we’ll try to shake the migrating passerines - as well as a few eastern vagrants - out of nearby windbreaks. The tamarisks and eucalyptus rows on the Plain often concentrate migrants in the fall. From the 101 N, drive S on Rice Avenue, following the Rice Avenue prompts to the end, then turn Rt. on Hueneme Rd. Meet on the N (Rt) side of Hueneme Rd. a couple of blocks west of this turn, just after the first building and just before Casper Rd. On GPS, punch in: 276 Hueneme Rd. 93033.

Saturday, October 28 (date confirmed, but no sign-ups until Sept. 1) 
As of Sept 14th, this trip is fully booked with a WAIT LIST begun.

Condors at Bitter Creek NWR


Joseph Brandt, California Condor biologist, will be leading this trip to view the reintroduction program of the California Condor. We should get good looks at California Condors, possibly Golden Eagles, and a number of other species, from Cerro Noroeste Rd. and possibly a hillside near the hacking pen. Joseph will give us an overview of the program, show us how radio telemetry and GPS tracking units are helping to save the bird, and talk about the future of the species in California and elsewhere. We will be west of Mt. Pinos, not too far from Maricopa. All new releases of condors into the wild SoCal population occur here, and all 43 condors in our wild local population visit this area. Take Interstate 5 north to Frazier Park exit. At the stop sign make a left and go under I-5. Meet in the parking lot of the “Flying J” gas station at 8:30 a.m. Finish at 3 or 4:00 p.m. Reserve your place with LAAS by phone, stating phone # and e-mail address, whether you have a high clearance vehicle that can accommodate at least 4 people total (priority) or you plan to ride with someone else. Bring drinks, lunch, and FRS radio and a scope if you have them. No fee, but $10 donations (on site) accepted to the Condor Survival Fund.

Saturday, November 4
Newport Back Bay
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet on the wooden boardwalk along the west side of the bay accessible from the end of University Drive (small street) at 7:30 a.m. for the 6.0’ high tide (one of the higher tides of the season), and a full day of birding in the area. High tide at the mouth is about 9:30 a.m., and may not peak in the back bay until after 10:00 a.m., so we will be in position when birds flush to higher ground. Ridgway’s Rail (previously some of the Clapper Rails), Sora, American Bittern, Eurasian Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal and California Gnatcatcher are expected. Nelson’s Sparrow and Short-eared Owl (both rare) will also be target birds. We may finish up at San Joaquin Marsh, upstream. Take the 405 Fwy S to the 73 Toll Road (free this far) to the Campus Dr. exit, which becomes Bristol St. Turn right on Irvine Ave., drive 1.4 miles, then turn left on a small street called University Drive. Park at the end (2280 University Dr., Newport Beach 92660), walk down the frontage trail and over the little bridge, and to where the boardwalk starts to curve. Bring lunch. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.

Sunday, November 19
San Jacinto NWR and Lakeview Area
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Little Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2!), Short-eared Owls (2!) seen on past trips may not be back this year; but surely something will take their places, such as the Iceland Gull and Gyrfalcon seen here in recent years (but not on our trip)! Take the 10 or 60 Fwy E to the 215 Fwy S, exit E at Ramona Expressway, continue E just past Perris Blvd., and meet at the Farmer Boys Restaurant on the S side of the road (145A Ramona Expressway, Perris). Leave from here at 8:00 a.m. Bring lunch, warm clothing and footwear for (hopeful) mud. We will try to carpool to defray the $10 entrance fee for Lake Perris, if we go there.

Saturday,December 2
West Antelope Valley Raptors and Less Consequential Birds
Louis Tucker will lead us from Quail Lake east, 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.

Christmas Count Teasers:

Saturday, December 16
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
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
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.

Los Angeles Audubon, P.O. Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301.

Email reservation requests for 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 (please leave a voice message if there is no answer).