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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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Sunday, July 30
Lower LA River Shorebird Migration
Leader: Larry Allen. This is often an impressive place to study shorebirds in migration. And it has occassionally proven worthwhile to keep an eye out for “oddballs” like Little and Red-necked stints, and —somewhat more often—Semipalmated Sandpiper. 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. It will be hot, so bring water. We will share spotting scopes, but bring one if you have one. Navigate to 2636 De Forest Ave 90806 by GPS.

Sunday, August 13
Salton Sea
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. 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 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide your cell # and street address; and mail $15 to: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301.
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. Motel 6 is basic, and maybe a little less.
Meet at Cattle Call Park at 5:30 a.m., and bird until about 3 p.m. Arrive well fed and gassed up. Cattle Call Park is south of Brawley. From the above hotels, head E on Hwy 86 into Brawley and turn south (Rt.) on S. Rio Vista Ave. almost to the end, and turn right onto Cattle Call Dr. Follow this straight into the park and look for the goofy birders at the bottom of the hill in the dirt parking, before the road turns left. Bring lunch, FRS radios, scope, sunblock, minimum 1 gallon of water each, and a big hat. Anticipate 95-105°F. (Cattle Call Park CA 92227 on GPS).

WFO conference August 16 – 20 in Pueblo, Colorado. Check www.western fieldornithologists.org for details.

Saturday, August 26
Piute Ponds, Edwards AFB
(Sign-up and obtain pass before Aug. 10)
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 five years ago! Probable visit to the Lancaster sewage ponds afterwards, depending on time available.
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 snacks, sunblock and lots of water to bird until oneish. Likely hot weather, and possible afternoon wind. High clearance vehicles may be a plus.

Call LAAS (323) 876-0202 to sign up, 20 max. sign-up, be sure to have your annual EAFB personal pass.
***To arrange a required annual pass, talk with Misty Hailstone on the base by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Aug. 10 ***. 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.

Sunday, September 10
Huntington Central Park and Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Leader: Irwin Woldman. Huntington Central Park should be catching early songbird migration by this date. 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 (a.k.a. Clapper) Rail. Bring a lunch for a full day of birds. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the HCP parking lot on the south side of Slater Ave. just east of Golden West St.

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, call (323) 876-0202 or send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with •name(s), •cell number, and •your 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
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 (323) 876-0202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide •cell phone # and •your 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 (or more) donation checks filled out to the "Condor Survival Fund" will be accepted in the field. Call LAAS in September or check Sep/Oct Western Tanager for trip date confirmation.
No sign-ups until Sept.1.

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.


Field trips often require more driving and time in the field than do our bird walks. If you do not have convenient email 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 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 other participants inquiring about carpooling unless requested otherwise at sign-up. 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. Make reservation fees payable to Los Angeles Audubon and mail to:

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). When carpooling, remember to offer gas compensation to your driver.