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Owens Valley, Photo by Mary Freeman

LAAS field trip destinations are a bit further afield than our regularly scheduled bird walks. Click here for local bird walks. "Read More" for all listings.


Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20
Mojave Area with Galileo Hills & Butterbredt Springs
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Western warblers and flycatchers should headline. Reptiles may be encountered! On Friday morning we will meet at Galileo Hills main parking lot. Head east from Hwy 14 through California City, turn N after the end of the golf course onto the Randsberg Mojave Rd., take the right fork just out of town onto 20 Mule Team Parkway, continue 15 min. or so to a paved left turn marked “Silver Saddle”, make two paved right turns, and a paved left turn, continuing around the pond to the parking lot. Park and meet near the car bridge at 7:30 a.m. To meet Saturday, veer right heading north out of Mojave, taking Hwy 14 for about 20 miles, just over the riverbed, and take Jawbone Canyon Road on the left. Meet right at the turnoff at the ranger station parking lot at 6:30 a.m. (restroom). 6:30 a.m.??? Birds start shooting up this canyon at first light, so even this will get us into Butterbredt a tad late, but if we happen to hit migration on the nose, it will be magical! We will carpool to Butterbredt Springs, back-track to California City environs for lunch and more birds, and possibly finish the day at Apollo Park. Bring lunches, sun block, FRS radios. Reserve rooms (Motel 6 or other) in Mojave, or Best Western in CA City. Those wishing to night-herp, we will meet Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. or so after a group feast at Gloria’s Mexican Restaurant, 7027 California City Blvd.
SIGN-UP: Mandatory sign-up with LAAS. Call (323) 876-0202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up. Provide your cell phone # & e-mail address. 12 max.

Sunday, June 4
Santa Anita Canyon
Leader: Tom Miko. Take the 210 Fwy toward Arcadia, and take Santa Anita Avenue N to the parking lot at the very end of the road. Meet at the Gabrielino Trail trailhead at the bottom of the lot. 4 mile pleasant to moderately strenuous walk through chaparral and oak canyons. Good selection of breeding birds including warblers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Tanager, and Band-tailed Pigeon. Slim possibility of Dipper. Tom is easily one of our most enthusiastic birders, and hails from nearby Claremont. Pack in a lunch and plenty of water. Meeting time 7:00 a.m. A Forest Service Adventure Pass is necessary for the parking lot.

Friday, June 9
Small Owls of the San Gabriels #3
Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. We will be looking for Flammulated, Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy and Western Screech-Owls. Sign up, and meet at 5:30 p.m. on the frontage road for Angeles Forest Hwy just north of the 210 Fwy in La Canada. Turn N on ACH, take the second right (Milmada Dr.), and a quick left (Flanders Rd.). Meet along the first 50-yard stretch, fed and gassed up, and we will carpool from here. Plan to stay out until 11 or 12 p.m. Bring quiet cold weather gear (no nylon if possible), a small walking flashlight, binoculars, powerful flashlight optional. Photo ops possible. LAAS telephone / e-mail sign-up mandatory. 10 max. FULLY BOOKED

Saturday, June 17
San Gabriel Mountains / Mt. Wilson Observatory
TOUR FEE: $10/head ($8 over 62) payable at Mt. Wilson, SIGN-UP MAX: 16
Leader: Mary Freeman. Meet at 7:00 a.m. on the frontage road for Angeles Forest Hwy just north of the 210 Fwy in La Canada. We will bird the morning away up in the conifers, buy lunch at Newcomb’s Ranch (the Biker Bar) and end up at Mount Wilson Observatory after noon, to take the guided 2-hour tour around the grounds and facility, including the 100-inch telescope. The one-mile walking tour is unsuitable for individuals with respiratory and heart problems or with limited mobility. Please visit the observatory website at www.mtwilson.edu for more exciting and cautionary details before the trip. A Forest Service Adventure Pass is required. SIGN-UP: To reserve with LAAS, call (323) 876-0202 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 15 with name, cell phone number, and e-mail address and await confirmation. No sign-ups without tour, please. Meeting details coming soon.

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 (mnfreeman@earthlink dot net) with your lodging info ASAP, so we know you are settled.
NOTE: This price was reduced from the “Tickler” price due to revised expense estimates. 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
SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS: Call LAAS telephone (323) 876-0202 or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to check availability. Mail $75 per persoregistration fee to: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301 and wait for confirmation email. The first 12 people whose registration fees are received will be confirmed.

Saturday, July 15
Big Bear Lake Vicinity Field Trip
Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Meet in the Aspen Glen Picnic Area parking lot in Big Bear at 7:30 a.m. Take Hwy 18 or 38 to Big Bear Lake, then proceed about half way along the south side of the lake on Hwy 18 (Big Bear Blvd.) and turn south on Tulip Lane. The lot will be on the south side of this short street. Target birds include Williamson’s and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Calliope and Rufous Hummers, mountain finches and White-headed Woodpecker. Later, we may go to Arrastre Creek (east) or Upper Santa Ana River (south). It should be warm and there may be bugs, so come prepared. Bring lunch for a full day, and a Forest Service Adventure Pass. Those wishing to go owling with Mary in the evening (probably near Bluff Lake or Hart Bar Campground), plan to eat with us, and get a room for Saturday night as well.

Sunday, July 30
Lower LA River Shorebird Migration
Leader: Larry Allen. 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. More details in July.

Sunday, August 13
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. 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.
RESERVE with LAAS by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and mail $15 to Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. Provide your cell phone # and your address.

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


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. 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 “NO-FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED” activities 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.