Field Trips

Sunday, May 20
Big Morongo Canyon
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 15

Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet at 8:00 AM in the preserve parking lot, or 7:00 AM at Covington Park next door. Breeding desert and oasis birds such as Brown-crested and Vermilion Flycatchers, Summer Tanager, Scott's and Hooded Orioles, Yellow-breasted Chat and late migrating Empidonax flycatchers. To get there, take the 10 Fwy E about 17 miles past Banning to Hwy 62 N. Pass through the town of Morongo Valley, take a right on East Dr., then a left into the preserve (or straight to Covington Park). Bring lunch, water, sensible clothing and sun block. Yucca Valley and Desert Hot Springs offer nearby accommodations, or camp at Joshua Tree NP.

LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 15. TO SIGN-UP: Send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., provide names(s), cell phone #’s and your Zip Code. For more information call (323) 876-0202. Contact information WILL BE released to others inquiring about carpooling unless requested otherwise.

Thursday thru Sunday, July 5-8
Owls & other Birds of the Southern Sierra
$140 FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP

 Fixed Sequoia by Mary Freeman

Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. Scheduled so you can light a few fireworks with the family! We will be renting a new summer home this year, which should be a bit nicer. Flammulated and Spotted Owls have been seen in multiples every year. Saw-whet (adult & juv.) and Pygmy Owl are less reliable, but we will look hard! During days, we will search out Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and perhaps Goshawk, Dipper or Evening Grosbeak! Meeting time and location in Ponderosa will be in upcoming newsletters. All beds are queens, so couples will be prioritized, and singles in sleeping bags will be wait-listed until reservations open up on June 15. Coordinate your contribution for the Thursday potluck with Mary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). LAAS will provide a weenie roast one other night, and we always have plenty of left overs for a third dinner!
For more information call (323) 876-0202, leave voice message if no answer.

Saturday, July 21
Big Bear Area
NO FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP FOR DAY BIRDING AND / OR NIGHT OWLING

Leaders Mary and Nick Freeman. Get a hotel room for July 20 (or wake up really early), and a room for July 21 if you plan to dine and owl with the Freemans. Target birds include Williamson’s?and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Calliope and Rufous Hummers, mountain finches, White-headed Woodpecker, and Mountain Quail. 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. Bring lunch for a full day, and a Forest Service Adventure Pass. SIGN-UP: Email sign-up mandatory. Send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide name(s), email addresses, & cell phone #s and wait for email confirmation.

Sunday, May 6

Mojave Area with Butterbredt Springs

SIGN-UP REQUIRED, NO FEE, LIMIT 12

Leaders: Nick and Mary Freeman. Western warblers and flycatchers should headline. Reptiles may be encountered! To meet, 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 7:00 a.m. There is a restroom here. 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.  12 max. Bring lunches, sun block,. FRS radios. Reserve rooms (Motel 6 or other) in Mojave, or Best Western in CA City.

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