Field Trips

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area
Leader: Kris Ohlenkamp. “Freeway close” morning of birding. Kris has led this walk on-and-off for over 30 years, noting 240 species, and averaging 60-65 per walk. Osprey likely, Peregrine Falcon and American Bittern sometimes seen. Take the 405 Fwy N into the San Fernando Valley, turn W on Burbank Blvd. and N (Rt.) on Woodley Ave. to the second Rt., which is marked “Wildlife Reserve”. Turn here and park in the lot at the end. Meet at 8:00 a.m., and bird until about 11:30 a.m.

Gull Study Workshop 2018

January 27 & 28, 2018 Weekend
Carrizo Plain
FEE: $20, LIMIT: 16 Max

Saturday, February 3
Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Please note: as of Fri., Dec. 22, 2017 This trip is fully booked with a wait list begun. To be added to the wait list, mail the reservation fee. All checks are held for deposit until after the event has concluded.

Nick and Mary Freeman and refuge volunteer Carolyn Vance will guide. We should have two short buses for our silly band of birders. Throngs of wintering shorebirds and numerous raptors will be seen. Nelson's (Sharp-tailed) Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon and a few Pacific Golden-Plover are usually sighted. The refuge is part of the Naval Weapons StationNo weapons, camera OK.

ONLY LAAS reserved and confirmed individuals of U.S. citizenship with photo ID allowed on base.

Meet at the main public lot at 800 Seal Beach Blvd. at 8:00 a.m., bird through the morning as the high tide of 6.0 feet around 11:15 a.m. catches us at Hog Island, and bird until about noon. Take Seal Beach Blvd. S from the 405 Fwy, pass Westminster Blvd., turn left onto the base at the Forrestal Lane light, and left again into the lot. Spotting scopes helpful. Only LAAS-confirmed individuals of U.S. citizenship with photo ID allowed on base.

TO RESERVE: Please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide your • ZIP Code, •first, • middle-initial & • last names, • DOB, • e-mail address, • home phone number, • cell ph# (optional but helpful;) by JANUARY 24 (NEW DATE) and wait for final confirmation email; only LAAS-confirmed individuals of U.S. citizenship with photo ID allowed on base.

February 10 & 11 Weekend, 2018
Salton Sea South
Leaders Nick and Mary Freeman. Large to huge flocks of Snow & Ross' geese, White-faced Ibis and Sandhill Cranes. Stilt Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Gila Woodpecker all possible to certain. This is the only place in the U.S. to see the impressive Yellow-footed Gull (likely)! FRS radios & 'scopes helpful. 

Meet at 7:00 a.m. Saturday at Cattle Call Park south of Brawley (just downhill from 550 Cattle Call Drive, Brawley). Brawley Inn 760/344-1199, Calipatria Inn 800/830-1113, and Americas Best Value Inn in Westmorland 760/351-7100 are recommended. Arrive fed with full tanks, and bring lunches and snacks. Those who wish to will eat together Saturday night.

TO REGISTER: Send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., providing •name(s), •cell phone number, and •e-mail address for exact directions and further information. MAIL A CHECK: $10 per person to: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. 

Sunday, February 18
Ventura County Game Preserve
Leader: Irwin Woldman. The private duck hunting club in Ventura has a long history of producing the kinds of birds that most rich, well-birded and disappearing habitats can lay claim to, including Virginia rails, American Bittern, occasional Ruff, Solitary Sandpiper, and single Lesser Sand-Plover and Wood Sandpiper. Emphasis on this date will be late raptors and waterfowl, with shorebirds starting to move through.

Get to the preserve by taking the 101 Fwy W to Rice Avenue S, following the Rice Ave. prompts to the T-intersection terminus, then take Hueneme Rd. west (Rt.), take the first left turn, Casper, to the end, proceed through the gate and park across the street from the barn (6500 Casper Road, Oxnard). Meet here at 8:00 a.m. We will walk the property, so good hiking/mud shoes with energetic legs inside a plus. We may have one car. Scopes & FRS radios helpful.

There is a slight chance of cancellation, so please check the LAAS website for trip status the day before.