Field Trips

Saturday, November 4

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 9th

Newport Back Bay
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet on the wooden boardwalk along the west side of the bay down from the end of University Drive at 8:00 a.m. for the 6.5’ high tide, and a full day of birding in the area. High tide at the mouth is about 9:00 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, Sora, American Bittern, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-winged Teal and California Gnatcatcher are expected. Short-eared Owl (rare) will also be a target. 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. Turn right on Irvine Ave., then turn left on University Drive. Park beyond the Preserve HQ (2301 University Dr., Newport Beach 92660), and walk down the trail to where the boardwalk starts to curve. Compete directions coming soon. Bring lunch. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.

Sunday, November 18
San Jacinto Wildlife Area and Lakeview Area
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE

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.

By Nick Freeman, LAAS Field Trip Chairperson

Submitted Oct. 26, 2018, Re-formatted by Susan Oct. 29, 2018

Field trips often require more driving and time in the field than do our bird walks. 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 who inquire about ride-sharing, unless requested otherwise. When carpooling, remember to offer compensation for gas to your driver.
Mail reservation fees to: Los Angeles Audubon–Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. Send email reservation requests 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, and leave a voice message if there is no answer.

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READ ON FOR INDIVIDUAL FIELD TRIPS WRITE-UPS

Saturday, December 15
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 16
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!

Wednesday, 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.

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