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Sunday, May 13 | Tejon Ranch


Leader: Louis Tucker. Visits to the Ranch are by special arrangement with escort only, as one could easily get lost on the web of gated dirt roads covering this huge working ranch. On this new date, hopefully the ranch will have dried out from the winter storms we've so desperately needed. This is spring bird migration peak time. This will be a great time to see various passerine species: warblers, flycatchers, bluebirds, and other songbirds. There are resident Red-tails, Burrowing Owls, Golden Eagles, and Prairie Falcons, which are all out there to be found. Even Swainson's Hawks may be passing through or nesting! California Condor is also a possibility if it's a bright sunny day. There also is a chance of catching sight of some Pronghorn Antelope. FRS radios and scopes useful.
The reason that we will (probably) access the Ranch for free this time, is that our group will also be keeping track of all birds sighted – which many birders do anyway – as part of the concurrent Bio-Blitz that day.
Important Note: regarding last-minute jockeying for spots on May 1 or later, or other inquiries, contact head cat wrangler Louis Tucker at pazzoluigi(at)yahoo(dot)com as Susan will be out of town much of May.

We will meet at Denny's in Sylmar. Take the Roxford Exit off of the 5 Fwy. Denny's can be seen on the east side of the Fwy. 12861 Encinitas Ave. Sylmar. Be prepared to carpool and leave from there at 7 a.m. to be at the 300 St. West Gate at 8 am. At the gate at Tejon Ranch, we will transfer to the ranch vehicles, for a number of reasons - first and foremost, safety - as roads on the ranch can be treacherous. Bring lunch, as we will be out most of the day. Rain cancels, NO drop-ins.

LIMITED SIGN-UPS: 12 participants only. Youth (9th – 12th grades) will be prioritized for 6 slots, and adults for the other 6; adults will be wait-listed for the youth slots until they open up on May 1.
HOW TO SIGN-UP: Please pre-register by email sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until May 1. Include the email address, cell phone number and Zip Code for each participant. To pre-register after May 1, contact Louis at pazzoluigi(at) yahoo(dot)com. Do NOT mail a check, as hopefully the trip will be free. In case the Bio-Blitz thing falls through, bring your checkbook and Louis will designate who to write and hand a check to ($20 adult / $10 youth). The first 12 participants will receive an email confirmation. (NO drop-ins.)