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Tejon Ranch, Copyright © 2016 Jason Koenig

This is a complied list of the upcoming field trips sponsored by Los Angeles. This compiled list is updated periodically adding new events as they become scheduled. This is the list to print-out if needed. To read more on individual field trips, please read the indivdual web articles that follow,

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LAAS FIELD TRIP LISTINGS 

November – December 2017 Field Trip Listings

Field trips often require more driving and time in the field than do our bird walks. If you do not have convenient e-mail 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 e-mail 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 others 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. Mail reservation fees to: L.A. Audubon—Field Trips, Attn: Susan Castor, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041. Address e-mail reservation requests for “NO-FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED” activities to: Susan at 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. When carpooling, remember to offer compensation for gas to your driver.

Saturday, November 4
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 accessible from the end of University Drive (small street) at 7:30 a.m. for the 6.0’ high tide (one of the higher tides of the season), and a full day of birding in the area. High tide at the mouth is about 9:30 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 (previously some of the Clapper Rails), Sora, American Bittern, Eurasian Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal and California Gnatcatcher are expected. Nelson’s Sparrow and Short-eared Owl (both rare) will also be target birds. 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, which becomes Bristol St. Turn right on Irvine Ave., drive 1.4 miles, then turn left on a small street called University Drive. Park at the end (2280 University Dr., Newport Beach 92660), walk down the frontage trail and over the little bridge, and to where the boardwalk starts to curve. Bring lunch. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.

Sunday, November 19
San Jacinto NWR 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.

Saturday, December 2
West Antelope Valley Raptors and Less Consequential Birds
NO FEE, *MINIMUM SIGN-UP of 3 Participants* *Sign-up by Nov. 29th end-of-day*
Louis Tucker will lead us from Quail Lake east, viewing the Antelope Valley through the warped lens of his raptor-loving mind. Ferruginous Hawk and Prairie Falcon likely, Golden Eagle possible. Wear warm clothing, bring lunch, and have a full tank of gas. Meet at Denny’s at 6:45 a.m. to carpool. Take 405N to Roxford in Sylmar. Turn right, then right into the Denny’s parking lot at 12861 Encinitas Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342. Trip leaves at 7:00 a.m. Rain in the AV cancels, as decided at Denny’s by Louis. ‘Scopes and FRS radios helpful.
Per leader, MINIMUM of 3 people, (no upper limit or max.) *Sign-up by Wed. Nov. 29th end-of-day* Send email to reserve to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (323) 876-0202, and leave a voice message if there is no answer.

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2017 Christmas Counts:

Saturday, December 16
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 17
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!

Tuesday, 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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Saturday, January 6 (NOTE: Rescheduled, was 1/7/2018)
East Antelope Valley, including Piute Ponds
NO FEE, 20 MAX SIGN UP, PERSONAL EAFB PASS REQUIRED!
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Chance of LeConte’s Thrasher, and occasionally Vermilion Flycatcher. Some of the finest desert birding in LA County! Some amazing birds have been seen here over the years! Continue to 110th St. E, Apollo Park and possibly elsewhere afterwards. Meet at the Avenue C gate at 8:00 a.m. To get here, take Hwy 14 N to Avenue D, head E to Sierra Hwy, head N to Avenue C, and go a block E to the gate at the end. Bring lunch, sunblock and lots of water. Possible afternoon wind. High clearance vehicles may be a plus.
Address e-mail 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.
***Talk with Misty Hailstone on the base by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Dec 20 to arrange a required annual pass ***. Tell her your personal information (legal name, driver's license number and state issued, social security number, date of birth, email address, and phone number). Please do not e-mail or leave a message. Access for foreign nationals is trickier but still possible. Cameras O.K.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
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.

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Friday, January 19
Gull Study Workshop — Lecture
$20 FULL WORKSHOP FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP (20 Max.)
Speaker Larry Allen will discuss most gulls that have appeared in North America – the majority of which have made it to California. So, you’ve been avoiding gulls for the last decade (if that’s possible), hoping that they would migrate out of the Southern California region. Well, that’s not going to happen. But Larry has a kind touch when it comes to Gull I.D., and will rapidly get you up to speed with how to evaluate and identify our gulls. Larry will specifically address general aspects of gull topography, the confusing (but orderly) logic of molt sequences, and the finer aspects of identifying to age and species. Slides, study skins and handouts will be used. This is a Ralph Schreiber Grant fund-raiser.
Please register at 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; and •mail a check for $20 each, which gets you the lecture & field trip, and an e-mailer with directions and details. Not offered separately. Private residence in Altadena, from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m., with one refreshment break. 20 maximum.

Sunday, January 21
Gull Study Workshop — Field Trip
$20 FULL WORKSHOP FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP (20 Max.
Leader: Larry Allen. Put your new knowledge to use in the field, perhaps even identifying immature California & Ring-billed gulls as they fly overhead! Meet in the field at 8:00 a.m. and ogle the gulls until we’re all gull identification experts! Location will be confirmed during the lecture. We often go to Doheny State Beach in Orange County (34422 Park Lantern, Dana Point; then turn right into the main lot before the bridge, and meet in the SE corner by San Juan Creek). It is a fair drive to Doheny, but we have had large numbers of gulls on our workshops here, including Glaucous Gull twice, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull once! Maximum of 20 participants. See above to reserve lecture & field trip. Doheny Beach parking fee. If goodly numbers of gulls are present around the Los Angeles Basin, we will assemble there instead. Bring a lunch.
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January 27 & 28 Weekend
Carrizo Plain
FEE: $20, LIMIT: 16 Max
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet at 8 a.m. in Maricopa. Spectacular scenery. We will see Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, LeConte’s Thrasher, Merlin and pronghorn; with possible Rough-legged Hawk, Mountain Plover, Pronghorn, Elk and Sage Thrasher. We will meet in Maricopa (vacant lot at 800 Stanislaus St., west of Shell station on south side of Hwy 166), drive around the Plain all weekend, then leave the Plain heading north via Bitterwater Road on Sunday before we away to LA. If possible, please carpool or avail your vehicle to others when you reserve. Your phone number and email address WILL BE released for carpooling unless you request otherwise at time of sign-up.
Please register at 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; and •mail a check for $20 each. Net profits go to the Schreiber Grant Fund. Reserve your own room in Buttonwillow for Saturday night. Motel 6 is one option here. FRS radios & ‘scopes helpful. Limit: 16.

Saturday, February 3 

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

LIMITED SIGN-UP REQUIRED (before Jan. 24th), NO FEE
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 Station.
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.
No weapons, camera OK.
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.

February 10 & 11 Weekend
Salton Sea South
FEE: $10, SIGN-UP REQUIRED, NO LIMIT
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)! No Limit, but sign up by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also provide your cell phone number for more details.
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. Please register with Susan at 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; and mail a check for $10 each. FRS radios & 'scopes helpful.

Sunday, February 18
Ventura County Game Preserve
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
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.

Saturday, February 24
Techniques for Better Bird Photography
Marina del Rey / Santa Monica
$40 FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 10
Your workshop host will be Christopher Taylor. During the field lab, shorebirds and gulls should highlight. Christopher will be addressing a basic approach to one of the most difficult arenas of photography. Christopher will cover different aperture, lighting and metering techniques to help make your photographs POP! Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot at 7:30 a.m. with a DSLR camera and 300mm-plus telephoto lens (required). Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile. Turn right on Pacific Ave. Turn into the lot on the right. After lunch, Christopher will review basic post-production Photoshop techniques, and tips to make good photos great and great photos truly eye-catching. A charged laptop with Photoshop loaded is useful but not required. Finish up 3 or 4 p.m. Please register by 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; and • mail a check for $40 each. More details in the January newsletter.

Sunday, February 25
Chasing Parrots in Pasadena
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leader: Larry Allen. The famous “Temple City” parrots have moved to Pasadena! Join Larry as we follow the evening flock as it gathers members and moves to roosting sites in suburban Pasadena. Possible Red-crowned, Lilac-crowned, Red-lored, and Yellow-headed Parrots and perhaps other parrot and parakeet species as well. Bring scopes if you have them. We will meet at 5:00 p.m. and bird until fully dark (about 6:30 p.m.). Meet at La Pintoresca Park at 45 E Washington Blvd. in Pasadena, at the northeast corner of Fair Oaks Ave. and Washington Blvd. Exit the 210 Freeway at Fair Oaks and proceed north about 1¼ miles. Park on the surrounding streets and gather around the small parking lot on the east side, off Raymond Ave. If you don't find the group there, look on the west side of the park. Depending on the location of the roosts, we will either walk or drive from the park.

March 24-25, 2018 Weekend

*NOTE: The dates for this event have been corrected (was Mar. 17-18, 2017)
Anza-Borrego State Park
$20 LAAS MEMBER FEE / $40 FOR NON-LAAS MEMBERS, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 20
Leader: Kurt Leuschner. Peak time for both wildflowers and Swainson’s Hawk migration! Caravan through the State Park from the Colorado Desert up to Julian, with short forays to take in the sights and the wildlife. Kurt is a professor of desert ecology, and knows all of our deserts very well. Reserve your accommodations at Hacienda del Sol, Stanlund Motel or others in Borrego Springs months early, as this is wildflower season too! Meet at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs).
Please register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., providing • name(s), • cell phone number, and your • e-mail address; and • mail a check for $20 LAAS member / $40 non-LAAS fee. More details later.

Los Angeles Audubon, P.O. Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301.

Email reservation requests for 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).

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