Edwards AFB's Piute Ponds Barn Owl

A Barn Owl takes flight from a tree in Piute Ponds at Edwards Air Force Base. The ponds attract numerous bird species and wildlife. The artificially maintained marsh area is located in the extreme southwest corner of the base. (Air Force photo by Melissa Buchanan)

Saturday, August 26
Piute Ponds, Edwards AFB
(Sign-up and obtain pass before Aug. 10)

Leader: Jim Moore. A good mix of shorebirds, with a chance at LeConte’s Thrasher, and Pectoral and Baird’s sandpipers. Some of the finest desert birding in LA County! Some amazing birds have been seen here over the years, including a pair of Hudsonian Godwits, and a Little Stint just five years ago! Probable visit to the Lancaster sewage ponds afterwards, depending on time available.
Meet at the Avenue C gate at 7:30 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. Lunch and finish at Apollo Park. Bring snacks, sunblock and lots of water to bird until oneish. Likely hot weather, and possible afternoon wind. High clearance vehicles may be a plus.
Call LAAS (323) 876-0202 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up, 20 max. sign-up, be sure to have your annual EAFB personal pass.

***To arrange a required annual pass, talk with Misty Hailstone on the base by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Aug. 10 ***. 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.