Field Trips

Sunday, February 10
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. Sign up by e-mail with Susan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., providing • city of residence, & •cell number.

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 this page for trip status the day before.

Saturday, February 16
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 less likely, and Least Bittern rarely seen.

TO GET HERE: 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.

Saturday, February 23
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)! No Limit but sign-up required. 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 SIGN-UP: send an e-mail to 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; and mail a check for $10 per person to: Los Angeles Audubon–Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. We will confirm via email reply with exact directions and further information FRS radios & 'scopes helpful.

Sunday, February 27
Techniques for Better Bird Photography
Marina del Rey / Santa Monica

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 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; and mail a check for $40 per person. More details in the January newsletter.

March 16 & 17, 2019 Weekend
Anza-Borrego State Park

Leader: Kurt Leuschner. This is the peak time for both wildflowers and Swainson’s Hawk migration! We will 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).
TO REGISTER: 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. TO RESERVE: Mail a check for $20 LAAS member / $40 non-LAAS fee. More details later.

April 27 & 28 /Weekend
Owens Valley Grouse Trip

Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. We will see lekking Sage Grouse, highly likely Sooty Grouse, probable Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, possible Black-backed Woodpecker, maybe Golden Eagle. Stay in Bishop Friday & Saturday nights. Hopeful Sage Grouse lecture Friday evening. More details in January newsletter.