Field Trips

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.

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.

Saturday, December 29
East Antelope Valley, including Piute Ponds
NO FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED, (20 MAX)
Personal–Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) PASS REQUIRED before Dec 20!

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! We will 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.

TO SIGN-UP:
1) First, talk with Misty Hailstone on the base by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. before Dec 20 to arrange a required annual EAFB 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 send Misty an e-mail or leave a message. Access for foreign nationals is trickier but still possible. Cameras O.K.
2) Once you have your required pass, send email to Susan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide •Names, •Email Addresses & •Cell Phone #.

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