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Upcoming Field Trips in 2018
updated 4/3/18

APRIL Trips:
Fri 06 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch (R - Cancelled 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat/Sun 07-08 Eastern Sierra weekend field trip (R) 7:30 am - all day
Sat 07 Irvine Regional Park bird walk 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 07 Monthly Wildlife Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Sun 08 Monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 8:00 am - 12 noon
Wed 25 Upper Newport Bay by pontoon boat (R) 8:15 am - 11:00 am
Sat 28 Potluck Picnic & Evening Bird Walk at Irvine Reg. Park 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat 28 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch (R - Cancelled) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun 29 Big Morongo Preserve & vicinity (R) 7:00 am - 12 or later pm
Sun 29 Upper Newport Bay bird walk 8:00 am - 11:00 am
 
MAY Trips:
Sat 05 Monthly Wildlife Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Sun 13 Monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 8:00 am - 12 noon
Wed 16 Upper Newport Bay by pontoon boat (R) 8:15 am - 11:00 am
Thurs 17 Bolsa Chica bird walk 8:00 am - 12 noon
Sat 19 Spring Pelagic Trip (R) 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sun 27 Upper Newport Bay bird walk 8:00 am - 11:00 am

— Field Trips Information
 

IRVINE REGIONAL PARK bird walk
Saturday, April 7 — 7:30 to 11:30 am

Join Linette for a bird walk at Irvine Reg. Park at 7:30. Irvine Park supports a large number of species, and it does not close when it rains because the connecting roads are paved. DIRECTIONS: Take Jamboree NE (toward the mts.) and follow it across Santiago Canyon Rd. and into the park. OR, from the 55 Fwy, exit on Katella & drive east. Katella turns into Villa Park Rd. & then Santiago Cyn. Rd. which you will stay on until it intersects with Jamboree. Turn left on Jamboree & follow it into the park. Be prepared to pay the $5 entrance fee if  you don’t have a county park pass. Meet in the 1st parking lot on the right, after you enter the park.

Leader: Linette Davenport
 
WILDLIFE WALK at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Monthly Walk)
1st Saturday monthly (9:00 am - 10:30 am) - Leaders: Audubon Naturalists
We'll be exploring the birds, plants, and creatures of the marsh every month on the 1st Saturday morning of each month at 9:00 am in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, in Irvine. We'll enjoy the winter migrants, see the baby Mallards learn to swim, watch the Tree Swallows feeding their young, observe the plants going quiet and dormant under the summer's heat, and watch the marsh come alive again as the fall rains appear, and the waterfowl return to the ponds. These walks are still about Seasons of Nature, but with more frequent walks and more wildlife to experience. What's not to like about that? We hope you will join us. We will meet in front of Audubon House.
DIRECTIONS: (The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot is located at 5 Riparian View in Irvine. The only way to enter the area by car is from Campus Drive, not from Michelson.)From the San Diego Fwy (405), exit on Jamboree south toward Newport Beach. At the 1st signal which is Michelson, turn left. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard, and turn right. Drive to University and turn right. Drive on to Campus Drive and turn right. Stay in the far right lane and immediately turn right on to Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The entrance road is marked by a green sign. If you miss the turn and reach Carson, turn right and go around the block again. There is ample free parking.
 
BIRD WALK at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Monthly Walk)
2nd Sunday monthly (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Leader: Chris Obaditch
Join Chris Obaditch for a monthly bird walk around the ponds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine at 8:00 am on the 2nd Sunday morning of each month. Join us to see the birds of the marsh, both migrant and resident. (geese, ducks, grebes, quail, pelicans & cormorants, herons, egrets, ibis, birds of prey, rails & coots, stilts & avocets, shorebirds, gulls & terns, skimmers, doves, hummingbirds, kingfishers, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, crows & ravens, swallows, Wrentits & bushtits, wrens, kinglets & gnatcatchers, mockingbirds & thrashers, pipits & waxwings, warblers, towhees & sparrows, blackbirds & finches) The walk, which is open to interested birders of all ages, will meet by the front door of Audubon House. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
DIRECTIONS: (The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot is located at 5 Riparian View in Irvine. The only way to enter the area by car is from Campus Drive, not from Michelson.)From the San Diego Fwy (405), exit on Jamboree south toward Newport Beach. At the 1st signal which is Michelson, turn left. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard, and turn right. Drive to University and turn right. Drive on to Campus Drive and turn right. Stay in the far right lane and immediately turn right on to Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The entrance road is marked by a green sign. If you miss the turn and reach Carson, turn right and go around the block again. There is ample free parking.
 

UPPER NEWPORT BAY by pontoon boat (R) - 8:15 - 11:00 am
3rd Wednesday monthly (exception - April 25, June 20, July 13 (7:30 - 10:20), Aug. 24 - Leader: Nancy Kenyon

Join us for the rare opportunity of birding the Upper Newport Bay from the deck of a pontoon boat. Spotting birds from the water offers one a different perspective and the birds seem to view us differently also. Trip duration is 2 1/2 hours. We will be using a 15 passenger pontoon boat belonging to the Newport Sea Base. Trip fee is $10 per person to help cover operating expenses. The money will be collected by the trip leader on the day of the outing. Directions to the Sea Base will be emailed to those with reservations. If at all possible, please make your reservation by email so that we can email you back the directions. These trips tend to fill up quickly so advance reservations are necessary.
DIRECTIONS: to the Sea Base will be emailed to those with reservations. (During the trip, some of the birders will be conducting a bird count. The data from these monthly bird counts in Upper Newport Bay can be found here on our webpage. Copies of the bird count on the day of the outing will be sent to each trip participant.)
 
UPPER NEWPORT BAY bird walk (Monthly Walk)
Last Sunday monthly (8:00 am - 11:00 am) - Leader: Mark Kincheloe
Join Mark Kincheloe for a monthly bird walk in Upper Newport Bay to check out the seasonal shorebirds, ducks, grebes, herons & egrets, etc. that frequent the bay. Bring your binoculars, a field guide, and a scope if you have one. This is a good vantage point to watch for Black Skimmers and terns flying over the water as well as herons & egrets stalking their prey in the shallows.
DIRECTIONS: The meeting place for this walk is the Big Canyon parking lot in Newport Beach. This is easily reached from Jamboree. Take San Joaquin Hills Road west toward the bay where it intersects with Back Bay Drive. Turn right on Back Bay Drive and follow the road to the Big Canyon parking lot on your left. The length of the bird walk will depend on the tide and the number of birds to be seen.
 
BOLSA CHICA Ecological Reserve (Alternate Months: Sept 18, Nov, Jan, March, May, July)
3rd Thursday, alternate months (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Leader: Vic Leipzig
Come prepared for a great morning of birding[ to check out the resident birds, wintering species & summer breeding species, as well as migrants. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and a scope if you have one. We will meet in Harriet Wieder Park in the lot off Garfield.
DIRECTIONS: We will meet at the playground in Harriett Wieder Regional Park.  From PCH, turn inland on Seapoint Street. Follow Seapoint 1 mile to Garfield Avenue and make a U-turn.  Drive entry to the playground will be on the right in 0.25 mile.
 
— TRIPS WHICH REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS —
Fri-Sun, Nov. 2,3,4, 2018 Morro Bay Trip Leader: Kaaren Perry $50
Monthly, 3rd Wed. morning UNB by Pontoon Boat Leader: Nancy Kenyon $10
April 25 - May 16 - June 20 - July 13 - August 24 - Sept. 19 - Oct. 17 - Nov. 21 - Dec. 19.
Payment should be made on the day of the trip; directions will be sent to those with reservations. Contact Nancy Kenyon for reservations.
Sat, Oct . 6 Fall Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 others $60
to be announced Winter Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 co-leaders $60
Sat, May 19, 2018 Spring Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Feenstra & 5 co-leaders $60
Sat, July 14, 2018 Summer Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 co-leaders $60
to be announced Seal Beach NWR Leaders: Jeff Bray & Bruce Aird no fee
to be announced Salton Sea weekend trip Leader: Bruce Aird $35
Fri, March 30, 2018 Owl Prowl - cancelled Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Sat, March 31, 2018 Owl Prowl - cancelled Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Sat/Sun, April 7-8, 2018 Eastern Sierra weekend trip Leaders: Vic Leipzig & Bruce Aird $35
Fri, April 6, 2018 Owl Prowl - cancelled Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Sat, April 28, 2018 Owl Prowl - cancelled Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Sun, April 29, 2018 Big Morongo & vicinity Leader: Bruce Aird free
Sat/Sun, June 23-24, 2018 Mammoth Lakes weekend Trip Leaders: Vic Leipzig & Bruce Aird $40
       
       

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