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Sea & Sage Audubon
Pelagic Trips out of Dana Point

Rhinoceros Auklet
seen on a Winter Pelaglic trip
photo by John Thomlinson
R/V Sea Explorer
The boat we use for our Pelagic Trips
photo by Jeffrey Cowell
Bottlenose Dolphin
seen on Winter Pelaglic trip, 2/4/12
photo by John Thomlinson


Sat, Oct. 6, 2018

Sat, TBA, 2019
May 19, 2018
July 14, 2018
8 hour trip
8 hour trip
8 hour trip
8 hour trip
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
$60 per person
$60 per person
$60 per person
$60 per person
Trip Leader: Jon Dunn
Trip Leader: Jon Feenstra
Trip Leader: Jon Dunn

Advance reservations are mandatory for these trips. The group size is limited to 50 persons including the leaders, and it ALWAYS fills well in advance of the trip date. Trip fee is $60 for the 8 hour trip. To make reservations, send a check payable to "Sea & Sage Audubon" to: Pelagic Trip, c/o Nancy Kenyon, 32 Almond Tree Ln, Irvine CA 92612-2230. Include a phone number where you can be reached a week before the trip AND your email address for trip confirmation and additional trip information. (Since the field trip chair is also the webmaster, the status of any field trip listed on this webpage is kept current. This means that you can check this page to see if there is still room on it.)
You will need to print out, read, and sign two trip waivers in order to attend our pelagic trips. One waiver is for the Ocean Institute and the other is for Sea & Sage Audubon. Both waivers should be sent to Field Trip Chair, Nancy Kenyon, before the trip. You can send them to her in the same envelope as your check for the trip fee; her address is listed on the bottom of each form. (Ocean Institute waiverSea & Sage Audubon waiver)
We will be using the RV Sea Explorer, a 70 ft. research vessel belonging to the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. It has two decks for viewing the birds, plenty of seating as well as deck space to move around on, a PA system for our trip leaders to use when pointing out the birds to us, and good restroom facilities (heads) on the lower deck.
The Ocean Institute is located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive in Dana Point. (See map)
Trip destination is usually the Fourteen-Mile Bank and it takes us a while to get out there. Beginning in May of 2014, all of our pelagic trips - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter - have been 8 hour trips to allow us more time to study the birds out at the 14-mile bank. (The half hour period before the boat leaves is spent checking in, meeting with the trip leaders who will have some "words of wisdom" to pass on to you, and boarding the boat well in advance of the departure time. The staff on board will also have information to impart.)

A recently updated checklist to the pelagic birds of Southern California, prepared by Jon Feestra, complete with bar graphs and a list of marine mammals found here in Southern California is an excellent reference guide for any pelagic birder.

Several years ago, Los Angeles Audubon published two articles in their newsletter, about pelagic birding here in Southern California. The articles were written by pelagic birding experts Todd McGrath and Jon Feenstra. I obtained permission to make these articles available to our birders. Reading them may help you prepare for our pelagic trips.

Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn, Tom Benson, Jeff Bray, Bruce Aird, Robert McNab, Steve Morris.
Reservations: Nancy Kenyon, Field Trip Chair,

updated April 8, 2018


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