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Upcoming Field Trips in 2017
updated 1/10/18

JANUARY Trips:
Sat 06 CBC Specialties Trip 7:00 am
Sat 06 Monthly Wildlife Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat 13 Winter Pelagic Trip (R - Fulll) 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sun 14 Monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 8:00 am - 12 noon
Wed 17 Upper Newport Bay by pontoon boat (R - Full) 8:15 am - 11:00 am
Thurs 18 Bolsa Chica bird walk 8:00 am - 12 noon
Sat 20 Seal Beach NWR field trip (R - Full) 7:30 am - 12 noon
Sun 28 Upper Newport Bay bird walk - Lands Pass may be needed 8:00 am - 11:00 am
FEBRUARY Trips:
Sat 03 Monthly Wildlife Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat-Sun 03-04 Salton Sea weekend trip (R - full) 9:30 am - all day Sat
Fri-Sun 09-11 Morro Bay trip (R) 2:45 Fri; 7:00 am Sat & Sun
Sun 11 Monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 8:00 am - 12 noon
Wed 21 Upper Newport Bay by pontoon boat (R) 8:15 am - 11:00 am
Sun 25 Upper Newport Bay bird walk - Lands Pass needed 8:00 am - 11:00 am
MARCH Trips:
Sat 03 Monthly Wildlife Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Sat 03 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch (R) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun 11 Monthly Bird Walk at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 8:00 am - 12 noon
Thurs 15 Bolsa Chica bird walk 8:00 am - 12 noon
Wed 21 Upper Newport Bay by pontoon boat (R) 8:15 am - 11:00 am
Fri 23 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch (R) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun 25 Upper Newport Bay bird walk - Lands Pass needed 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Fri 30 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch (R) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat 31 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch (R) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
       

— Field Trips Information
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) - (Monthly boat trip)
3rd Wednesday monthly (exception - April 25) (8:15 am - 11:00 am) - 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, 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 —
Monthly, 3rd Wed. morning UNB by Pontoon Boat Leader: Nancy Kenyon $10
Jan. 17 (Full) - Feb. 21 - March 21 - April 18 - May 16 - (June, July, August will beon Fridays; dates tba)
Payment should be made on the day of the trip; directions will be sent to those with reservations. Contact Nancy Kenyon for reservations.
to be announced Fall Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 others $60
Sat, Jan. 13, 2018 Winter Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 co-leaders $60
Sat, May 5, 2018 Spring Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 co-leaders $60
Sat, July 14, 2018 Summer Pelagic Trip Leaders: Jon Dunn & 5 co-leaders $60
Sat, Jan. 20 Seal Beach NWR - Full Leaders: Jeff Bray & Bruce Aird no fee
Sat-Sun, Feb. 3-4 Salton Sea weekend trip - Full Leader: Bruce Aird $35
Fri-Sun, Feb. 9-11 Morro Bay Trip Leader: Kaaren Perry $50
Sat, March 3, 2018 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Fri, March 23, 2018 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Fri, March 30, 2018 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch Leader: Pete DeSimone $25
Sat, March 31, 2018 Owl Prowl at Starr Ranch Leader: Pete DeSimone $25

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