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February 2017

San Diego Bird Festival

February 23 @ 8:00 am - February 26 @ 5:00 pm
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March 2017

Santee Lakes Field Trip

March 4 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve, 9310 Fanita Parkway
Santee, CA 92071 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1231-A5 / GPS: 32.846928,-117.00423) Rating:Easy to Moderate (Flat paved walkways and grass) Directions: From I-15 go east on Hwy 52. Exit at Mast Blvd. Continue east on Mast Blvd. to Fanita Parkway. Turn right and continue south to the entrance to Santee Lakes on your right. Car entry fee is $5.  OR from Mast Blvd, turn left on Fanita Parkway, and continue north to Lake Canyon Dr. Turn right, park and walk in the open gate for free.…

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San Jacinto Wildlife Area Field Trip

March 11 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
San Jacinto Wildlife Area, 17050 Davis Road
Lakeview, CA 92567 United States
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(Thomas Guide: RC 749-B4 / GPS:  33.871171,-117.122016) Rating: Moderate (uneven dirt trails) We will follow the auto tour route and make several stops along the route.  Always a PAS favorite! Bring a lunch for an after-walk picnic. Directions: From San Diego County take I-15 north through Temecula and take the I-215. Continue north on the I-215.  Exit at the Ramona Expressway right (east).  Continue east to Lakeview (a small town) At the stoplight, turn left (north) on Davis Road.  Proceed…

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Lake Hodges Field Trip

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Lake Hodges, 20185 Lake Dr.
Escondido, CA 92029 United States
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(Thomas Guide:1149-E2/GPS:33.077942,-117.116072) Rating:Moderate (paved walkways and dirt trails) We should see waterfowl, shorebirds and a whole host of local residents birds. Directions: From I-15 in Escondido exit at Via Rancho Parkway and drive west to Lake Drive. Turn left and drive about ½-mile. Meet at Del Dios Park across the street from the Country Store. We will first bird around in the parking lot, then drive to the parking lot by the fishing pier.  After birding the area around the…

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Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary Field Trip

March 25 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary, 3650 North River Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
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(Thomas Guide:1066-F7/GPS:33.244789,-117.331083) Rating: Moderate (Uneven dirt paths) Directions: From Hwy 78 west, exit north on El Camino Real and continue to Douglas Drive. From I-5 north exit east on Hwy 76 and continue to the Douglas Drive exit. Take Douglas Drive north approximately 1 mile and turn left on North River Road. Continue west on North River Rd. to the entrance gate at the end.  Proceed to the Sanctuary on the dirt road. Disregard the “No Trespassing” Signs.  Park at…

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April 2017

San Pasqual Agricultural Trail Field Trip

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
San Pasqual Agricultural Trail, 20407 Ysabel Creek Rd
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1151-B1 / GPS: 33.077549, -116.987631) Rating: Moderate (dirt trails) We hope to see local residents, which include Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner, and a few raptors, possibly the Zone-tailed Hawk. Bring a lunch for an after-birding picnic.  Expect warm weather. Directions: Meet at the Ysabel Creek Rd. trailhead at the intersection Ysabel Creek Rd. & Bandy Canyon Rd. This intersection can be reached from Highland Valley Rd. east off of Pomerado Rd & I-15, or from Hwy 78 east…

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Old Mission Dam Field Trip

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Old Mission Dam, 8302 Father Junipero Serra Trail
Santee, CA 92071 United States
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(Thomas Guide: (1230-F6) / GPS:  32.839695, -117.041095) Rating: Moderate (uneven dirt trails) This should be prime time for spring migrants. Directions: Take Highway 52 east to the Mast Boulevard. exit in Santee. Turn north/east onto Mast Boulevard. and then right at the 1st traffic signal (West Hills Parkway).  Take West Hills Parkway to Mission Gorge Road and turn right. Take Mission Gorge Road 0.2 miles and merge right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Proceed 0.7 miles down Father Juniper Serra…

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Dairy Mart Pond/Tijuana River Valley Field Trip

April 15 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Dairy Mart Pond, 2564 Dairy Mart Rd
San Diego, CA 92154 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1350-D5 / GPS: 32.554229,-117.062579) Rating: Easy to Moderate (Mostly flat dirt trails and some paved walkways) Directions: From North County, take the I-15 south and merge with the I-5 south to the Dairy Mart Road Exit.  Turn right on Dairy Mart Rd. (south).  Continue a very short distance and meet at the dirt parking lot on your right just before the concrete bridge and next to the large “TJRV County Park” sign with the pond on the west…

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve Field Trip

April 22 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Wilderness Gardens Preserve, 14209 Hwy 76
Pala, CA 92059 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  409-E6 / GPS: 33.346322,-117.023846) Rating: Moderate (Mostly dirt trails, parts rocky) Directions: This small wilderness area represents a fine example of oak woodland habitat. Meet in the Wilderness Gardens parking lot, which is about 10 miles east of I-15 on Hwy.76, on the south side of the highway. Look for the “Wilderness Gardens Preserve” sign. Parking fee required, but free with senior County pass.  Porta Pottie by parking lot. Bring a lunch for an after-birding picnic. Expect warm…

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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Field Trip

April 29 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, 10967 Covington Drive
Morongo Valley, CA 92256 United States
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(Thomas Guide:((SB 616-J5) / GPS:  34.050398, -116.570646) Rating: Easy (Flat boardwalk) This location is always a spring hot spot and favorite PAS field trip.  In the caretaker’s yard, several hummingbird and seed feeders will attract many birds for your enjoyment. Picnic tables and restrooms are available. Bring a lunch for an after birding picnic at the bird feeders. Directions: From Escondido, proceed north on I-15 for approximately 36 miles to the I-15/I-215 split in Murrieta. Change to I-215 north and…

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May 2017

Eastern Sierra/Owens Valley Field Trip

May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm

From May 4th to May 8th, Hal Benham will be facilitating a field trip to view Sierra Nevada bird life featuring the Sage Grouse mating ritual at their lek near Crowley lake.  May 4th is a travel day to Lone Pine.  On May 5th we will travel north to Bishop, birding along the way.  Important stops will be at Glacier Lodge for Sooty Grouse and Aspendell for gray-crowned rosy finch, mountain bluebird, Cassin’s finch, Clark’s Nutcracker and other high altitude…

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Daley Ranch Field Trip

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Daley Ranch, 2253 La Honda Dr
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Note new earlier Spring/Summer start time) (Thomas Guide:(1110-C3) / GPS:  33.166138,-117.052495) Rating: Moderate to Difficult (steep hill, uneven dirt trails, paved walkways) Directions: From I-15 in Escondido, exit at El Norte Parkway and drive east approximately 3 miles.  Look for the “Daley Ranch/Dixon Lake” signs and turn left on La Honda Drive. Continue north toward Dixon Lake and on to the free Daley Ranch parking area on your left.  Meet at the trailhead kiosk. Note: Senior Citizens (over 60) can park…

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