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March 2018

Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary Field Trip

March 24 @ 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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San Pasqual Agricultural Trail Field Trip

March 31 @ 8:30 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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April 2018

Old Mission Dam Field Trip

April 7 @ 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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Wilderness Gardens Preserve Field Trip

April 21 @ 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 28 @ 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 is a Day Trip or an Alternate Friday/Saturday Outing Day Trip to Big Morongo: 8:30 am Saturday, April 28, 2018  Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is always a spring hot spot and a favorite PAS field trip.  In the caretaker’s yard, several hummingbird and seed feeders will attract many birds for your enjoyment. Birds often found here are Western and Summer Tanagers, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow-breasted Chat, and several other…

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May 2018

Daley Ranch Field Trip

May 5 @ 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 for…

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Lindo Lakes Field Trip

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Lindo Lakes, 12637 Lindo Lane
Lakeside, CA 92040 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1232-B3 / GPS: 32.856482, -116.918296) Rating: Easy to Moderate  (dirt trails, paved walkways) Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to Hwy.52 east to Mission Gorge Rd. Turn left and continue east to Woodside Ave.  Go under the Hwy 67 overpass staying on Woodside Ave (into Lakeside) to end at the Lindo Lake County Park. From San Diego, take I-8 east to Hwy 67 north, and take the Riverford Rd. exit. After exiting, turn left on Woodside Ave…

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Sweetwater River Gorge Field Trip

May 26 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sweetwater River Gorge, 11979 Singer Ln
Spring Valley, CA 91978 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1271-J6 / GPS: 32.734503, -116.941048) Rating: Moderate to Difficult (uneven dirt trails) This area is a rich stream habitat surrounded by native chaparral and sage scrub. Directions: From I-5, I-805, or I-15, take Hwy. 94 east; stay on Hwy. 94 as it becomes Campo Road, then turn right on Singer Lane, and then an immediate left onto the dirt parking area near the old steel bridge. There are no restrooms or drinking water available, so plan accordingly. Expect warm weather. It's…

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June 2018

Wm Heise County Park/Santa Ysabel Mission Field Trip

June 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wm Heise County Park, 4945 Heise Park Road
Julian, CA 92036 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1156-C5 / GPS: 33.040154, -116.593526) Rating: Moderate to Hard (roads, dirt trails, parts rocky, parts steep incline) Directions: From Escondido take Hwy 78 east (from San Diego take Hwy 67 east) to Ramona, then Hwy 78 toward Julian, past Santa Ysabel.  After the town of Wynola, start looking for the sign on your right for William Heise County Park (1 mile west of Julian). Turn right on Pine Hill Road and drive south for 2 miles to Frisius Road.…

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Agua Dulce Creek Field Trip

June 9 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Agua Dulce Creek, Wooded Hill Road
Mount Laguna, CA 91948 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  430-B5 / GPS: 32.853641, -116.435702) Rating: Moderate to Hard (dirt trails, parts rocky, parts some incline, cross a stream) Directions: We will meet at the old parking area for Agua Dulce Creek Group camp. Driving east on I-8, and after Pine Valley, look for signs indicating the Sunrise Highway Exit and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area.  Go north on Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) approx. 8 miles to Wooded Hill Road, the first road on the left and directly across the road…

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Field Trip

June 16 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, 11261 Highway 79
Descanso, CA 91916 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  429- L3 / GPS: 32.95947,-116.57924) Rating: Moderate to Hard (roads, dirt trails, parts rocky, parts steep incline) Directions: From San Diego, take I-8 east and exit north on Hwy 79.  Continue approximately 12 miles to the Paso Pacacho Campground on the left.  From the North County, take Hwy 78 (or Hwy 67) to Ramona, and then continue on Hwy 78 just past Julian, to Hwy 79. Take Hwy 79 south approximately 10 miles to the campground on the right where…

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Palomar Mountain Field Trip

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Palomar Mountain State Park, 19952 State Park Rd
Palomar, CA 92060 United States
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Rating: Moderate (uneven mountain trail, elevation climb) (Thomas Guide: 409-G7 / GPS:  33.341822,-116.901355) Directions: This field trip will start from the parking lot at Doane Pond. Leave the Escondido area before 7 a.m. From I-15, take Highway 76 east to Highway S6, north to Palomar Mountain. Or from Escondido, take Highway S6 to Palomar Mountain. At the mountaintop, at the S7 intersection stop sign, turn left and continue for 3 miles on State Park Rd. to the Palomar Mountain State Park…

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Lake Murray Field Trip

June 30 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Lake Murray Community Park, 6320 Park Ridge Blvd
San Diego, CA 92119 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1250 E-6 / GPS: 32.790891,-117.046076) Rating: Easy to Moderate (Dirt & Paved city park trails) Directions: Take I-8 east to the Lake Murray Blvd. Exit and proceed 1 mile north (right turn) to Baltimore Drive. Turn left and drive about 1 mile to Jackson Drive. Turn left again, proceed ¼ mile and make another left turn on Golfcrest Drive. Continue about 1 mile on Golfcrest Drive to the Mission Trails Regional Park entrance on the left. Meet in…

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July 2018

Tijuana Estuary & 7th Street Bird Walk

July 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, 301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, CA 91932 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1349-F1 / GPS: 32.575333,-117.125695 ) Rating: Moderate (Paved, boardwalk, and dirt trails) Good location for Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Ridgway's Rail.  Bring scope if you have one. Directions: Travel south on I-5 from San Diego and exit west on Coronado Avenue, which becomes Imperial Beach Blvd. Turn left on 3rd Street to Caspian Way, turn left and then right to the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center parking lot. Restrooms at Visitor Center, but none on the trails. Will bird around the…

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Guajome Regional Park Field Trip

July 14 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Guajome Regional Park, 3003 Guajome Lake Rd
Oceanside, CA 92057 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1067-D7 / GPS: 33.246225,-117.270774) Rating: Moderate (Grass and dirt trails) Directions: From Highway 78 in Oceanside, exit north on College Boulevard, and drive 4.4 miles north to Highway 76.Make a right turn on Hwy 76 and continue east about ½ mile to Lake Guajome Rd. Turn right (south) and drive up the hill past the park entrance.  We usually convene on this road beyond the park entrance since we gather well before the park opens. Expect warm weather. Several…

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