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June 2018

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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Tecolote Canyon Park Field Trip

July 21 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Tecolote Canyon Park, 5180 Tecolote Road
San Diego, CA 92111 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1268  F2 / GPS: 32.775182, -117.200680) Rating: Moderate (dirt trails) This is a great spot for finding both resident and migrating birds.  Rarities often show up here.  Expect warm weather. Directions: Depending on your starting location, travel to the I-5 freeway. From the I-5 in San Diego, exit east at the Seaworld Dr./Tecolote Rd. off-ramp – away from Mission Bay. Continue on Tecolote Rd. to the end and park at the visitor's center. Restrooms at Visitor Center. Photo:  Tecolote…

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Robb Field/San Diego River Floodway Bird Walk

July 28 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Robb Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St,
San Diego, CA 92107 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1267-J5 / GPS: 32.755448,-117.241741) Rating: Easy We will visit two locations along the San Diego River Floodway to look for early migrant and returning shorebirds, often still in breeding plumage, and post-breeding dispersal Elegant Terns. Directions: From North County, take Hwy. 163S to I-8W and drive toward Ocean Beach. Make a slight left at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and then stay in the right lane. Turn right onto W. Point Loma Blvd. and then right at Bacon St. Drive…

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August 2018

Stonewall Mine & Cuyamaca Lake

August 4 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Julian (Thomas Guide:  1176-E6 / GPS: 32.959848, -116.579073)  Rating:  Moderate (dirt trails) We should see mountain birds as well as waterfowl at the lake. Directions: From San Diego, take I-8 east and exit north on Hwy 79. Continue north approx.15 miles along Hwy 79 to just north of the Paso Picacho Campground. From 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 approx. 8…

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Santee Lakes Field Trip

August 11 @ 8:00 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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Dairy Mart Pond/Tijuana River Valley Field Trip

August 18 @ 8:00 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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Kit Carson Park Bird Walk

August 25 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1150-C1 / GPS: 33.080179,-117.060199) Rating: Easy (Level, paved walkways, dirt trail, and grass) Woodland, riparian, and open-area habitats will usually get us a nice list of resident birds. Directions: From I-15 in Escondido, exit east on Via Rancho Parkway (which becomes Bear Valley Parkway) and drive about 1 mile to the Park Road entrance on your left – at the fire station. Proceed on Park Road about ¾ mile to the Amphitheater parking lot on the right. Expect…

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September 2018

Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Bird Walk

September 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, Canyonside Park Driveway
San Diego, CA 92129 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1189-C7 / GPS:  32.939917,-117.139108) Rating: Easy to Moderate (Level dirt trails) Expect warm weather.  Restrooms located at the start of walk at the Adobe Ranch House. Directions: We will meet at the Rancho de los Penasquitos Adobe Ranch House parking lot and explore trails through grasslands and riparian woodland. Take I-15 and exit at Mercy Road going west. Turn right onto Black Mountain Road and drive a short distance to Canyonside Park Drive (first stop light). Turn left…

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Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip

September 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Rd
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1130-F1/ GPS: 33.130552,-117.029384) Rating: Easy (Grass and paved roads) Restroom located outside office building. Expect warm weather. Directions: From I-15 exit east on Via Rancho Parkway, which becomes Bear Valley Parkway, and drive 5 miles north to Glen Ridge road at Orange Glen High School. Turn right on Glen Ridge Road and proceed approximately 1 mile east to the cemetery gate. Turn left to parking area. Photos: Oak Hills Cemetary

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Bataquitos Lagoon Bird Walk

September 15 @ 8:00 am
Bataquitos Lagoon, 7380 Gabbiano Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1127-A7 / GPS: 33.093537,-117.301308) Rating:Easy (Flat dirt walkways) We will look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and riparian birds.  Expect warm weather. Directions: From I-5 in Carlsbad, exit east on Poinsettia Lane. Turn right on Batiquitos Drive, drive about ½ mile to Gabbiano Lane, turn right and continue to the end. Photos: Bataquitos Lagoon Further Information on Location Here

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