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January 2017

Snow Goose Festival

January 25 @ 8:00 am - January 29 @ 5:00 pm

This action-packed 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. Our festival is located in an amazingly diverse area, with habitats that include rivers and wetlands, sweeping plains and grasslands, rolling foothills, sheltered canyons and mountain peaks. Attendees can choose from over 60 field trips and workshops that are sure to please a wide variety of interests and ability levels.…

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February 2017

Guajome Regional Park Field Trip

February 4 @ 8:30 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, which does not open until later, and park on the street. Several restrooms within the park. Photos: Guajome Park Further Information…

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2017 Laredo Birding Festival

February 8 @ 8:00 am - February 11 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue, CA United States + Google Map

Laredo Birding Festival We cordially invite the members of the Palomar Audubon Society to attend the 2017 Laredo Birding Festival, scheduled for February 8-11.  Laredo has a rich and diverse river ecosystem that is home to hundreds of migratory birds and local species, such as the White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Green Parakeet, and Red-billed Pigeon. Field Trips will be led by professional guides to river fronts, creek systems, nature trails, and scenic South Texas ranch land. We will continue to offer festival favorites, “Bird ‘til You…

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Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip

February 11 @ 8:30 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) 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. Restroom located outside office building. Photos: Oak Hills Cemetary

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary Field Trip

February 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, 45 Riparian View
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Trip Cancelled due to large storm. The Sanctuary was closed Friday, April 17 by the water district and will be closed until Tuesday in case you were still planning on going up there. 5 Riparian View, Irvine, CA 92612 (Thomas Guide to Orange County, page 859 J-7 / GPS: 33° 39.625', -117° 50.471')  Rating: Easy (Flat dirt trails) Directions: Take I-5 north to the San Diego Freeway I-405. Continue north on the I-405 a short distance and then take the Culver…

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San Diego Bird Festival

February 23 @ 8:00 am - February 26 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue, CA United States + Google Map

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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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  Hi Birders,  Important Change in Plans Davis Road is in really bad shape and it is closed. And it won't reopen for a couple more weeks. 4WD vehicles might be able to drive in. Since Palomar Audubon has no restrictions on the field trip attendees, and the field trips are open to the public, it's impossible to cancel an advertised field trip. Not everybody will get the word. Therefore we will meet along Davis Rd. where the pavement ends on…

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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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