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December 2016

Tijuana Estuary & 7th Street Bird Walk

December 24, 2016 @ 8:30 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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Escondido Christmas Bird Count

December 31, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025 United States
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Palomar Audubon Society would like to extend an invitation to all birders to participate in the annual Escondido Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 31st. The count circle incorporates mostly rural areas near Escondido, Valley Center, and Ramona. Fantastic birding skills are not a requirement – an extra pair of eyes is always helpful. The after-birding compilation meeting will be held in the early afternoon at Kit Carson Park’s covered picnic shelter. The highlight of the day will be the…

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January 2017

Dixon Lake Field Trip

January 7 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dixon Lake, 2256 La Honda Dr
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Thomas Guide:  1110-C3 / GPS: 33.166732, -117.052099 ) Rating: Moderate (Paved and dirt trails) Restrooms by Dixon Lake parking lot. 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 (north) on La Honda Drive. Drive up the hill to the free parking area on your left at the end of the road. Meet at the east end of the parking lot, near the kiosk,…

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Sweetwater River/Bonita Field Trip

January 14 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sweetwater River/Bonita, 3340 Plaza Bonita Rd
National City, CA 91950 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1310-C4 / GPS: '32° 39.450', -117° 4.136) Rating: Moderate (Paved trails, may need to cross street) The trail is above the creek which result in outstanding views of waterfowl. Directions: Take I-15 south to I-805 south and take the Sweetwater Road exit in National City. Turn right at Sweetwater Road and then right at Plaza Bonita Road. You will see the Plaza Bonita Shopping  Center parking area on the left. Meet at the far west corner of the…

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Dos Picos County Park & Rangeland Road Field Trip

January 21 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Dos Picos County Park & Rangeland Road, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd
Ramona, CA 92065 United States
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(Thomas Guide: (1171-H5 / GPS: 32° 59.942', -116° 56.498') Rating: Moderate (hills and uneven dirt trails) Directions: From I-15 in Rancho Bernardo go east on Rancho Bernardo Road, which turns into Espola Road (S5), and continue to Poway Road (S4). Turn left and drive east to Highway 67. Head north on Highway 67 and just before you reach Ramona, make a hard right on Mussey Grade Road (heading southwest). Continue on Dos Picos Park Road ½ mile to the park…

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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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Kit Carson Park Bird Walk

January 28 @ 8:30 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. Restrooms…

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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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