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September 2017

Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Bird Walk

September 2 @ 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 9 @ 8:00 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) Expect warm weather.  Restroom located outside office building. 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 16 @ 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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Kumeyaay Lake Bird Walk

September 23 @ 8:00 am
Kumeyaay Lake, 10500 Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1230-G6 / GPS: 32.840023,-117.034222) Rating:Easy to Moderate (Flat dirt and paved walkways)  We will look for ducks, waterfowl, and riparian birds.  Can expect some fall migration birds.  Expect warm weather. Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to CA-52 east. Take exit 13 (Mast Blvd.) and turn left on to Mast. Take the first right onto West Hills Pkwy. Take another right onto Mission Gorge Rd. and then make a very slight right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail.…

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Lake Hodges Field Trip

September 30 @ 8:00 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.  Expect warm weather. 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…

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October 2017

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve & Huntington Central Park

October 7 @ 8:00 am
Bolsa Chica, 18332 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648 United States
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(Thomas Guide: O.C. 857-C3 / GPS: 33.695584,-118.046917) Rating:Easy to Moderate (Flat dirt & paved walkways, grass) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest coastal salt marsh preserve in the Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan region. Its 300 acres are a vital oasis for resident shorebirds and millions of migrating birds traveling between the Arctic and South America along the Pacific Flyway. At Huntington Central Park we will see locals and possibly vagrant migrants. We will bird at the Reserve first and…

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La Jolla Coastline Field Trip

October 14 @ 8:00 am
La Jolla Shores, 1309 Coast Walk Trail
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1227-E6 / GPS: 32.849166,-117.270358) Rating:Easy (paved walkways) We will be looking for shorebirds, gulls, and seabirds. Directions: From Highway 52 driving west exit at La Jolla Boulevard West (formerly Ardath Road). Continue on this road, which will merge with Torrey Pines Road for about ¾-mile, then turn right on Prospect. Continue on Prospect to Coast Boulevard. Meet in front of the Bridge Club and restrooms.   Parking is all along Coast Blvd and adjacent residential streets. Arrive extra…

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Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary Field Trip

October 21 @ 8:00 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.  NOTE: Greg has again offered to have the gate open at 7:30 am for Early…

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San Diego River Estuary & Famosa Slough Field Trip

October 28 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Mission Bay Flood Control Channel, Old Sea World Dr
San Diego, CA 92109 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1268-C4 / GPS: 32.761457,-117.214338) Rating:Easy (Flat paved walkways) We will be looking for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds in the channel and bay areas and then drive to Famosa Slough. Directions: Take I-15 south to I-8. Go west on I-8 and exit north on I-5. Take the first off-ramp, Sea World Drive west to South Shores Park Drive (stop light). Turn left and proceed to our meeting place along the frontage road adjacent to the Flood Control Channel. Famosa…

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November 2017

Daley Ranch Field Trip

November 4 @ 8:30 am
Daley Ranch, 2253 La Honda Dr
Escondido, CA 92027 United States
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(Note new later Fall/Winter 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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Lake Hodges East/Bernardo Bay Field Trip

November 11 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Lake Hodges East/Bernardo Bay, 18402 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1150-A6 / GPS:  33.047235,-117.077696) Rating: Moderate (hills and uneven dirt trails) Directions: From I-15, exit west at Rancho Bernardo Road and turn right onto West Bernardo Drive going north. Proceed to the street marked Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center (stoplight) and turn left. Drive west to the parking areas by the Ed Brown Senior Center (18402 West Bernardo Drive). Photos: Lake Hodges Further Information on Location  Here

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South Bay Salt Works

November 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
South Bay Salt Works, 1470 Bay Blvd
Chula Vista, CA 91911 United States
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(Thomas Guide: 1330 F4 / GPS:  32.600916,-117.092546) Rating: Moderate (uneven dirt trails) Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to I-5 and exit at Palomar St. in National City. Go west a short distance and turn left on Bay Blvd. Continue south to 1470 Bay Blvd. and the dirt parking lot on your right. Use a restroom at a fast food joint in National City before arrival – Palomar Street east, etc. This location is a restricted area not open…

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San Jacinto Wildlife Area Field Trip

November 26 @ 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: NOTE: THIS A SUNDAY FIELD TRIP.  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…

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December 2017

Lindo Lakes Field Trip

December 2 @ 8:30 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 then east to Hwy 67. Head north, and take the Winter Gardens Blvd. Exit. Turn left on Woodside Ave (into Lakeside) and continue northeast to the Lindo Lake County Park. Stay on Woodside a short distance, turn right on Chestnut St. which then becomes Lindo Lane. Park in the small parking lot on the left, next…

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San Elijo Lagoon Bird Walk

December 9 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
San Elijo Lagoon, 899 N Rios Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075 United States
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(Thosmas Guide: 1167-E6 / GPS: 33.003535,-117.272469) Rating: Moderate (Dirt Trail, some hills) Bring a scope, if you have one.   This is a good spot to view wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Directions: Take I-5 to Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Go west to North Rios Ave. Turn right (north) and go all the way to the end of North Rios Ave. Park and meet at the end of the street near the barricade. No restrooms.   Photos: San Elijo Lagoon Further Information…

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