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May 2017

Eastern Sierra/Owens Valley Field Trip

May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm

From May 4th to May 8th, Hal Benham will be facilitating a field trip to view Sierra Nevada bird life featuring the Sage Grouse mating ritual at their lek near Crowley lake.  May 4th is a travel day to Lone Pine.  On May 5th we will travel north to Bishop, birding along the way.  Important stops will be at Glacier Lodge for Sooty Grouse and Aspendell for gray-crowned rosy finch, mountain bluebird, Cassin’s finch, Clark’s Nutcracker and other high altitude…

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Lindo Lakes Field Trip

May 20 @ 8:00 am - 8:30 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 27 @ 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 2017

Wm Heise County Park/Santa Ysabel Mission Field Trip

June 3 @ 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 10 @ 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 17 @ 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 24 @ 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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July 2017

Lake Murray Field Trip

July 1 @ 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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Tijuana Estuary & 7th Street Bird Walk

July 8 @ 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 15 @ 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.…

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Tecolote Canyon Park Field Trip

July 22 @ 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:) 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 Canyon…

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Robb Field/San Diego River Floodway Bird Walk

July 29 @ 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 2017

San Elijo Lagoon Bird Walk

August 5 @ 8:00 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, and water and plan for warm weather. 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 on Location - Here  

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Santee Lakes Field Trip

August 12 @ 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 19 @ 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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