San Jacinto Wildlife Area Field Trip

San Jacinto Wildlife Area 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview, CA, United States

GPS:  33.871171,-117.122016 Rating: Moderate (uneven dirt trails) We will follow the auto tour route and make several stops along the route. Lots of birds.  There are restrooms at the start and porta-poddies alone the route. Bring a lunch for an … Continue reading

Batiquitos Lagoon Bird Walk

Bataquitos Lagoon 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, CA, United States

(GPS: 33.093537,-117.301308) Rating:  Easy (Flat dirt walkways) We will look for waterfowl, shorebirds, and riparian birds.  Restroom at visitor center and porta-poddies along route. Expect warm weather. Directions: From I-5 in Carlsbad, exit east on Poinsettia Lane. Turn right on … Continue reading

Old Mission Dam Field Trip

Old Mission Dam 8302 Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee, CA, United States

GPS:  32.839695, -117.041095) Rating: Moderate (uneven dirt trails) This should be prime time for spring migrants.  Porta-poddy in the parking lot. Expect warm weather. Directions: Take Highway 52 east to the Mast Boulevard. exit in Santee. Turn north/east onto Mast … Continue reading

San Pasqual Agricultural Trail Field Trip

San Pasqual Agricultural Trail 20407 Ysabel Creek Rd, Escondido, CA, United States

(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 at the close-by SD Archaeological Center.  … Continue reading

Tijuana Estuary & Slough

Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA, United States

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 … Continue reading

Dairy Mart Pond/Tijuana River Valley Field Trip

Dairy Mart Pond 2564 Dairy Mart Rd, San Diego, CA, United States

(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. … Continue reading

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Field Trip

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 10967 Covington Drive, Morongo Valley, CA, United States

(GPS:  34.050398, -116.570646) Rating: Easy (Flat boardwalk) (NOTE: Later Start Time due to travel distance) NOTE:   Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is always a spring hotspot and a favorite PAS field trip.  Several hummingbird and seed feeders attract many bird species … Continue reading

Wilderness Gardens Preserve Field Trip

Wilderness Gardens Preserve 14209 Hwy 76, Pala, CA, United States

(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 … Continue reading

Daley Ranch Field Trip

Daley Ranch 2253 La Honda Dr, Escondido, CA, United States

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 … Continue reading