San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary Field Trip

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 45 Riparian View, Irvine, CA

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 … Continue reading

Live Oak County Park/Los Jilgueros Preserve

Live Oak County Park/Los Jilgueros Preserve 2746 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA

A Fallbrook Adventure! (Thomas Guide: 1028- C5 / GPS: 33.362626, -117.206300) Rating: Easy Our target birds here are the Band-tailed Pigeons and Wood Ducks. Lewis's Woodpeckers have also been seen here at this time of the year. Directions: Take I-15 north to … Continue reading

San Jacinto Wildlife Area Field Trip

San Jacinto Wildlife Area 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview, CA

(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. Lots of birds.  Always a PAS favorite! Bring a lunch for an after-walk picnic. … Continue reading

Lake Hodges Field Trip

Lake Hodges 20185 Lake Dr., Escondido, CA

(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 … Continue reading

San Pasqual Agricultural Trail Field Trip

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

(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 … Continue reading

Old Mission Dam Field Trip

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

(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 … Continue reading

Wilderness Gardens Preserve Field Trip

Wilderness Gardens Preserve 14209 Hwy 76, Pala, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Field Trip

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

(Thomas Guide:((SB 616-J5) / GPS:  34.050398, -116.570646) Rating: Easy (Flat boardwalk) (NOTE: Later Start Time due to travel distance) NOTE:  This is a day trip or an alternate Saturday/Sunday Outing. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is always a spring hotspot and … Continue reading

Daley Ranch Field Trip

Daley Ranch 2253 La Honda Dr, Escondido, CA

(NOTE: New 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 … Continue reading

Lindo Lakes Field Trip

Lindo Lakes 12637 Lindo Lane, Lakeside, CA

(Thomas Guide: 1232-B3 / GPS: 32.856482, -116.918296) Rating: Easy to Moderate  (dirt trails, paved walkways) A great assortment of birds is always found here. Directions: From North County, take I-15 south to Hwy.52 east to Mission Gorge Rd. Turn left … Continue reading

Sweetwater River Gorge Field Trip

Sweetwater River Gorge 11979 Singer Ln, Spring Valley, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Wm Heise County Park/Santa Ysabel Mission Field Trip

Wm Heise County Park 4945 Heise Park Road, Julian, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Field Trip

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park 11261 Highway 79, Descanso, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Agua Dulce Creek Field Trip

Agua Dulce Creek Wooded Hill Road, Mount Laguna, CA

(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 … Continue reading

Palomar Mountain Field Trip

Palomar Mountain State Park 19952 State Park Rd, Palomar, CA

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 … Continue reading