Eastern Sierra/Owens Valley Field Trip

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 … Continue reading

Idyllwild Field Trip

(Riverside Thomas Guide: 982 F-7 / GPS: 33.451519, -116.896154) Rating: Easy A favorite field trip last year! This field trip is the easiest trip on the legs that we offer. The Idyllwild outing is a full day trip, but you … Continue reading

South Bay Salt Works

South Bay Salt Works 1470 Bay Blvd, Chula Vista, CA

(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 reading

San Diego Bird Festival

For More Information No Palomar Audubon Scheduled Field Trip Marina Village Conference Center 1936 Quivira Way San Diego, California 92109

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

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