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First Saturday of Every Month
Start out your first weekend of every month with a bird walk around the Elkhorn National Esuarine Research Reserve in Moss Landing. Contact: Rick Fournier 831- 633-0572 or the reserve office at 831-728-2822.

Sat. Mar. 28 – 7:45am-noon: Pajaro Dunes
This half day trip is a great chance to bird a variety of habitats within a relatively small area. We'll visit the “Shorebirds” residential pond and surrounding area and then head to Pajaro Dunes South for birding the confluence of Watsonville Slough and the Pajaro River mouth. Rain cancels. Meet: 7:45am Wild Bird Haven or 8:30am by the Redman fruit stand next to Chevron at Hwy 1’s Riverside exit. Carpooling recommended. RSVP: Nanci Adams 831-728-5803

Sat. Apr. 11 – 8am-noon: Laguna Grande Park
This city lake area is one of our best locations for seeing a variety of birds, from vagrant warblers in the willow and eucalyptus trees to some of the marsh species like Sora. Join Chris as we explore the the park, including going inside the recently opened up Virgin Ave. patch where new public access is being enhanced. Meet: 8am at the bridge below the Russian Orthodox Church. RSVP: Chris Hartzell 831-375-9533 c.hartzell@sbcglobal.net 

Sat. Apr. 25 – 7:30am-noon: Andrew Molera State Park
Located about 20 miles south of Carmel along scenic Hwy #1, the drive alone is worth the trip. Considered one of our best birding spots for vagrants, expect an easy two mile hike with stairs to the headlands. If interested we will travel down the coast to Seal Beach "condor overlook" to see if California Condors are present. Bring lunch and water. Rain Cancels. Meet: 7:30am behind Crossroads Starbucks. RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831-262-0782.

Sat. May 9 – 7:45am-noon: Struve Slough/Watsonville
These locales provide some of Watsonville's best birding, and drought permitting, host a wide variety of birds from Hooded Mergansers to occasional Mew Gulls to American Bitterns. For this half-day trip, we'll start at the Harkins Slough Road bridge; the parking lot area there can host wintering Townsend's Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, and other passerines. After birding the slough itself, we'll move on to the Kearney-Ford loop and Watsonville Slough. Shoreline willows, islands, and open water provide habitat for a large variety of birds. Meet: 7:45am at Wild Bird Haven in Monterey to carpool, or meet 8:30am at the trailhead in the back parking lot
of West Marine on Westridge Dr. RSVP: Nanci Adams 831-728-5803

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