field trips


All field trips, unless otherwise posted, will meet at 8 AM at the parking lot in front of the Wild Bird Haven in the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey.

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Sat. Dec 21 - 8am-noon: Laguna Grande Park, Seaside

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, Virginia  Rail, as well as migratory waterfowl. Also Peregrine Falcons and Great-tailed Grackles have been known to frequent this area. Be sure to bring your cameras! Meet: 8am at the playground across from the City Hall lawn. RSVP: Chris Hartzell 831-375-9533 c.hartzell@sbcglobal.net


Sat. Jan. 11 – 7:30am-noon: Jetty Road/Moonglow Dairy 

These are two of the best spots in the Moss Landing area for viewing a variety of shorebirds. Rain cancels and if access into Moonglow is too muddy we will reroute to Zumudowski SB. Meet: 7:30am Wild Bird Haven RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831-262-0782


Sat. Jan. 18 – 7:30am-3pm: Andrew Molera State Park

We will bird approximately a 2 mile hike through the park. Bring lunch. If interested, or wind-blown out, we will travel down the coast to Seal Beach "condor overlook" to see if California Condors are present. Rain Cancels. Meet: 7:30am behind Starbucks in the Crossroads at Rio Rd. RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831-262-0782


Sat. Jan. 25 – 8am-noon: Carmel River mouth

Considered by many to be one of the best overall “birdiest” places on the peninsula. Plan to look for shorebirds and songbirds as well as raptors like Osprey and Peregrine Falcons. Meet: 8am Wild Bird Haven. RSVP: Bill Hill 831-624-3300


Sat. Feb. 1 – 9am-noon: Laguna Grande Park – Ebirding workshop using “Bird Log”

Although we will be birding the area, the primary purpose of this trip is a software workshop. Keeping track of your bird sightings can be fun and easy with “Bird Log” on your smart phone. Make sure you have an Ebird account and have downloaded the Bird Log app. We will bird the park and tally our sightings at intervals learning the features and uses of Bird Log and Ebird. Meet: 9am Russian Orthodox Church parking lot. RSVP: Rita Carratello 831-375-0794


SUN. Feb. 9 – 7:30am-late afternoon: Panoche Valley bird and nature photography

One of few foothill open terrains within reach. This secluded and low populated area is prime for great wildlife viewing. Lewis’s Woodpecker and Mountain Bluebirds are possible, while Chukar and Mountain Plover are rare possibilities. Bobcats have also been seen hunting the hillsides. Join us as we travel the valley with camera in hand searching for great birds, great wildlife, and great pictures. Group limit to 4 cars (carpooling a must). Meet: 7:30am RSVP: Required to get meeting location. Chris Hartzell 831-375-9533 c.hartzell@sbcglobal.net.


Sat. Feb. 15 – all day: Los Banos National Wildlife Complex

This complex of National Wildlife Refuges hosts the largest wintering populations of Sandhill Cranes and Ross’ Geese along the Pacific Flyway. Thousands of cranes and arctic nesting geese make this their winter home. Numerous other species of birds, mammals (Tule Elk), amphibian, and reptiles live in this rich habitat. RSVP: Required to get meeting time and location. Nanci Adams 831-728-5803


Sat. Mar. 8 – all day: Southern Monterey Grasslands

Winter in the grasslands of southern Monterey County brings a group of birds uncommon to the coast, including Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon and others. We will caravan to the scrub foothills of the Pinnacles and continue south to the Peach Tree Valley. Carpooling strongly recommended, bring lunch. 

RSVP: required to get meet time and location. Blake Matheson 831-596-9990 LammergeierEyes@aol.com


Sat. Mar. 15 – 8am-noon: Frog Pond in Del Rey Oaks

One of the peninsula’s “hidden treasures”, this small wetland is a delight to bird with a variety of waterfowl, sparrows, warblers, finches and the occasional vagrants. The trail is an easy 1/2 mile walk along the pond with a surprising variety of habitats for such a small area. If time permits, we will head over to Del Monte Beach to look for shorebirds and loons, scoters, and perhaps find a Long Tailed Duck. Carpooling highly recommended due to limited parking at site. Meet: 8am Wild Bird Haven. RSVP: Robert Horn 831-372-4608


Sat. Apr. 12 – 7:30am-2pm: Andrew Molera State Park

We will bird approximately a 2 mile hike through the park. Bring lunch. If interested, or wind-blown out, we will travel down the coast to Seal Beach "condor overlook" to see if California Condors are present. Rain Cancels. Meet: 7:30am behind Starbucks in the Crossroads at Rio Rd. RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831-262-0782


Sat. Apr. 26 – 8am-noon: Santa Lucia Preserve

The preserve is a private landholding just south of Carmel Valley’s Quail Lodge Golf course on the old Rancho San Carlos property. Large expanses of oak woodland habitat and Redwood forests will dominate the area as we search for spring migrants and other year-round resident birds and possibly some butterflies as well. Group limited to 12 people. Meet: 8am Wild Bird Haven. RSVP: Required. Chris Tenney 831-241-4820


Sat. May 17 – 7:30am-noon: Fremont Peak State Park

From Roadrunners to Rock Wrens, Fremont Peak and San Juan Grade Rd. yield great spring migrants. We will be taking the moderate 1.5mile hike to the sub-summit, but plenty of birding if not interested in the hike. Rain cancels, bring lunch. FEE: $6 parking fee at Fremont Peak SP. Meet: 7:30am Nob Hill parking lot in south Salinas (South Main and Blanco). RSVP: Paul Fenwick 831- 262-0782


Sat. May 24 – 6:30am-4pm: Arroyo Seco Birds/Butterflies

Spring is a great time to explore the breathtaking Arroyo Seco River and gorge, before hot summer temperatures set in. In the early AM we’ll look for spring migrant warblers and flycatchers as well as breeding birds, like rufous-crowned sparrow and canyon wren.  As the morning warms up, we’ll shift attention to butterflies, possibly up to 20 species, including four checkerspot species (variable, Gabb’s, Leanira, and Edith’s).  Bring lunch and water, and plan on 2-3 miles of leisurely walking on Indians Rd.  Meet: 6:30am Wild Bird Haven for carpooling. RSVP: Chris Tenney 831-241-4820



EVENTS

Friday May 2 through Saturday May 3: Monterey County Annual Birdathon

The birdathon format has changed from previous years (see Spring Birdathon on events page).  The event begins at 4pm on Friday and ends at 4pm on Saturday and is followed by a wonderful countdown dinner at the Wild Bird Haven in Del Monte Shopping Center. There is a $30/person $50/couple fee for attending the dinner and all proceeds go directly to Monterey Audubon’s Youth Scholarship Program.  Contact: Blake Matheson 831-324-4914 LammergeierEyes@aol.com


Monterey Audubon Society, P.O Box 5656, Carmel, CA 93921  montereyaudubon@yahoo.com                                         © Chris R Tenney 2012