Weekday Field Trips: 2016/17

Thank you to long time member and past president Carolyn Vance for volunteering to lead these field trips.  She says, “Please join me to bird some of my favorite local places and some new ones I’ve been wanting to explore! If you have any questions, please call me at 562-594-7589 or email: drabduck@yahoo.com”

These trips will be in the morning and mostly just a couple hours long.  For now I’ll list them and when I get the chance, add detailed information to our events calendar.

 

September 20, Tuesday- South Coast Botanic Garden, Rancho Palos Verdes

October 4, Tuesday- Golden Shores Marine Reserve, Long Beach

November 8, Tuesday- JPL Trail, Pasadena

December 5, Monday- El Dorado Park, Area III, Long Beach

January 9, Monday- Rynerson Park, Lakewood

February 7, Tuesday- Wilderness Park, Downey

March 21, Tuesday- L.A. Arboretum, Arcadia

April 4, Tuesday- La Mirada Creek Park, La Mirada

May 8, Monday- Dills Park, Paramount

June 5, Monday- River’s End, Seal Beach

 

Lots of good action!!!

 

 

DeForest Park on 9/24

Merryl Edelstein and Kim Moore are leading a field trip to one of their favorite local hotspots.  DeForest Park is located in north Long Beach and is adjacent to the LA River. It has a reputation for attracting lots of interesting avian activity.  Late September should be productive, as the fall migration is underway.

Directions:

From the San Diego/405 Freeway (north), take the Long Beach/710 Freeway north toward Pasadena.  Use the right lane to exit 8A (Artesia Blvd).  Turn right onto Artesia Blvd.  At Atlantic Blvd, the first signal, turn right.  After .5 miles, turn right on E. Harding Street.  Follow it all the way across DeForest Avenue into the parking lot.

Or, use I-605 north to the Artesia Freeway (91) west, exit at Atlantic.  Turn left (south) on Atlantic about .7 miles, and then turn right on Harding Street.

Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 am.  Some of us may be there earlier, we will be at the north end of the park, near the office.  Don’t venture into the Nature Center (at the south end) on your own.

We’ll be looking for raptors, swifts and shorebirds along the river, and fall migrants including warblers, flycatchers, and vireos.

The picture, by Kim Moore, shows a Townsend’s Warbler.  If I’m not mistaken, it was taken at DeForest Park.  Many of these warblers spend the winter along the California coast.

Save Los Cerritos Wetlands & Steam Shovel Slough, by Janice Dahl

El Dorado Audubon's CEQA attorney speaks before LCWA Board

El Dorado Audubon’s CEQA attorney, Doug Carstens, speaks before LCWA Board

El Dorado Audubon the only environmental group to defend Steam Shovel Slough, the last pristine historical remnant of Los Cerritos Wetlands that was the estuary of the San Gabriel River, before the river was imprisoned in concrete.  To read more go to www.lbreport.com/news/aug16/lcwa1.htm  by Bill Pearl.