Upcoming Field Trips

The quickest way to find out about upcoming trips and registration details is via our member's eblast (these will likely come out in the last week of month prior to the trip). If you have not already signed up for our eblasts .

Midweek Nice and Easy Birding Club walks!

3rd Wednesday of each month, 8AM

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you signed up for Fall 2021 Midweek Nice and Easy Birding Club walks you must re-sign up for the winter walks!

Longtime Pasadena Audubon members will remember our midweek “Magpie Study Group” events. Well, we're bringing them back! But given that these tongue-in-cheek midweek trips involve little studying, and even fewer magpies, we thought we’d change the name to something that is just a little more descriptive. So, say hello to our "Nice and Easy Birding Club" walks!

These walks offer some easy paced birding, with generously later morning start times (8:00am-9:00am) typically at just the one location at sites that are picked for both their quality of birding and accessibility for birders.

Upcoming trips will include the Los Angeles River, San Gabriel Spreading Grounds and more. Trips will mainly be run by PAS guide Ed Stonick, with some guest appearances from some other PAS trip leaders.

To sign up for the trips follow these steps...

  1. Read our guidelines on field trips here
  2. Complete our signup and waiver form here.
  3. Once you complete the form you will then be able to see the meeting time and location for the Nice and Easy trips in the coming months. Unlike most of our other trips, where you will be emailed these details, this time you will need to make a note to save the meeting time and location for these forthcoming trips yourself.

Los Angeles Arboretum Monthly Bird Walk

Sunday, June 12, 2022
8AM - 10 AM
Trip Leader: Katy Mann

We are excited to partner again with the Los Angeles County Arboretum to offer free monthly bird walks to PAS members. Please note that due to new rules implemented by LA Arboretum these trips will only be open to current PAS members (and not friends of members as in past years). In other words all persons attending must be current Pasadena Audubon members -- either on their own, or as part of a PAS family membership.

Not a PAS member? Join here!

This field trip is offered by reservation only.
To reserve a spot go to https://www.arboretum.org/events/bird-walk-with-pasadena-audubon-8/2022-06-12. Registration is scheduled to open at 9 AM on Monday, June 6.
Also be sure to check out the Arboretum's current COVID policies.
PHOTO: Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by Luke Tiller.

Butterflying For Birders

Saturday, June 18, 2022
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: TDB
Trip Leaders: Corey Husic and Luke Tiller

Join Luke and Corey for an exploration of the San Gabriel Mountains that will seek out some of the beautiful butterflies that call our local mountain range home. When temperatures rise and birds quiet down insects come into their element. As well as butterflies we will also take some time to enjoy some of the many birds that call the San Gabriel’s home: from year-round residents like California Thrasher, Wrentit and Acorn Woodpecker to species that have come here for the summer in order to breed like Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanager and Black-chinned Sparrow.

Butterflies need a little warmth to get them going in the morning which means a slightly later start to this trip than average.

PHOTO: Tailed Copper butterfly (Lycaena arota). CREDIT: Photo by Luke Tiller.

Field Trip General Notes

This field trip is offered by reservation only. Trips will currently be limited to ten people per leader only. If you miss out on the initial places you will be added to a waitlist and will be emailed by trip leaders if a place opens up. If you are unable to attend a booked trip please email the trip leaders and allow them to make your space available to someone on the wait list.

See our full interim field trip guidelines here.

Trip details such as meeting time and location will be emailed to participants before the tour departs.

This field trip is filled. Sign up here and we'll contact you if space opens up.

Black Swifts and Lesser Nighthawks

Sunday, June 26, 2022
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Clairemont, CA and Duarte, CA
Trip Leaders: Luke Tiller and TBD

Black Swifts, so enigmatic was this species that up until 2012 ornithologists still had no idea where the birds wintered. We will seek out these aerial acrobats at Claremont Wilderness Park, the only reliable spot in LA County to find this most mysterious of birds. The swifts are best looked for late in the day and so we will spend a couple of pre-dusk hours seeking them out. On our return towards Pasadena we will make a sundown stop in Duarte to look for displaying Lesser Nighthawks.

Not a morning person, then this may be the perfect PAS trip for you!

PHOTO: Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis). CREDIT: Photo by Pat Gaines/flickr. LICENSE: CC BY-NC 2.0

Field Trip General Notes

This field trip is offered by reservation only. Trips will currently be limited to ten people per leader only. If you miss out on the initial places you will be added to a waitlist and will be emailed by trip leaders if a place opens up. If you are unable to attend a booked trip please email the trip leaders and allow them to make your space available to someone on the wait list.

See our full interim field trip guidelines here.

Trip details such as meeting time and location will be emailed to participants 3-5 days before the departure of the tour.

This field trip is filled. Sign up here and we'll contact you if space opens up.