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 with Ed Stonick

3rd Wednesday of each month, 8AM

Pasadena Audubon is relaunching what used to be our midweek “Magpie Study Group” events. Given that these tongue-in-cheek midweek trips involve little studying and even fewer magpies last year we thought we’d change the name to something that is just a little more descriptive. What these walks will offer is some easy paced birding, with generous later morning start times (8:00-9:00am) typically at just one local 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 you will need to read our guidelines on field trips.

Then, sign up below. Once you complete the sign up you will be able to access and download the meeting time and locations for the Nice and Easy trips in the coming year. Unlike other current PAS trips these tours will not limit the number of participants.

Questions? Email Ed Stonick at edstonick@gmail.com or Luke Tiller at luke.tiller@gmail.com.

Sign up here

Huntington Library

Saturday, September 24, 2022
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Trip Leader: Mark Hunter

This is a great walk for beginning birders and families, with easy walking and a nice variety of species present year round.

Please note that due to rules implemented by The Huntington these trips will only be open to current PAS members. After you sign up for the field trip, you will receive an email acknowledging your signup. The acknowledgment email is not a guarantee of a spot! PAS will process signups in the order that they are received, verifying your membership status. The trip leader will contact you after signups are closed, informing you whether you have confirmed spots or are on the wait list. Not yet a member? You can sign up for PAS membership here.

If you have a Huntington membership that allows you to enter the gardens at 8:00 on weekends, please consider making a reservation using your Huntington membership, thereby freeing up spots for PAS members who are not Huntington members.

Photo: California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) by Chris Spurgeon

Field Trip General Notes

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

See our full interim field trip guidelines here.

Sorry, this field trip is filled. Sign up here and we'll add you to the waiting list.
Sign up!

Peck Road Park -- Fall Migration

Sunday, September 25, 2022
7:00am – late morning

Trip Leaders: Darren Dowell and Judi Hwa

Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia boasts a high species count (250+ over the years) due to its combination of lake, landscaped park, riparian and weedy habitats. This trip is timed for the peak of fall migration, and we'll be looking for songbirds and shorebirds moving through the area, and the first few wintering ducks to arrive.

Take note that much of the terrain at Peck is on sandy slopes of various grades. For the first part of the trip, we'll aim for the more friendly routes, but later on, we may visit the wilder parts of the park where steeper slopes, encroaching vegetation, mud, urban debris, and the occasional coyote are possible.

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 departure of the tour.

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

Goonie Birds

Saturday, October 1, 2022
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Leader: Robb Hamilton

Kick off the most exciting month in birding -- October!!! -- with a field trip to Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach. This charming coastal locale features a great selection of birds of the water and land, and during migration anything is possible. The eBird checklist for the lagoon stands at 230 species, including such highlights as Virginia’s Warbler, Lapland Longspur, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Tricolored Heron. Join Robb Hamilton on an easy, one mile walk around the lagoon’s perimeter.

PHOTO: Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor). Photo by Chris Spurgeon

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.

Los Angeles Arboretum Monthly Bird Walk

Sunday, October 9, 2022
8AM - 10 AM
Trip Leader: Katy Mann

We are excited to partner 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. Registration is scheduled to open at 9 AM on Tuesday, October 4.


To reserve a spot go to https://www.arboretum.org/events/bird-walk-with-pasadena-audubon-8/2022-10-09. Registration is scheduled to open at 9 AM on Tuesday, October 4. Also be sure to check out the Arboretum's current COVID policies.

PHOTO: Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by Luke Tiller.

Huntington Library (October)

Saturday, September 22, 2022
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Trip Leader: Mark Hunter

This is a great walk for beginning birders and families, with easy walking and a nice variety of species present year round.

Please note that due to rules implemented by The Huntington these trips will only be open to current PAS members. After you sign up for the field trip, you will receive an email acknowledging your signup. The acknowledgment email is not a guarantee of a spot! PAS will process signups in the order that they are received, verifying your membership status. The trip leader will contact you after signups are closed, informing you whether you have confirmed spots or are on the wait list. Not yet a member? You can sign up for PAS membership here.

If you have a Huntington membership that allows you to enter the gardens at 8:00 on weekends, please consider making a reservation using your Huntington membership, thereby freeing up spots for PAS members who are not Huntington members.

Photo: California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) by Chris Spurgeon

Field Trip General Notes

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

See our full interim field trip guidelines here.

Sorry, this field trip is filled. Sign up here and we'll add you to the waiting list.
Sign up!

Ventura: Tams and Sod Farms

Sunday, October 23, 2022 7:30 AM - lunchtime

Trip Leader: Luke Tiller

The Oxnard plain harbors a host of interesting birding locations including the famous “Tams’ of Bob Kildee and Laguna Road as well as sod farms and beaches around Ormond Beach. With this trip taking place in late October, we hope that we might find interesting pipits, longspurs or plovers on the sod fields or lingering warblers at the tamarisk groves. We will also look for sparrows, shorebirds waterfowl and more wherever we stop.

PHOTO: American Pipit (Anthus rubescens). Photo by Chris Spurgeon.

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.

Fall Migration at Santa Fe Dam

Saturday, October 29, 2022
7:00 AM - midday

Leader: Luke Tiller

The sprawling Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area offers a variety of birding habitats with native sage scrub, a large lake, grassy lawns, scrubland and open woodlands. For this reason, it is one of the premier birding locations in the greater Pasadena area. Join Luke Tiller for a morning seeking out migrant and wintering birds at this exciting local birding site. Please note that there is an entrance fee of $12.00 per vehicle to enter the park.

PHOTO: House Wren (Troglodytes aedon). Photo by Chris Spurgeon

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.