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 sign up here.
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If these suggestions didn't help solve the issue, please contact us at fieldtrips@pasadenaaudubon.org .

June 15: Butterflying For Birders

Saturday, June 15, 2024
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Trip Leader: Luke Tiller

Join Luke 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 quieten down insects come into their element. Our trip will focus on looking at and identifying butterflies through binoculars rather than catching them. Butterflies need a little warmth to get themselves going in the morning, which means a slightly later start to this trip than average.

Participant number: 25, determined by lottery. Sign up before Tuesday, June 11, at 6 PM. Trip details such as meeting location will be emailed to signed-up participants before the trip.

PHOTO: Nelson's Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni). Photo by Luke Tiller.

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June 16: San Gabriel Mountains

Sunday, June 16, 2024, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Trip leaders: Omar Alui, Russell Campbell

The richness of wildlife in the San Gabriel Mountains is most apparent in the summer. This trip will visit one or more sites at middle elevations accessed from the western part of the Angeles Crest Highway – such as Buckhorn, Chilao, or Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road – to seek montane specialties like Mountain Quail and White-headed Woodpecker. The abundant precipitation in the last two winters has made access to the mountains more challenging, and the leaders will be monitoring road and campground conditions to develop the optimum route for the trip. Expect some walking on roads and trails with gentle to moderate slopes, as well as skilled and enthusiastic guiding by Omar and Russell.

Participant number: 25, determined by lottery. Sign up before Wednesday, June 12, at 6 PM. Trip details such as meeting location will be emailed to signed-up participants before the trip.

PHOTO: White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus). Photo by Chris Spurgeon.

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June 19: Midweek Nice and Easy Birding Group - Buckhorn Campground, Angeles Crest Highway

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 9:00 AM
Trip leader: Ed Stonick

For those wishing to carpool, we will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Flanders Rd. which is east of the Angeles Crest Highway. After exiting the 210 Freeway, take the first right (Milmada Dr.) then turn left. At Buckhorn, we will meet at the parking lot for the Burkhart Trail, which is at the northeast end of the campground. A Forest Adventure Pass or similar permit may be needed for parking in this area

Participant number: No Limit

Photo: Bells Vireo (Vireo bellii). Photo by Mick Thompson. License: CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED

To get the full Nice and Easy trip list for the year, sign up here.

June 22: Owls of the San Gabriels

Saturday night, June 22, 2024
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Trip Leader: Lance Benner

Join us as we search for owls and nightjars in the higher parts of the San Gabriel Mountains. We'll start shortly before sunset when we'll look for Northern Pygmy Owl and diurnal montane species, and then after dark we'll look for Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, Western Screech, and Great Horned Owls and Common Poorwill. This trip concentrates on high elevations primarily to find Flammulated Owls, which do not usually occur below about 6000 feet in the local mountains.

Participant number: 10, determined by lottery. Sign up before Tuesday, June 18, at 6 PM. Trip details such as meeting location will be emailed to signed-up participants before the trip.

PHOTO: Flammulated Owl (Psiloscops flammeolus) in the San Gabriel Mountains. CREDIT: Photo by Chris Spurgeon.

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

June 22: Huntington Library

Saturday, June 22, 2024
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. You must be a Pasadena Audubon member to attend this trip! 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.

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June 22: Windy Gap Hike

Saturday, June 22, 2024 6:00AM - 2:00 PM
Trip leader: Darren Dowell

The Windy Gap Trail from Crystal Lake to the Pacific Crest Highway provides spectacular views, an interesting cross-section of montane habitats, and one of the few routes to the Little Jimmy Spring area while the Angeles Crest Highway is closed. The route starts amidst the “campground” birds such as Steller’s Jays and American Robins, traverses open terrain occupied by Black-chinned Sparrows and Rock Wrens, then enters the conifer forest at 7500 ft. We’ll walk a few miles of trail up there, in hopes of finding White-headed Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Dusky Flycatcher, Clark’s Nutcracker, Townsend’s Solitaire, Cassin’s Finch, and Green-tailed Towhee. This is a strenuous hike at high elevation, up to 10 miles with 2000 ft. elevation change, including some steep parts. We’ll start early – just like the birds – and take a birding pace. On the way back down, we’ll shift the focus in the direction of the numerous interesting butterflies and plants in this area, although some may wish to return more quickly.

Participant number: 15, determined by lottery (if needed). Sign up before Tuesday, June 18, at 6 PM.

Trip details such as meeting location will be emailed to signed-up participants before the trip.

PHOTO: Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii). Photo by Chris Spurgeon.

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June 26: Birds and Beers

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ok, technically this isn't a birding field trip, but it is a great chance to hang out with lots of other birders! Join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Wild Parrot Brewing Company in Pasadena. Have a drink, and a bite to eat, maybe join in a game of Wingspan or Bird Bingo, and just generally have a great time!
Wingspan gameBird Bingo game

No need to be a Pasadena Audubon member, and no need to pre-register, just show up!

Wild Parrot Brewing Company is located at 2302 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA. Here's a map.

June 29: Millard Canyon

Saturday, June 29, 2024
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Trip leaders: Alicia Di Rado, Darren Dowell

In partnership with the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, we'll travel through the conservancy's rarely-visited southern section of Millard Canyon in Altadena. Our walk of about 2 miles on a dirt trail will take us below a thick, mature canopy of at least nine native tree species that provide ideal bird habitat. AFC's 13 acres of preserved wilderness include spring-fed Millard Creek, which supports aquatic life. Avian species observed here in June include spring/summer birds of oak and riparian areas, such as Steller's Jay, Ash-throated and Western Flycatchers, Hutton's Vireo, Song Sparrow, and Yellow Warbler. As we move through this environment, we'll be on the lookout for endangered lilies, frogs, mushrooms, butterflies and other surprises. The canyon serves as a wildlife corridor from the Angeles National Forest to Hahamongna Watershed Park for several important mammals such as bobcats and mule deer.

This hike requires a moderate level of fitness and comfort with walking on trails and potential stream crossings.

Participant number: 15, determined by lottery. Sign up before Tuesday, June 25, at 6 PM.

Trip details such as meeting location will be emailed to signed-up participants before the trip.

PHOTO: Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia). CREDIT: Photo by Chris Spurgeon.

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

July 6: Eaton Canyon

Saturday, July 6, 2024, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Trip leaders: Kristen Ochoa and Lulu Marin, and Eaton Canyon Nature Center docents

*This field trip is led in English and Spanish. ¡Ven a observar aves con nosotros!

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are pleased to offer free monthly bird walks at Eaton Canyon. These walks will visit the varied native habitat in the Eaton Canyon Natural Area – riparian, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and oak woodland – to search for resident and migrant species. We’ll go at an easy pace, taking time to observe and enjoy the full array of nature on hand. Recommended: sturdy shoes for walking on dirt and rock trails with gentle inclines, hat, water, sunscreen, and binoculars. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for loan. Please contact fieldtrips@pasadenaaudubon.org for questions or accommodations. Anyone can sign up; no membership is required. Beginning birders are welcome.

Participant limit: none

To join this bird walk, please sign up here.


July 14: Los Angeles Arboretum Monthly Bird Walk

Sunday, July 14, 2024
8:00 AM - 10:00 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. To reserve a spot go to https://www.arboretum.org/events/bird-walk-with-pasadena-audubon-8/. Registration is scheduled to open at 9 AM on Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT REGISTERING FOR THE ARBORETUM WALK: Evidently when the monthly Arboretum walk has reached capacity, the sign-up form stops functioning correctly. This issue is beyond our control. If in doubt, sign up early!

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

September 22: Dana Point Pelagic

Sunday, September 22, 2024
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Departure location: Dana Point (24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629)
Price: $120.00 per person

After an incredibly successful trip last year we’re excited to announce our dates for 2024’s dedicated pelagic! Departing from Dana Point in Orange County aboard the Ocean Institute Explorer, we'll spend time exploring the waters of both Orange and Los Angeles Counties. This nine-hour trip will help us connect with species that are harder to see from just your average whale watch and chartering the boat will allow us to focus specifically on the birds. (Trip report from last year here.)

We will be providing expert pelagic tour leaders for this trip to help pick out interesting species. Birds that might be encountered include a variety of shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, alcids, gulls, and terns. One of our main targets will be the rafts of storm-petrels that gather offshore in September which may include both Black, Ashy, and Least. Uncommon and rare species discovered on similarly timed trips have included: Manx and Flesh-footed Shearwater, Arctic Tern, Red-footed and Blue-footed Booby, and Craveri’s Murrelet among others.

Please note that all ticket sales are final, except in the event of trip cancellation. We will, however, allow transfers and do our best to assist those who need help with that.

By traveling on their boat, this trip also helps support the non-profit Ocean Institute, whose work focuses on marine science, environmental education, and maritime history.

Photo: Pink-footed Shearwater (Ardenna creatopus) by Luke Tiller

Register here!