Interim Guidelines for PAS Field Trips (October 2020)

PAS is cautiously resuming outdoor birding field trips, following all known county and city health codes applicable to the field trip sites and planned activities. In addition to the pre-existing risks associated with field trips, a new risk is present for the foreseeable future – the risk of infection with the serious SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 disease at the field trip site or in transit to/from the site. Health guidelines indicate this COVID-19 risk can be managed safely in an outdoor setting as long as all present at the site follow safety guidelines such as face covering and maintaining distance. These health guidelines also indicate that some individuals are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others, so we strongly advise considering your own health and risk situation before deciding to participate in a field trip.

The health and safety of everyone is top priority to PAS. We will be organizing field trips only where and when we think they can be carried out safely. In addition, we will be asking all participants to follow specific guidelines to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 (as well as other communicable diseases such as influenza). Field trip leaders reserve the right to cancel the field trip at any time if, in their judgment, conditions do not permit all safety guidelines to be followed. In addition, field trip leaders may ask a participant to leave the group if, in the leader’s judgement, the participant is not sufficiently following safety guidelines.

We highly encourage field trip participants to have a plan for expected contingencies (such as changing outdoor conditions or bathroom need) as well as unexpected ones (like car trouble).

Advice for Participants

  1. At this current time, PAS Field Trips will only be available by email reservation and a waiver form will need to be completed during the signup process.
  2. To keep groups smaller, field trips will be limited to approximately 10 participants per leader, with some variation depending on the trip. When possible, we will put additional people signing up on a waitlist and attempt to engage a second leader to run the trip with a second separate group.
  3. Until further notice, please do not carpool with people from outside of your household.
  4. On the day, please ensure that you are masked at any time before you engage with the group and that your mask is being worn correctly (I.e covering your nose). Essentially this means masking up before you exit your vehicle.
  5. Please make sure to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from other participants and members of the public. It is important to be cognizant of your surroundings at all times.
  6. During the trip please do not share optics, field guides, food etc., with anyone from outside of your household.
  7. We would advise that you fill your gas tank in advance and bring sufficient water and snacks on the trip so that public interactions during the field trip are minimized. We would also recommend bringing hand sanitizer.
  8. We urge everyone to know their own risk factors and to check the most recent information on the CDC website before planning a public outing.
  9. If you are unable to make an event, please inform the trip leaders as soon as possible so that we can offer the spot to someone on the wait list.
  10. If you have had any sign of COVID19 symptoms or have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive, within the last 14 days, please do not attend the event. If you have had COVID19 please do not attend an event until at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
  11. During this period of heightened health awareness, we ask that anyone with active symptoms of any communicable disease (even a common cold) do not participate in the trip.