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, May 8, 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-7/2022-05-08.

Also be sure to check out the Arboretum's current COVID policies.
PHOTO: Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by Luke Tiller.

Bird banding in La Verne

Saturday, May 14, 2022
5:40 AM (or 7 AM) to midday

Trip leader: Mike Morrison

Join us for a demonstration of bird banding in the Marshall Canyon Conservation Corridor in La Verne. Mike Morrison has been banding in this area since 2017; the project is part of a nationwide effort called Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS), coordinated by the Institute for Bird Populations. We will open only half of our nets, so that we don’t catch too many birds – we may capture a dozen or so birds. You’ll see how the birds are captured, banded, measured, and checked for breeding status, and you can hold one. Mike will start before sunrise to open the nets – people are welcome to start when he does. If that’s too early for you, he’ll be back at the parking area at 7:00 to lead others to the site. The trails are rudimentary but not too steep.

This field trip is limited to 10 people. If you want to attend, email Mike Morrison directly at lavernebirds@gmail.com.

PHOTO: Mike Morrison examines the feathers of a Spotted Towhee at his banding station in La Verne.

Owls in the San Gabriel Mountains

Friday night, May 20, 2022
6:30 PM - midnight
Trip Leader: Lance Benner

Join us as we search for owls and nightjars in the higher elevations of the San Gabriel Mountains.



We'll start before sunset when we'll look for northern pygmy owl and then after dark we'll look for Flammulated Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Common Poorwill. We may also encounter some diurnal species before it gets dark.
 NOTE: THIS TRIP IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE.

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

Huntington Beach Central Park

Sunday, May 22, 2022
7:30 am - midday
Trip Leaders: Robb Hamilton, Ashwin Sivakumar and Luke Tiller

Join Robb Hamilton for an exploration of this incredible Orange County birding hotspot at the tail end of spring migration. This sprawling oasis in the heart of OC suburbia is a welcome resting spot for migrant birds and the tally of species for the park (320) boasts an amazing array of uncommon and rare vagrants. The park is also host to several fun and interesting introduced species from Swinhoe’s White-eye to Orange-cheeked Waxbills. Come join us for an adventure beyond the Orange Curtain.

PHOTO: Swinhoe's White-eye (Zosterops simplex). CREDIT: Photo 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 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.

Huntington Library

Saturday, May 28, 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 new 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.
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