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Box Canyon - Anza Borrego Desert SP
Saturday, March 18

When: Saturday, March 18, 2023 6:30AM(Civil Twilight) - Hike will start at 7:00AM(Sunrise)
Where: 33.01786, -116.42765, This is a parking pull off on S2 just south of Blair Valley in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Google Map Directions
What to Bring: Good hiking shoes, snack, water, clothing layers, lightweight pack for extra lenses and travel tripod!
Leader: Peter Dascalos

We will be meeting at the top of Box Canyon and setup a shuttle hike. It will be a one way hike down Box Canyon, it is 1.5 mile mostly down hill through the wash. Expect some scrambling and avoiding cactuses!

I will be making an camping trip out of this outing. I will be camping in Blair Valley Friday night, Saturday nights camping location will be determined in the field. On Saturday after exploring Box Canyon, those that wish to continue we will be exploring other areas that may have spring blooms!


If there is interest, we can stop by the massive metal sculptures, and stop by Fonts Point to view the Borrego Badlands. There will be possible opportunity for astrophotography on Friday and Saturday night, so bring the Astro gear!

Contact me directly if you are interesting in camping to discuss logistics. Thanks, Peter

If you plan to attend, please add yourself to the sign up sheet. Link here -> Sign Up Sheet

San Jacinto Wildlife Area
Saturday, March 4
Lets Go Birding!

When: Saturday, March 4, 2023 6:30AM 
What: Birds, Drive around and photograph Birds from Car. 
Where:17050 Davis St, Lakeview, CA 92567 No Carpool, See you There! Meet by Entrance. Park on Left side past the entrance gate on inside of reserve. 
What to Bring: Binoculars, Jacket or other layered clothing, Water, Snack, Sturdy shoes Telephoto Lens, Tripod with Gimbal 
Leader: John Moya

Price: Day Pass $5.40 
***Please make sure you have a yearly land pass or buy a day pass for this day from this website (Land Pass not required with a valid hunting or fishing license)***


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Hawk Watch with the Wildlife Research Institute
Saturday, February 25

When: Saturday, February 25, 2023 10AM (Suggested arrival 9:30AM)
Where: Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd, Ramona, CA 92065

No Carpool Meetup: Unless you make arrangements with other members.
What to Bring: Binoculars, Jacket or other layered clothing, Sturdy shoes for uneven terrain, Folding chair (if you have one) Telephoto Lens, Tripod with Gimbal
Leader: John Moya

What to Expect at Hawk Watch!

Hawk Watch is an informative educational Biologists Talk and Q&A with falconry or ambassador raptors for you to see up close and personal! The seated program lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours (restrooms available) and is followed by an option for additional roadside observations of wild raptors and other wildlife including a Bald Eagle nest where you'll drive your own car less than 2 miles on paved roads and come and go at your leisure. Biologists and local expert volunteer observers will help you spot and identify birds and show them to you through our high-powered professional telescopes. In the event of rain, we will still have the educational program inside the barn but the usual falconry flight displays will not occur in the barn. There is no hiking portion of Hawk Watch, but we recommend wearing sturdy shoes for uneven terrain and going on your own to the nearby Ramona Grassland Preserve hiking trail after the program. Hawk Watch is wheelchair accessible and we recommend using one if walking on uneven terrain could be a safety hazard for you. We hope you can make it! More details can be found here.

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