Join us for our annual Halloween Campout!
Travel will be on graded dirt roads. Birds we hope to see are the typical desert species (Golden Eagle, Sage Sparrow, etc.) and fall migrants such as (we hope) large flocks of Pinyon Jays. Bring a pumpkin for the annual Carving Exhibition and Ghostly Tree Display. Bring water for cooking and washing and warm clothing for the desert night. Don’t leave Mojave without filling up on gas.
Some of the great birds from prior trips were: California Quail, Cooper’s Hawk. Wilson’s Snipe, Greater Roadrunner, Western Screech Owl, Hooty Hoot Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pinyon Jay, Rock, Bewick’s & Cactus Wrens, Western Bluebird, California Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike, Cedar Waxwing, Bell’s (prev. Sage) Sparrow, Pine Siskin.
Family guide: great fun for children over 10. In fact, we encourage families to attend this camping trip. We have been invited to stay at Sageland Ranch, home of Keith Axelson. There will be camping space for all, but please bring enough water for cooking and washing, and some firewood would be greatly appreciated too. You can cook on the main campfire or on one of the barbecues.
Leaders: Liz Galton & Mary Prismon
The leaders may go up Friday night and camp at Sageland Ranch. Contact them if you are interested in joining them.
Note: Participants need to phone or email the leader to sign-up for this trip. They will receive directions, time and place of meeting, and be asked to sign a release form which will be available at the beginning of the trip or by sending a SASE to Mary Prismon, 4310 Ocean View Dr. Malibu, CA 90265 (310-457-2240) when signing up.
Directions: From Santa Monica: take the San Diego Freeway north to Highway 14 which goes east and then north to the Antelope Valley. From Mojave continue on Highway 14 about 20 miles to the Jawbone Canyon turnoff. Take Jawbone Rd. for 6.2 miles and take the right fork. Go another 5.7 miles to the Butterbredt Sign, turn right and go another 0.9 miles to the spring. Travel time is about 2½ – 3 hours from Santa Monica. Meet at the spring at 8:30 a.m. Leave your name and telephone number with the contact person in case of cancellation due to bad weather. If you have an FRS radio, bring it along tuned to Channel 11, privacy channel 22.
Map to meeting place and probable route
Hint: Switch to “Satellite” and zoom in to see spring close up.