To Sunday 03 February 2019 - 05:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:30 AM each day
Leaders: Pat & Phil Gordon
We will be making our annual jaunt to the southern refuges. Saturday will be spent at the refuges in the area including Merced NWR and possibly San Luis NWR and Los Banos Wildlife Area. This should be a day of spectacular views of waterfowl: ducks, geese, cranes, and maybe swans. On Saturday, we plan to have dinner at Wool Growers Restaurant in Los Banos (Basque), located near the intersection of 6th and H Streets. Sunday will be spent driving south to Little Panoche Road and the Panoche Valley. Our plan this year is to turn around at the inn junction after birding in the area and come home via I-
5, in contrast to previous years' trips home through Hollister. In Panoche Valley, we will be looking for Mountain Bluebirds, Vesper and Lark Sparrows, chukars, and a good assortment of raptors.
Campers can spend the night at the Basalt Campground or other campgrounds around San Luis Reservoir. Go to the San Luis NWR website for more information, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?pageid=558.
Lodging suggestions in Santa Nella include Motel 6 (209-827-2700), Quality Inn(209) 826-8282, Best Western Andersen's Inn (800-780-7234), or Hotel Mission De Oro (209-826-4444). There are also several hotels in Los Banos. Meet Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 AM at the O'Neil Forebay Wildlife Area.
Directions: From the Bay Area, take I-580 E, then I-5 S, exit at CA-33 S (Santa Nella Blvd.). Restrooms are located at the nearby McDonald's and Starbucks. Proceed south about 1 mile past Santa Nella on R-33. The parking area for the wildlife area is just north of the canal and is signed. Drive time is about 1.75 hours.
For more information give Pat or Phil a call at 510-538- 3550 or cells 510-364-6472/ 510-690-7613. Trip will go rain or shine. Only heavy flooding will cancel .