John Birsner, expert birder from the Antelope Valley will lead us to Piute Ponds on Edwards Air Force Base on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. These beautiful, natural wetlands, the sink of the Amargosa Creek, are home to tons of wintering waterfowl.
The wetlands are on the Air Force Base, so unless you already have a Civilian Access Card allowing entrance to all military bases, you must do the following:
***First talk with Misty Hailstone on the base by phone at (661) 275-2435 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Dec 20 to arrange a required annual pass ***. Tell her your personal information •(legal name, •driver’s license number and state issued, •social security number, •date of birth, •email address, and •phone number). Please DO NOT e-mail or leave a message. Access for foreign nationals is trickier but still possible. Cameras O.K
From Ridgecrest or Inyokern, we will meet at the usual 76 station in Inyokern at 8am to form a carpool. For anyone wishing to meet us down the road or at the gate, we have directions to the gate. To sign up, please call Bob Parker at (760) 446-2001 or Brenda Burnett at (760) 382-4935.
Bring a lunch. To do a good job of seeing all these beautiful wetlands takes about 4 hours. And there may be those who want to go on to other sites in the vicinity. Apollo Park? Cal City? Even Ave. I and 110th St East for Ferruginous Hawk and Mountain Plover.
ROOKIES WELCOME! John has said he would like rookies to be in his car.