Field Trip: Monterey Bay Area

Date: Saturday November 17, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM

November 17 & 18, Meet at 8:00 AM on the 17th at Lover's Point State Marine Reserve, 631 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA (NSAS Event)


Leader: Bruce Thomsen

Description: Saturday we will be visiting several locations in the Monterey/Carmel area. Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, Garrapata State Park, Jacks Peak Park. The environments visited will be rocky coastal areas, sandy beaches, coastal sage shrub, oak woodlands, and Monterey pine forest. Sunday we will visit Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge and Elkhorn Slough, the largest salt marsh in California outside of the San Francisco Bay.

Birds: gulls, shorebirds (winter visitors and fall migrants), ducks, cormorants (possibly all three), brown pelican, pigeon guillemot, Caspian tern, loons, grebes, peregrine falcon, pygmy nuthatch, wrentit, California thrasher, Steller's and scrub jays, Pacific wren. Also numerous pelagic species can be spotted off of the coast.

What to bring: weather can be changeable so be prepared for mild temperatures to possible rain, hat, good walking shoes, snacks, water. For Saturday bring a lunch as we will eat in the field.

RSVP by November 12, 2018. There is a limit of 15 participants (NSAS members will have priority) to Bruce Thomsen,, Cell 209-728-4631, Home 707-224-1906.

Directions: From Highway 1 South, exit on Soledad Dr./Munras Ave. Continue across Munras to Pacific St. (first right turn after Munras). Continue on Pacific for about 1.5 miles where Pacific merges onto Lighthouse Ave. Continue on Lighthouse for about 1 mile to David Ave. Turn right on David (toward the Monterey Bay Aquarium). Turn left onto Ocean View Blvd. (the first left and the street just before the aquarium). Continue on Ocean View a little over mile to the parking area at Loverís Point.

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