GPS: 32.978711, -115.551238
This outing will be a variation of a trip done in the past. Instead of a single overnight, we will spend 2 nights in Brawley, giving us the opportunity to view not only the morning take-offs of both the Snow and Ross’s Geese, but also of the Sandhill Cranes. We will also visit wetland areas that have not been on our itinerary before.
The Imperial Valley and the area around the Salton Sea is an incredible area to visit in the Winter. The birds here are a mix of those that are year-round residents, and those that flee the north to spend the winter here. These include Gambel’s Quail, Common Ground-Dove, Burrowing Owls, Verdin, Loggerhead Shrikes, Abert’s Towhee, the geese and Sandhill Cranes, ducks of many species, White-faced Ibis, Grebes, large numbers of shorebirds, and many more. We will be staying at the Brawley Inn, with a group dinner on Friday night at an on-site restaurant, Assagio’s; on Saturday we will dine at Las Chabelas Mexican Restaurant. Each morning we be up early to catch the birds when they are at their most active. On Sunday we will finish in the early afternoon, allowing plenty of time for the return journey to San Diego. Because of the logistics of car-pooling, and the limitations of the Brawley Inn, the group will be limited to 20 persons. On-line sign up, and a registration fee, is required.
Directions: From San Diego, go east on Highway 8. Just prior to getting to El Centro, one exit past Drew Rd, turn left (north) on Forrester Rd. Proceed 9.5 miles to Keystone Rd., and then turn right. Proceed 3 miles to Imperial/ Hwy 86 (stoplight), and turn left. Imperial becomes Brawley Ave, continue a total of 5.5 miles to Main St. Turn left. Look for Brawley Inn on the right (before dropping down to the river bottom).
Please note: Capped at 20 participants. Online sign up required. Registration fee $35.