The Brawley Inn: GPS: 32 degrees 58’ 43.71” N 115 degrees 33’ 05.12” W
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 Snow, Ross’, and Canada Geese; ducks of many species, White-faced Ibis, Grebes, large numbers of shorebirds, Gambel’s Quail, Common Ground-Dove, Burrowing Owls, Verdin, Loggerhead Shrikes, Abert’s Towhee, and many more. This trip is planned as an overnight trek, staying at the Brawley Inn, a group dinner on Saturday night, up early on Sunday to catch the birds when they are at their most active, finishing in the early afternoon on Sunday, 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, and sign-up is required.