Field Trips


San Diego Audubon Field Trips are dedicated to the goal of introducing newer birders, visiting birders, and anyone else who is interested, to the varied habitats and avian inhabitants of San Diego County. Bring binoculars, scopes, water, sunscreen, hat, and enthusiasm. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, call Peter Thomas, (858)571-5076, or e-mail to For directions to each birding site, click on Details for each trip.  

Note: Advanced registration for all trips is requested.  Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you by email.

Birding at Silverwood

Silverwood is open to the public on Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm, October through July. Guided nature walks are conducted at 10 am and 1:30 pm October through June. Arrange group tours by contacting Phil Lambert, the resident manager, at (619) 443-2998.

Map  GPS: 32.9068, -117.2064

The Western approach to Penasquitos Canyon is a less frequently birded area of San Diego County. The trails are mostly flat, passing along the riparian corridor and allowing broad views of open grassland. Expect the year round residents – hawks, towhees, California Thrashers, and California Quail – and summer visitors – Ash-throated Flycatchers, Orioles, BH Grosbeaks, possibly Lawrence’s Goldfinches, and sometimes other surprises. Easy walking. Porta-Pottties at the trailhead. Participation is capped at 25.

Directions: Going north from central San Diego on 805, exit at the ramp for Vista Sorrento Pkwy, and follow the lanes for Vista Sorrento. Continue northward about 1 mile, turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd., continue to the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve parking lot on the right.
Event Start Jun 25, 2017 7:30 am
Event End Jun 25, 2017 10:30 am
Available Places 0
Individual Price Free
Leader John Bruin, (505) 401-3022, Lisa Ruby, and Terry Hurst

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Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

Our office is staffed by volunteer receptionists. Please call (858) 273-7800 before planning your visit to ensure someone will be there to assist you.