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Birding Outings: Salt Works Group A Shorter Walk

Sunday, October 23, 2022
9:00 am1:00 pm

This trip is full.

Sunday, October 23, 2022, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
South San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge and the South Bay Salt Works

Leaders: Peter Thomas, and others

The South Bay Salt Works has a number salt ponds used to extract salt from seawater by evaporation. This area is normally closed to the public, except for once-per-month guided walks led by San Diego Audubon docents during the bird non-breeding fall and winter months. We will learn about the history of the salt works and the process of obtaining salt from nature. We will look to see birds, including Peregrine Falcon, Gulls, Terns, and Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, as well as returning to winter shorebird and duck species. There is a choice of walks on flat terrain. Group A. “Shorter Walk”) Will walk out and back on a route that covers the south end of the Salt Works ponds with views to the scrub areas along the Otay River. Total distance: 4 miles/ 3 hours on flat, easy terrain.

Group B. “Longer Walk”) will follow a route like Group A but adds a portion of the outer perimeter levees with views of some the outside ponds and the south end of the San Diego Bay. Total distance: about 5 miles/4 hours. N.B. No restrooms. Capped at 15 participants for each of the 2 groups. Be sure you know for which group you registered.


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