The South Bay Salt Works has over 20 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.) Leaders: Chris Staurovsky and Rich Breisch. Choice of a route will depend upon salt pond conditions at the time. Total distance: 2.5 - 4 miles depending upon route/ 3 hours on flat, easy terrain. Group B.) Leaders: Peter and Millie Thomas and Group C.) Leaders: Kathryn Wendel and John Bruin. Will follow a route that follows the full perimeter of the levees with views of the outside ponds and the south end of the San Diego Bay. Total distance: about 5 miles/4 hours. NOTE: No restrooms close to the trailhead, and no early exit from the walk (the gates will be locked after we enter). N.B. Please assess your ability to cope with these limitations. No exceptions. Participation is capped at 12 participants in each of the 3 groups.
On-line registration is required. Caps on the number of participants on each outing are specified. COVID-19 Requirements: You must be more than 2 weeks beyond your second vaccination (Pfizer/Moderna) or the single dose (Johnson and Johnson) at the time of the trip. A mask is not mandatory as of now, but any guidelines in place at the time of the outing will be followed.