Field Trips

Come explore with us!

The Bruin Birding Club hosts field trips most weekends during the academic year. Most of our trips are to birding hotspots within the Los Angeles area; former destinations include Sepulveda Basin, Ballona Wetlands, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and Bonelli Regional Park. Sometimes we go farther afield, to locations such as Lake Piru in Ventura County and the Salton Sea in Imperial County.

A short list of exciting bird species seen on prior trips include: California Condor, Ridgway's Rail, Sandhill Crane, Vermilion Flycatcher, Burrowing Owl, California Gnatcatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, White-tailed Kite, Barn Owl, Snowy Plover, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Townsend's Solitaire, Evening Grosbeak, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Red Crossbill, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Cactus Wren, and Black-vented Shearwater.

Field trips are led by experienced birders who know the destinations along with where to find the best birds. We do our best to ensure that everyone from beginning birdwatchers to expert birders has an awesome time, sees some cool birds, and learns a lot on our trips.

To attend a field trip you must RSVP with the trip leader ahead of time. Keep an eye on the newsletter for field trip announcements and sign-ups. We organize carpools from campus to ensure that everyone has a ride. We can lend out a limited number of binoculars.

Snow Geese, Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Nurit Katz)