The annual LAAS Tropicbird trip is once again sold out, but there are
still spaces remaining on our October 20th trip around and past the
northern Channel Islands. This area is a hotspot for cetacean and
birdlife, and October 20th is an excellent time to see good numbers
of Jaegers and shearwaters, plus a host of alcids. This trip has
turned up rarities like Brown Booby, Manx and even American
Oystercatcher around the Islands. This 8 hour trip is a great way to
test your sealegs for one of our longer trips, while still seeing
some great birds and mammals. A full trip description follows. I will
be on boats for the next week solid, so if you have any questions
contact LAAS as instructed below. I will get to your e-mails when I
return on the 11th.
I hope you can join us on the last trip for 2007! Stay tuned for out
exciting 2008 schdule, which will be out soon!
Marina Del Rey CA
Saturday, October 20 - A trip around the Northern Channel Islands
This 8 hour trip departs from the Island Packer's dock in the Ventura
Harbor at 8:00 a.m. on the fast catamaran Islander. After dropping
off campers on Santa Cruz Island, we will have the boat to ourselves
and cruise around Santa Cruz Island to the Santa Cruz passage by
Santa Rosa Island and along the Santa Rosa Flats to the deeper water
near San Nicolas Island. We will return by Arch Rock at Anacapa
Island. Birds seen on prior trips: Northern Fulmar; Sooty, Pink-
footed and Black-vented shearwaters; Leach's, Least and Ashy storm-
petrels; cormorants (3); Parasitic and Pomarine jaegers; Sabine's
Gull; rocky shorebirds (up to 5); Common Murre,Cassin's Auklet.
Rarities: Buller's and Flesh-footed shearwaters; South Polar Skua;
Long-tailed Jaeger. In 2002 a Streaked Shearwater, and in 2003 a
Brown Booby and 2 Manx Shearwaters were seen. Blue, Fin and Humpback
whales have been seen on this trip.
Leaders: Jon Feenstra, Todd McGrath and David Pereksta.
PELAGIC RESERVATION POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Reservations will be accepted ONLY if ALL the following information
1) Trip desired
2) Names of people in your party
3) Phone numbers: (a) usual and (b) evening before event, in case of
4) Separate check (no cash please) to LAAS for exact amount for each
5) Self-addressed stamped envelope for confirmation and associated
Los Angeles Audubon Society - Reservations
PO Box 931057
Los Angeles, CA 90093-1057
If there is insufficient response, the trip will be cancelled four
weeks prior to the scheduled date. You will be so notified and your
fee returned. Your cancellation after that time will bring a refund
only if there is a paid replacement.
REFUND POLICY FOR PELAGIC TRIPS
If a participant cancels 31 days or more prior to departure, a $5
service charge will be deducted from the refund. There is no
participant refund if requested fewer than 30 days before departure,
unless there is a paid replacement available. Call LAAS for a
possible replacement. Please do not offer the trip to a friend as it
would be unfair to those on the waiting list. All pelagic trips must
be filled 35 days prior to sailing. Please reserve early.
Millie Newton is available at Audubon House 323-876-0202 on
Wednesdays from noon to 4:00 PM to answer questions about field
trips. Our office staff is also available Tuesday through Saturday
for most reservation services.