Sea & Sage Audubon has scheduled a special summer shorebird trip to the
Piute Ponds at Edwards Air Force base in the Antelope Valley. The trip
is set for Sunday, August 9th at 7:00 a.m. and will be led by Jon
Feenstra. The focus of the trip will be mainly shorebirds, though of
course, we will look at all species.
Thousands of sandpipers and plovers stage at these isolated wetlands
during their southerly migration and we will be there to meet them.
Baird’s Sandpiper is nearly guaranteed to be present and Semipalmated
Sandpiper is possible. In addition to a variety of shorebirds, some
still in breeding plumage, (if this weren’t enough), the surrounding
desert can produce Prairie Falcon, LeConte’s Thrasher, and lots of
Horned Larks and Sage Sparrows. The Piute Ponds are located on Edwards
Air Force Base which has restricted entry.
Our leader, Jon Feenstra, has a permit to take our group into the area.
He will be leading a similar trip for Pasadena Audubon the previous day,
so he’ll have a good idea of exactly where to find the most interesting
species. Directions to the meeting place will be provided to those with
We have run similar trips to the Piute Ponds in early August of 2007 and
2008. Links to the bird lists compiled from those trips can be found on
our Sea & Sage website at:
The field trip is limited to 12 people. Advance reservations are needed.
Please contact Nancy Kenyon, Field Trip Chair, for reservations, at