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Request for Re-Post: Spring 2012 Galileo/Silver Saddle Birding Status

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, I just received a request for a re-post of the birding rules for Galileo/Silver Saddle. Of course, this Memorial Day long weekend is an exception with the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 25, 2012

      I just received a request for a re-post of the birding rules for
      Galileo/Silver Saddle. Of course, this Memorial Day long weekend is
      an exception with the closure to birders. Depending on how busy
      Silver Saddle's business side is into the future, it is possible that
      one or more future weekends (holiday or otherwise) will result in
      closure, too. Silver Saddle staff will make an effort to let us know
      so you can be notified and plan accordingly.

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

      P.S.: Following are the rules as presented for Spring 2012. Expect
      anther update before the fall migration season. BB.


      Communication with Silver Saddle staff on site as of this Tuesday
      morning, March 13, 2012.

      Staff was VERY PLEASED with birders during the Fall 2011 birding
      period at Silver Saddle/Galileo Hill. They told me they were VERY
      APPRECIATIVE of visiting birders taking care of the concerns of
      Silver Saddle staff and members. They said they had ZERO complaints
      from staff and members last fall regarding birders and birding. Once
      again, they welcome birders to Silver Saddle/Galileo Hill for spring
      into early summer 2012 western migrant and vagrant birding season
      free of charge within the following guidelines which were followed so
      well this past Fall 2011.

      Everything remains the same as this past Fall 2011. As a refresher PLEASE...

      Please read Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch & Club 2012 Spring
      Birding Status, Expectations, & Requirements...

      Continuing as during this past fall 2011 migration birding period...
      * birders check in at office all days to sign release form
      * early birders who arrive before office staff are present may
      bird the grounds, then check in when office opens
      * park in main parking lot in spaces next to pond
      * birding grounds any weekday is OK (bungalow and hotel
      exceptions noted below)
      * no formal groups of birders on weekends and long weekend holidays
      * "a birder or a few birders here and there on the weekend is ok"
      * birders stay out of the hotel/motel courtyard
      * birders stay away from the bungalows
      * birders - do NOT interfere with guests/members in any way
      * restaurant open to the public for 5pm-8pm Saturday buffet
      dinner; 8am-10am Sunday buffet breakfast
      * motel open only to members and sales guests***
      ***The motel is now open to large groups during the week. A few weeks
      ago a business held a three day meeting retreat at Silver Saddle
      during the work week. They rented THIRTY motel rooms and were served
      breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days. As you can imagine, it
      takes a significantly large group for it to be profitable for Silver
      Saddle to open their lodging and restaurant facilities to private,
      non-member groups. However, I would be neglectful if I did not tell
      you of this change as who knows which of you might wish to arrange to
      bring a large group to Silver Saddle during the week - an agency
      meeting, business meeting , Partners In Flight meeting, retreat,
      wedding, or ? As long as it is during the week and not on the weekend
      and involves a large enough group of people, it might be possible to
      arrange. Imagine a Partners In Flight meeting or some such held at
      Silver Saddle/Galileo Hill during the height of spring or fall
      migration/vagrant season. Such an event could end up being truly
      memorable. Call Silver Saddle directly if you wish to schedule.

      Some birders come to Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle based on ABA's "A
      Birder's Guide to Southern California." When birding Galileo please
      pass on to them the information above so there is a less likely
      chance of an inadvertent action which might lead to closure to
      birders (e.g.: check-in rule). Thank you.

      Happy & Productive Spring Birding,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
      24/7 Cellular Phone Number:760-382-1260

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