Death Valley and Deep Springs questions
- Hi everyone,
My recent request for help was so successful I figured
I would try again. We are staying in Death Valley for
two nights next week and I am wondering what the
current restrictions are for Furnace Creek. Where can
you bird and where can't you bird.
Also, how does one go about birding Deep Springs
College these days? Do you need permission ahead of
time? Where can you go and what is off-limits?
Thanks in advance,
- Hi Steve,
Deep Springs folks have been friendly about birders. A call in ahead of time
is preferred by them (but there have been times I just drop in and ask -
they have always been friendly). The number is 760-872-2000. A call ahead
would keep things smooth and amiable.
Furnace creek is a different story. From what I hear, the owners distain
birders, and have gone to every effort to but do not enter signs abundantly
- at every break in the bushes surrounding the golf course. You could not
possibly enter the golf course and pretend not to have seen the signs. Even
FCR employees are not allowed to walk around the golf course. That said,
people still do it (even myself). It would fuel the fire I'm sure if the
owners saw it. I have asked grounds keepers is it is ok and gotten
permission from them. But it does not feel right (even tough I've done it).
My personal approach has been to be out there at very first light, and leave
as soon as the first golfers or grounds keepers arrive. Head to the sewer
I think Tom and Jo, to not make enemies, just are not visiting the golf
course at all. They investigated paying a donation/entrance fee, until
finding out it was over $100!
The FC Inn has been closed the last number of years (too expensive to keep
it running, when there are enough rooms at the ranch), and nosing around
there has not really felt right to me - but usually I don't see anyone whom
I could ask permission. Maybe a call ahead of time.
A real bummer with no good solution. Such a great birding location. Birders
have still been going there, finding awesome stuff, and if you are very
careful not to disturb golfers (which brings attention and spoils the
reputation for all) it is probably not going to cause too much trouble but
is certainly risky (I'd always ask grounds keepers, at a minimum).
Good luck and have a fun trip!
>From: Steve Glover <countylines@...>
>Subject: [CALBIRDS] Death Valley and Deep Springs questions
>Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 21:45:05 -0700 (PDT)
>My recent request for help was so successful I figured
>I would try again. We are staying in Death Valley for
>two nights next week and I am wondering what the
>current restrictions are for Furnace Creek. Where can
>you bird and where can't you bird.
>Also, how does one go about birding Deep Springs
>College these days? Do you need permission ahead of
>time? Where can you go and what is off-limits?
>Thanks in advance,
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