Deepwater Pelagic July 21 sponsored by Los Angeles Audubon
The Los Angeles Audubon Society is sponsoring a special pelagic for
July 21st out of Santa Barbara. July is an exciting time for rarities
off CA, and we have secured the services of the ultra-fast Condor
Express to take us well offshore, to the 2000 fathom area around the
San Juan Seamount. Normally the Condor Express is busy with whale
watching this time of year, but they have set aside this date for us
during their peak season. There is no guarantee that we will be able
to offer this trip again, and we need to fill the trip in the next
few weeks to ensure it will go. The cost of the trip is $198, with
the possibility of a $5 or $10 fuel surcharge, depending on prices in
July (We did not charge this surcharge in April). Instructions for
signing up are at the end of the message.
July is the peak month for Cook's Petrels in SoCal and northern Baja,
and we will looking in areas where this species has occured. In
additon, a number of other rarities such as Dark-rumped Petrel and
Stejneger's Petrel have also been recorded at this time of year,
despite very limited coverage.
There is also a chance that some of the alcids currently being
recorded will linger into July (We had 7 Parakeet Auklets on this
trip in April).
Full details of the trip are noted below, and I hope you will think
about joining us. July is a great month for pelagic rarities, and the
Condor Express is a wonderful boat with a large comfortable cabin and
excellent galley serving full meals and snacks.
Please contact me at SKUA@... if you have any questions about the
This trip departs from the Santa Barbara Harbor on the fast catamaran
Condor Express at 7:00 a.m. and will return approximately by 8:00
p.m. We will cruise along the deep water shelf by the San Juan
Seamount. This time of year Cook's Petrels and Red-billed Tropicbirds
are seen in this area, and this is an ideal time to look for mega-
rarities such as Dark-rumped and Stejneger's petrels; as well as
Wedge-rumped Storm-petrel. Other birds expected/possible include:
Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed and Sooty shearwaters; Leach's,
Ashy and Black storm-petrels; Cormorants(3); South Polar Skua; Pigeon
Guillemot; Common Murre; Xantus and Craveri's murrelets; Cassin's
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.
I hope you can join us on what I hope will be a memorable trip.
Marina Del Rey, CA