SoCal pelagic trip from Santa Barbara, Sept 6
The September 6 Los Angeles Audubon Society deep-water pelagic trip
heading out of Santa Barbara on the Condor Express is in danger of being
cancelled for lack of interest!
And its up to us to not let that happen.
The late fall/early summer is one of the best times year off Southern
California for encounters with large numbers of birds and a high
diversity. Species that have been seen out there in the past several years
have included: Cooks Petrel (2005), Hawaiian Petrel (2006), Streaked
Shearwater (2002), Bullers Shearwater (annual), Wilsons Storm-Petrel
(2003), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (2003), Least Storm-Petrel, Red-billed
Tropicbird, Long-tailed Jaeger (annual), Craveris Murrelet, hypoleucus
Xantuss Murrelet. Though nothing can ever be guaranteed, we do have to be
out there looking to even have a chance.
Our plan is to depart Santa Barbara harbor, travel across the Santa
Barbara Channel and south past Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands. The
ocean floor in the area south of Santa Rosa Island and east of the San
Juan Seamount varies in depth from about 1000 feet to over 10000 feet.
This region has always been hot on past trips having hosted such stellar
rarities as last summers Tristrams Storm-Petrel and springs Parakeet
Auklets. And, aboard the fast Condor Express is the only way to get to
these places in a single day.
If you had thought about attending this potentially exciting trip, act now
as were running out of time and the final decision needs to be made in
the next few weeks.
Details about registration can be found on the Los Angeles Audubon website:
Feel free to contact me with any questions.