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Butterbredt Spring Weekend Campout Reminder: 30 April – 1 May, 2016, 8:00 a.m.

April 28, 2016
Hoary Bat (R. Seidner 4/27/12)

Hoary Bat in repose (R. Seidner 4/27/12)

On Saturday and Sunday, 30 April – l May, we will hold our annual spring camping weekend at the Butterbredt Spring Wildlife Sanctuary and the riparian habitat of Kelso Creek, surrounded by the high desert.   Birds we will see are desert residents – hummingbirds, roadrunners, owls, thrashers, and orioles for example – spring migrants (some years we see all eleven western warblers at the spring –  nine were recently reported), and specialties such as Piñon Jays and Golden Eagles.   Our host reports getting a lot of rain this winter and has some very interesting birds nesting on his property, plus plenty of butterflies, green grass and wildflowers.   Travel will be on graded dirt roads, passable by almost any car. We will camp in a spot close to Kelso Creek and north of Kelso Valley.   Refill your gas tank in Mojave and bring water for cooking and washing.

Family guide: A great camping trip. In fact, we encourage families to attend this camping trip.  This is the desert, so please be careful of common desert hazards and equipment: driving off-road, thorny cacti, loose rock and sand, insufficient water, basic camping and emergency supplies.  We are invited to stay at Sageland Ranch, home of one of our long-time chapter members.   There will be camping space for all, but in order to reduce demands on our host, please bring water for cooking and washing. Plus your own food, of course, assuming that you wish to eat. Some firewood would be greatly appreciated too.   You can cook on the main campfire or on one of the barbecues.

Sphinx Moth at Beavertail Cactus flower (R. Seidner 4/27/13)

Sphinx Moth at Beavertail Cactus flower
(R. Seidner 4/27/13)

Participants must phone or email the leader to sign-up for this trip.
Leader:  Mary Prismon   (310-457-2240)   <goldcrownking [AT]>

They will need to sign a release form which will be available at the beginning of the trip.   Leave your name and telephone number with the contact person in case of cancellation due to bad weather.

Links to Trip Reports: April 2015, April 2013, April, 2012, May 2010

The rock admiration society (R. Seidner 11/3/12)

The rock admiration society, Kelso Valley Chapter
(R. Seidner 11/3/12)

[Directions] From Santa Monica:
San Diego Freeway north to Highway 14 which goes east and north through the Antelope Valley to the town of Mojave, where you should refill your gas tank. From Mojave continue on Highway 14 about 20 miles to the Jawbone Canyon turnoff. Take Jawbone Rd. for 6.2 miles and take the right fork. Go another 5.7 miles to the Butterbredt Sign, turn right and go another 0.9 miles to the spring. Travel time is about 2½ – 3 hours from Santa Monica. If you have an FRS radio, bring it along tuned to Channel 11, privacy channel 22.
Meet at the spring at 8:00 a.m.
Late-comers should be able to find us in the vicinity of the main grove until at least 8:30.
[Chuck Almdale]
Link to Google Map of probably route

Butterbredt Spring gate (L. Johnson 4/26/13)

In those halcyon days of yore, this was the Butterbredt Spring gate
(L. Johnson 4/26/13)


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