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Seal Beach NWR Field Trip: Saturday, 18 November, 8 AM

October 9, 2017

THE TRIP FILLED QUICKLY.
CONTACT THE LEADER BELOW TO GET ON THE WAIT LIST.
ATTENDANCE LIST WILL BE GIVEN TO THE REFUGE
TEN DAYS PRIOR TO TRIP.
SEE SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

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Seal Beach NWR wetland, looking west towards the Pacific

It’s been several decades since we last visited Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. If you join us, you’ll be surprised that such an astonishing area for wildlife can co-exist with a U.S. Navy installation. But if you’ve ever been to Point Mugu Naval Air Station, you’ll know that our military is actually an excellent steward of many valuable and beautiful wildlife areas.

Seal Beach is a remnant of the once-vast system of wetlands located just inland of our coastal dunes. These wetlands used to host millions of ducks, shorebirds, passerines, hawks, owls – you name it. The wetlands and birds began disappearing in the 1800’s as they were replaced by millions of humans and their homes, and now only a few parcels remain.

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Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail

Among the wide variety of birds already mentioned, we will also look for three local-and-difficult-to-find birds: Pacific Golden-Plover, Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow. The plovers – pausing in their migration to southern climes – are usually in the barren patches between the railroad tracks and the lagoon, the rails hide in the reed beds, while the sparrows often winter in a shrubby area in the midst of the lagoon.

Expect the unexpected.

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Viewing platform

Seal Beach Bird List PDF file
Map of Refuge

VISITING THE REFUGE ON YOUR OWN: Guided tours are held the last Saturday of every month except in December.

SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS:
You must sign-up in advance in order to attend this trip.
Reservations can NOT be accepted after November 8, 2017

Attendance is limited. There may be a waiting list. Please do not sign up unless you are certain you will be there. The refuge is located within a U.S. Military installation, and you must be a U.S. CITIZEN and bring a PHOTO ID in order to enter.

Contact the organizer, Grace Murayama by email: loeher.murayama@verizon.net
She will need: First name, Last Name, Middle Initial, Phone, ZIP Code, Date of Birth, Adult or Child

Photography: Cameras are allowed on this tour, just to make sure that all who take pictures only take pictures of wildlife and each other.

Google Map to Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Directions to Refuge [800 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740]
From Santa Monica – 37 miles, allow 50 minutes
Take SAN DIEGO FWY (I-405) south to SEAL BEACH BLVD. Go south to sign on right for FORRESTAL DRIVE. Turn left into base entrance parking lot. Meet there. Participants must be signed-up and be approved by officials to enter.
[Chuck Almdale]

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