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Malibu Lagoon Monthly Field Trip: Sunday, 27 March 2022

March 15, 2022

SMBAS is reopening the Malibu Lagoon trip
after two years of pandemic hiatus.
The following rules will be in effect:

  • Registration required, max. 25 people. No drop-ins, please.
    Register to Chuck:
  • Feel free to wear a mask even if it’s not required.
  • Bring your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card and a photo ID card. They will be checked. If you do not have two shots and a booster recorded on your card, you must wear a mask while you are with the group.
  • Bring your own binoculars and telescope. Sharing of equipment not recommended, do so at your own risk.
  • All Field Trips are designed to maximize your safety, while also enjoying birds. CDC Guidelines are followed. Participants are encouraged to observe safe distancing, and face coverings are required for those who are not fully vaccinated (2 shots + booster) for Covid-19.
  • Participation in social activities, such as field trips, comes with an inherent risk of exposure to infectious disease. Prospective participants should self-evaluate or discuss with their doctor if their participation merits this risk. If you’re sick or experiencing any symptoms that indicate you might be sick, STAY HOME.
  • The 10am Children & Parents Walk is NOT reinstated.
  • For general questions or help registering, contact Chuck:
  • Additional information on our permanent Covid-19 blog page:

Our Western Snowy Plovers such as nr:gy above, are beginning to get excited about breeding. (Larry Loeher 2-25-18 Malibu)

We still have all our wintering species, and migrants are beginning to come through so we could see over 70 species. [But probably not.] The days are warming but the temperatures could be from 55 to 80 degrees. The beach and lagoon in the spring can be beautiful and peaceful.

Most of the Jan-Feb birds will still be with us, including: up to 12 duck species, 3 loons, 4 grebes, 3 cormorants, 5 herons & egrets, 6 raptors, 4 plovers, 11 sandpipers, 11 gulls & terns, 3 doves, 2 hummingbirds, 1 kingfisher and 23 species of passerines. An avian banquet.

View of west end of channel from our meeting place (L. Johnson 3-24-19 Malibu Lagoon)

Adult Walk 8:30 a.m., 4th Sunday of every month.  Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours.  Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter.  We move slowly and check everything as we move along.  When lagoon outlet is closed we may continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House.  We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers.  So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too.  Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn. Bring your birding questions.

Children and Parents Walk: Still canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic, immunization and masking problems, especially with young children.

Not all ducks look the same: Mallard (23″ long) & Green-winged Teal (14.5″)
(Grace Murayama 2-24-19)

Map to Meeting Place
Directions: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, west of Malibu Pier and the bridge.  Look around for people wearing binoculars.
Parking: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read signs carefully) on either of PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center.  Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted (i.e. they tow cars).

Prior checklists:
2021: Jan-July
2020: Jan-JulyJuly-Dec  2019: Jan-June, July-Dec  
2018: Jan-June, July-Dec  2017: Jan-June, July-Dec
2016: Jan-June, July-Dec  2015: Jan-May, July-Dec
2014: Jan-July,  July-Dec  2013: Jan-June, July-Dec
2012: Jan-June, July-Dec 2011: Jan-June, July-Dec
2010: Jan-June, July-Dec  2009: Jan-June, July-Dec

[Chuck Almdale]

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