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About SBVAS 

SBVAS strives to bring people to their natural environment. Focusing on birds and other wildlife, we hope to conserve natural resources in the Southern California's "Inland Empire," specifically San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties.

Founded in 1948, San Bernardino Valley Audubon is southeastern California's  leading non-profit engaging people in the conservation of birds and their habitats. We involve people through recreational birding, envelop them in our education programs, and engage them in conservation actions from counting birds to working with local, state, and national policy makers.  San Bernardino Valley Audubon is a fully independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Contact us at:

eSBVAS@gmail.com

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Meetings
Meetings are held at the San Bernardino County Museum once a month on Wednesday nights from September through May.  The museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Ln, Redlands, CA 92374.

​Upcoming Events and Field Trips

Saturday, August 24, 2024

SBVAS Pelagic Trip – Dana Point

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Leaders: Tom Benson, Curtis Marantz, Robert McNab, Brittany O’Connor, and Brad Singer

SBVAS is sponsoring a 9-hour pelagic trip to the nearshore waters between Dana Point and Catalina Island on Sunday, August 24, 2024. We will be departing from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer at 7:00 AM and returning at 4:00 PM. Our tentative plan will be to travel southwest to Crespi Knoll, then northwest along the ridge southeast of Catalina Island, and then

return to Dana Point with a stop at Lausen Sea Mount if time allows. We will be splitting our time between Orange and Los Angeles County waters. We have a reasonable probability of seeing the following sought-after pelagic species on this trip: Black, Leach’s, Least, and Ashy Storm- Petrels, Long-tailed Jaeger, Craveri's Murrelet, Sabine’s Gull, and Arctic Tern. Additionally, it is a good time of year to find rarer species such as Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, and any number of boobies. The cost for the trip is $120 per person. To reserve a space on the trip, email me (see below) with your name and phone number, the number of spaces you want to reserve, and the names of those in your party.

The Sea Explorer is a 65-foot research vessel with plenty of standing room, bench seating on both the upper and lower decks, and an interior salon with limited seating. There is no galley on board, so you should bring your own lunch for this 9-hour excursion. Weather at sea is often cool relative to the mainland, and can be unpredictable. It is recommended that you dress in

layers including a light rain jacket for potential sea spray (or even rain). A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also essential. Bring your binoculars and cameras, but leave your spotting scopes at home. There are a number of over-the-counter preventative seasickness treatments available; consult with your doctor if you think you will need them. They are most effective when taken before you get on the boat; do not wait until you are sick. If you have any questions regarding the trip, please contact Tom Benson: thomasabenson@aol.com.

​Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, September 27, 28,29,30, 2024

7:30 am

Northern Baja California, Mexico

Brad Singer (909) 936-5087/bcsinger@gmail.com

This brief trip to the wonders of the Northern Baja will highlight the vast bird variety and abundance in areas of both high population density and large expanses of open terrain.  We will bird the coastline from Ensenada to San Quintin, the mountains of Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park, and the deserts of the Lower Colorado River Basin. The endemic Gray Thrasher will be on the hit list along with many other coastal shrub, shoreline, montane and desert species.  If interested, please email me at the above address and I can send you a detailed itinerary.  Passport is necessary.  Group size is limited.

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