If you wish to participate in this field trip, we highly recommend that you attend the Marin Audubon Speaker Series on Thursday evening, April 12, which will feature a presentation by Richard Niedhardt, founder of the Pinnacles Condor Fund, now a part of the Pinnacles National Park Foundation. Richard's evening program will prepare you for our Saturday field trip to be led by his long-time friend Rusty Scalf.
We will begin our day of birding with Rusty at the Pinnacles Visitor Center (East Side of the Park) with an hour of birding in the Chaparral, Riparian and Gray Pine Woodland habitats. The group will then travel to Bear Gulch (possibly by NPS shuttle) where we will hike 1.7 miles one way up the Condor Gulch Trail to the observation area for condor watching and lunch. We cannot guarantee a condor sighting, but the likelihood of seeing one is good, possibly with the assistance of a condor tracker present in the observation area. On our 2016 trip to this area with Rusty, we were lucky to get lengthy closeup views of four condors as well as distant views of four additional condors. Super cool!! We will be hiking through distinctive geological terrain formed by rhyolite volcanism. Geologists as well as birders are invited to join us to help interpret this unique park feature.
You must be in good hiking shape to participate in this trip. The Condor Gulch Trail is quite steep and involves an elevation gain of approximately 1,100 feet. We will hike approximately 4-5 miles total during the day. EACH PERSON IN THE GROUP MUST CARRY PLENTY OF WATER. Also, bring sunscreen, a hat, a lunch, and dress in layers.
We will limit the group to 15 people. For details, see http://marinaudubon.org/events-field-trips.php