Field trip leader Steve Myers will lead our group in exploring Whitewater Canyon, starting at the Wildlands Conservancy's Preserve, where ancient cottonwoods shade grassy lawns and giant trout swim in deep pools alongside landscaped trails. Cliffs tower above desert scrub habitat and the wide rocky wash of the Whitewater River, dotted with native willow. We expect migrating warblers and more. Nesting species include Brown-crested Flycatchers and Summer Tanagers. In addition to the Preserve, the group plans to scout for birds in the tiny community of Bonnie Bell, an area dense with cottonwoods and other woodlands.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations to the Whitewater Preserve are optional and can be made at the Preserve headquarters. Meet at the Preserve parking area at 8 a.m. The Whitewater Canyon Road exit is off the I-10 east of the turn-off for Highway 111. The Preserve is at the end of Whitewater Canyon Rd (about 5 miles). Bring binoculars, comfortable walking clothes, drinking water, snacks, and a lunch if you want to stay to picnic. The group may keep going for the afternoon, for those whose enthusiasm for birds runs deep!
To contact Steve Myers or to learn more about the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, visit our webpage, http://sbvas.net.