Friday, February 03, 2006

BMB06/03 Big Morongo Re-Opened Trails

Saturday saw the re-opening of the Canyon Trail celebrated by forty hikers enjoying a fine hike in wonderful cool weather. The reopening of both the Canyon and West Fork Trails, plus part of the Mesquite, is good news indeed. Unfortunately, work on the Marsh Trail, so critical to the Preserve, has been delayed as the CDF crews have been diverted to their primary raison d'etre of fire-fighting, but we hope the delay will be minimal.

With birders diverted to hiking, Erica and your scribe found 24 species including the Northern Parula, on a lengthy and leisurely walk!

Our walk schedule has been extended;

Oak Glen Saturday 4th February 2006

Meet at Denny's, Indian and I10 at 730am, Hi-desert at Big Morongo at 7am, for car pooling. Bring water and perhaps a snack, but we will be back before lunch.

San Bernardino County Museum Monday 13th February 2006

Meet at Denny's, Indian and I10 at 9am for car pooling, to be at the museum for 10am. Bring water and a picnic lunch.
The museum is closed to the public on Monday and Gene Cardiff has agreed to give us a tour of the museum which will be followed by a picnic and a bird walk by the river. It will be a full day.
Our last visit two years ago was very well received, and those unfamiliar with the museum may wish to look at

Normal admission arrangements will not be in place as the Museum is closed to the public, but a donation would be appropriate.

Any queries, email or call me at 760 328 6750, cell 760 333 2366.
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Barry Parkes