Wednesday, February 08, 2006

BMB06/05 Big Morongo Update 8th February 2006

We had an interesting walk this morning in mild but blustery weather. A specie list of 41 was impressive and included our long term resident Grey Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Vermilion Flycatcher, first seen on February 1st and a female Bullock's Oriole.

The Marsh Trail is now open, and a very fine job our volunteers and CDF crews have done. All the new decking is Trex, which is longer lived than timber and will be used for future trail maintenance. Three bridges remain to be built to permit the opening of the Mesquite and Yucca Ridge Trails, and this should not take very long once the CDF crews are again available to us - at present they are busy fighting fires.

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, which is totally devoted to birds, 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 our last visit

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.


Barry Parkes