Tuesday, November 27, 2007

BMB07/11 Big Morongo Update 27th November 2007

Birding on the Preserve has been thin at best over the last few weeks, with specie counts no more than the low thirties, but our bracing winter weather is now bringing pink cheeks to many of our birders. Walks every Wednesday, and every Saturday save the first in the month, all start at 8am and of course all are welcome.
Our Web Master Patrick Casey recently introduced enhancements to the Web site - www.bigmorongo.org - and the section on birds is a major improvement. Go to 'Birds' on the menu: a click on a 'Blue' specie (seen recently) brings up the Cornell Institute profile complete with picture - a perfect feature for a beginning birder, and others.
Diary Update
  • Friday December 7th East Valley Hawk Watch. 730am. Meet behind the Beer Hunter La Quinta at Washington and HWY 111
  • Saturday December 15th Morongo Valley Christmas Bird Count. 7am BMCP Parking Lot. Volunteers needed to help cover our eight sectors within a 15 mile radius of the Preserve, beginners to experts. Pizza and sodas to those who stay the course. $5 fee to help cover processing costs of National Audubon Society. It will be cold at 7am, guaranteed!!
  • Monday January 7th San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Meet for car pooling at 7am BMCP, 730am Palm Springs Denny's at Indian and I10.
  • Monday January 14th Salton Sea. Meet for car pooling at 7am BMCP, 730am Costco Palm Desert at Monterey.
  • Saturday February 2nd Oak Glen. Meet for car pooling at 7am BMCP, 730am Palm Springs Denny's at Indian and I10
Please bring water, a snack or picnic and warm clothing; call Dee/Betty at 363 7190 for information. All will be full day outings except Oak Glen which should bring you back to Denny's by late lunch time.
Join and enjoy and, as always, pass on ideas for more field trips to Dee, Betty or your scribe.
Good Birding.......................bb

Barry Parkes