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SoCal Pelagic Schedule 2003



"...for I have seen the Albatross fly"



Here is the "story so far"... the SoCal pelagic
schedule for 2003, so far as I know it.
Most trips are Saturdays, and various
co-leaders include some of SoCals best
seabirders. Amongst which are the likes of
David Pereksta, Don DesJardin, Kimball Garrett,
Todd McGrath, Peter Cantle, Mike San Miguel,
Michael J. San Miguel Jr., Dr. Barney Schlinger,
and cetacean expert Bernardo Alps. Other guest
leaders will often be present to help you see
and identify everything.

DATESPONSORPORTDURATION / TYPE OF TRIP
February 1Condor ExpressSanta Barbara15 hr. Laysan Albatross and Alcids
February 22LAASMarina del Rey8-hr. Beginner or Year-lister
Black-vented Shearwater & Alcids
May 3Condor ExpressSanta Barbara15 hr. 2000 fathom deepwater
Cook's and Murphy's Petrels
May 4LAASM.d.Rey12-hr. Out to sea
spring migrants
June 7LAASVentura11-hr. Sta. Cruz Island
Island Jay
Sept. 6LAASSanta Barbara 12hr. "Tropicbird Trip"
Now on Condor Express
Craveri's & Storm-Petrels
Sept. 20Condor ExpressSta. Barbara8 hr. outside San Miguel Isl.
October 4LAASSta. Barbara8 hr. outside S.Miguel Isl.
on Condor Express
October 25LAASOxnard12-hr. south side of
inner islands
Nov. 8LAASVentura9-hr. Drop campers at Cruz
then toward S.Miguel Is.
Nov. 15Condor ExpressSanta Barbara15 hr. 2000 fathom deepwater
Pterodroma Petrels


To sign up for these trips, or to find out costs, etc.,
please contact the sponsors. Donít shoot me, Iím just
a volunteer leader, not the organizer!
Tell Ďem Mitch sent you! :)
LAAS is using the fantastic high speed, high tech
Condor Express for some trips. If LAAS is the
listed sponsor, sign up through them... If
Condor Express is the listed sponsor go directly
to them to sign up for their trips...

Condor Express Information & Sign-up Page


Contacts:

Condor Cruises
Captain Ron Hart e-mail:
4HARTS@101Freeway.com
Condor Captains: (805)896-7489
Sea Landing (Condor reservations)805-963-3564


Los Angeles Audubon Society Website
email: laas@LAAudubon.org
Phone: (323) 876-0202
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mitch's email: birdfish@earthlink.net


Last year on a dozen trips I led, I found/saw/directed
the boat to 37 sps. of pelagics, surely a
record for a single person and year in socal!
I saw 28 sps. in 2001, and 32 on the 2000 trips.
An excellent assortment is always possible in SoCal....
This 2002 total included both Albatrosses,
EIGHT species of Shearwaters, SIX sps. of Storm
-Petrels, EIGHT sps. of Alcids, TWO "Skua Slams",
MURPHY'S and a Cookilaria Pterodroma Petrels,
and the first ever socal STREAKED Shearwater!

Soon we hope to have a graph up for you to see exactly
how many, what dates .... but the books are good
guides of when things are here most of the time.
Not all seabirds have seen a copy, however!
See the SoCal Seabird Abundance Calendar
for monthly approximate status.

These 2003 dates and destinations have been selected
to see all possible expected SoCal pelagic species
as well as maximizing the most important factor:
MEGA RARITY potential.

....would love to see you asea!

Your pelagic fanatic,
Mitch,
bird nerd
beak geek
feather freak




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