SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Reservations are open for a day trip to the Salton Sea led by San Bernardino County Museum Director Robert McKernan on Saturday, Jan. 26. The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 21.
The Salton Sea is the largest inland surface water body in California. The National Wildlife Refuge at the south end of the sea is a major stop on the Pacific Flyway.
â€œThe Salton Sea supports one of the most diverse bird populations in the United States, with more than 375 species,â€ said Robert McKernan. â€œIt is one of the most impressive areas in the nation for observing wintering bird life. This day trip will provide us an opportunity to learn about the natural history of the Salton Basin.â€
An ornithologist, Robert McKernan has conducted research at the Salton Sea for more than 30 years and has led hundreds of field trips to the area.
Participants in the field trip will meet at the museum at 6 a.m. for a 6:30 a.m. departure and return about 6 p.m. McKernan recommends bringing along a field guide to birds and a pair of binoculars. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, a hat, and a jacket. There will not be strenuous hiking, but be prepared for walking short distances on dirt and on loose sand and gravel.
The cost of $70 per person ($60 for Museum Association members), includes transportation, lunch, snacks, and beverages. Space is limited, and pre-paid registration is required by Jan. 21.
Call the Museum Association at 909-307-2669 ext. 250 or visit the museumâ€™s website, www.sbcounty.gov/museum for a registration form. The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands.