(Victor Valley)–Museum Director and ornithologist Robert McKernan will lead a trip to explore the natural history of a desert oasis on Saturday, October 22. The day-long excursion, organized by the San Bernardino County Museum Association, will visit Dos Palmas Oasis with an afternoon detour to the northern end of the Salton Sea.
“The Dos Palmas Preserve, near the northeast margin of the Salton Sea, includes a rich mosaic of desert habitats and important wetlands,” said McKernan. “We’ll search for migrant birds here and at the north end of the Salton Sea.”
“An oasis in the California desert during fall is a stimulating location because you could encounter transient birds that have lost their way during migration,” continued McKernan. “A desert oasis also provides a refueling site ‘gas station’ to replenish fat reserves for birds during their journey. Dos Palm Preserve is known for wetland habitats, so be prepared listen and observed marsh birds on our field trip.”
The trip, which will depart from the museum in Redlands, costs $70 per person ($60 for a Museum Association member). The fee includes transportation, morning coffee, lunch, water, and light snacks. The day will not be strenuous, but does include walking on gravel and sand. Advanced reservations are required: call the Museum Association at (909) 307-2669 ext. 225 or visit www.sbcountymuseum.org for a registration form. Space is limited.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.