Premier Trip: Oso Flaco Lake

Friday, November 4, 2016, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm (7:00 a.m. at Sears car pool location)

Santa Barbara Audubon offers PREMIER fundraising trips, led by experienced birders, to special birding areas. Trips are coordinated by Jeff Hanson & Peggy Kearns. Proceeds support the chapter’s education and conservation activities in our community. Join us! You will broaden your birding experience, have fun, and contribute to SBAS at the same time.

Date & Time

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Sears Carpool Location

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Join North County expert birder Cher Hollingworth, a member of the 400 Club, for a day trip to Oso Flaco State Park. Just north of the town of Guadalupe, this unique freshwater lake and surrounding habitat can support over 100 species of birds.

At this time of year, we will see large numbers of songbirds, ducks, shorebirds, raptors, marsh birds, gulls, and more.

Our walk will take us down a riparian canopy path and across the lake on a boardwalk. From the lake, we continue across the dunes to the ocean. Birding opportunities abound in all areas! Plan for at least 3 hours of excellent birding.

Weather can be variable. Since we will be away from the cars for quite some time and will walk about 2 miles, we advise bringing plenty of water, snacks, hat, and sturdy shoes. Please bring lunch; picnic site to be determined.

Target Birds:

  • American Bittern
  • Sora
  • Virginia Rail
  • American White Pelican
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Osprey
  • Kingfisher
  • Terns
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • California Thrasher
  • and many more

Cost $55 – Register at

Trip Limited to 15 people – Registration deadline extended to November 2, 2016

Parking Charge – $5.00 per car.



We will car pool from our Sears car pool location at La Cumbre Plaza. We will meet at 7:00am and car pool to the Oso Flaco Lake parking area. Each person carpooling should expect to pay the driver $8.00.


For those driving on their own: Meet at end of Oso Flaco Road at 8:30 a.m.

  • Take Hwy 101 to Hwy 166 (Main street exit in Santa Maria)
  •  Head west towards the town of Guadalupe
  • Turn right at the Hwy 1 intersection and go thru the town of Guadalupe.
  • Travel 3 miles to the Oso Flaco Road
  • Turn left on Oso Flaco Road and proceed 3 miles to the parking lot

Other Important Information:

Dress in layers, bring snacks, water, and picnic lunch.
Binoculars a must, spotting scopes very useful!
Leaders: Cher Hollingworth, Jeff Hanson, Peggy Kearns
Questions: email Jeff Hanson at

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