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A Field Trip to the Salton Sea

Join Museum Director Robert McKernan explore the wildlife of the Salton Sea on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Space is limited; the registration deadline is Monday, January 24.

The Salton Sea is the largest inland surface water body in California and has been one of the state’s most productive sport fisheries. The National Wildlife Refuge at the south end of the sea is a major stop on the Pacific Flyway.

“The Salton Sea supports one of the most diverse bird populations in the United States, with more than 375 species,” said Robert McKernan. “It 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.” 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 6:30am and return about 6pm. McKernan recommends bringing along a field guide to birds and a pair of binoculars, all available in the Museum Store. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, a hat, and a jacket.

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 January 24, 2011. Call LaWanda Avery-Brown at (909) 307-2669 ext. 225 or visit for more information.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669.

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