Explore California’s newest high desert reserve, nestled between the Temblor and Caliente mountain ranges of eastern San Luis Obispo County, with an experienced field biologist. This quiet tableland of plains, rugged canyon and sprawling Soda Lake, hosts populations of recently reintroduced pronghorn antelope and Tule elk (absent from the area since the beginning of the century), as well as smaller predatory mammals, kit fox, jackrabbit and the endangered kangaroo-rat and antelope squirrel. In the winter, the desert basin hosts thousands of birds, waterfowl, sandhill cranes, mountain plover and raven.
Participants should be properly prepared the current weather conditions. This includes clothing suitable for variable weather. Bring a lunch, snacks, and a trail beverage or canteen with water.
Please wear comfortable footwear that is well broken in for rugged terrain, and preferably something you wouldn’t mind getting wet. A brimmed hat or cap to protect against strong sun glare will be useful and a binocular will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the wildlife.
Participants will meet in the California Valley just east of the Los Padres National Forest in San Luis Obispo County and form carpools for the daily activities.Please see our Class Resources web page for maps, directions, and meeting place.