Calendar of Friends’ and Audubon Walks at the SJWA & Lake Perris

All walks are free and open to everyone. No reservations are needed. Children are welcome. Binoculars and birding books provided. To all walks, wear comfortable shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring water, snacks and binoculars, if you have them.

Updated February, 2014

Raptor Walk
Sat., Feb. 22, 9am to Noon
Join the former SJWA manager to search the wildlife area for raptors and other wildlife. Over twenty-two species Birds of Prey, also called raptors, including six species of owls, peregrine falcon, bald and golden eagle, ferruginous hawk and prairie falcon can be found on the Wildlife Area. (Meet Tom Paulek, 951-368-4525, in the SJWA parking area)

Audubon Beginning Bird Walk
Sun., March 2, 8am to 10am
The goal is to teach you basic birding skills and introduce you to some of our local species. (Meet Brad Singer, 909-838-7951, or Doug Karalun,909-425-5355, in the SJWA parking area.)

Bird Boxes
Sat., March 15, 9am to Noon
Samantha Dempster and Dan Lacek, naturalists and bird nesting box specialists, will be taking us to some of the 45 nesting boxes on the SJWA and will show us how to inspect, clean and survey the boxes. Information will be provided on how to install and maintain nesting boxes and attract a variety of cavity-nesting birds in your yards. (Meet Sue Nash, 909-228-6710, in the SJWA parking area)

Wildflowers, Rare Plants plus Butterflies, Dragonflies, Damselflies & Moths
Sat., March 29, 9am to Noon
Gordon Pratt and Greg Ballmer, entomologists and butterfly specialists, will help you identify the butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies and moths which you can see on the area, and then take you around the wetlands to capture and observe close up. David Bramlet and Patrick Temple, botanists and rare plant of the SJWA specialists, will introduce you to the main plants of the coastal sage scrub, grasslands, riparian and wetlands habitats of the SJWA. Hopefully we will see the San Jacinto Crownscale, Spreading Navarretia and Threadleaved Brodiaea, rarely found outside of the SJWA. This walk is excellent for students of all ages. Bring hand lens and butterfly net if you have them. (Meet Sue Nash, 909-228-6710, in the SJWA parking area.)

Audubon, San Jacinto Wildlife Area
Sun., April 20, 7am
Tony Metcalf and Chet McGaugh are big fans of shorebirds, and the date is excellent for a good migration experience. They intend to spend most of the day searching ponds, marshes, and sky. It is our hope that we can provide some knowledge about this fascinating bunch of birds, stimulate appreciation and interest in them, and mitigate some of the phobias. The study of shorebirds is greatly enhanced by the use of spotting scopes, so we hope there will be plenty besides our own. (Meet Tony Metcalf, 951-242-7038, and Chet McGaugh, 951-781-3699, in the SJWA parking lot.)

Lake Perris
Sat., May 10, 9am to 11 a.m.
Join Rosedith and Joyce on these moderately easy walks of 1-2 hours around Lake Perris. Free with paid day-use or camping fees. (Meet Rosedith Marx, 951-321-9812 in Lot 12.)

Beginning Bird Walk
Sun., May 18, 9am to 11am
Join Rosedith and Joyce at the SJWA to observe birds feeding, mating, nesting and watching us watching them. You will see shorebirds, ducks, raptors and upland birds—over 100 species on a good day. (Meet Rosedith Marx, 951-321-9812, in the SJWA parking area.)

FOR INFORMATION on all walks, call Sue Nash at (909) 228-6710. Our walks are free and open to all. Children are welcome and you do not need to be a member of the Friends to join us on any of our walks.

WHERE TO MEET: All nature walks meet at the appointed time in the parking lot of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area headquarters at 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview. There are picnic tables and restrooms available if you want to spend the day.

FOR ALL WALKS bring binoculars, camera (if you are interested), non-toxic insect repellent, sturdy walking shoes, hat, sun screen, plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

WAIVER FORM: The Friends ask that all walk participants sign waiver of responsibility forms. Please be aware that minors (under 18) cannot sign the waiver. The signator must be a parent or other responsible adult. If you will not be with or are dropping off a minor at one of the Friends' nature walks, please contact Sue Nash at (909) 228-6710 or e-mail her at:

Hours: The wildlife area is open seven days a week from Dawn to Dusk. You are welcome to visit on your own at any time. There is an Information Kiosk on the east side of Davis Road adjacent to the parking lot. Please note the dates and times for fall hunting; wetlands and other areas may be closed to non-hunting public uses.

BEGINNING BIRD WALKS: San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society organizes and sponsors Beginning Bird Walks (BBW) at various locations in Riverside County. We are fortunate that a number of walks are held at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Please note that there is a new start time for the BBWs--8:00 a.m. Please check Audubon's web site at: for more information on dates and locations for all their Beginning Bird Walks. Or call Cathy Tobin at (951) 684-9613.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area, 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview. Telephone: (951) 928-0580.
Davis Road is closed from Moreno Valley. Please use one of the following routes to visit the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

From Moreno Valley: Go south on Perris Boulevard to the Ramona Expressway; go east on the expressway to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters. From Hemet/San Jacinto Area: take the Ramona Expressway west to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters. From Highway 215: exit at the Ramona Expressway; take the Ramona Expressway east to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters.

DURING THE RAINY SEASON please use extreme caution when driving on Davis Road if there have been recent rains. Do not drive on Davis Road if it is muddy or it is raining. During the rainy season, please call the wildlife area headquarters at (951) 928-0580 during regular work hours to ask about road conditions.

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