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 2015

Saturday February 21, 9am to 12 noon
Meet at SJWA Parking Lot.
Come and Join Tom Paulek and Rosedith Marx to search the wildlife area for raptors and other wildlife. Over 22 species of Birds of Prey, also called raptors, including six species of owls, can be found on the Wildlife Area. Call (951) 368-4525 for more details.

Saturday March 14, 9am to 12 noon.

Meet at SJWA Parking Lot.
Samantha Dempster, naturalist and bird nesting box specialist, will be taking us to some of the 45 nesting boxes on the area and 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 to your yards. Contact Sue Nash 909-228-6710.

Saturday April 11, 9am to 12 noon
Meet at SJWA Parking Lot
David Bramlet and Patrick Temple, botanists and rare plants of the SJWA specialists, will introduce you to the main plants of the coastal sage scrub, grasslands, riparian and wetland habitats of the SJWA. We hopefully will see the San Jacinto Crownscale, Spreading Navarretia and Threadleaved Brodiaea, all rare plants hard to find outside of the SJWA. Contact Sue Nash 909-228-6710.

Saturday April 18, 6pm to 9pm.

Meet at SJWA Parking Lot
Gordon Pratt, entomologist and butterfly specialist, will help you identify the butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies and moths which you can see on the SJWA, and then take you around the wetlands to capture (with nets, lights and sheets) and observe them close up. This walk is excellent and students of all ages who want hands on experience. Bring hand lens and butterfly net if you have one.

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 7am to Dusk

Shorebirds. We will provide some knowledge about this fascinating bunch of birds, stimulate appreciation and interest in them and mitigate some of the phobias. BRING YOUR OWN SCOPES. Meet Tony Metcalf (951-242-7038) and Chet McGaugh (951-781-3699) at the SJWA parking lot.

Saturday May 9, 2015, 8am -10 am
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 (951-321-9812) in parking lot 2.

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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