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Museum trip to the Salton Sea

1/26/2013 - Museum trip to the Salton Sea


News Release                   Date: January 10, 2013

Contact: Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist • (909) 307-2669 ext. 278 •

            Robert McKernan, Museum Director • (909) 307-2669 ext. 226 •

For release: Immediately

Registration deadline: Monday, January 21, 2013

Event date: Saturday, January 26, 2013


Museum Trip to the Salton Sea

Reservations are open for a day trip to the Salton Sea led by San Bernardino County Museum Director Robert McKernan on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The registration deadline is Monday, January 21.


The Salton Sea is the largest inland surface water body in California. 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 6:00 a.m. for a 6:30 a.m. departure and return about 6 pm. McKernan recommends bringing along a field guide to birds and a pair of binoculars. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, a hat, and a jacket. There will not be strenuous hiking, but be prepared for walking short distances on dirt and on loose sand and gravel.


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 21. Call the Museum Association at (909) 307-2669 ext. 250 or visit the museum’s website, for a registration form. The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands.



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