Early Bird Registration $28 before March 23. Registration $45 March 24 - April 6
Late Registation $60 after April 7
RESERVATIONS: Telephone Point Loma Sportfishing (the landing) seven days a week at (619) 223-1627. Tell them to wish to make a reservation for a birding trip on Grande.
IMPORTANT DETAILS: Click for IMPORTANT INFORMATION about the boat, the landing, driving directions, maps, lodging, weather, refund and cancellation policies, on-board facilities, meals and snacks,
HOW TO PREPARE: Click for tips on how to prepare, what to wear, what to bring and when to arrive. EXPECTED SPECIES: What we see depends on the season, the itinerary and how far from shore we venture. Learn more about what species we will probably see and what species might be seen. CANCELLATION POLICY:
AGE:This trip is appropriate for children 7 years and older.
EXPECTED SPECIES: A great beginner’s trip, with a mix of early-spring migrants and lingering winter birds. Peak season for newly split Scripps's Murrelet. Good for regular‐occurring shearwaters (Pink-footed and Sooty), phalaropes (Red and Red-necked), jaegers (Pomarine and Parasitic), and alcids (Common Murre, Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet).
On our way out of San Diego harbor we'll motor slowly by the live bait tank barges and the lounging sea lions, hundreds of Brandt's cormorants, several species of gulls, and dozens of shorebirds, egrets and herons. On our way out of the harbor we'll check for oystercatchers amongst the cobbles of Ballast Point or on the Zuniga Jetty. We will head out to the nearshore banks.
Leucistic Black-vented Shearwater; Don and Marjorie Hastings Jan 1, 2009; Hannah Loly
IMPORTANT DEPARTURE AND BOARDING DETAILS
All trips are sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and Grande Sportfishing.
LANDING LOCATION: We will board Grande 30 minutes prior to departure at Point Loma Sportfishing Landing, 1403 Scott Street at the corner of Emerson (one block off Rosecrans Street) in San Diego 92106. Phone: (619) 223-1627. There are several hotels/motels and many restaurants within easy walking distance of the dock, and the San Diego Airport is only a 5-minute drive away.
PARKING: There is a large parking at Point Loma Sportfishing for $7 a day. Enter the lot using the Emerson & Scott entrance and you'll be right at the landing, where you can drop off your gear and seek permanent parking. Free parking is available on the residential streets around the harbor (for day trips)—particularly to the west of Rosecrans Street—but such street parking is very limited in summer months. If the landing parking lot is full, you'll be directed to a lighted off-site self-serve pre-pay parking lot about two blocks away that has always had space and accepts credit cards.
GEAR UNLOADING: You may pull into the landing parking lot, unload your gear directly in front of Point Loma Sportfishing and then park in the lot or seek on-street parking. You're not charged if you're in the parking lot for under 30 minutes.
PHOTO I.D. and BOARDING PASS REQUIRED: All passengers departing Fisherman's Landing and Point Loma Sportfishing must complete the manifest and present photo identification and obtain a boarding pass prior to passing through the Coast Guard security gates. This is mandatory procedure per U.S. Homeland Security.
START YOUR DAY STRESS-FREE: We recommend that you arrive at the landing an hour prior to scheduled departure to allow plenty of time to find the landing and available parking, unload or transport gear, obtain a boarding pass at the Point Loma Sportfishing ticket window, sign the manifest, use the landing's restroom, visit with friends, and board Grande 30 minutes before scheduled departure. All trips depart on-time without waiting for late-comers. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. More tips and hints on our trip preparation page.
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