Re: Long-term (future) Lancaster sewage ponds access, and a field trip



Just to let everyone know the Bean-Goose was not seen at either Piute, the Lancaster  Water Treatment Plant, or Apollo Park Thursday afternoon. Curtis did locate, at Piute, the 11 Canada Geese that it was associating with earlier and and we were able to re-locate  that flock at the plant (from outside the fence), after the flock flew from Piute. But there was no Bean Goose with that flock. Hence, it may have stayed at Piute hiding in the reeds based on Naresh's earlier sighting. As far as I can tell it was not seen after about 2 PM.

Jim Hecht
Hermosa Beach CA

On Friday, March 10, 2023, 12:59:20 PM PST, tgmiko@... <tgmiko@...> wrote:

1. There will be a combined field trip to both the Lancaster Water Treatment Plant (referred to by birders as the Lancaster Sewage Ponds) and the Piute Ponds inside of Edwards Air Force Base (restricted access) *next* weekend. They are using buses to take tour participants from one location to the other. As soon as I receive the link for signing up, I will email it out. [I think the tour that was supposed to happen tomorrow was at the Palmdale facility not the Lancaster facility]

2. I have been working with a County employee who is not stationed in Lancaster on the possibility of restoring access to the Lancaster sewage ponds to occasional visits by birders (after the Bean Goose flies home to Siberia, and we want to get Sabine's Gull or Baird's Sandpiper on our LA County year list). He will need to discuss this with his higher ups. This negotiation may take a while, so even if it does happen, there maybe a time gap between the goose leaving and when a limited number of us are able to resume access to occasional visits.

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County
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