Join Ornithologist Kurt Leuschner on a bird walk in the Mt. San Jacinto state park (top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway). Plan to catch the 8 am tram (first tram of the day) and meet at the top at 8:30 am by the tram dedication plaque on the outside patio of the restaurant.  We’ll eventually find our way down to Long Valley where we will explore the nature trail and possibly the Desert View Trail, looking for migrant birds and summer residents that are just arriving to nest, like the beautiful Western Tanager first collected by Lewis and Clark. We’ll also learn about the natural history of the area. We may encounter unusual species like the Red Crossbill or the Clark’s Nutcracker. White-headed woodpeckers are always entertaining.   Check the weather, it is always cooler at 8,500 feet!   Moderate hiking up to 2 miles.  We will finish before noon.




Date and Time: Saturday, May 26, 8:30 a.m. to about noon. Please arrive at the tram valley station before 8 a.m. to assure on-time arrival for the class.
Meet at:  the dedication plaque on the outside patio of the restaurant one floor up from the tram.
Instructor: Kurt Leuschner, Ornithologist, Professor of Natural Resources at the College of The Desert
Hike Level:  about 2 miles, easy to moderate, very little elevation change.
Class Size Limit: 15
Preparation: Bring binoculars, water, and a snack! We have binoculars to loan.

If you have any questions please contact the NHA at

Present your NHA membership card and receive a 20% ticket discount on tram fare and 10% on food.

Booking:  A reservation is required.  Only one booking is permitted at a time. For more than one, simply fill out the form again with new information and submit. Any overbookings will be waitlisted.  If space becomes available you will be notified in order of priority.

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