Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm
La Jolla Pelicans are in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area. Also if you are into birds, check out Balsa Chica by Huntington Beach
So Cal Photo Opps
Feb 2-3 - Civil War Battles - Ft. Tejon
Experience the day to day life on a mid 1860’s California U. S. Army post. Both military and civilian impressions welcomed. Period correct attire only. Saturday and Sunday will provide period activities that will allow military participants to experience barracks life and training of the typical soldier. Enlisted military personnel will sleep in Fort Tejon’s original barracks, Friday and Saturday nights, officers and female civilians will be housed in the officers quarters. http://www.forttejon.org
Feb 8-10 - Tet Festival - San Diego
Vietnamese New Year is celebrated with a cultural village, entertainment, food and dragon dance. Balboa Park, www.sdtet.com
Feb 9 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
Feb 9-10 - Carneval Ventura - Ventura
Renaissance Faire, Masquerade Ball, More than seventy vendor tents and five guild tents will blanket beautiful Mission Park while musicians, actors, jugglers work their magic. Entry is free a donation is optional. The Faire will open Friday afternoon. Mission Park downtown Ventura. Sat. 1-5 and Sun 11-4. http://www.carnevaleventura.org
Feb 9 - Little Italy Carnevale - San Diego
The Little Italy Association is proud to bring a little taste of Italy to San Diego. Come and celebrate a fabulous, fun-filled event of Venetian mask, several vignettes of entertainment, shopping and dining. This event will be held on India Street between W. Cedar and W. Fir Streets from 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. www.littleitalysd.com
Feb. 9 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com 9AM-3PM
Feb 15-18 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville, www.kernvillechamber.org
Feb 16-17 - Civil War Days - Calico Ghost Town
Relive the battle between North and South in this authentic Civil War Re-enactment. The weekend includes drills, music, living history displays, and much more! 9AM-5PM.
Reenacters take over the the old Ghost town with several battles during the day and you can visit the encampments between the action. Because Calico is in the hills, you get a whole different type of background for the battles than others in the area.
Feb 15-24 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy 111.