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A visit to horses, burros and Ballarat Nov. 19

Kerncrest Audubon Society Daniel Burnett– The Kerncrest Audubon will hold their next field trip is on Saturday, the19th of November. It should be lots of fun for people of all ages. We will be birding Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley and passing through some interesting historical and geographic places along the way. 

The route there takes us by the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro corrals where we can stop and feed carrots to the herds. We will supply the carrots, you can supply the hands and fingers. There will be a BLM employee there to tell us something about the animals and the roundup.

After visiting the horses and burros we will drive through Trona, almost a ghost town, to the real ghost town of Ballarat. At Ballarat we should keep our eyes open for the ghost of Seldom Seen Slim who lived here for many years up until the 1980s or so.

The road from Ballarat is three or four miles of bumpy dirt. High clearance vehicles are not absolutely needed but take one if you have one. We can carpool at the meeting point where people with Jaguars or such can get into something better suited for this outing.

Surprise Canyon is a Wild and Scenic River. During migration it attracts lots of birds. At the upper end of the canyon is the ghost town of Panamint City where millions of dollars of gold and silver were mined. There are mine sites at several spots in the canyon and the remains of a miner’s cabin is at the canyon mouth.

Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot at the corner of Highway 178 and Richmond Road at 8 am on Saturday, November 19. On the way to hike in we will stop for about a half hour visit to see animals recently rounded up and held at the BLM corral on highway 178 just east of Ridgecrest. There will be a BLM employee there to tell us something about the animals and the roundup.

Children are always welcome! Bring a picnic, and clothing appropriate to the weather. Extra binoculars will be available.

For further information, call Bob Parker at (760) 446-2001.