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Owling up Silverado Canyon, Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, Easy

There are 10 species of owls that may occur throughout the Santa Ana Mountains!  Silverado Canyon features a diversity of habitats that support multiple owl species, including the locally rare spotted owl.  We will attempt to find some of these owl species on a slow and easy walk.  In an effort to increase our chances of wildlife encounters, we will walk as silently as possible with low voices and minimal artificial light.  We will stop frequently to listen for wildlife sounds without flashlights.  We cannot guarantee wildlife encounters on this excursion because they are naturally unpredictable and wary of humans.

Who: Kids and up (Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) 

Where: Meet at Silverado Canyon Market parking lot (next to library), 28192 Silverado Canyon Road # B, Silverado, CA 92676, and carpool to trailhead.  National Forest Adventure Pass required to park at trailhead (available at Silverado Canyon Market, REI, Big 5, Turner's).  $5 for day pass and $30 for annual pass. 

Difficulty: Easy to moderate (2-3 miles round-trip, semi-paved wide trail, shallow creek crossing with possibility of getting wet, smooth terrain, some elevation gain)

Special Instructions/Supplies: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before start time.  Bring a minimum of 1 quart (32 oz) of water per person.  Bring snacks and/or full meal.  Wear weather protection (jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.), durable hiking socks and close-toed hiking shoes (extra pair for wet tours), long pants, and backpack for snacks.  Bring swimsuit and towel for wet tours.  Bring first aid kit (Band-Aids, antiseptic, allergy medicine, tweezers, etc.) and cell phone.  Bring flashlight/headlamp and layered clothing for evening tours.  Walking sticks are recommended for tours with stream crossings or uneven terrain.  Bring trash bag for litter along the trail.

RSVP: Please email [masked] or call[masked], unless otherwise noted in description.  Donations are optional (suggested amount of $5-10 per person).  Please leave your name, contact information, and total # in your party.  We cannot be reached by cell phone at tour locations, so please ask questions and confirm tour details well in advance.

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