Thursday, September 30, 2010

Open House 2010 Schedule

Hi Mountain Condor Lookout Project
9th Annual Open House/ Campout
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Schedule of Activities:
Bird Watching Field Trip 9:00am - 11:30am Pozo to Hi Mountain (elev. 3,199 ft.)
Meet at Pozo Ranger Station. Habitats: grassland, riparian woodland at Salinas River crossing, oak woodlands & chaparral Car pooling recommended. Easy hiking conditions.
Field trip leaders: Peter Dullea, Hi Mtn. Lookout Project Volunteer and Jeremy Pohlman, Cal Poly Student Intern NOTE: advanced registration required for the field trip; contact Steve at s_schub1 AT or phone #805 528-6138
Lookout Service Project: repair and repaint the kiosk- Girl Scout Troop 40146
Kids activities 11:00am - 12 noon Condor biology/radio tracking, making plaster animal track casts
Picnic lunch 12 noon - 1pm
-visit the Hi Mountain Lookout Interpretive Center - sign guest register
-Auction bidding
Welcoming comments 1pm
Morning birding field trip reports by trip leaders
Hi Mountain Lookout Project year in review and recognition of staff , interns, and volunteers Steve Schubert, Volunteer Coordinator, Morro Coast Audubon Society
Auction of donation items - annual fundraiser
Afternoon activities and field trips:
Geographical landmarks- a 360 degree view from the Pacific coast to the Sierra Nevada
Kevin Cooper, USFS Wildlife Biologist
Condor radio tracking demonstrations by staff and volunteers
Kids nature hike along Hi Mountain Lookout Road
Native plant identification walk along Hi Mountain Lookout Road on the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains
Geology overview and walk - the Coast Range
Live music - The Booker Tease band
Saucelito Canyon wine serving and cheese tasting
Sunset watch and dinner (wear layered clothing)
Gas stove and oven are available for cooking and heating food at the lookout facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share with their friends and guests. Note: no campfires are permitted for cooking or during the overnight campout.
Evening program: Astronomy observations 7pm
Optional Hi Mountain Campout
Camping sites are available Saturday night at ‘Cypress Hill’ near the lookout. Other vehicle camping sites are located on the ridgeline near the entrance gate - with a view overlooking the mountains and coast - and at the USFS Hi Mountain Campground, located one mile down the road from the lookout. There are picnic tables and outhouses at the campground- bring your own potable water.
For additional information about the open house event and driving directions to Hi Mountain Lookout, see our website at and photos of past open house events at our Facebook page
Please contact Steve Schubert at s_schub1 AT or at phone # (805) 528-6138 to RSVP if you are planning to attend the open house event and the number of people in your group. Thank-you.