This Sunday the Audubon Society sponsors a free, guided bird-watching walk through Malibu Lagoon State Park, which is suitable for families with school-age children. "This is the best time of year for bird watching," Audubon member Peggy Forster said. "The migration is in full force. (And) one of the best places to see birds is at Malibu Lagoon, which is a major stopping point on the path from Alaska to South America."
The walk--on raised boardwalks to preserve the fragile environment--takes two to three hours and will lead to the lagoon channel at ocean's edge. Babies in backpacks are welcome, Forster said, but the walk is not conducive to the use of strollers. She recommends bringing binoculars to enhance the experience. There'll be a scope available for people to use.
Visitors are sure to see pelicans, herons, terns, ducks, sea gulls. Other possibilities are sandpipers, plovers, kingfisher and snowy egret. There have been 262 bird species recorded in the vicinity, with 50 species known to nest there.
No reservations are necessary. Those interested are asked to gather at 9 a.m. at the kiosk right off the parking lot in Malibu Lagoon State Park (23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (818) 706-1310). Entrance to the park is free, and there are picnic and restroom facilities. Park parking is $3 per car, but there is often free street parking this time of year. Bring food from home or pick some up from the deli counter at Hughes Market across Pacific Coast Highway. Also across the street is Malibu Country Mart with several dining possibilities, both eat-in and take-out.