Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9 a.m.: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, So. El Monte: We will visit a “forgotten island” in the northwest corner of the 1,200-acre Whittier Narrows Recreation Area that supports both the riparian woodland of the Rio Hondo and some sandy alluvial flats with a mix of weedy species along with scattered native wildflowers like lupine and suncups. We will wander through the sandy flats looking for plants of interest. Nice area for birds as well. Leader MIckey Long (mlongbird [AT] charter [DOT] net).
Directions: Take Rosemead Blvd. south past Garvey Ave., and down to Rush St. (signal), turn right (west) on Rush to dead end. Park along either side of Rush Street. We meet at the west end of Rush Street two blocks west of Rosemead Blvd, just north of the soccer fields. We walk west to the paved bike trail at the Rio Hondo River, then walk south to sandy flats along Rio Hondo Bike Trail. Click here for a map. The outing will last two hours.