Date: 3/15/23 2:36 pm
From: <tgmiko...> <tgmiko...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Lancaster Sewage Pond Tour 3/18/23
I'm sending this email out as a blast because I'm getting the same
questions over and over again from multiple people:
1. The tour of the Lancaster Water treatment plant also known as the
Lancaster Sewage Ponds, combined with a bus drive for the short distance
across the road into Edwards Air Force Base to the Piute Ponds is scheduled
for this coming Saturday morning, March 18th at 0900 a.m.
2. The hyperlink, below (at the very end of this email, below my email
signature) is for signing up, which if you want to go on this tour because
you really want to see the Tundra Bean Goose, you should have done so by
now, but today is your last chance to sign up, probably during business
3. This is a hyperlink to study a map of the Piute Ponds. It's for
informational purposes so that you understand what others are talking about
when they refer to Walden Pond, Thoreau Pond, Emily Dickinson Pond, Robert
Frost Pond, etc:

4. As of today, Wednesday March 15th, the combined tour of both facilities
is still scheduled to occur despite the rain that has happened this week.
That is what was stated to me this morning by the public relations person
who confirmed that there will be a bus going from one facility to the other.
5. Yes, it is possible--if not probable--that the Tundra Bean Goose will
park himself out in the open at the west end of the Lancaster Sewage
Treatment Plant where you can see him from outside the fence and count him
for your California list. However, if the bird is still there on Saturday
and still alive it would be much nicer to see him from a lot closer i.e
inside the fence on the tour.
6. Please remember that this is not a bird watching tour, so please
actually listen to the parts where they explain the science of water
treatment. I'm saying this because if they're nice enough to let us in then
I don't want to abuse their hospitality. They are aware that a bunch of
bird watchers are signing up for this tour because they want to see the
goose, but we're also trying to restore long-term access for birders to the
Lancaster Sewage Ponds, which has not existed for the past several years.
7. Once the tour is on Edwards Air Force Base property, Please be aware
that you are on a military base, and even though you are far away from any
military activities the rules still apply. Mainly I'm thinking that those
who do not have an annual pass probably need to ask permission before we
walk away from the group.

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County

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