UCSC Arboretum

Field Trip on Saturday, 18 August, 2012
With Caroline Lambert
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Allen's Hummingbird, UCSC Arboretum, image by Caroline Lambert


The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum has a collection of flora unmatched anywhere in the world. With the largest collection of Australian and South African plants outside of their native countries, the most diverse collection of eucalyptus and their relatives to be found in one easy-to-access area, an unmatched collection of conifers and other trees, and extensive representatives of New Zealand and native California flora, the Arboretum is home to a world-class living collection. The diversity of flora also attracts a large number of birds, and the arboretum is particularly noted for its hummingbirds. Anna's Hummingbirds are resident year-round; the more colorful Allen's Hummingbirds migrate through and are more hit-and-miss. The above photo of an Allen's was taken on the same weekend last year so hopefully the Allen's will be around. Even if birds are not your cup of tea, the flowers and plants are definitely worth the trip.

Special Instructions

Information about the Arboretum can be found here: http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/

A gallery of photos can be found here: http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/gallery/

We will meet in Palo Alto to carpool at the Art Center on Newell at 7:45 am (actually the parking lot behind the building along Embarcadero). If you wish to drive separately, we will plan to be at the arboretum entrance at 9:00am, as soon as it opens. Driving directions can be found here: http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/visit/directions/

What to Bring

  • camera gear including filters, fully charged batteries, and memory cards
  • tripod
  • macro lenses for flowers, telephoto for birds, mid-range for your imagination
  • $5 entry fee
  • sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • water and snacks
  • be prepared for warm sun or cold fog
  • good walking shoes

[A] Carpool meeting location: 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA at 7:45am PT
[B] Field Trip meeting location: 1490 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA at 9:00am PT

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