Nocturnal Wildlife Photography Gathering

Sat, November 12, 2022 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Black Star Canyon Trailhead, 13333 Black Star Canyon Rd · Silverado, CA  map
Wander the dry and dusty trail after sunset in search of organisms to photograph. Learn what types of creatures inhabit the Orange County scrub and chaparral, and how to find them in the dark.

FYI: November weather can vary greatly in OC (last year it was 98 degrees on this date). The type of wildlife we see will depend heavily on how warm it is. Scorpions and tarantulas will not hunt at night unless it is at least 75 degrees. If the LOW temperature is going to be below 60 degrees, it will affect the kind of wildlife we are going to see. Low temperatures mean diurnal insects will become torpid at night and be easier to photograph.

November means owls are looking for a mate (regardless of the weather). This includes Great Horned Owls, Western Screech Owls, and Barn Owls.

MUST SECURE RSVP: Text Julia 714-678-8705 or EMAIL with # in party to confirm participation.

What to Bring:
Your own headlamp or flashlight.
Your own camera (or a phone that takes pictures).
At least 32 ounces of water for each person in your party.

Strongly Suggested:
Wear closed toe shoes and socks (there are scorpions on this trail).
Wear long pants.
Children should be at least 8 years old and watched closely by an adult.

Black light (for scorpion detection)
Heterodyne bat detector
Knee-pads (I swear by mine)
Walking stick (also can be used for poking, flipping things over etc.)
Net for catching insects.
Container for viewing purposes.

We will be seeing creepy, crawly things.

We will venture past the gate on Black Star Canyon Road and travel within the first half mile of that trail. Park at the end of Black Star Canyon Road, next to the gate.

All experience levels are welcome. However, this may not be a good event for small children.

This event should not exceed 20 people. Please R.S.V.P. on Meetup or email me at You can also find me on iNaturalist.

RSVP: 714-639-8480 (landline) or  For more FREE public tours, tell us the location/topic (plants, wildlife, etc.) & the date/time when available.

Website Created & Hosted with Doteasy Web Hosting Canada