Edwards AFB has many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There is restricted access to many areas on base but Piute Ponds is open to authorized persons of the public. For individuals with base access, many trails have been installed throughout the base including Branch Memorial Park as well as Off Road Vehicle Areas 2 and 3.
Birding is a popular activity especially at Piute Ponds. There are 2 citizen science projects that you can participate in at Piute Ponds:
In addition, you can see recent bird sightings, obtain a bird list, log and compare birding survey data through eBird for Piute Ponds, considered a hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L275227
Photography is restricted on Edwards AFB. There is absolutely no photography of airplanes, the flightlines, lakebeds, and other controlled areas.