If you have questions regarding field trips or would like to check the status of trips in case of unfavorable weather conditions, please call the trip leader. If he/she cannot be reached call the scheduler. *Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details.
Due to insurance requirements, Sacramento Audubon leaders are not allowed to organize carpools. Participants are, however, encouraged to voluntarily share rides. Any carpool arrangements are private arrangements between the driver and the passengers. Drivers must carry adequate insurance coverage. Please be courteous and share gas expenses with the driver.
Field Trips are updated monthly and offer a wide variety of areas and birding experiences. Trips are listed by date and location. Each trip entry will show general information such as where to meet, departure time, and leader's name with contact phone numbers and email. All trips are scheduled by the Field Activities Committee of The Sacramento Audubon Society.
You don't need to be a member of Audubon to attend field trips. The public is encouraged to attend and become familiar with one of the fastest growing hobbies in the US. Trip leaders will help you spot birds and help you learn how to identify specific birds. If you are in a party of 5 or more, please make prior arrangements with the trip leaders.
Report rare & unusual bird sightings and or questions about birds on the Sacramento Birds Group Email List. Follow the link for instructions on how to sign up. It's easy.
Field Trips to see Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds
Free trips in the delta to view the Sandhill Cranes coming in to roost for the evening are run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Of course, they also look at the wintering waterfowl and other birds in that habitat. They begin at either Woodbridge Road or Staten Island and meet in the late afternoon on the last weekend of each month. Current information is at http://soscranes.org/visit-the-cranes/free-tours/. The Coordinator is Mike Savino, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Friendly Trips
Saturday, October 19, 10:30am
Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk
This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and Sac Audubon birding leaders Larry Hickey and Dan Williams. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac CountyPark Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Family Friendly Trip!!!
Saturday, October 26 , 10 am to 11 or Noon
Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6652
This easy, morning walk is suitable for families with toddlers and strollers as well as those with disabilities as it offers a smooth, wide, level cement trail. This NWR is just south of Elk Grove, and due to varied habitat, may turn up interesting birds. In addition, there are many interpretative kiosks featuring birds and other creatures plus a native plant garden. The presence of a large marshy area and surrounding farmed and fallow fields may ensure a good variety of bird species including Sandhill Cranes. The trip will consist of several looped trails, all near the parking lot, so can last as long as desired. Driving south from Sacramento on I-5, two miles south of the Elk Grove exit, take Exit 504 at Hood-Franklin Road and drive .8 of a mile to the NWR entrance on the left. There is a large parking lot and restrooms.
If you are travelling in California and want to check field trips in other areas, most Audubon chapters have their own websites that can be accessed here.