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. Trips geared for beginners are highlighted in red. *Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details.
To get directions, you can also use the Birding Sites Map. 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, July 12th through August 11th, 2018. Scheduler, Craig DeMartini, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-599-3300.
Thursday, July 12, 7am
Cabbage Patch, Calaveras County
Leader: Bill Bianco, 916-372-3318
Bill will bird the Ramsey Fire (Sept. 2012) site at 6600 ft. elevation, located in eastern Calaveras County, about 2 - 2.5 hour drive from the meeting site. Plan on walking the fire roads, which will be downhill access and uphill return to the parking area.Elevation difference of 500 ft (moderate difficulty).Looking for woodpeckers, Western Tanagers, and other passerine birds.Depending on time additional birding can be on the Saint Michele Meadow Road.Trip will last until late afternoon, so bring lunch, liquids, sunscreen, insect repellent, and bring FRS radios and scopes if you have them.Meet at the Galt Park & Ride.From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104, Exit #277; turn left (east) on Twin Cities; cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd.The Park & Ride is just south of Twin Cities Road.
Sunday, July 15
Leader: Tim Manolis
Most likely Tim will try Bear Creek for Giant Darners, etc., but since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species he will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. E-mail Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place, or phone him the day before at 916-485-9009. With his expertise as the author of a field guide to California dragonflies and damselflies, you can be sure that he will lead you to the best possible site. Bring your binoculars, water to drink and wear shoes that can get wet–just in case.
Tuesday, July 17, 7am
Tells Creek, Van Vleck Meadow
Leader: Craig Swolgaard, 530-334-3023
This trip will explore a little birded part of the Sierra Nevada off Ice House Road at over 6000 feet asl . Tells Creek flows through Van Vleck meadow just west of the Desolation Wilderness.A trailhead for equestrians and hikers begins at the parking lot but we will follow a road that circles the meadow itself.This is a good spot to see a variety of Sierra Nevada birds including Lazuli Bunting, MacGillvray's Warbler, Purple and Cassin's Finch, Green-tailed Towhee, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Lincoln's Sparrow, Brown Creeper, and others.Four years ago an Indigo Bunting spent most of the summer there.The trip will include other stops as well. We will meet at my house in Georgetown (El Dorado County) at 7AM and car pool from there.Address is 2884 Church Street, one block over from Main Street.Georgetown is about an hour from Sacramento and can be found on Google Map for directions.This trip will last into the early afternoon so bring a lunch and water.Hiking is easy and fairly level.
Come look for mountain birds and the Common Nighthawks. Meet at 3pm at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.Bring a sack dinner or snacks, lots of water and comfortable shoes, a light coat for the evening and MOSQUITO REPELLENT.This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.Loaner binoculars will be available. Please RSVP to email@example.com or text to 916-205-3194.
Saturday, July 21, 6:30am
Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca
Leaders: Gary Fregien, 916-708-0636, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471, email@example.com
Join Gary and Scott on this high elevation 3-mile hike in search of Clark’s Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping & Brewer’s Sparrow, Dusky Flycatcher, Pine Grosbeak, Townsend’s Solitaire, Cassin’s Finch and, with luck, Sooty Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker and Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. At peak wildflower time there are fields of flowers in dazzling variety. Bring lunch and plenty of liquids; wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changeable Sierra weather. Carson Pass is a USFS fee area for day-use parking. This hike should be considered moderate to strenuous depending upon your physical condition. Meet at the south side of the Bella Bru parking lot in the Raley’s shopping center in El Dorado Hills. From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd. and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right.
Sunday, July 22, 7:30am
American River Parkway, Spanos Court Access
Leader: Dan Kopp,916-213-2791
Join Dan for a leisurely walk on the north side of the river across from the Paradise Beach area. This area is fairly typical of most Parkway locations, but has an overabundance of grapes and slightly less blackberry and elderberry which helps attract fruit lovers such as Western Tanager and Bullock’s Oriole. We will likely encounter several riparian species such as Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Song Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee, as well as California Quail.The trip will probably end late morning before the intense heat of the day. Meet Dan in the parking area at the end of the Spanos Court cul-de-sac along the levee. Spanos Court runs west off Howe Avenue between Northrup and Sierra Blvd.
Thursday, July 26, 7am
Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999
On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of birds.This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd.; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania and follow it into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, July 28, 9am (in Petaluma)
North Bay area birding
Leader: Ron Storey, 707-479-0171
Join Ron Storey and bird a part of the North Bay. This trip is a good trip for beginners who would like to bird away from the Sacramento area.The destination(s) will be determined by what is being reported and the weather.We will meet at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma at 9:00 am and carpool from there. For directions to Shollenberger Park go here: http://colintalcroft.com/Sonoma_County_Bird_Watching_Spots/Shollenberger_Park,_Petaluma.html. Bring a lunch and snacks, as this is an all day trip. Also, be prepared for both cool and hot weather; bring clothing that will be suitable for both conditions.
Sunday, July 29, DEPART 7am
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471
This trip is designed for beginning and intermediate birders who wish to learn more about identifying shorebirds. We willcover the basics of types of shorebirds, as well as the finer details of separating those confusing little “peeps”. This will likely be a two to four hour trip, however, habitat and conditions may require us to go a little farther afield. So, bring liquids and snacks. Limited to 15 people; contact Scott to register and get meeting place.
Join Richard and Craig for an afternoon and evening of birding and astronomy in the Sierras. This area can host as many as 50 Common Nighthawks at one time, feeding and calling. After sunset, the planets Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus will be visible (weather permitting). Bring a folding chair or cushion, an evening snack, a light jacket, and MOSQUITO REPELLENT. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit #110 off I-80. Turn left and and the Park & Ride is on the immediate right.From there we will carpool up to Yuba Gap.
Saturday, August 4, 7:30am
Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-206-3767
Mather Lake and the surrounding grasslands host a variety of birds and it’s one of Wayne’s favorite birding spots. Join him to explore the area on this morning trip.This is a good trip for beginners and enjoyable for all. Bring water and insect repellent. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50 go south on Zinfandel, Exit #17, about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area.A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, August 5, 7am-11:30am
Leader: Chris Conard, 916-203-1610
The Bufferlands are 2,500 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove and not typically open to the public. Habitats include riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, grasslands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands, and many habitat restoration sites. This is a good time for early songbird migrants, lingering breeders, and peak shorebird migration. Be prepared for 3 miles of easy walking.New directions:Take I-5 south from Sacramento and exit at Laguna Blvd. Drive east to Franklin Blvd and turn left. Go past the stoplight at Bighorn Blvd and turn left at the next block (Sims Rd--no stoplight) with poplar trees and a brick planter. Drive 0.6 mile and turn right on Laguna Station Rd. Drive 0.5 mile and turn left at Glacier Way before reaching the guard station (If using GPS, enter Glacier Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758). Drive 0.25 mile to the Bufferlands office entrance at the end of Glacier Way. A large gate will be open and the front glass doors will be unlocked.
Tuesday, August 7, 7am
Ancil Hoffman Park
Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722
Mark will be looking for nesting and fledgling birds, and maybe something unexpected will turn up. This will be a 2 to 4 hour walk. Meet Mark in the picnic parking lot across from the golf course parking lot. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it all the way to the last parking lot on your left.A SAC County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, August 11, 8am
Sierra Valley and Yuba Pass
John York 916-409-9276, 530-320-4751
We will meet at The Fork & Horn parking lot in Sierraville, corner of Lincoln St. and Main. at 8:00 AM. We will bird the valley floor and then the pass.Bring snack, lunch and liquids as we have no scheduled eating stops.This trip will take most of the day.The highlights should be the young mountain birds, woodpeckers and warblers, although the valley can turn up some great birds as well.If you want to caravan from the Denny's at Newcastle, please contact John so he can meet you there.Please RSVP to John so we know to look for you at either rendezvous point.