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, August 12 through Sept. 11, 2018. Scheduler: Scott Hoppe, email@example.com, 916 835 8471
Sunday, August 12, 7am
Shorebirds of the Sacramento Valley and Beyond
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471
August is a great time to view shorebirds in migration from their Arctic breeding grounds. Since ideal conditions change depending on water levels, we may visit locations in our own “backyard”, or we may need to go a bit farther afield. Either way, we should find plenty of shorebird activity, and maybe find a rarity or two. If you have a spotting scope, bring it, along with water and snacks. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue, Exit #81, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Tuesday, August 14, 7am Sharp!
Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris
Tim: 916-870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann: 916-947-7573, email@example.com
Escape the valley heat and join Tim and Ann in searching for a variety of montane birds at this mountain lake. The high Sierra offers a wide variety of woodpeckers, finches, towhees, and other passerine birds, and it’s a good trip for beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Bring plenty of water and lunch for a full day of birding. Bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. 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.
Saturday, August 18, 6:30am
Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471
This Wildlife Area encompasses a large swath of land north of San Pablo Bay. Shorebirds and other water birds should be in abundance, and Scott is hoping that the Least Terns that have been in the area this summer are still around. The trip should end early to mid-afternoon, depending on conditions. Bring lunch and liquids, and some layers of clothing as Bay Area weather can be cool even in August. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue, Exit #81, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Sunday, August 19, 7am
Putah Creek Reserve
Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722
Mark will be looking for fall migrants that often pass through this remnant riparian area. Warblers, buntings, flycatchers and orioles are often seen during this time of year. This will likely be a two to four hour trip. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue, Exit #81, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Wednesday, August 22, evening trip
Bats and Swainson's Hawks
Leader: Dan Brown, 916-704-0951
Join Dan along with bat expert, JoEllen Arnold to see 60,000 Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge for their evening hunt while Swainson’s Hawks and American Kestrels try their luck and skill at bat hunting! This trip is limited to 12 participants. Please contact Dan Brown for meeting time and place.
Saturday, August 25, 7am
Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999
Join Darrell for a morning walk checking out the resident birds. Meet him at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. This is a good trip for beginners. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way just west of Hazel. Meet at the last parking lot on your left, near the boat launch area. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, August 26, 7am
Leader: Cathie LaZier, 916-502-2699
Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. Meet in the first parking lot on your right as you enter the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Friday, August 31, 7am
Ancil Hoffman Park
Leader: Mark Sawyer, 916-968-1661
Mark will be looking for early fall migrants, as well as remaining summering birds and residents. This will be a 2 to 4 hour walk. Meet 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 CountyPark Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, September 1, 6:30am
Alpine County/Douglas Counties
Leader: Jane Taylor, 916-587-3366
Plan on a series of short walks in coniferous forest, sagebrush, lakeshore and riparian habitats. We will look for a number of bird species, both resident and migrant, including passerines, woodpeckers, waterfowl and raptors. A visit to nearby Douglas County and Mud Lake usually promises waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey. Please bring your FRS radios and lunch and liquids, planning for a mid-afternoon wrap-up. 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, September 2, 7am
Local Fall Migration Wild Card
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471
Join Scott for this exciting local trip seeking fall migrants. But, there is a twist. The locations will be unknown until you arrive at the meeting place. Scott will be checking conditions and posts to see where activity has been best. The trip could include some riparian areas for passerines and some wetlands for water birds. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue, Exit #81, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Thursday, September 6, 7:30 a.m.
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Leader: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6652
Join Maureen for a morning drive around this diverse area just a few minutes from downtown Sacramento. A good variety of species is possible this time of year; shorebird numbers will depend on the amount of water available. Spotting scopes and FRS radios are useful. From Sacramento on I-80 west, take the first exit at the west end of the Yolo Causeway, East Chiles/Rd.32A, Exit #78. Turn right at the stop sign, go under the freeway, make a left up onto the levee; then drop down into the Wildlife Area. The trip begins at the first parking lot, Lot A, on your left. This trip will end before noon.
Saturday, September 8, 6:30am
Leader: Chris Conard, 916-203-1610
firstname.lastname@example.org Birding Point Reyes can be very productive this time of year, for both regular migrants and more uncommon birds. Chris is an expert birder who can sort out that confusing fall warbler. Be prepared for several miles of walking. Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue, Exit #81, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Sunday, September 9, 8am
Leader: Paul Cordero
On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early migrants. Paul will focus on finding and identifying birds by ear. 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.
Sandra and Wendy will steer you in the direction of birds and beaches on this full day trip. We will drive to Pt. Reyes via Hwy 37–it is very birdy through the salt marshes, so keep those binoculars handy to watch for ducks and waders. In the Pt. Reyes National Seashore area, beginning at the visitor’s center, we will learn about this area-its flora, fauna, geology and human impact, then take a short hike nearby looking for wrens, Chestnut-backed Chickadees and other coastal forest birds and reptiles. After working up an appetite we will head to the beach for lunch and some shoreline birding. We might even have time to make a sandcastle! As we drive we will search for grazing Tule Elk herds and Barn Owls who often make themselves obvious near the historic farmyards. Meet the leaders at the Park & Ride off of I-80 at Mace Blvd in Davis. From Sacramento, take the Mace Blvd. exit #75, turn right onto Mace Blvd., and right again into the Park and Ride, near Ikeda's Market. The leaders will have scopes to zoom in on those shorebirds and binoculars and FSR radios to loan. Birders bring sack lunches, snacks, water, sunscreen, hats, and dress in layers. We will conclude late in the afternoon and folks are free to stay in the area for dinner, or head on back to the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. Please RSVP to Wendy.