Location: William Pond Park, focusing on common birds of the American River Parkway. Dates: Sundays
Trips limited to 10 adult participants, and require a minimum of 3 participants: Registration required.
These outings are geared toward people who aren’t yet entirely comfortable joining field trips as well as those who have birded a bit but would like to be better birders. It is not necessary to be an Audubon member to participate.
The focus at William Pond will be on finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. The walk, covering about a mile and a half, will last about 3 hours and will be led by two or more friendly and experienced Sacramento Audubon trip leaders.
Register via email to Cathie at firstname.lastname@example.org, (put “Beginning Birder” in the subject line), and give your name, phone number and email address, or phone Cathie at (916) 457-6882, and leave your name and phone number. Following registration you will receive additional information regarding the field trip.
DUCKS (AND MORE) IN SCOPES
A great trip for families, youth groups and newer birders, this is an opportunity to work on duck identification, as well as other wetland birds.
Stop by the Cosumnes River Preserve and check out “Ducks In Scopes”, where docents have a row of scopes set up, including lower ones for children, giving you good views of the many colorful ducks (up to 10 different species!) and other wetland birds.
Microscopes and hand lens provide close-up looks at “Duck Soup”, dishes of water dipped from the pond full of sand fleas, dragonfly nymphs, and other squiggly things that provide the protein the birds are feeding on.
The Preserve is a quick drive from Sacramento – south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road; left (east) on Twin Cities for 1 mile; then right (south) on Franklin Blvd. The viewing area is in the first parking lot on your right as you drive into the preserve. Steady rain or flooding cancels event. Check www.consumnes.org.
Come any time between 10 am and 2 pm on the following dates:
January: Saturday the 28th.
February: Saturday the 4th, 18th, and 28th, Sunday the 12th.
This program ends in February, when the cranes and waterfowl begin their northern migration, so don't miss the chance to see them wintering here.