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, May 12 through June 11, 2018. Scheduler: Cathie LaZier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-502-2699.
Saturday, May 12, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Mike Heacox, 916-972-1809 email@example.com Meet Mike along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk. This park has varied habitats and Mike knows them well. Mike will be looking for spring migrants such as Ash-throated Flycatchers and Western Kingbirds, in addition to our resident wrens, towhees and other small passerines. He’ll check out the heron rookery and the pond area. Trip will end before noon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park.
Saturday, May 12,10:30am (note 2nd Sat., not usual 3rd) Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Audubon birding leaders Sue Darst and Maureen Geiger and Nature Center docents for a family friendly nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers, Wild Turkeys, and other resident birds such as towhees and Bushtits will be active. Reservations are not needed, families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists/birders who know the area and enjoy sharing their knowledge. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.
Sunday, May 13, 7am Spenceville WLR Leader: Richard Barbieri, 916-761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org This scenic recreational area of rolling hillsides, streams, reservoirs and ponds offers a variety of wildlife. This trip will include several short hikes over uneven terrain. Possible birds include Yellow-breasted Chat, Lewis’s Woodpecker, warblers and more. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Richard at the Park & Ride by Brookfield’s Restaurant, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road. Turn left just past the Shell Station, and park on the right in the Park & Ride.
Tuesday, May 15, 8am Family Friendly Trip Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Craig DeMartini, 916-599-3300 email@example.com Craig will be looking for spring migrants, as well as nesting birds, and maybe something unexpected may turn up. Meet him at the main picnic area parking lot across from the golf course. 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. This is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Saturday, May 19, time TBD Dragonfly Trip - Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 916-485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com Since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species, including the California endemic Exclamation Damsel, Tim will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. Call or email Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place; the trip is typically a few hours in the morning. 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, and share fascinating information about migration patterns of the odenates, and other bits of natural history. (Ask him about spiders!) Bring your binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet - just in case!
Saturday, May 19, 7:30am Georgetown Nature Areas Leader: Craig Swolgaard, home, 530-333-4345, cell, 530-334-3023 firstname.lastname@example.org Traverse Creek Botanical Area and/or Georgetown Nature Area are two diverse nature areas near Georgetown, both with forests and creeks. Hike several miles on trails to find Sierra Nevada species : kinglets, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, seven woodpecker species, Black-headed Grosbeak etc. Migrating warblers, vireos, and Lazuli Bunting are also present. Bell’s Sparrow and California Thrasher may be found in the chaparral. Meet at Craig's house in Georgetown, 2884 Church Street. Georgetown is an hour drive from Sacramento and can be reached either by highway 50 to Placerville, then Hwy 193 north or by taking highway 80 to Auburn, then Hwy 49 south to Cool, then Hwy 193. Church Street intersects Hwy 193 one block north of Main Street. Parking is available.
Saturday, May 19, Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk, CHANGED to MAY 12.
Sunday, May 20, 6am Mosquito Ridge Rd., Placer County Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 email@example.com Join Scott for this early season trip into the lower to mid-elevation Sierra. While seemingly a bit early for this area, Scott has found it very productive in this time period. Previous trips have found 6 species of woodpecker including Pileated and White-headed, Olive-sided and Hammond's Flycatcher, Pacific and Canyon Wrens and several warbler species. Plan for an all day trip. Bring lunch and liquids. We will be walking 1-2 miles over moderate terrain. Meet Scott at 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. FRS radios are helpful on this trip, so bring them if you have them.
Sunday, May 20, 9 am – 11 am Family Friendly Trip Wm. Pond and River Bend Parks Leaders: Sandra Steurer 916-580-8398 firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy Warren Money 916-205-3194 email@example.com
Meet leaders at the Wm. Pond pay station, just past the entrance kiosk. We will walk over the foot bridge, with its expansive views and then walk through the oak woodland, looking for small woodland birds and woodpeckers. We sometimes have good looks at Red-shouldered Hawks. From Fair Oaks Blvd turn east on Arden Way. The road ends at Wm. Pond Park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, May 23, 8am SHARP! Remaining Lincoln grasslands and other habitats Leader: John York, 916-409-9276 or 530-320-4751 firstname.lastname@example.org Join John for a day of birding based in Lincoln. We will look for Tri-colored Blackbirds, Western Kingbirds, and the great raptors that inhabit the area. You can join John and others at Sterling Cafe at 7:00am for breakfast, located next to Raley's on Lincoln Blvd and Sterling Parkway. We will be leaving the parking lot at 8am sharp for our excursion, which will end about mid-afternoon depending on the birding. Some easy walking involved. Bring lunch and drinks.
Saturday, May 26, 7:30am Sailor Bar Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722 email@example.com Join Mark to look for late migrants and returning summer nesters. Meet him at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. A Sac County Park Pass or $8 (holiday weekend) entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, May 27, 6am Sierra Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org The month of May can be a peak time for viewing breeding birds in Sierra Valley. This gem of the Sierras is unique in that it has characteristics of the Eastern Sierra and the Great Basin, yet is part of the western drainage. The Feather River flows out of the northwestern corner of Sierra Valley, through the Sierras and into the central valley, where it joins the Sacramento River. We will stop on the way at Kyburz Flat to look for nesting Mountain Bluebirds and other montane species, and Sandhill Cranes are possible here as well. Birding will be done mostly by car, with numerous stops along the way. Bring lunch and water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Scott at 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. FRS radios are helpful on this trip, so bring them if you have them.
Thursday, May 31, 8am Sacramento Bar Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999 email@example.com On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and spring migrants. Possibilities include Phainopepla and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. 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. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, June 2, 6:30am Northern California River Walks Leader: Jane Taylor, 916-587-3366 firstname.lastname@example.org Last year on Memorial Day Weekend, we walked along the South Yuba River, which is our likely venue for this trip, returning via Spenceville and Camp Far West Reservoir. We saw and heard several Yellow-breasted Chat, 4 species of swallows, Western Tanager and several warblers. At Spenceville, we had good views of a Bullock’s Oriole and an audio message from a nearby rattlesnake. Parking at South Yuba River requires a $10 per car fee. If it is not too hot, we may consider instead visiting two of the parcels among the Sacramento River Wildlife Refuges near Colusa for a longer but easy walk. A recent visit yielded a calling Yellow-breasted Chat, nesting Great Horned Owl, 3 woodpecker species, an adult Bald Eagle and several seasonal sparrows. A remote but real possibility is Yellow-billed Cuckoo returned to nest in the area. We can decide when we meet at the Park & Ride near Brookfield’s Restaurant In Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road. Turn left just past the Shell Station, and park on the right in the Park & Ride. This trip will last into mid-afternoon, so bring lunch and liquids. FRS radios may be helpful while en route. Sunday, June 3, 7am Crystal Basin Leaders: Phyllis Wilburn, 530-642-9942, email@example.com Wendy Money, 916-205-3194, firstname.lastname@example.org This trip will visit a variety of sites along Icehouse Road and side roads, looking for Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, warblers and vireos, and other birds of the area, including Calliope Hummingbird. Beautiful wildflowers may also be in bloom. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking. Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome. Meet Wendy at the Bella Bru in EI 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. You can also meet Phyllis at 8 am in the Crystal Basin area. Take Hwy 50 to the Riverton Rd. (Crystal Basin) turnoff. Turn left and drive a short distance to the large pullout on the left side of the road.
Monday, June 4, 8am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Bob McCleary, 916-960-3390 email@example.com Bob is a docent at the Nature Center and knows the trails, and where to find the birds. On this morning walk he’ll be looking for both resident and summer birds. Meet him in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, June 9, 9am-12pm Enchanting Cosumnes Leader: Genelle Treaster, Cal. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Interpretive Services: 916-358-2869 Join a naturalist-led journey into the natural and cultural history of the Cosumnes River basin. Witness ﬁrsthand why this part of south Sacramento County is the Central Valley's ecological jewel. Tour goes onto DFW property--a normally closed section of the multi-agency Cosumnes River Preserve. First, we'll meet in Wilton at the historic Hicksville Cemetery on Arno Road, just east of Highway 99. With Western Kingbirds and Western Meadowlark song reverberating across the grassland, we'll respectfully explore the area's extraordinary past--while viewing the present and future. After a short caravan, we'll set off on a two mile hike on uneven farm roads and game trails into oak woodland and thick riparian jungle, where we'll search for Western Bluebird, Swainson's Hawk, Wood Duck and Acorn Woodpecker. Dress for the weather. Wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and a hat. Bring ample drinking water, binoculars and insect repellent. Going south on Hwy 99, take the Arno Road Exit #280 and go east about 1/2 mile to the cemetery.
Sunday, June 10, 7:30am Mather Field Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-876-0457 firstname.lastname@example.org Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations. Join him to look for a nice variety of resident birds. Targeted birds will be Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey and Green Heron. Meet Wayne in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Douglas Road turn south on Zinfandel Dr. the turn left into the park for this morning trip. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders. Parking is $5.00; your Sac County Park Pass is good here.