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. 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 8 through June 11, 2017, Scheduler Andi Salmi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30am Mather Field Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 email@example.com
Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations. Join Wayne 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.
Family Friendly Trip & Beginners Too! Saturday, May 13th, 8am Bodega Bay Leaders: Sandra Steurer, 580-8398 Wendy Money, 205-3194 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Join Sandra and Wendy for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. This trip is great for families with kids and beginning birders too. Bring a sack lunch, water and layered clothes. Optional stop for dinner on the way home. Meet at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. From Sacramento take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again at the signal light to the Park & Ride exit a short distance beyond Ikeda's Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Loaner binoculars will be available.
Saturday, May 13, 7am Spenceville WLR Leader: Richard Barbieri, 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.
Sunday, May 14, 6am Mosquito Ridge Rd., Placer County Leader: Scott Hoppe, 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 at 6 am at the Park and Ride on Horseshoe Bar Rd. in Loomis. Exit 110 off I-80.
Wednesday, May 17, 8:00am Sailor Bar, Olive Ave. entrance Leader: Larry Hickey, 415-305-0651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Larry at the Olive Ave. entrance to Sailor Bar. This is a good area to see Phainopepla and a variety of woodpeckers and resident birds . We will walk for about 3 miles along the base of the bluffs to the fish pond, then back on trails along the American River. To access the Olive Ave. entrance to Sailor Bar from Winding Way, go south on Toyon Ave. continue left on Natoma Ave. At 0.4 mile and turn left on Olive Ave., down a hill and into the parking lot. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, May 20, 7:30 am Fremont Weir Wildlife Area Leader: Brian Gilmore, 358-2869 George.email@example.com
This riparian stretch along the Sacramento River north of Woodland features large expanses of meadow/grassland where Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings and Western Kingbirds have nested in recent years. Swallows, bluebirds, orioles, wrens and Swainson's Hawks are usually present also. This easy walk will last until late morning and be mostly in the sun so hats, liquids and sunscreens are good. Meet at Fremont Weir Wildlife Area Parking lot. Directions from Sacramento: Travel I-5 north toward Woodland. Take the County Rd. 22 Exit after crossing over the Sacramento River. Turn right or east on County Rd. 22 take the first left, County Rd. 117, over the railroad tracks. Travel on County Rd. 117 for 5.8 miles and turn left (west) on County Rd. 16 (unpaved). County Rd. 16 will terminate at the parking lot on the east levee of the Fremont Weir Wildlife Area (Yolo Bypass). .https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/Fremont-Weir-WA
Saturday, May 20, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk
Join Audubon birding leaders 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 21, time TBD Dragonfly Trip - Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com
Since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species, 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. 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 and wear shoes that can get wet - just in case!
Thursday, May 25, 8am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Cathie at the 1st parking lot on your right, just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and over to the river, looking for small woodland birds and woodpeckers. We sometimes have good looks at Red-shouldered Hawks or Great Horned Owls. Walk will end by noon, and it’s a great walk for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called Goethe Park). A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, May 27, 9am Family Friendly Trip William Pond Park Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 email@example.com
Meet Craig along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk, for this morning walk looking for returning migrants and resident birds. Wrens and towhees call from the bushes. Western Bluebirds may be found in the park area, and Craig will be looking for Red-shouldered Hawks and Ash-throated Flycatchers. Although the focus of the trip is birds, Craig can also help you identify some of the plants. 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. This is an excellent trip for beginners of all ages, and loaner binoculars are available.
Saturday, May 27, 6:30am South Yuba River State Park Vicinity Leader: Jane Taylor, 587-3366 firstname.lastname@example.org
With abundant snow in the Sierra this year, access to the high country may be problematic in late spring, but we have the foothills. Expect to explore a trail or trails in the vicinity of South Yuba River State Park near the Bridgeport covered bridge where we can approach the Yuba River or Englebright Lake to look for local birds, a list of which may be found at: http://southyubariverstatepark.org/RespWebPages/PlantsAndAnimals.html. Most of our raptors, woodpeckers, owls, wrens, and many warblers, including the Yellow-breasted Chat, are representative of the area. Starting early to avoid holiday crowds, we may walk up to 3 miles so bring food and liquids; this trip may last into the late afternoon. Meet Jane 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. Note: Parking at the State Park requires a state parks pass or $5 fee.
Sunday, May 28, 6am Sierra Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com
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 6 am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park and Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Wednesday, May 31, 8am 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 tricolored blackbirds, 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 8:00am sharp for our excursion, which will end about mid-afternoon depending on the birding. Some easy walking involved. Bring lunch and drinks.
Saturday, June 3, 7am Crystal Basin Leaders: Phyllis Wilburn, 530-642-9942, email@example.com Sue Darst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-902-3427, and Jane Van Kessel, email@example.com, 524-4157
Phyllis will visit a variety of sites along Icehouse Road and side roads. The group will be looking for Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, warblers and vireos, and other birds of the area. They hope to see the beautiful Calliope hummingbird again. Beautiful wildflowers may also be in bloom. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking. Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome. Meet Sue and Jane 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.
Sunday June 4, 6:00am Mosquito Ridge, Placer County Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard will explore several productive areas outside of Foresthill along Mosquito Ridge Rd, including the Placer Big Trees Grove. Expect good numbers of mid-elevation breeding birds. There are no services, so bring all of the food and liquids you will need for the day. The trip will end late afternoon. We will be walking about 2-3 miles over easy to moderate terrain at a comfortable pace. Meet 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, June 6, 7am Granite Springs Road and Crystal Basin Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207, email@example.com Ann Burris, 947-7573, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Tim and Ann for a full day of fun and birding. We will start by driving Granite Springs Road, then head into Crystal Basin for the remainder of the trip. We hope to find flycatchers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds and Calliope Hummingbird. If we are lucky, we will find Mountain Quail with young. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids, lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. Please bring FRS Radios if you have them. Meet at Bella Bru 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. We will leave promptly at 7am.
Wednesday June 7, 6:30am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 email@example.com
Join Sally for her monthly bird walk along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. Sally will be looking for resident breeding birds, wrens, towhees, and other small passerine birds. From Highway 50 take Howe Ave north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn left onto Fair Oaks and cross over the American River. Turn right on Carlson Ave, which is the first stop light past the American River bridge. Continue on Carlson Ave to its end, at Glenn Hall Park. This is a City Park so there is no charge for American River access. Meet on top of the levee. This will be a fairly easy walk, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday & Sunday, June 10 - 11, 8:00am onsite both Saturday and Sunday Sierra Valley/Yuba Pass Leader: Gary Fregien 708-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org
This trip offering is designed to accommodate both those who want to do an overnighter and those wanting to bird either the Sierra Valley or the Yuba Pass area as a day trip. We will bird the Sierra Valley area by car on Saturday, a full day’s excursion, including a very productive riparian stream zone adjacent to a previous wildfire located at the southern end of the valley near Loyalton/Sierra Brooks. On Sunday we will bird the Yuba Pass area until early afternoon. Lodging is available in Truckee, Sierraville, Portola and Sierra City. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are located between Truckee and Sierraville on Hwy 89, and between Yuba Pass and Sierra City on Hwy 49. Gary plans to travel to the area on the Friday preceding the fieldtrips; thus, he will not be reachable by email or phone after mid-afternoon Thursday, 6/8. Meet Gary at the junction of Hwys 89 & 49 in Sierraville on Saturday, and/or at the Yuba Pass Sno-Park parking lot, at the summit, on Hwy 49 west of Sierra Valley on Sunday. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring along hand held radios, food and water, and dress for probable cool mornings and warm afternoons.