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, November 12 - December 12, 2017
Scheduler Tim Fitzer, 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 12 Beginning Birding Field Trip William Pond Park These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding. Limited to 10 adults per trip with 3 Audubon trip leaders, it’s a low-key introduction to finding and identifying birds. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com, 502-2699.
Sunday, November 12, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 206-3767 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations, and he usually turns up quite a list of bird species. Join him to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron and Common Yellowthroat. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50, go south on Zinfandel about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area. There is a $5 per car entrance fee; your Sac County Parkway pass is valid here. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders.
Tuesday, November 14, 7:30am Bobelaine Sanctuary Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Ken Poerner Maureen, 281-6652, firstname.lastname@example.org Ken, 707-580-6277, email@example.com Bobelaine is a 430-acre National Audubon Sanctuary on the Feather River, managed by Sacramento Audubon, and has been a great place for field trips for many years. This year, the Feather River went on a rampage (assisted by the difficulties with the Oroville Dam), and the torrential waters changed the riparian landscape dramatically. Birds will still appear, however, with herons, egrets, cormorants and grebes possible on the water, and a variety of sparrows and other passerines settling in for the winter. Join Maureen and Ken for a 3 mile walk along the trails looking for resident and wintering birds. This trip will finish by late morning. Meet at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd.; go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Road, and then turn right into the parking area. Meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. NOTE: Due to the rehabbing of the levee, the access point for this trip may not be the usual entrance on Laurel. Please either contact Maureen or Ken ahead of time or join them at the Arena Boulevard site.
Saturday, November 18, 7am Gray Lodge SWR and Colusa NWR Leaders: Daniel and Pam Thompson, 359-3777 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Pam and Daniel for a tour of this prime wintering area for ducks and geese. After Gray Lodge, they’ll take the route back around the west side of the Sutter Buttes, looking for Sandhill Cranes, raptors and grassland birds, and then stop at the Colusa NWR viewing platform. Bring lunch, liquids, and warm clothing. FRS radios and scopes are helpful if you have them. Meet in the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd., go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Rd., and then turn right into the parking area. Meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. There is a $4.32 per person charge at Gray Lodge, and it’s wise to bring the exact amount for the Iron Ranger.
Saturday, November 18, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and birders Lynne Tweten and Dan Williams from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, November 19, 7am Family Friendly Trip Deer Creek Hills Leader: Mara Weston, 208-3222 mara_weston@yahoocom Join Mara and SVC lead docent Lisa Couper for a 3 to 4-mile walk at Deer Creek Hills Preserve. We'll look for Lewis's Woodpeckers, Horned Larks, sparrows, and wintering raptors. Come prepared with sturdy shoes, water, and snacks or lunch. Trip should end by noon. The required liability form can be found at http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/resources.asp or you can email Mara for a copy. Meet at the corner of Stonehouse and Latrobe Roads: detailed directions at http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/admin/upload/Directions%20to%20Deer%20Creek%20Hills%20Preserve.pdf. We will carpool in high-clearance vehicles as needed per rain and road conditions. A donation of $10 per family is suggested, but not required.
Tuesday, November 21 8am Salt Springs Valley Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim, 870-5207 email@example.com Ann, 947-7573 firstname.lastname@example.org This area is located in western Calaveras County about an hour and a half drive from Sacramento. The open valley and its lake are home to many wintering ducks, hawks, eagles, owls and grassland birds. The trip will last into the late afternoon so bring lunch, liquids and warm clothing. Bring FRS radios and scopes if you have them. Meet at "It's a Grind" coffee shop, 19420 Twin Cities Road in Galt. From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to Twin Cities Road/Hwy 104, (Exit 277). Turn left (east) on Twin Cities; cross the freeway and continue east to the shopping center on your right.
Friday, November 24, 8am William Pond Park, Black Friday Trip! Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699 email@example.com Want to do something non-commercial? Meet Cathie along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk down to some different spots on the river, where mergansers and goldeneye can be found in the backwaters and wrens and towhees call from the bushes. California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park 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. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Lincoln Grasslands Trips #1 and #2!! #1, Saturday, November 25, 8am Leaders: Richard Barbieri and Tim Fitzer Richard, 761-1124, firstname.lastname@example.org Tim, 870-5207, email@example.com The grasslands and farmlands surrounding Lincoln provide some of the best winter birding in the Sacramento Valley. Because of the diversity and large area to be covered, back to back trips are being offered again this year. Once again, two teams of experienced field trip leaders will enter a friendly competition to show participants as many birds as possible. Richard and Tim will start Saturday, searching for the largest number of raptors and rarities; Scott and Mark will follow Sunday hoping to produce even better numbers. Both days, they will search the back roads of Placer County for a large variety of raptors, shorebirds, ducks, swans and sparrows plus specialty species such as Tri-colored Blackbirds and Lewis' Woodpeckers. These trips will last into the afternoon, so bring lunch and liquids as well as scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Meet in the Park & Ride by Brookfield's Restaurant, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road off ramp (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 area.
#2, Sunday, November 26, 8am Lincoln Grasslands Trip #2 Leaders: Scott Hoppe and Mark Martucci Scott, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org Mark, 833-6722, email@example.com See write-up for Saturday, November 26.
Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, 3:15PM Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds, 3:15PM Cosumnes River and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, firstname.lastname@example.org The cranes are back in big numbers. Meet at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve parking lot on the south side of West Woodbridge Road, near the metal benches at the west end of the parking lot. For directions either contact Mike or use the following directions. The GPS address is 38°09’44.2?N 121°24’52.1?W. For Google mappers the street address is 11154 W. Woodbridge Rd. Lodi, CA 95242. From Sacramento take Interstate 5 south to Peltier Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn left to Thornton Road where you will go right. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge Road. At this point Woodbridge Road goes under the I-5 freeway. Make a right hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turnout of the reserve on the left hand side of Woodbridge Road. From Stockton take Interstate 5 north to Turner Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn right to Thornton Road where you will turn left. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge Road. Make a left hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turn out of the reserve on the left hand side of Woodbridge Road.
Saturday, December 2, 8am Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Leader: John York, 409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com John will be looking for the enormous flocks of ducks, geese and swans that winter in valley or stop to feed on their way south. This is also a good place for raptors, and Bald Eagles are a possibility. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon. Bring lunch, snacks and hydration as the refuge has no restaurants and birds poop in the water. FRS radios are helpful on this trip. Meet at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd., go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Rd., and then turn right into the parking area. Meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. Please note there is a $6 day use fee for each vehicle at the refuge, or buy a Duck Stamp and support all our national refuges. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Saturday, December 2 ARNHA WILDLIFE COUNT American River Parkway email@example.com Join a team counting birds, mammals and other wildlife on this annual event.
Sunday, December 3 Beginning Birding Field Trip William Pond Park These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding. Limited to 10 adults per trip with 3 Audubon trip leaders, it’s a low-key introduction to finding and identifying birds. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Sunday, December 3, 8am Robinson Road, Road 113 and Bird's Landing Leaders: Mark Martucci and Paul Cordero Mark, 833-6722, email@example.com Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org This is a great area for wintering Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Merlins, curlews, possible Mountain Plovers, shrikes and other interesting birds. Bring liquids, lunch, warm clothes, spotting scopes, and FRS radios if possible. 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. Meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Heavy rain or high winds cancel the trip, which will end in the late afternoon.
Thursday, December 7, 8am Lincoln WWTP and Placer County Roads Leader: Sonja Sorbo, 390-8463 email@example.com In this morning trip we will start by birding the Lincoln water treatment plant. There are several large ponds which can hold a variety of ducks. From the plant, we will drive some nearby backroads of Placer county, searching flooded fields for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. We will search a small riparian area for sparrows, woodpeckers, and other resident species. Several open dry fields may provide hunting grounds for raptors. Meet at the parking lot of Dry Creek Community Park at 9235 Walerga Road in Roseville at 8 AM. FRS radios will be helpful.
Saturday, December 9, 8am Wintering Raptors in the Central Valley Leader: Craig Swolgaard, 530-334-3023 firstname.lastname@example.org A published study found that California’s Central Valley is one of the richest wintering areas for raptors in the country. The trip will begin at Meiss and Dillard Roads and end at Clay Station & Dillard Roads following a 33 mile loop used as a survey route in a past study. Many species of raptors have been found along this productive drive during the winter months, including Golden Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, White-tailed Kite, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, and Burrowing Owl. This is also a good area to find Mountain Bluebirds in winter and has potential for other vagrants. Meet at the small public parking lot on Highway 16 and Sunrise Blvd. at 8 AM. We will try to car pool to keep the car numbers down, as some of the route uses pullouts on a busy highway. Bring a spotting scope if possible. Trip may go into early afternoon so water and food may be a good idea.
Sunday, December 10 Gull I.D trip on the American River Leader: Ed Harper Join Ed for an informative walk along the American River and a chance to sharpen your identification skills. Ed is a great birder who will be looking for any interesting or unusual birds, with emphasis on tricky identification of the many gulls that winter on the river. Herring, "Thayer’s" (which is now considered a race of Iceland Gull), Glaucous-winged, California, Ring-billed and Mew Gulls are all possibilities. Spotting scopes will be very useful, and be sure to bring your field guides and bird apps for this intensive study. Trip will end before noon and is limited to 15 people to ensure quality learning opportunity. To register for the trip contact Cathie LaZier, email@example.com (put Gull Trip in the subject line), or phone 502-2699 to find meeting time and place.
Sunday, December 10, 9am Family Friendly Trip! Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leaders: Wendy Money and Sandra Steurer Wendy, 205-3194, firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra, 580-8398, email@example.com Join Sandra and Wendy in this great seasonal floodplain 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. We will enjoy the returning ducks, geese, swans, pelicans, raptors, and watch for stealthy rails and owls. From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78) at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Turn right at the stop sign, go under the freeway, make a left up onto the levee, and then drop down into the Wildlife Area. The trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A) on your left, at the beginning of the auto tour. On this trip we stay in our vehicles, as blinds, most of the time, popping out for brief scope-aided views. The trip will end before noon, but bring water and snacks as needed. Loaner binoculars available. Questions? Contact Wendy or Sandra.
Tuesday, December 12th, 8am Mid-Yolo County Hotspots Leader: Dan Murphy, 541-4213 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan for a trip to several mid-Yolo hotspots, beginning with the Davis WTP and ending with the Plainfield Elementery School quadrangle. Target birds include Burrowing Owl, wintering waterfowl, Red-tailed and Ferruginous Hawks, and perhaps a Prairie Falcon. We should finish by noon. Bring a snack and liquids. Meet Dan 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 entrance a short distance beyond Ikeda's Market. Meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.