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.
Family Friendly Trip!!! Saturday, April 16, 9-11am Maidu Park, Roseville Leader: Scott Dietrich, 208-4976 Sed25@csus.edu Maidu Park has many different habitats for birds, and the bird diversity is fantastic. Join Scott as he walks through the Oak woodlands and grassland areas finding birds for everyone to see. Reservations are required and space islimited! To reserve a spot for you and your child, please contact Maureen Geiger at 444-0804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 16, 7am Point Reyes Leader: John York, 409-9276 email@example.com We will hit the usual Point Reyes birding spots in the morning to check for vagrants and in the afternoon we will definitely hike around Abbott’s Lagoon to view shorebirds and terns. A variety of songbirds can be found in the scrub on the hike in. This will be a full day of birding, but we will stop for a picnic lunch by the bay about midday. Bring lunch and fluids and dress for variable weather. Gather at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento at 7am for voluntary carpooling. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Sunday, April 17, 8am Discovery Park Leader: Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan at the Discovery Park entrance kiosk on Natomas Park Drive for this morning walk along the west end of the American River Parkway. We will search the cottonwood groves, berry thickets and river confluence for recently returned warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and whatever else we can turn up. This is a great trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. From I-5 go east on the Garden Highway, then south on Natomas Park Drive into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, April 17, 7:30am Bobcat Ranch, Yolo County Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 email@example.com Co-Leader: Karen Velas, 530-510-0399 firstname.lastname@example.org This wonderful 7,000-acre property owned by Audubon California is currently open to the public solely for docent-led trips. Join Maureen and Karen Velas, Wildlife Specialist for Audubon’s Landowner Stewardship Program, for our third visit to this area. We will hike along Bray Canyon through mixed oak and riparian vegetation transitioning into chaparral looking for local, late wintering, and migrating bird species. Lewis’ Woodpeckers are a possibility. We should have blooming wildflowers and fabulous views of the valley. This outing will involve hiking on ranch roads with occasional moderate elevation gain; there is a very good chance that areas of the trail will be wet and muddy; good boots are advised. The hike should last until about lunch time; lunch can be eaten at the Ranch, or you may leave at that point. Meet at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento no later than 7:30 am. Alternate meeting place is in Winters at Steady Eddy’s, 5 E. Main Street, next to the parking lot at the intersection of Main and Railroad by 8:00 am sharp. To reach the Park and Ride, from I-80, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light and left into the lot.
Saturday, April 23, 7:30am Mather Field Park Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 email@example.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne's favorite birding locations. The lake and its surrounding grasslands host a wide variety of birds. Great-tailed Grackle and Yellow-headed Blackbirds both nest at the lake. Meet Wayne in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Eagle's Nest Road. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. This is a great trip for beginning birders.
Sunday, April 24 , 7:30 am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Richard Barbieri, 966-4603 firstname.lastname@example.org At this favorite spring hotspot you should find wild flowers in bloom and hear the song of the Yellow-breasted Chat. Richard will scout for Lazuli Buntings, Wrentits, California Thrashers, migrating hummingbirds, and colorful warblers. Meet Richard at the Bella Bru in the shopping center on the northeast corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Highway 50. This will be a half day trip and is a good one for beginners.
Saturday, April 30, 9am till 11am William Pond Park Sorting Out the Cacophony of Spring Birdsong Leader: John Huls, 284-7021 email@example.com This area of the parkway gives us a good opportunity to sort out the songs of common spring nesters. We should expect to hear a cacophony of Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Oak Titmouse, House Finch, Western Kingbird, Song Sparrow and Spotted and California Towhees, plus the possibility of migrants in transit to higher elevations. This is a good trip for beginners and anyone interested in bird song. William Pond Park is at the east end of Arden Way in the Carmichael area. We will meet in the large parking lot at the very end of the road. A County Park Pass or a $5 parking fee is required.
Saturday, April 30, 7am - 11:30am Pine Hill Preserve Birding Leader: Chris Conard Pre-registration is required through Pine Hill Preserve contact Julie Wynia firstname.lastname@example.org The preserve was established to protect rare native plants in El Dorado County that occur only on gabbro soils. It stretches from Folsom Lake in the north to Hwy 50 in the south and contains more than 4,000 acres. We plan to visit newly acquired land in Kanaka Valley, with a mix of oak woodland and chaparral. Last year we saw California Thrashers, Sage Sparrows, migrating warblers, and great views of the Sierra. Be prepared for 2-3 miles of moderate walking.
Sunday, May 1, 7am Driver’s Flat, Auburn State Recreation Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 Shoppe01@earthlink.net We will be exploring the beautifulcanyon of the Middle Fork of the American River off Foresthill Road to look for spring migrants and resident breeding birds. This is Scott's favorite 'secret' birding spot. Possibilities include several species of flycatcher, including Gray, Hammond's and Pacific-slope; Hutton's, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos; up to 7 species of warbler; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting and Bullock's Oriole. Walking will be up to a mile at a time with moderate inclines. This trip will end mid-day, but plan to lunch on the banks of the river. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80 at 7 am. NOTE: there is now a $10 per car parking fee at Driver’s Flat.
Wednesday, May 4, 7:30am Cronan Ranch, Coloma Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 email@example.com Join Maureen for a walk in beautiful open grasslands and oak woodlands off Hwy. 49 near Coloma. The Cronan Ranch is home to a large variety of foothill birds including raptor species such as White-tailed Kite, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawk, and Northern Harrier. Other species may include area specialties such as Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings (which nest on the ranch) and resident and migrating passerines. Grasshopper Sparrows were found in recent years. This hike is 3.7 miles long; trails are uneven and can be muddy. There are portable toilets in the Ranch parking lot and at several locations along the way. Meet in El Dorado Hills just off Hwy. 50 in the coffee shop inside the Raley’s Supermarket. 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, May 7, 7am -noonish Beek’s Bight, Folsom Lake Leader: Chad Aakre, (916) 275-1681 firstname.lastname@example.org Some target birds on this trip will be Canyon and Rock Wrens, Hutton’s Vireo, Black-throated Gray, Wilson’s, Yellow, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wrentit, Violet-green Swallow, Rufous Crowned Sparrow and maybe some good flycatchers. Wildflowers should be really nice and we can expect some good butterflies as well. Conditions are a little rugged so sturdy shoes are recommended, and long pants are helpful as the area is pretty brushy and there is plenty of poison oak to avoid. Meet Chad in the free parking area at the end of Twin Rocks Road (where it turns north and becomes Boulder Road), to hike into the park. Snacks and water are also recommended.
Sunday, May 8, 7am Spenceville Leader Richard Barbieri, 966-4603 email@example.com 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, rails, warblers, and more. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Richard at the Brookfield’s Restaurant parking lot, 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. Brookfield’s is behind Shell.
Sunday, May 8, 7am - 11am Spring Migration at the Bufferlands Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610, firstname.lastname@example.org This morning tour of the Bufferlands will focus on finding migrant songbirds, resident breeders, and lingering winter residents. The heron, egret and cormorant rookery will be in full swing, and if water levels are right, we could have excellent shorebirding conditions. The Sac Reg. County Sanitation District Bufferlands contain 2,650 acres of wetlands, riparian forest, grasslands, vernal pools, and restored habitats. From Sacramento, take I-5 south. Exit at Meadowview/Pocket Rd (just south of Florin Rd) and turn left (east) over the freeway. Turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd (the third light). After one mile, just before the town of Freeport, turn left on Stonecrest and follow it over the freeway and south to a locked gate. Be prepared for potentially muddy trails and up to 3 miles of walking.
Tuesday, May 10, 7am Sweetwater Creek Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Mark and Tim to look for singing Yellow-breasted Chats, Lazuli Buntings, Wrentits, California Thrashers, migrating hummingbirds, and colorful warblers. Meet them at the Bella Bru in the shopping center on the northeast corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Highway 50. This will be a half day trip and is a good one for beginners.
Friday, May 13th, 8:30 Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary, (9 till noon) “History Meets Natural History” -A Walk & Plop trip with Cal. Native Plant Society Leader: John Huls, 284-7021 email@example.com As we explore the birds and flora of Bobelaine we will stop occasionally and talk about the European obsession with natural history during the 18th & 19th centuries, including brief biographies of Thomas Nuttall and Thomas Bewick. Bring a folding stool or a small ground cloth to sit on. Our leisurely walk will begin at 9am, but you are encouraged to meet at 8:35 at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. for optional car pooling. 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. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. Alternate meeting place is the Bobelaine parking lot at 9am. Take Hwy 99 north towards Yuba City; about 2 miles north of the Feather River bridge turn right on Laurel Avenue and follow it till it dead ends in the Bobelaine parking lot. This is a joint trip with the local California Native Plant Society. Water and snacks are recommended. This walk is over mostly level terrain and is good for all levels of birder/botanizers, history of science buffs and those who need to sit a spell while enjoying the outdoors.
Saturday & Sunday, (and optional Friday) May 13-14-15 Mono Lake Leader: Linda Pittman, 715-1876 firstname.lastname@example.org(email preferred) Please mark your calendars and join Linda for 2 or 3 days of birding on the east side of the Sierra. On Saturday, we will be birding some new and old spots near Mono Lake, looking for Eared Grebes in breeding plumage, waterfowl, Osprey, Sage Thrashers and Sage Sparrows, and also a burn area, where there’s a chance for several woodpeckers including Black-backed Woodpecker. On Sunday we’ll leave very very early,(about 4am!) for a short hike to lek viewing site and set up before sunrise in hopes of seeing displaying Greater Sage-Grouse as the sun comes up. After leaving the lek, we’ll bird a spot on the way out where we have a good chance of Canyon Wren. Then it’s back toward Sacramento, with an optional stop at Bridgeport Reservoir. There are two meeting places for the trip. If you drive up on early on Friday, May 13, then you can meet Linda at 12:30 pm at the Mono Lake Committee Store for birding near Lee Vining, or if driving up later on Friday, meet at 8am Saturday at the store for morning birding. For those who drive up Saturday morning, May 14, meet at the Mono Basin Visitor Center, on Highway 395, just north of Lee Vining, at 12:30 pm, (having already lunched). Bring FRS radios, flashlights, scopes and dress in layers for cold weather. Please contact Linda for further details, list of accommodations and to RSVP.
Saturday, May 14, 7am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 973-9841 email@example.com Meet Darrell in the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo. Darrell will be looking for a variety of resident species and Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours. Bring water and sunscreen. This is a great trip for beginners.
Sunday, May 15, 6am Sand Creek Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Join Tim and Mark for a trip to Arbuckle and then up Sand Creek Road. Target birds include Black-chinned Sparrow, Sage Sparrow, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Western Kingbird, Roadrunner, Western Screech Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Mountain Quail, and other migrants. The road can be rough and all wheel drive is recommended. Bring a lunch and liquids and be prepared for an afternoon return. We will meet at the Woodland Jack-in-the-Box. Take 1-5 north toward Woodland; exit at County Road 102 (#536); turn right (north) on 102 and turn right into the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.