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- Apr 16 - May 8, 2016 Scheduler: Carla Barbaro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-8808
Saturday, April 16, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 email@example.com This area of the American River Parkway offers a variety of habitats and can turn up some surprises. Dan will be checking the backwaters of the river and the fishing pond as well as the developed park area for late wintering birds and migrants. Meet him just past the entrance kiosk for this half day trip. 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.
Sunday, April 17, 7am Point Reyes National Seashore Leader: John York, 409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com John plans to bird the usual places at Point Reyes, including the Fish Docks, Lighthouse and Abbott's Lagoon if the weather is good. If it’s too foggy at the coastal spots, he’ll bird the onshore locations. Meet John at 7am at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. Bring fluids and dress for changeable weather. John is planning to stop for lunch in Inverness.
Sunday, April 17 Beginning Birding Field Trip for Adults 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. We explore the varied habitat at William Pond, looking at spring nesters, including those small confusing bushtits, titmice and nuthatches, some waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as raptors, herons, egrets and woodpeckers. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Friday, April 22, 8am Earth Day Birding & Tree Appreciation Estates Drive – American River Parkway Leader: John Huls,396-5261 email@example.com To celebrate Earth Day we will explore the natural history of American River Parkway trees and note the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that rely on them. This walk will feature magnificent heritage valley oaks that were standing before the arrival of Jedediah Smith, John Sutter and the 49’ers. Tree hugging will be tolerated. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Drive, turn south on Estates and proceed until it dead-ends at the levee.
Saturday, April 23, 7am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, April 24, 7:30am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com Another chance to bird this favorite hotspot. See write up for Thursday, April 13th. Meet Richard at the Bella Bru as described in the April 13th write up. This is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders, and an opportunity to see several good birds.
Monday, April 25, 7:30 to 11:30 Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@yahoo.com Join Mark in this great area 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Depending on the extent of flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl as well as raptors. 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, 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.
Saturday, April 30, 7am Driver’s Flat, Ruck-a-Chucky, Auburn State Recreation Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org We will be exploring the beautiful canyon of the Middle Fork of the American River off Foresthill Road to look for spring migrants and resident breeding birds. This is one of Scott's favorite birding spots. 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 early to mid afternoon, and plan to lunch on the banks of the river. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. NOTE: there is a $10 per car parking fee at Driver’s Flat.
Sunday, May 1, 7am Humbug Creek, Folsom Leader: Mara Weston, 208-3222 Mara_weston@yahoo.com Meet Mara at the Cummings Family Park on the corner of Creekside Drive and Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom. You’ll follow Humbug Creek around an easy 2-3 mile paved loop. This is a good place to look for woodpeckers, sparrows, ducks , Common Gallinule and spring migrants. Sometimes River Otters are seen in the creek. This is a great trip for beginning birders. Trip will end by 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 7, 7:30am departure Lake Solano Regional Park Leader: Ed Harper, 971-3311 email@example.com We can expect a different set of birds today from what we find during the winter months. Although most of the waterfowl have departed, now is the time for spring migrants and summer residents. We will be looking for Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Western Kingbird. It is a good time of year to see migrant Swainson’s Thrush, Wilson’s Warbler, and Western Tanager. Adding some more color to the scene, Black-headed Grosbeak and Bullock’s Oriole should delight us. En route to the area we will want to look for Swainson’s Hawk and we may even pick up a Burrowing Owl. This half-day trip will conclude with lunch in Winters for those wishing to celebrate a great morning in the field. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento for a 7:30AM departure. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Saturday, May 7 Beginning Birding Field Trip for Adults 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. We explore the varied habitat at William Pond, looking at spring nesters, including those small confusing bushtits, titmice and nuthatches, some waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as raptors, herons, egrets and woodpeckers. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Sunday, May 8, 7am Spenceville WLR Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 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, 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.
Wednesday, May 11, 7:30am Mather Field Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.