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.
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 Zinfandel for this morning trip. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, April 12, 8am
Granite Regional Park
Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com
Ben will be leading this trip to a relatively newly established and often overlooked birding hotspot. In the springtime, this park is a good area for a variety of resident species and migrants. Previous visits have yielded everything from the usual wrens and sparrows to Bullock's Orioles, Lazuli Buntings, and Phainopeplas. Since this is the migration season, we may find some surprises. This is a great trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. This trip will finish mid to late morning. To reach the park, take Exit #9 from Hwy. 50 for Howe Avenue/Power Inn; go south on Howe Avenue as it becomes Power Inn; go under the overpass, and turn left on Cucamonga Road. Take the first left once you are in the park and can see the grassy lawn area ahead of you. Park in the large parking area near the levee.
Sunday, April 13 Beginning Birding Field Trip for adults William Pond Park Limited to 10 people; registration required This field trip is for people who aren’t entirely comfortable joining field trips as well as those who have birded a bit but would like to be better birders. A brief parking lot talk will focus on choice and use of binoculars and a brief overview of birding etiquette and ethics. The field trip will focus on finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats and will be led by two or more experienced Sacramento Audubon trip leaders. Each trip is limited to 10 participants. Register via email to Cathie at email@example.com, (put “Beginning Birder” in the subject line), giving your name, phone number and email address, or by calling Cathie at (916) 457-6882 and leaving your name and phone number. Following registration you will receive additional information regarding the field trip.
Wednesday, April 16th 8am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 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. Other possibilities are Lazuli Buntings, Wrentits, California Thrashers, migrating hummingbirds, and colorful warblers. Meet at the Bella Bru in the shopping center on the northeast corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Highway 50. 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. This will be a half day trip and is a good one for beginners.
Saturday, April 19th, 7:30am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com Another chance to bird this favorite. See write up for Wednesday, April 16th. Meet Richard at the Bella Bru as described above, and again, this is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders, and an opportunity to see several good birds.
Sunday, April 20, 7am - noon Pine Hill Preserve Birding Leader: Chris Conard Pre-registration is required through Pine Hill Preserve Contact Julie Wynia firstname.lastname@example.org www.pinehillpreserve.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. We'll look for California Thrashers, Sage Sparrows, migrating warblers, and, on a clear day, great views of the Sierra and the surrounding geography. Be prepared for three miles of moderate walking.
Tuesday, April 22, 8-11am Earth Day on the Parkway Estates Drive – American River Parkway Leader: John Huls 396-5261 email@example.com Join us as we bird & botanize a lushly forested section of the parkway. This is a repeat of the March 14th Arbor Day outing. Birders and non-birders welcomed. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Dr. Turn south on Estates until it dead-ends at the levee.
Saturday, April 26th, 8am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 973-9841 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 27th, 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.
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30am Buck’s Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 email@example.com Cell # that morning only: 281-6652 Join Maureen for a leisurely walk through this riparian habitat and look for resident and migrating species such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, towhees, wrens, bluebirds, warblers and marsh birds. In this varied habitat, there is always the possibility of unusual finds, and river otters are usually seen. Meet at southeast corner of the intersection of Silva Valley Parkway and Serrano Parkway. To reach this spot, exit Hwy. 50 at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and turn right. Pass the large Raley’s shopping complex and turn right onto Serrano Parkway, then turn right and park on Silva Valley Parkway.
Saturday, May 3rd, 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 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. NOTE: there is now a $10 per car parking fee at Driver’s Flat.
Sunday, May 4th, 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.
Saturday, May 10th, 8am to noon Shadow Glen/Snowberry Creek Leader: Lea Landry, 638-1141 firstname.lastname@example.org. This morning walk will include riparian habitat, ridge trails and a good view of Lake Natoma. Lea will be looking for both woodland birds and waterfowl. There may be some short steep climbs on the trail, and if the rains come it may be muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. Bring liquids and snacks if you wish. Lea usually finds a nice variety of birds on this trip, which is suitable for both beginning and experienced birders. Meet Lea in the parking lot of the Snowberry Creek Equestrian Staging area, (Shadow Glen Stables), about ¼ mile east on Main, from where Main and Sunset Avenues meet in Orangevale.
Sunday, May 11, 6am Sand Creek Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Tim and Mark for a trip to Arbuckle and then up Sand Creek Road. Target birds include 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 a nd 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.
Saturday, May 17, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Spring means the birds are up and singing, establishing territory and beginning to construct nests. Join Sacramento Audubon birders Muriel Parker and Craig DeMartini and Nature Center docent Brena Seck for a family friendly nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. 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.