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, April 12th through May 11 2018 Scheduler, Andi Salmi, email@example.com, 916-508-7192
Saturday, April 14 Birding By Ear Improve your birding skills by learning to recognize the songs, calls and chips of our local birds. This trip on the American River Parkway is limited to 10 people to ensure quality listening time, and will be led by Mark Martucci and Paul Cordero, two experienced birders with good auditory skills. Registration is required; email Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and learn the meeting time and place.
Sunday, April 15, 8am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Bill Bianco, 916-372-3318 email@example.com Join Bill at this great birding area between Sacramento and Davis. 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, and 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. FRS radios are helpful.
Sunday, April 15 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 common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-502-2699. Thursday, April 19, 7:30am Dry Creek - West Roseville Leader: Sonja Sorbo, 916-390-8463 email@example.com For this half-day trip we will meet at Dry Creek Community Park in west Roseville and then walk a couple of miles along a path that connects the park to Cook-Riolo Road. The path is bordered by Dry Creek and the Morgan Creek golf course. This is a nice riparian corridor where we can expect to find resident species and hopefully some migrant warblers. Other possibilities include Ash-throated Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, and Bullock’s Orioles. Meet at Dry Creek Community Park (parking lot) ; take Highway 80 east to the Antelope exit, follow Antelope Road to Walerga, go north on Walerga — the park is at 9235 Walerga Road.
Saturday, April 21, 7:30am Mather Field Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-876-0457 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.
Saturday, April 21, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Audubon birding leaders and a Nature Center docent 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, April 22, 8am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999 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.
Thursday, April 26, 8am Teal Bend Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-9009 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Mark to explore the rich habitat at Teal Bend Golf Course. He will explore a variety of habitats, including wooded and riparian areas, and expects to see a variety of spring migrants, among other birds. Meet at the Raley's Shopping Center on Arena Blvd at 8:00 a.m. 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.
Saturday, April 28, 8am Lodi Lake Leaders: Ann Burris and Cathie LaZier Cathie, 916-209-2699, email@example.com Ann, 916-947-7573, firstname.lastname@example.org The nature trail at this wooded park borders the Mokulumne River in spots, so woodland and water birds are possible. Ann and Cathie will be looking for resident birds as well as spring migrants. The park is located at 1101 West Turner Road in Lodi. From I-5, take Exit #487; turn left onto West Turner Road; go 5.8 miles and the park will be on your left. From Hwy 99, take Exit #267A and follow East Turner Road 1.6 miles and the park will be on your right. There is a $5 per car parking charge.
Sunday, April 29, 7:30am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Richard Barbieri, 916-761-1124 email@example.com At this favorite spring hotspot you should find wildflowers 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 is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders, and an opportunity to see several good birds.
Tuesday, May 1, 8:00am Sweetwater Creek Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim: 916-870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann: 916-947-7573, email@example.com This trip is another chance to bird this favorite hotspot for Yellow-breasted Chat, 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, May 5, 7am Driver’s Flat, Ruck-a-Chucky Auburn State Recreation Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 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 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 6, 7am Bodega Bay Leader: John York, 916-409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com Join John for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. 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 Bodega Bay.
Enjoy a naturalist-led birding adventure through the Cosumnes River Preserve. Take a leisurely stroll through the tule marsh in search of singing marsh wrens, blackbirds, cinnamon teal, egrets, shorebirds and other waterbirds. Then, trek into the thick riparian forest near the river, where hawks and owls are busy raising their boisterous young. The trip is three miles round trip. Bring binoculars, water, a snack, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Meet at the Visitor Center. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road; go left (east) to the stop sign at Franklin Blvd. Turn right (south) on Franklin Blvd. and, driving through the Preserve, watch for the Visitor Center parking lot on your left.
Wednesday, May 9, 7:30am Bobelaine Sanctuary Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Ken Poerner Maureen, 916-281-6652, email@example.com Ken, 707-580-6277, firstname.lastname@example.org This walk in the Bobelaine Sanctuary on the Feather River will follow a different route from past, recent walks as we search for resident and migrating birds. The fairly level, approximately two-mile walk will lead to the southern-most end of the Sanctuary through a dense riparian forest of cottonwoods, sycamores, willows and the oak woodlands. Mosquitoes will be present, so repellent is a must. 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. Or meet at Bobelaine at 8:00. From Sacramento take Hwy.99 north toward Yuba City; about 2 miles north of the Feather River Bridge, turn right on Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot.