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, April 7 through May 12, 2013. Scheduler: Carla Barbaro, firstname.lastname@example.org 916-707-8808.
Sunday, April 7 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 tripis 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.
Saturday, April 13, 7:30am Buck’s Creek Trail / Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the 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. Sunday, April 14, 8am 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.
Thursday, April 18, 7:30 am-noon Beek’s Bight, Folsom Lake Leader: Margaret Martin, 599-0181 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Margaret at 7:30 at the Raley's shopping center parking lot at the northwest corner of Douglas Blvd. and Auburn-Folsom Road, at the east end of the parking lot near the animal hospital and Goodwill. Auburn-Folsom Road can be very congested on weekday mornings, so it's best to either allow extra time, or connect with Douglas Blvd. further west. We will carpool from there to the Granite Bay section of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, as the entrance fee is $12 per car. We will probably make a couple of birding stops inside the park on our way to Beek's Bight. A variety of warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lazuli Bunting, California Thrasher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Rock Wren, Wrentit, and Phainopepla are all possibilities. Please be prepared for 1-2 miles of walking, and bring snacks and water. This is a great trip for beginners.
Saturday, April 20, 7am - noon Pine Hill Preserve BirdingLeader: Chris Conard Pre-registration is required through Pine Hill Preserve www.pinehillpreserve.org Contact Julie Wynia email@example.com 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.
Saturday, April 20 Family Friendly trip (registration required)- West Sacramento Leader: Ann Burris These trips are designed for children accompanied by an adult, to explore natural habitats. To ensure the best experience for participants, space is limited. Contact Maureen Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 444-0804 for reservations.
Sunday, April 21, 7:00 am North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve Leader: Linda Pittman, 715-1876 email@example.com North Table Mountain is an elevated basalt mesa north of Oroville that was formed by ancient lava flows. Now a 3,300 acre reserve, this area is best known for spectacular spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and vernal pools. We will bird the edges of the oak and gray pine habitats as well as the wildflower areas while enjoying great views. Be prepared for 4 to 5 miles of moderate walking over volcanic rocky terrain (mostly without trails) and with a number of creek crossings. Wear layers as the weather can change quickly on the mesa. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, hat and sunscreen. This trip will be cancelled if raining and/or strong winds. 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 lot. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. This trip will last into the afternoon.
Tuesday, April 23, 8-11am Estates Drive, American River Parkway Leader: John Huls, 485-2789 firstname.lastname@example.org Join John for a leisurely birding/botanizing walk along the north shore of the American River, exploring this lush riparian habitat. This is Arbor Day week and some of the cottonwoods and oaks here are magnificent. This is a good trip for beginning birders and botanists. From Watt Avenue take American River Drive east to Estates Drive. Go south on Estates until it dead ends at the levee.
Saturday, April 27, 8am till noon Shadow Glen / Snowberry Creek Leader: Lea Landry, 638-1141 email@example.com 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.
Saturday April 27th, 8am Reichmuth Park Leaders: Don Schmoldt and Sally Walters 739-6465, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Don and Sally on a half day trip birding this hot spot for migratory land birds in the Sacramento area. Meet at 8 AM at the Reichmuth Park parking lot on Gloria Drive. Directions: On southbound I-5, drive 3.6 miles south of I-50 and exit at 43rd Ave. Turn left and continue to Gloria Drive. Turn right onto Gloria and shortly the parking lot will be on the left. If coming up I-5 from the south, there is no 43rd Ave exit, so exit onto Florin Road, head west and turn right on Greenhaven Dr. and turn right onto Gloria Drive. Bring water and spotting scope if you have one. This could be an exciting day if the migrants are hopping.
Sunday, April 28, 7:30 am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com 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, May 4, 7am-11:30am 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 (there is scheduled road construction at Stonecrest, but we have been assured that the road will be open: if a sign says "Authorized Vehicles Only," you may proceed). Be prepared for three miles of walking.
Sunday, May 5, 7am Driver’s Flat, Ruck-a-ChuckyAuburn State Recreation Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, email@example.com 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.
Tuesday, May 7, 8am to 11am Manfred Kusch's Putah Creek Property, Yolo Co. west of Davis Leader: Sally Walters, 916-739-6465 You’ve read his reports on CVBirds; here’s a chance to explore this bird oasis and popular research site. Join Manfred in his 21 acre bird garden along Putah Creek.TRIP LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE. To register and get meeting time and place, email firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT: Kusch Property. Be sure to put your name and phone number in the message.
Saturday, May 11, 7am Point Reyes National Seashore Leader: John York, 409-9276 email@example.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, May 12, 7am Spenceville WLR Leader Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.