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, Aug 22 through September 24th, 2016. Scheduler: , Scott Hoppe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 835-8471
Wednesday, August 24, 7am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com Ann Burris, 947-7573 firstname.lastname@example.org Escape the valley heat and join Tim and Ann in searching for a variety of montane birds at this mountain lake. The high Sierra offers a wide variety of woodpeckers, finches, towhees, and other passerine birds, and it’s a good trip for beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Bring plenty of water and lunch for a full day of birding. Bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet Ann and Tim at the Bella Bru Cafe at the south end of the Raley’s parking in El Dorado Hills. 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, August 27, 6:30am Alpine County Leader: Jane Taylor, 587-3366 email@example.com Plan on a series of short walks in a variety of habitats like coniferous forest, sagebrush, lake shore and riparian, which may have benefited from late spring showers. We will look for a number of bird species, both resident and migrant, including passerines, woodpeckers, water fowl and raptors. Depending on conditions, this trip may include a visit to nearby Douglas County and Mud Lake, which can be great for waterfowl and shorebirds. Please bring FRS radios if you have them and lunch and liquids, planning for a mid-afternoon wrap-up. Meet at the south side of the Bella Bru parking lot in the Raley’s shopping center in El Dorado Hills. 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. .
Sunday, August 28, 7am Riverbend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Tuesday, August 30, 6:00 pm Yolo Basin Wildlife Area Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Early evening is a great time to be at the Wildlife Area. Join Maureen and Cathie for a drive through this diverse area. We will drive to the end and back looking for large numbers of ibis coming in to roost for the night, summer birds still present, and depending on the amount of water, possible marsh and shorebirds. On the way back to the main parking area, barn and great horned owls are possible, and seeing the wonderful spectacle of bats flying out from under the west end of the I-80 bridge is a good possibility. This trip will end at sundown when the entry gates are closed.
Saturday, September 3, 7am North Bay Hotspots Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com The vast area to the north of San Francisco Bay, known as the “North Bay”, has many great birding locations, especially during fall migration. Join Scott as he explores some of these hotspots. Possible stops include American Canyon Wetlands, the wetlands along Highway 37, Schollenberger Park and maybe a coastal location, time permitting. This will be a full day of birding, so bring lunch and liquids. Meet Scott at the Park and 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 and Ride lot.
Sunday, September 4, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero firstname.lastname@example.org On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early migrants. Paul will focus on finding and identifying birds by ear. This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd.; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, September 7, 8:30am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652, email@example.com Join Maureen for a morning of birding in this wonderful area close to Sacramento. We will look for raptors, shorebirds and other fall migrants. 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. Bring your morning liquids and snacks. Also, if you have them, bring your spotting scope and FRS radio. This trip, which will end before noon, is a good one for beginners.
Saturday, September 10, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake and the surrounding grasslands host a variety of birds and it’s one of Wayne’s favorite birding spots. Join him to explore the area on this morning trip. This is a good trip for beginners and enjoyable for all. Bring water and insect repellent. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Zinfandel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, September 11, 7am - noon SRWTP Bufferlands Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org The Bufferlands are 2,500 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove and not typically open to the public. Habitats include riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, grasslands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands, and many habitat restoration sites. This is a good time of year to look for migrating songbirds. Be prepared for 3 miles of easy walking. From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the new Cosumnes River Blvd exit (between the Meadowview/Pocket Road and Laguna Blvd. exits). Go west toward Freeport Blvd and then turn left (south) toward the town of Freeport. We'll meet in the large gravel lot on the right side of Freeport Blvd at the north edge of the town. This is a new meeting location made necessary by major development north of the Bufferlands.
Wednesday, September 14, 8am Bushy Lake Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 email@example.com Join Dan for a look at some of the birds that live along this section of the American River Parkway. This will be about a 2 mile hike and will end before lunch. Bring water and appropriate footgear. Meet in the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, located just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo.
Saturday, September 17, 7am Fall Migration “Wild Card” Leader: Scott Hoppe shoppe01@surewest .net Join Scott in pursuit of fall migrants. But this trip has a twist: the destinations will be a mystery until the day of the trip. Scott will be watching posts and checking conditions. Depending on where the birding has been best recently, the agenda will likely include coastal or Bay Area locations. So be prepared for an adventurous day in the field. Bring lunch, liquids, dress for possible cooler coastal weather and be prepared for easy to moderate hiking. Meet at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park and Ride lot.
Saturday, September 17, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed, families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and birders from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.
Sunday, September 18, 8:00am Buck’s Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org Typically, trips to this great area are in the winter and spring. This time, join Maureen for a leisurely fall walk through this riparian habitat looking for resident woodpeckers, nuthatches, towhees, wrens, marsh birds and bluebirds, as well as possible migrating or early wintering birds such as warblers and sparrows. In this varied habitat, there is always the possibility of unusual finds. 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 right again at the bottom of the hill onto Silva Valley Parkway and park.
Wednesday, September 21, 7:30am Sailor Bar, Olive Ave. entrance Leader: Larry Hickey, 415-305-0651 email@example.com Join Larry at the Olive Ave. entrance to Sailor Bar. This is a good area to see Phainopepla and a variety of woodpeckers and resident birds. We will walk for about 3 miles along the base of the bluffs to the fish pond, then back on trails along the American River. From Winding Way, (between Fair Oaks and Chicago), go south on Toyon Ave; continue left on Natoma Ave, and at 0.4 mile turn left on Olive Avenue, down a hill and into the parking lot. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, September 24, 7am Point Reyes for Vagrants Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Chris for this annual trip to the coast for fall migrants. With migration in full swing, who knows what might appear. The geography of the Point Reyes peninsula makes it a magnet for warblers and shorebirds. Bring lunch and liquids and be prepared for a full day of birding. Meet 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.