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, December 10, 2017 through January 11, 2018
Any questions, contact Cathie LaZier, email@example.com, 916-502-2699.
Sunday, December 10, 9am Family Friendly Trip! Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leaders: Wendy Money and Sandra Steurer Wendy, 205-3194, firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra, 580-8398, email@example.com Join Sandra and Wendy in this great seasonal floodplain 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. We will enjoy the returning ducks, geese, swans, pelicans, raptors, and watch for stealthy rails and owls. 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, and 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. On this trip we stay in our vehicles, as blinds, most of the time, popping out for brief scope-aided views. The trip will end before noon, but bring water and snacks as needed. Loaner binoculars available. Questions? Contact Wendy or Sandra.
Tuesday, December 12th, 8am Mid-Yolo County Hotspots Leader: Dan Murphy, 541-4213 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan for a trip to several mid-Yolo hotspots, beginning with the Davis WTP and ending with the Plainfield Elementery School quadrangle. Target birds include Burrowing Owl, wintering waterfowl, Red-tailed and Ferruginous Hawks, and perhaps a Prairie Falcon. We should finish by noon. Bring a snack and liquids. Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. From Sacramento take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again at the signal light to the Park & Ride entrance a short distance beyond Ikeda's Market. Meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.
Thursday, December 14, 9am East Lawn Cemetery Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 email@example.com Join Craig for a 2-3 hour slow-paced walk through East Lawn cemetery where many common wintering species can be found. Often, there will be less common finds such as Red-breasted Sapsuckers or Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Meet at the entrance gate at 43rd Street and Folsom Boulevard. There is street parking on 42nd and 43rd streets.
Saturday, December 16, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 206-3767 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of our most popular birding locations, with quite a list of bird species. A nice variety of resident and migrant birds are possible, including White-tailed Kites, American Bittern, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Common Yellowthroat. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50, go south on Zinfandel about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area. There is a $5 per car entrance fee; your Sac County Parkway pass is valid here. This is a wonderful trip for beginning and more advanced birders.
Sunday, December 17 SACRAMENTO CHRISTMAS COUNT Compiler: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 19, 8:30am Colusa NWR Leader: John Huls, 396-5261 email@example.com Colusa always provides close up views of wintering waterfowl so this is a good trip for all birders and photographers. John will discuss waterfowl population trends, habitat management and threats from both ends of the migration routes. We will spend around 3 hours at the refuge so bring a lunch or plan on eating at nearby towns. Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them and be prepared for changeable weather. 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. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1.
Thursday, December 21 WOODFORDS CHRISTMAS COUNT Co-ordinator: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 23, 3:20PM at Staten Island Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 email@example.com Sandhill Cranes will be the focus of our trips, but you may see other wintering birds as well. Ducks, swans and geese, as well as shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the Delta, and hawks patrol overhead. We begin with a brief presentation about Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and conservation status. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Our tours usually end a few minutes after sunset. Once you arrive at the chosen viewing site no driving or hiking will be required. Directions to Staten Island: Take I-5 to the Thornton/Walnut Grove exit and proceed west towards Walnut Grove. Go about 3-1/2 miles where you will turn left (south) towards the big silo. The turn is just past a green sign that says, "Staten Island." We will meet at the base of the silo.
Saturday, December 30, 8am Salt Springs Valley Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Ann, 947-7573 email@example.com This area is located in western Calaveras County about an hour and a half drive from Sacramento. The open valley and its lake are home to many wintering ducks, hawks, eagles, owls and grassland birds. The trip will last into the late afternoon so bring lunch, liquids and warm clothing. Bring FRS radios and scopes if you have them. Meet at "It's a Grind" coffee shop, 19420 Twin Cities Road in Galt. From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to Twin Cities Road/Hwy 104, (Exit 277). Turn left (east) on Twin Cities; cross the freeway and continue east to the shopping center on your right.
Saturday, December 30, 3:20pm Sandhill Cranes at Staten Island See write up for December 23rd.
Sunday, December 31 FOLSOM CHRISTMAS COUNT Compiler: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 1st, 9am Family Friendly Trip New Year’s Day in the Cosumnes/Mokulumne Rivers Area Leader: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com Start the New Year off right; go birding! Wintering Sandhill Cranes, Greater White-fronted Geese and a wide variety of duck species will be the targets of this trip. Possible shorebirds are Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers and Wilson’s Snipe. Meet at the intersection of Bruceville and Desmond Roads, just south of Twin Cities Road. Bring water and snacks and dress for changeable weather. Spotting scopes and FRS Radios are helpful. This is an enjoyable trip for everyone, and beginners and families are welcome. There will be great scope views of the birds and loaner binoculars are available.
Saturday, January 6, 7am Gray Lodge SWR and Colusa NWR Leaders: Daniel and Pam Thompson, 359-3777 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Pam and Daniel for a tour of this prime wintering area for ducks and geese. After Gray Lodge, they’ll take the route back around the west side of the Sutter Buttes, looking for Sandhill Cranes, raptors and grassland birds, and then stop at the Colusa NWR viewing platform. Bring lunch, liquids, and warm clothing. FRS radios and scopes are helpful if you have them. Meet in 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 area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. There is a $4.32 per person charge at Gray Lodge, and it’s wise to bring the exact amount for the Iron Ranger.
Saturday, January 6 Kids' Christmas Bird Count Effie Yeaw Nature Center Contact: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com Registration required.
Sunday, January 7 Teen Christmas Bird Count Contact: Sandra Steurer, 580-8398 firstname.lastname@example.org Registration required.
Sunday, January 7, 8am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Join Mark for a morning walk checking out the resident and wintering birds. This is a good trip for beginners and experienced birders too, with Mark sharing his expertise on identification of the birds and their vocalizations. Meet at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.