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, December 12th, 2016 - January 22nd, 2017 Scheduler Tim Fitzer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 870-5207
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 8am Humbug Creek, Folsom Leader: Deb Weston 337-2818 email@example.com Meet Deb at the Cummings Family Park on the corner of Creekside Drive and Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom. You’ll follow Humbug Creek around an easy 2+ mile paved loop. Downy Woodpecker, Common Gallinule, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and other resident and wintering species love this habitat. We may see river otters if we’re lucky. This is a very pretty area and a great place for a morning bird outing. Trip will end by 11:00 a.m. Bring water and dress for cold weather. We can handle a sprinkle, but heavy rain cancels trip.
Saturday, December 17, 8am Salt Springs Valley Leader: Lou Regenmorter, 708-3755 Lc.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the Galt Park & Ride. From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit (#277); turn left (east) on Twin Cities Rd., cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd. The Park & Ride is just south of Twin Cities Road.
Sunday, December 18 SACRAMENTO CHRISTMAS COUNT Compiler: Mark Cudney, 987-2422 email@example.com
Wednesday, December 21 WOODFORDS CHRISTMAS COUNT Coordinator: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 23, 8am Sacramento Wildlife Refuge Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim: 870-5207, Spskua2@comcast.net Ann: 947-7573, email@example.com Tim and Ann will be looking for the enormous flocks of ducks, geese and swans that winter in the valley or stop to feed on their way south. This is also a good place for raptors, and Bald Eagles are a possibility. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon and Tim and Ann are planning a stop for lunch at Sani Mart in Willows where they make delicious deli sandwiches. FRS radios are helpful on this trip. 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 area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. Please note there is a $6 day use fee for each vehicle at the refuge, or buy a Duck Stamp and support all our national refuges. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Saturday, December 24, 3:15 pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 This is the prime time to see our Sandhill Cranes. They, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, and hawks patrol overhead. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center deck at 3:30pm to hear a brief presentation of Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and status. Then we’ll stroll the boardwalk enjoying views of the cranes, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Afterwards, we’ll drive along Desmond Road and possibly to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island, to see flocks of cranes fly in to roost for the night. Dress for changeable weather and bring binoculars. Scopes are helpful. 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 and, driving through the Preserve, watch for the Visitor Center parking lot on your left. Further directions and maps are available at www.cosumnes.org.
Saturday, December 31st FOLSOM CHRISTMAS COUNT Compiler: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 1, 9am Family Friendly Trip New Year’s Day at the Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 Spskua2@comcast.net Start the New Year off right; go birding! Wintering Sandhill Cranes, Greater White-fronted Geese and a wide variety of duck species frequent the preserve. Yellowlegs and Wilson’s Snipe will be in the shallower water, and other shorebirds are possible. Tim will walk along the wetland ponds, stopping at the “Ducks In Scopes” activity and then going out to the boardwalk viewing area. Meet at the CRP Visitor Center parking lot. Bring water and snacks and dress for changeable weather. This is an enjoyable trip for everyone, and beginners and families are welcome. See directions for the December 24th trip or go to www.cosumnes.org.
Wednesday, January 4, 9am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 email@example.com Sally birds this area regularly, and she'll be leading a field trip here the first Wednesday of every month. Joining her in the different months will give you a good idea of the seasonal changes along the parkway. From Highway 50 take Howe Ave north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn left onto Fair Oaks and cross over the American River. Turn right on Carlson Ave, which is the first stop light past the American River bridge. Continue on Carlson Ave to its end, at Glenn Hall Park. Meet on top of the levee. This will be a fairly easy walk, ending about 11am, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Friday, January 6, 8am Mather Lake Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 Marksawyer3383@yahoo.com Mather Lake is one of our most popular birding locations, with quite a list of bird species. Join Mark to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, American Bittern, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Common Yellowthroat. If you bring your camera Mark may give you some photography tips as well. 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 birders.
Saturday, January 7, 7:30am 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.
Sunday, January 8, 8am Wintering Raptors in the Central Valley Leader: Craig Swolgaard, 530-334-3023 email@example.com This day will focus on wintering raptors. A published study found that California’s Central Valley is one of the richest wintering areas for raptors in the country. The trip will begin at Meiss and Dillard Roads and end at Clay Station & Dillard Roads following a 33 mile loop used as a survey route in a past study. Many species of raptors have been found along this productive drive during the winter months, including Golden Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, White-tailed Kite, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, and Burrowing Owl. This is also a good area to find Mountain Bluebirds in winter and has potential for other vagrants. Meet Craig at the small public parking lot on Highway 16 and Sunrise Blvd. at 8 AM. We will car pool to try and keep the car numbers down, as some of the route uses pullouts on a busy highway. Bring a spotting scope if possible. Trip may go into early afternoon so water and food may be a good idea.
Tuesday, January 10, 9:30am Canecelled due to weather Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1951 firstname.lastname@example.org Approximately 1 hour north of Sacramento, the Colusa NWR is a great location to view large waterfowl concentrations. There will be plenty of ducks and geese, as well as other wetland species, passerines and raptors. We will spend a good amount of time on the viewing platform, and then take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will finish our outing to this wonderful NWR by taking the short auto tour. Be prepared for cold and damp weather. Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Meet Dan at the Colusa NWR in the parking area near the restrooms at 9:30. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Williams; take Exit 578, Hwy 20 east to the refuge entrance, approximately 6 miles. Rain, strong wind, or thick fog cancels. No lunch break, but bring snacks and liquids. The trip will end around 1:00pm.
Saturday, January 14, 8am Robinson Road, Road 113 and Bird's Landing Leader: Bill Bianco, 889-4849 email@example.com This is a great area for wintering Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Merlins, curlews, possible Mountain Plovers, shrikes and other interesting birds. Bring liquids, lunch, warm clothes, spotting scopes, and FRS radios if possible. Meet 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 exit a short distance beyond Ikeda's Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Heavy rain or high winds cancel the trip, which will end in the late afternoon.
Saturday, January 14 Beginning Birder Walk Cosumnes River Preserve These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding On this trip we will focus on waterfowl and easy shorebirds.. Limited to 10 adults per trip with 3 Audubon trip leaders, it’s a low-key introduction to finding and identifying birds. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Sunday, January 15, 8am Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Leader: John York, 409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com First stop will be Colusa Wildlife Refuge, checking out the viewing platform, (restrooms available), and then on to SNWR. John will be looking for the great flocks of ducks and geese that winter in the valley. Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles are sometimes seen, as well as herons, egrets and bitterns. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon, so bring lunch, drinks and warm clothes. Please note there is a fee for each vehicle at the refuge: either $6 for a day pass or a $12 Refuge Annual Pass. 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 area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1.
Tuesday, January 17, 8am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 Cloudwalk7@icloud.com The variety of habitats in this area; lake, riparian forest and chaparral, are good for wintering birds, and those that have moved down-slope. Some possibilities are Steller's Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific (Winter) Wren, Mountain Quail, Golden-crowned Kinglet, California Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, Band-tailed Pigeon, eagles and Osprey. The wildcard will be the weather. A lot of rain will make the creek a raging torrent, and the walk down to the lake could be muddy, so dress accordingly. Meet Craig at the Bella Bru in the El Dorado Hills shopping center. 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. Rain on the trip day cancels.
Friday, January 20, 7:30am sharp! Flood and Waverly Roads Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 Marksawyer3383@yahoo.com The Flood/Waverly rolling grasslands in eastern San Joaquin County are excellent for wintering raptors. Mark will be looking for eagles, Ferruginous and Rough-legged hawks, falcons and other open country birds. Meet at the Galt Park and Ride. From Sacramento, take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit (#277); turn left (east) on Twin Cities Rd, cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd. The Park and Ride is just south of Twin Cities Rd. Bring liquids, lunch, warm clothes, spotting scopes, and FRS radios if possible.
Saturday, January 21, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be 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.
Sunday, January 22, 8am Lincoln Grasslands/West Placer Co. Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 Shoppe01@surewest.net Western Placer County can often rival the great wildlife refuges in numbers and diversity of waterfowl, and it is also known for large concentrations of raptors. Besides the expected species, Eurasian Wigeon, Bald Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and Lewis’s Woodpecker are all possible. Join Scott for a full day of exploring this diverse area and bring liquids, lunch and FRS radios if you have them. Meet 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.
Sunday, January 22 Beginning Birding Field Trip 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 birds. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com, 457-6882.