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, February 12 through March 11, 2018. Scheduler Sonja Sorbo, 916-390- 8463, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 15, 8am
Lincoln WWTP and Placer County Roads
Leader: Sonja Sorbo, 916-390-8463
On this morning trip we will start by birding the Lincoln water treatment plant. There are several large ponds which can hold a variety of ducks. From the plant, we will drive some nearby backroads of Placer county, searching flooded fields for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. We will search a small riparian area for sparrows, woodpeckers, and other resident species. Several open dry fields may provide hunting grounds for raptors. Meet at the parking lot of Dry Creek Community Park at 9235 Walerga Road in Roseville at 8 AM. FRS radios will be helpful.
Count birds for 15 minutes or more in your backyard or other favorite birding locale; then post your results online and see what’s happening in your area and across the country. It’s fun for all ages and skill levels.Check the website for more information, or join one of the field trips and the leader will input the group’s checklist.
Saturday, February 17, 10:30am
Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk, (and a GBBC 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 birding leaders Craig DeMartini and Maureen Geiger from Audubon.For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.A Sac CountyPark Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, February 17, 8am
Family Friendly Trip, A GBBC trip
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway
Leader: Ben Graber, 916-844-8682
Join Ben for a morning walk checking out the resident and wintering birds. Possible birds include Phainopepla, California Quail, mergansers and goldeneyes.This is a good trip for both beginners and experienced birders. 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.
Sunday, February 18, 8am
Lake Solano, A GBBC trip
Leader: Lily Douglas, 916-524-9340
Lake Solano is a great place to bird with the potential to find Phainopepla, Pileated Woodpecker, Lewis' Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Barrow's Goldeneye and many other late wintering birds. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. (There is a $6 per car fee at Lake Solano Park.)
Monday, February 19, 7:30am
Lynch Canyon, Solano County, A GBBC trip
Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6652
Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277
This 1,039-acre park just off I-80 in Solano County consists of rolling hills with stands of native oak, buckeye and bay trees, small riparian corridors, panoramic vistas and a pond for wintering ducks, grebes and possible shorebirds. Other wintering and resident birds may include golden eagles plus harriers, hawks, kites and woodpeckers, Hermit Thrush and quail. This trip involves about a two mile walk on an easy trail and will end mid-day with an optional picnic lunch at tables near the park entrance weather permitting. Please note: this area is generally colder, wetter, foggier and windier than Sacramento, so dressing in layers is recommended. There is a $5 parking fee. Meet Maureen in the Park and Ride in West Sacramento at 7:30 a.m. or at the Lynch Canyon park at about 8:30. From Sacramento on I-80 West, after Fairfield, take the Red Top Road exit. Go south (left) under the underpass. In less than 0.1 mile, turn right on McGary Road (parallels I-80) and follow for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Lynch Road, go under the I-80 overpass and through the gate into the gravel parking lot.
Saturday, February 24, 8am
William Pond Park, 8am
Leader: Cathie LaZier, 916-502-2699
Meet Cathie along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk down to some different spots on the river, where mergansers and goldeneye can be found in the backwaters and wrens and towhees call from the bushes.We’ll check out the heron rookery and look at the pond area.California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park area.Trip will end before noon.A Sac County Park Pass or $5entry fee is required for all vehicles.From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park.This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Sunday, February 25
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 email@example.com, 916-502-2699.
Sunday, February 25, 6:30am
Leaders: Mark Martucci and Scott Hoppe
Mark, 916-833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Scott and Mark for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. Bring lunch, water and warm clothes. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capitol Ave exit. Turn left, and the Park & Ride will be on your immediate left. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike. This is one of the most popular trips; it's been called "the best Audubon trip we have taken" by more than one participant.
Saturday, March 3, 8am
Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999
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. He'll be looking for a variety of resident and wintering species.With most leaves fallen from the trees, there will be better views of the lake, and Wood Ducks are a good possibility.This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours. You may want to bring water. This is a good trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Sunday, March 4, 6:30am
Arrowhead Marsh and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline
Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471, email@example.com
Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrowhead Marsh and MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline, encompassing much of San Leandro Bay, is an extremely productive birding area. It is well known for Ridgway's Rails, lots of wintering ducks and hundreds of shorebirds during the falling tides. It has also produced rarities and hard to find species such as Nelson's (formerly Sharp-tailed) and Swamp Sparrows. We will likely spend most of the day there. However, time permitting, we may visit other nearby locations. Bring lunch and liquids, and dress for possible cold early morning temps. Meet Scott and Mark 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.
Tuesday, March 6, 8am
Lake Solano/Putah Creek
Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris
Tim: 916-870-5207, email@example.com
Ann: 916-947-7573, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great area to find a variety of woodpeckers, Phainopepla, Brown Creeper, Barrow’s Goldeneye and many other late wintering birds. Meet Tim and Ann 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, so you may want to bring lunch and water..
Saturday, March 10, 7am till noon
Michigan Bar and vicinity
Leader: Chris Conard, 916-203-1610
We will focus on Michigan Bar Road and may visit portions of Latrobe and Meiss Rds, though access will be partially dependent on road conditions and recent weather. Vast areas of open grassland and blue oak woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops and the Cosumnes River provide habitat for winter raptors, resident and winter songbirds, and perhaps a surprise or two.We'll have a mix of car birding (bring FRS radios if you have them) and short to moderate walks.Meet at the Park & Ride on Hwy 16 (Jackson Hwy) just west of Sunrise Blvd. and the Folsom South Canal (7 miles east of Watt Ave).Steady rain will cancel the trip.
Sunday, March 11, 7:30am
Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-876-0457
Mather Lake can be a hotspot for birding, with a variety of possiblities. Join Wayne to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron 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 experienced birders.