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, February 15th through March 15, 2014. Schedulers: Upto March 2nd, Richard Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 761-1124, after March 3rd, Mark Martucci, email@example.com, 833-6722
February 15, 16 & 17, President’s Day Weekend Eureka/Arcata area Leaders, Tim Fitzer, 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Ceriani, 707-476-9127, email@example.com Please mark your calendars and join Tim and Joe for 3 days of birding along California’s North coast. We will be birding some of the traditional spots in the Eureka and Arcata areas and possibly some of Joe’s new favorite spots. Please contact Tim or Joe for further details.
Saturday, February 15, 8am Gray Lodge WLR and adjacent areas NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING PLACE, LEADER, ETC. Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org This trip will focus on wintering raptors and wintering waterfowl at Gray Lodge and the surrounding area. Gray Lodge requires a per person entry fee, and as the ranger station may be closed you should bring small bills for the Iron Ranger. 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. You’ll want to bring liquids, lunch, warm clothes, and also spotting scopes and FRS radios if you have them.
Sunday, February 16, 7:30am Yuba County Wetlands Leader: Richard Barbieri, 966-4603 email@example.com Streams and rivers draining from the foothills to the valley and farmers’ irrigation help to create these wetlands and winter habitat on surrounding properties. Join Richard on a trip to one of his favorite places to bird while he looks for ducks, geese, shorebirds, and birds of prey. Meet Richard 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. Bring lunch, layered clothes, and scopes and FRS radios if you have them.
Monday, February 17, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Cathie will post our results on the GBBC website. Meet her at 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, then look at the pond area for Red-winged Blackbirds and Green Heron. 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 a $5 entry 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.
Saturday, February 22, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com Join Darrell for this morning walk along the American River. You will see a nice variety of resident birds and maybe some surprises. 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.
Saturday, February 22, 3:30pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Our Sandhill Cranes will be leaving soon to migrate to their nesting grounds. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds.99999eet 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 in the Lost Slough Wetlands, 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. This is a great trip for beginners and for families
Sunday, February 23, 7:30 am Upper Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org The sheltered canyon of upper Lake Natoma near the Folsom Rodeo Grounds is usually quite productive and Mormon Island to Brown's Ravine is one of the best sites for Phainopeplas. We'll also look for loons, grebes and other waterbirds on the lakes. The woods should be alive with the songs of Bewick's Wrens and other resident breeders. From Hwy 50, exit at Folsom Blvd and go north. After 2.7 miles, turn right on Natoma Street. In 1.0 mile, turn left on Stafford St and park between the library and the entrance to the Folsom Zoo. Be prepared for about three miles of walking. Trip will end by noon. Steady rain cancels.
Sunday, February 23, 8am 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 people 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.
Sunday, February 23, 3:30pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See write up for February 22.
Saturday, March 1, 8AM North Natomas Regional Park Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a leisurely morning walk around the North Natomas Regional Park. We can expect to see a wide variety of grassland species including Meadowlarks, Ring-necked Pheasants, and Savannah Sparrows, along with herons, egrets, and waterfowl. Various wintering species of raptors, including falcons, are also possibilities. This trip will include approximately 2 to 3 miles of walking over flat terrain, and bringing liquids is recommended. Meet Ben at the parking lot on the North side of New Market Drive across from Inderkum High School. New Market Drive is off Truxel Road approximately a mile north of Interstate 80. This is a great trip for both beginning and more experienced birders.
Sunday, March 2, 7am Highway 37 and Schollenberger Park, Petaluma Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org From the West Sacramento Park & Ride, Mark will lead the group towards Petaluma, with various birding stops along Hwy 37. Moving on to the Petaluma area, he’ll look for Blue-winged Teal and a variety of other waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, Common Yellowthroat and the occasional rail and possibly a Peregrine Falcon. Bring lunch and liquids and layered clothing. Meet Mark at 7 a.m. 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. This is a great trip for both beginning and more experienced birders.
Saturday, March 8, 7:30 a.m. Discovery Park Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 Or 281-6652 email@example.com Larry Hickey, 415-305-0651 Larryhickey1@gmail.com This park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for a walk in any season with open lawns, revegetated sections and dense riparian stands. Join Maureen and Larry to look for resident species such as red-shouldered hawks, white-tailed kites and yellow-billed magpies plus still wintering sparrows. Woodpeckers, towhees and white-breasted nuthatches are usually found in March, and hermit thrushes can be common. This is an easy walking trip for beginners and experienced birders and will last until late morning.
To reach Discovery from I-5, drive east on the Garden Highway, turning right into the park at the first traffic light. Once in the park, you need a Sacramento County Parks Annual Pass, or you must stop at the kiosk and register, paying the $5 entrance fee. Then turn left at your first opportunity and then left again, driving a short distance to the farthest parking lot at the archery range where we will meet.
Sunday, March 9, 8am (Note: Daylight Savings Time begins today.) Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 matuchbirdman @yahoo.com Join Mark at this Nature Conservancy area 20 minutes south of Sacramento. He will search the ponds and fields on Desmond and Franklin Roads for waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. Walks along the boardwalk, bridge and trail areas should turn up other interesting species in this rich riparian area. Meet Mark at the Visitor Center parking lot on Franklin Blvd. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road, (Exit #498); go left (east) about 1 mile 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.
Wednesday, March 12, 9am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org This area of the parkway is excellent for birding and Cathie will be looking for early nesting birds and returning migrants, as well as blooming wildflowers. This is a very good trip for beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park in Fair Oaks. The trip will end by noon. An ARNHA membership card, Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Friday, March 14, 8 to 11am Arbor Day Birding Estates Drive – American River Parkway Leader: John Huls 396-5261 email@example.com Join us as we explore the natural history of trees and the birds that rely on them. This walk will feature magnificent examples of native trees and those introduced by gold rush era settlers. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Dr. Turn south on estates until it dead-ends at the levee. Note: Arbor Day is celebrated at different times by different states and some, like California, designate an Arbor Day week rather than a single day.
Saturday, March 15, 8am Lake Solano/Putah Creek Leader: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org This is a great area to find Pileated Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Brown Creeper, Barrow’s Goldeneye and many other late wintering birds. Meet Tim 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 & Ride lot.
Saturday, March 15, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Spring means the birds are up and singing, establishing territory and beginning to construct nests. Join Dave Rosen of Sac Audubon and a Nature Center docent for a family friendly nature walk 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.