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.
Saturday, February 20, 7:30am Lake Solano and Monticello Dam Leader: Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266,
firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan at the West Sacramento Park and Ride and bring lunch for a day of birding that will last into mid-afternoon. Lake Solano is situated at the base of the Coast Range just past the town of Winters and below Lake Berryessa. It is one of the closest spots from Sacramento to see a variety of higher elevation species, including Pileated Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and American Dipper. A great diversity of waterfowl winter on the lake itself including Barrow's Goldeneye and Hooded Merganser. We will enjoy a picnic at Lake Solano Park, then finish the day at Monticello Dam where we will hope to see Bald Eagle, Common Loon, & Rock and Canyon Wren.To reach the Park & Ride from Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit 81; turn left at the light & then left again into the Park & Ride lot on the north side of the freeway.
Sunday, February 21, 8am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com Join Mark for a morning walk checking out the resident birds and looking for early migrants.Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel.There is a $5 per car entrance fee.Meet Mark at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road.This is a good trip for beginning birders.
Sunday, February 21 Habitat Improvement Work Day Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Help Jack restore native vegetation along the American River Parkway.Tasks vary from month to month, so call Jack for details and meeting time, usually early morning.
Wednesday, February 24, 9am till noon Estates Drive area, American River Parkway Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 This morning walk along the river will be in an area just upstream from the Watt Ave. Bridge at the end of Estates Drive in Carmichael.Join Jack on this stretch of the river as he shares with you his knowledge of plants, mammals, and of course, birds.Meet Jack at the end of Estates Drive, which runs south off Fair Oaks Blvd., between Watt and Eastern Avenues.
Saturday, February 27,8:00 am - 12:00 pm Bufferlands Wetlands and Waterfowl Tour Leader: Kevin Cassady, 875-9196 firstname.lastname@example.org Tour a managed seasonal and permanent wetland area within the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Bufferlands in Elk Grove. The wetlands and waterfowl tour offers a chance to see many bird and mammal species including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, beavers and coyotes. Tour participants will enjoy a 2 mile walk guided by a Bufferlands staff biologist who will explain current management and restoration techniques. Space is limited. For more information on this tour please contact Kevin Cassady.
Sunday, February 28 7am to early afternoon Northern San Joaquin County Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610, email@example.com We’ll visit a diversity of habitats in northern San Joaquin County. The Mokelumne River fish hatchery below Camanche Dam is a mix of oak woodland, riverine, and riparian habitat. It has recently hosted Lewis’s Woodpeckers and two American Dippers—perhaps they’ll stick around for us. Flood and Waverly Rds are excellent for raptors and other open country birds. If time and conditions warrant, we’ll make stops at Lake Camanche and Woodbridge Rd. Be prepared for about two miles of walking and dress for variable weather. Meet at the Park and Ride in Galt at the southeast corner of Hwy 99 and Twin Cities Rd. This trip is good for both beginners and more experienced birders.
Saturday, March 6, 8am North Fork Pleasant Grove Creek (Roseville area) Leader:Scott Dietrich, 208-4976, firstname.lastname@example.org The North Fork Pleasant Grove open space area is a river flood plain area scattered with old growth Valley Oaks, riparian habitat and a small wetlands area. It’s usually a great place to see raptors such as Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk and Cooper’s Hawk. Also present are some waterfowl including Wood Duck, Mallard, and often Hooded and Common Merganser. Also seen here are Great Egret, Great Blue Heron and Green Heron. Of course there will still be many winter birds, Northern Flicker, sparrows and finches as well as the resident oak habitat birds, Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird.
Meet Scott at Paul Dugan Park in the northeast part of Roseville.In Roseville drive north on Woodcreek Oaks Blvd. past Blue Oaks Blvd; then turn right onto Diamond Woods Circle and drive a short distance; Paul Dugan Park will be on your right.Or, coming from Sacramento, take I-80 east to Hwy 65; take 65 north to Blue Oaks Blvd; take Blue Oaks Blvd. west to Woodcreek Oaks Blvd, and go north on Woodcreek Oaks to Diamond Woods, then right to Paul Dugan Park.(Thomas Bros Map 219 D1, for those without Internet!)This new area will be of interest to beginning and more experienced birders. Sunday, March 7, 7am Highway 37 and Schollenberger Park Leader:Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com From the West Sacramento Park & Ride, Mark will lead the group towards Petaluma, with various birding stops along Hwy 37.Moving on to Schollenberger, he’ll look for Blue-winged Teal, a variety of shorebirds, Common Yellowthroat and the occasional rail.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, on the north side of the freeway. This is a great trip for both beginning and more experienced birders.
Saturday, March13 ARNHA Bird and Breakfast Fund Raiser Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 489-4918 Join Sacramento Audubon leaders for a birding walk followed by a delicious breakfast.This fund raiser for the American River Natural History Association is an annual event, and the leaders usually find nesting Anna’s Hummingbirds and Bushtits.Various woodpeckers and other small woodland birds, as well as herons, egrets and waterfowl on the river, will also be seen.Red-shouldered Hawks are frequently found in the oak woodland.This fund raiser supports ARNHA’s educational work.Sign-ups start in mid-January. Reservations are always necessary for the space-limited, $35 per person fund-raiser for educational programs on the American River Parkway. Call the center at (916) 489-4918 for details. Checks payable to ARNHA may be mailed to P.O. Box 241, Carmichael, CA 95609.Be sure to include your telephone number.
Sunday, March 14, 8am (Note:Daylight Savings Time begins today.) Effie Yeaw Nature Center 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.