Saturday, February 21, 7:30am Lake Solano/Putah Creek Leader:Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266, firstname.lastname@example.org Solano Lake is a great place to look for ducks this time of year and Putah Creek is one of the most reliable areas to find Hooded Mergansers.Other possible species include Purple Finch, Common Merganser, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hairy Woodpecker, Phainopepla, and possibly Pileated Woodpecker. It could be muddy so wear appropriate footwear.There is a $5 parking fee at the Lake Solano area.Meet Dan 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 trip will last into early afternoon, so bring a lunch and liquids.Scopes will also be helpful.
Sunday, February 22, 8:30am East Lawn Cemetery Leader: Mary Beth Metcalf, 456-7382 Bring a friend for a morning walk through East Lawn.This is an excellent place to find many wintering species, and sometimes a rarity.Past trips have found Golden-crowned Kinglet, Black-throated Gray Warbler and Red-breasted Sapsucker, as well as the more common birds.This trip is perfect for beginning birders.Meet Mary Beth at the cemetery gate at the intersection of 43rd Street and Folsom Blvd.Park on 43rd Street. This walk will last for 2-3 hours.
Tuesday, February 24, 8am 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 28,8:00 am - 12:00 pm Bufferlands Wetlands and Waterfowl Tour Leader: Kevin Cassady, 875-9196 email@example.com 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.
Saturday, February 28 Deer Creek Hills Geology Hike Details here.
Sunday, March 1, 7am Schollenberger Park & Petaluma Adobe State Park Leader:Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org From the West Sacramento Park & Ride, Mark will lead the group towards Petaluma, with possible birding stops along Hwy 37.At Petaluma Adobe State Park he’ll search the fields, bushes and trees for a variety of passerine birds.Possibilities are Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Hutton’s Vireo, among others.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.There is a minimal per person fee at Petaluma Adobe.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.
Wednesday, March 4, 8am Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758, IshiM2000@comcast.net Join Marlene in this great area 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento.She’ll be looking for shorebirds and waterfowl and possible raptors such as Peregrine Falcon.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, then drop down into the Wildlife Area. Trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A), on your left. Scopes are helpful and this trip is good for both beginners and more experienced birders.
Saturday, March 7, 8am Bushy Lake Leader: Dan Brown,362-2458, email@example.com Join Dan for a look at some of the birds that live along this section of the American River Parkway. This will be about a 2 to 3 mile hike and will end before lunch. Bring water and appropriate footgear. Meet in the parking lot of the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, located just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo.
Sunday, March 8, 8am till noon Note: Daylight Savings Time begins today. Upper Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake Chris Conard, 362-5942, firstname.lastname@example.org Be prepared for up to four miles of walking along rolling trails at the upper end of Lake Natoma in Folsom and Mormon Island at Folsom Lake. These sites have proven to be productive during the Folsom CBC. Mormon Island to Brown's Ravine is one of the best sites in the area for Phainopeplas, in addition to more common foothills species.. On the lake, we'll look for loons, grebes and other waterbirds. 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. Make the first right at Iron Point, then a right into the parking lot. Meet across from the Folsom Outlets in the parking lot behind Burger King near the Circle K on Iron Point Rd. Steady rain cancels. Tuesday, March 10, 8am Riverbend Park Leader:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the park entrance.We’ll look for early nesting birds and a few early wildflowers, as well as lingering winter birds.This walk will end by noon and is excellent for beginners.There is a $5 park entrance fee.
Thursday, March 12, 8am till noon Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Meet Jack in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park for a 4 hour walk on the trails winding through the oak woodland and down to the river.This is an excellent birding area and Jack will also share his knowledge of the native and non-native plants and trees of this parkway area.
Saturday, March14 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.For sign-up information phone the Nature Center at 489-4918.
Sunday, March 15, 8am 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.