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 20 through March 16, 2016 Schedulers: through February 28, Richard Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 761-1124, after February 29, Mark Martucci, email@example.com, 833-6722
Saturday, February 20, 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.
Saturday, February 20, 10:30 Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Cathie LaZier and Sue Darst of Sac Audubon and a Nature Center docent for a family friendly nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers, Wild Turkeys, and other resident birds, as well as some wintering species, will be active. 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, February 21, 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.
Monday, February 22, 8am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Bob McCleary, 960-3390 email@example.com Bob is a docent at the Nature Center and knows the trails, and where to find the birds. On this morning walk he’ll be looking for both resident and wintering birds. Meet him in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, February 27, 8am Bushy Lake Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Darrell will 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.
Saturday, February 27, 4pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon 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. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center deck at 3:30pm to hear a brief talk about Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and status. Then we’ll walk the Lost Slough Wetlands trail for views of the cranes, 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 28, 7am Highway 37 and Schollenberger Park, Petaluma 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 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.
Sunday, February 28 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 birds. We explore the varied habitat at William Pond, looking at wintering sparrows, some waterfowl and shorebirds at the river, and those small confusing bushtits, titmice and kinglets. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Sunday, February 28, 4pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See trip info on February 27th.
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 email@example.com Join Sally for a morning bird walk along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. Sally will be looking for migrants and resident breeding birds, wrens, towhees, and other small passerine birds. 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, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, March 5, 8am Lake Solano/Putah Creek Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Burris: 947-7573, email@example.com
This is a great area to find Pileated Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Brown Creeper, Barrow’s Goldeneye and many other late wintering birds. Meet Tim and Ann 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.
Sunday, March 6, 6:30am Arrowhead Marsh and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com Arrowhead Marsh and MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline, encompassing much of San Leandro Bay, is an extremely productive birding area. It is well known for Ridgeway'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 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.
Monday, March 7, 7:30 to 11:30 Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@yahoo.com Join Mark in this great area 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Depending on the extent of flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl as well as raptors. 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. The trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A) on your left, at the beginning of the auto tour. FRS radios and scopes are helpful on this trip, which
Saturday, March 12, 8am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 973-9841 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Darrell will be looking for a variety of resident species and Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours. Bring water and sunscreen. This is a great trip for beginners.
Sunday, March 13th, 6:15am-11:00am Note: Daylight Savings Time begins Deer Creek Hills Preserve Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Deer Creek Hills is a private preserve and working cattle ranch located in Eastern Sacramento County. The 4500 acres of grasslands and Blue Oak habitat should provide us with a nice variety of bird species. As a courtesy, a donation to the preserve of $10 per person is greatly appreciated. Meet Mark at the Park & Ride on Highway 16 and Sunrise Blvd. at 6:15am.
Wednesday, March 16, 8am Buck’s Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Maureen for a leisurely walk through this riparian habitat and look for resident and wintering species such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, towhees, wrens, bluebirds, warblers, marsh birds and sparrows. In this varied habitat, there is always the possibility of unusual finds. Meet at the southeast corner of the intersection of Silva Valley Parkway and Serrano Parkway. To reach this spot, exit Hwy. 50 at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and turn right. Pass the large Raley’s shopping complex and turn right onto Serrano Parkway, then right again at the bottom of the hill onto Silva Valley Parkway and park.
DUCKS (AND MORE) IN SCOPES
A great trip for families, youth groups and newer birders, this is an opportunity to work on duck identification, as well as other wetland birds.
Stop by the Cosumnes River Preserve and check out “Ducks In Scopes”, where docents have a row of scopes set up, including lower ones for children, giving you good views of the many colorful ducks (up to 10 different species!) and other wetland birds.
A microscope and hand lens provide close-up looks at “Duck Soup”, dishes of water dipped from the pond full of sand fleas, dragonfly nymphs, and other squiggly things that provide the protein the birds are feeding on.
The Preserve is a quick drive from Sacramento – south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road; left (east) on Twin Cities for 1 mile; then right (south) on Franklin Blvd. The viewing area is in the first parking lot on your right as you drive into the preserve.
Come any time between 10am and 2pm, on the following dates:
February: Saturdays 2/6, 2/13 and 2/27, and Sunday 2/21.