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, January 12 through February 11, 2018
Scheduler, Richard Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-761-1124.
Saturday, January 13, 8am Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Leader: John York, 916-409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com John will be looking for the enormous flocks of ducks, geese and swans that winter in the valley or stop to feed on their way south. This is also a good place for raptors, and Bald Eagles are a possibility. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon. Bring lunch, snacks and hydration as the refuge has no restaurants and birds poop in the water. FRS radios are helpful on this trip. 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. Meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. Please note there is a $6 day use fee for each vehicle at the refuge, or buy a Duck Stamp and support all our national refuges. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Sunday, January 14, 8am Laguna Creek Wetlands, Elk Grove Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Jane Van Kessel Maureen, 916-281-6652, email@example.com Jane, 916-524-4157, Jvankessel55@comcast.net Join Maureen and Jane for a leisurely walk on a paved trail along the Laguna Creek wetlands. Although sandwiched between housing on the north and south, this wide trail meanders along the creek and marshy areas and is bordered by urban plantings including many oaks. The diversity hosts a nice variety of birds such as ducks, herons, passerines and sparrows, with unexpected species always a possibility. This is a good walk for beginners and is handicapped accessible. This trip will last into late morning. Meet Maureen and Jane at Jack Hill Park. From Hwy. 99 south, exit at Elk Grove Boulevard; pass Elk Grove-Florin Road, and less than a mile later turn left onto Porto Rosa Drive. Follow to Jack Hill Park and the parking area. Restrooms are available in the parking lot.
Monday, January 15, 8:30am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Craig DeMartini, 916-599-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Craig 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 is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon. If the bypass is closed due to flooding, the trip is canceled. NOTE: Each visitor who is 16 years of age or older is required to carry a daily (1 day, $4.32) or annual ($25.10) "Lands Pass" while on the property. If you carry your own hunting or fishing license you are exempt from this requirement. To acquire the pass, go to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass
Saturday, January 20, 8am Teal Bend Leader: Richard Barbieri, 916-761-1124 email@example.com Join Richard to explore the rich habitat at Teal Bend Golf Course. Meet at the Raley's Shopping Center on Arena Blvd at 8:00 a.m. 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.
Saturday, January 20, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature 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 birders Lynne Tweten and Dan Williams from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, January 21, 8am Lincoln Grasslands/West Placer Co. Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Western Placer County can often rival the great wildlife refuges in numbers and diversity of waterfowl, and it is also known for large concentrations of raptors. Besides the expected species, Eurasian Wigeon, Bald Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and Lewis’s Woodpecker are all possible. Join Scott for a full day of exploring this diverse area and bring liquids, lunch and FRS radios if you have them. Meet 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.
Tuesday, January 23, 9:30am Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 916-662-1951 email@example.com Approximately 1 hour north of Sacramento, the Colusa NWR is a great location to view large waterfowl concentrations. There will be plenty of ducks and geese, as well as other wetland species, passerines and raptors. We will spend a good amount of time on the viewing platform, and then take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will finish our outing to this wonderful NWR by taking the short auto tour. Be prepared for cold and damp weather. Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Meet Dan at the Colusa NWR in the parking area near the restrooms at 9:30. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Williams; take Exit 578, Hwy 20 east to the refuge entrance, approximately 6 miles. Rain, strong wind, or thick fog cancels. No lunch break, but bring snacks and liquids. The trip will end around 1:00pm.
Thursday, January 25, 8am Lincoln WWTP and Placer County Roads Leader: Sonja Sorbo, 916-390-8463 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday, January 27, 8am Bushy Lake Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999 email@example.com 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, January 27, 3:40PM Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Staten Island A Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 916-446-1392 firstname.lastname@example.org Sandhill Cranes will be the focus of our trips, but you may see other wintering birds as well. Ducks, swans and geese, as well as shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the Delta, and hawks patrol overhead. We begin with a brief presentation about Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and conservation status. Directions to Staten Island: Take I-5 to the Thornton/Walnut Grove exit and proceed west towards Walnut Grove. Go about 3 1/2 miles where you will turn left (south) towards the big silo. The turn is just past a green sign that says, “Staten Island.” We will meet at the base of the silo. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Our tours usually end a few minutes after sunset. Once you arrive at the chosen viewing site no driving or hiking will be required. Please park facing the road so that when you leave your headlights will not face the cranes.
Sunday, January 28, 7am Yolo/Solano Big Day Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 email@example.com Get set for a full day of birding “hot spots” of Yolo and Solano Counties to see how many species we can tally. We have had as many as 121 species on this trip. We will begin at Lake Solano Park and Putah Creek for unique passerines and waterfowl, then head down Highway 113 to the Robinson Road area for raptors and possibly Mountain Plover; then to the Yolo Bypass and the Davis Landfill for more waterfowl, shorebirds and gulls. The itinerary can change depending on conditions and reports. For those interested, Scott would like to have a casual dinner nearby to tally up species and talk about what was seen. Scopes and FRS radios are helpful. Bring lunch, snacks, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Scott at the Mace Blvd Park & Ride at 7:00 am. From Sacramento, take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd (Exit #75); turn right at the light, then right again at the signal light to the Park & Ride entrance, a short distance beyond Ikeda’s Market. Rain cancels.
Sunday, January 28, 3:40pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Staten Island A Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 916-446-1392 firstname.lastname@example.org See write-up for Saturday, January 27th.
Wednesday, January 31, 8am Robinson Road, Road 113 and Bird's Landing Leader: Bill Bianco, 916-889-4849 email@example.com This is a great area for wintering Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Merlins, curlews, possible Mountain Plovers, shrikes and other interesting birds. Bring liquids, lunch, warm clothes, spotting scopes, and FRS radios if possible. Meet 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.
Friday, February 2, 8am Sailor Bar Leader: Mark Sawyer, 916-968-1661 Marksawyer3383@yahoo.com Join Mark for a morning walk checking out the resident and wintering birds. This is a good trip for beginners and experienced birders too. 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.
Saturday, February 3, 8am Bobelaine Sanctuary Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Ken Poerner Maureen, 916-281-6652, firstname.lastname@example.org Ken, 707-580-6277, email@example.com Join Maureen and Ken for a 3 mile walk along the trails of this 430-acre National Audubon Sanctuary on the Feather River, managed by Sacramento Audubon. They will be looking for resident and wintering birds such as Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, crowned sparrows, both towhees and various raptors. If there has been rain, the trails may be wet and muddy. This trip will end by noon. 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 Road, and then turn right into the parking area. Meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. To meet at Bobelaine, from Sacramento take Hwy.99 north toward Yuba City and about 2 miles north of the Feather River Bridge turn right on Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot. The group will probably arrive there about 8:30am.
Owling in the Auburn Canyons. Bring flashlights and listening ears. We will walk down by the canyons of Auburn on a wide paved road looking and listening for owls. Great Horned Western Screech, and Barn have been seen and heard here. Meet on Pacific Ave. across from the Railhead Park (175 Pacific Ave., Auburn), near the canal. Call or text Sandra or Wendy with questions.
Sunday, February 4, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 916-876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations, and he usually turns up quite a list of bird species. Join him 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 birders.
Thursday, February 8, 9am Western Yolo County Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim, 916-870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Ann, 916-947-7573 email@example.com Tim and Ann will be birding rural roads of Western Yolo County looking for Ferruginous Hawks , falcons, eagles and other wintering birds. Meet at the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot in Woodland. From Sacramento take I-5 north to Road 102 (Exit 536); turn north on 102 and take the next right turn onto East Main Street, and turn right into the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot. This trip will last into the afternoon so bring lunch, liquids and layered clothing. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.
Saturday, February 10, 8am Wintering Raptors in the Central Valley Leader: Craig Swolgaard, 530-334-3023 firstname.lastname@example.org A published study found that California’s Central Valley is one of the richest wintering areas for raptors in the country. The trip will include the whole length of Meiss Road in Sacramento County, plus a good portion of Michigan Bar Road. Many species of raptors have been found along this productive drive during the winter months, including Golden Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, White-tailed Kite, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, and Burrowing Owl. This is also a good area to find Mountain Bluebirds in winter and has potential for other vagrants. Meet at the small public parking lot on Highway 16 and Sunrise Blvd. at 8 AM. We will try to car pool to keep the car numbers down, as some of the route uses pullouts on a busy highway. Bring a spotting scope if possible. Trip may go into early afternoon so water and food may be a good idea.
Sunday, February 11 Merced County wetlands and refuges Leader: Dan Brown, 916-704-0951 email@example.com Co-leader: Dale Azevedo Join Dan and Dale for a full day of birding a few of the many wetlands in the Merced County area. We will start Sunday morning birding Dale's private duck club property. We plan on birding the private area until early afternoon, then spend the rest of the day birding the National Wildlife areas nearby, ending the day at Merced National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the cranes and geese at sunset. We will be taking several short hikes during the day, so wear appropriate shoes. Also bring lunch, liquids and snacks, as lunch will be in the field. This trip will be limited to 15 participants. Please contact Dan Brown for information on meeting place and time in Merced County on Sunday morning.