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, January 23rd through Feb 8th, 2017 Scheduler: Richard Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 761-1124
Wednesday, January 25, 8:30am Lynch Canyon, Solano County Leader: Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277 email@example.com This beautiful, 1,039-acre park just off I-80 in Solano County consists of rolling hills with stands of native oak, buckeye and bay trees, small riparian corridors, panoramic vistas and a great pond for wintering ducks, grebes and possible shorebirds. Other wintering and resident birds may include golden eagles plus a variety of harriers, hawks, kites and woodpeckers, Hermit Thrush and quail. This trip involves about a two mile walk on an easy trail and will end mid-day with an optional picnic lunch at tables near the park entrance (weather permitting). Please note: this area is generally colder, wetter, foggier and windier than Sacramento, so dressing in layers is recommended. To carpool, meet in the Park and Ride in West Sacramento by 7:30 a.m. or meet Ken at Lynch Canyon at about 8:30. From Sacramento on I-80 West, after the Fairfield, I-680, Highway 12 exits, take the Red Top Road exit #39A. Go south (left) under the underpass. In less than 0.1 mile, turn right on McGary Road (frontage road that parallels I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Lynch Road, go under the I-80 overpass, and proceed through the gate at the end of the cul-de-sac to the gravel parking lot. Time permitting, Ken will also take folks into the nearby King Ranch.
Birdwatching for Kids!!!! Saturday, January 28, 9am Humbug Creek, Folsom Leader: Mara Weston, 208-3222 Mara_weston@yahoo.com Bring children and enjoy nature with Mara at the Cummings Family Park in Folsom. You will follow Humbug Creek around an easy 2-3 mile paved loop. This is a great place for a variety of birds including ducks, woodpeckers and sparrows. Sometimes River Otters are seen in the Creek. This is a great morning outing for families. The park is located at the corner of Creekside Drive and Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom.
Saturday, January 28, 8am Bushy Lake, American River Parkway 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, January 28, 4pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 This is the prime time to see our Sandhill Cranes, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds feeding in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, with hawks patroling overhead. 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 follow the trail at Lost Slough Wetlands, 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, January 29, 7am Yolo/Solano Big Day Leader: Scott Hoppe, 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, the Davis Landfill and WWTP 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 29, 4pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sacramento Audubon Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Check information for same trip on Saturday, January 28.
Wednesday, February 1, 8am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Sally on her monthly walk in this area and see what changes have occurred along the parkway. 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, ending about 11am, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, February 4, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 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.
Sunday, February 5, 7:30am till noon Michigan Bar and vicinity Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com We will focus on Michigan Bar Rd and may visit portions of Latrobe and Meiss Rds, though access will be partially dependent on road conditions and recent weather. Vast areas of open grassland and blue oak woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops and the Cosumnes River provide habitat for winter raptors, resident and winter songbirds, and perhaps a surprise or two. We'll have a mix of car birding (bring FRS radios if you have them) and short to moderate walks. Meet at the Park and Ride on Hwy 16 (Jackson Hwy) just west of Sunrise Blvd and the Folsom South Canal (7 miles east of Watt Ave). Steady rain will cancel the trip.
Wednesday, February 8, 1:30pm Cancelled due to weather concerns Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1951, (day of trip only) firstname.lastname@example.org Approximately 1 hour north of Sacramento, Colusa NWR is the winter home to large numbers of many waterfowl species. In addition to Snow, Ross's and Greater White-fronted geese, there will be lots of duck species and other wetland birds. Eurasian Wigeon is often seen here and we can expect raptors with the possibility of Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. Birding will include a good deal of time on the viewing platform, as well as a drive around the tour route. Be prepared for cold and damp weather. Please bring scopes, FRS radios and cameras if you have them . Meet Dan at the Colusa NWR in the parking area near the restrooms. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Williams; use Exit 578, Hwy 20 east to the refuge entrance , approximately 6 miles. Rain, strong wind, or thick fog may cancel the outing. Call Dan the morning of the trip between 11:00am and 12:30pm if the weather is questionable. You may want to bring snacks and liquids as the trip will end around 4:30pm.