Saturday, January 24, 8am Pleasants Valley Rd./Putah Creek (Solano Co.) Leader: Gary Fregien, firstname.lastname@example.org This outing entails driving to the Vacaville area to pick up Pleasants Valley Road, and birding our way up to Hwy. 128, then Putah Creek, Solano Lake and the Monticello Dam Overlook.Gary will make several stops along Pleasants Valley Rd., looking for winter passerines, including Phainopepla, Western Bluebird and Say’s Phoebe.Along Putah Creek and Solano Lake, we should see Barrow’s Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, American Dipper, and Osprey.At the Monticello Dam Overlook, we’ll be watching for Canyon and Rock Wrens, and possibly Peregrine Falcon.Plan to spend 3-4 hours birding, plus driving time there and back.There will be minimal hiking, but dress for winter conditions.Bring along FRS radios, food and water.Our lunch spot will be at Solano Lake County Park, where there is a day-use fee.We’ll also look for Pileated Woodpecker and owls here.Meet Gary 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. Car pooling is strongly advised, due to limited access at stops and the distance traveled.
Saturday January 24 - Dear Creek Hills Overlook hike - details here.
Sunday, January 25, 8am Hansen Ranch Park Preserve Leader: Jonilynn Okano, email@example.com If you have never been to Hansen Ranch, you are in for a treat!We will take a nice leisurely walk on the gravel embankment above the pond that overlooks the preserve’s many unique qualities.The habitat is mainly marsh but also has open fields and a tree line in the distance.These trees host a heron and egret rookery in the spring.Turkey and coyote might be present strolling across the grasslands.In January, various species of waterfowl, along with hawks and falcons should also be there.The pond has an active beaver colony and other surprises hidden in the reeds; come join us and let us find them together!Wear warm clothing; bring liquids and snacks.This trip is good for beginners and will end before noon.Please bring scopes if you have one.Meet at the Starbucks at 4110 Norwood Avenue and I-80 (North Side) at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 8am Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758IshiM2000@comcast.net Join Marlene 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 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. The trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A), on your left. Scopes are helpful on this trip which is good for both beginners and more experienced birders. Saturday, January 31, 8am Lincoln Grand Canyon Leader: Dave Pearson, 408-4273Firesparkbird@yahoo.com Explore the varied habitat of Lincoln Hills with Dave who knows this area well.He will be checking the ponds and other nearby sites for ducks and shorebirds, as well as the Grand Canyon of Lincoln Hills, otherwise known as the Canyon Oaks Trail, for sparrows and other winter residents and raptors. From I-80 in Roseville, take Hwy 65 north to the Twelve Bridges Rd. exit (#313); turn right on Twelve Bridges Road; left on East Lincoln Pkwy; right on Del Webb Boulevard, and follow to the Meridians Restaurant. Meet Dave in front of the lodge in the parking lot. This trip will end late morning. Sunday, February 1, 7:30am Rush and King Ranches, Solano County Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Poerner, email@example.com This trip to Solano County will begin with Rush Ranch, an operating cattle ranch on beautiful Suisun Marsh. Maureen and Ken will introduce us to the birds of Rush Ranch and then head to the King Ranch, another Solano Land Trust property high above Hwy. 680. This site has a spectacular view of the surrounding area and is good for Golden Eagles and other raptors as well as Burrowing Owls and Say’s Phoebes.Bring lunch and liquids, and be prepared for possible muddy conditions. Meet at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From I-80, take the West Sacramento Exit; turn left at the light; then left again into the lot. This trip will last to mid-afternoon. If interested, there will be an optional hike up a short, steep slope to see endangered Red-legged Frogs at the King Ranch. Saturday, February 7, Sunset Trip, 2 pm till dark Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A “Save Our Sandhill Cranes” sponsored trip Co-coordinator:Mike Savino, 446-1392, firstname.lastname@example.org Sandhill Cranes are the focus of this trip, but the experienced birding leaders will also help you identify the waterfowl and shorebirds that winter here.Ducks, swans and geese, as well as shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, and hawks patrol overhead.Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center parking lot, at 2 p.m., where we will stroll the boardwalk in the Lost Slough Wetlands, looking at ducks and shorebirds, then drive out to areas such as Desmond Road, Woodbridge Road or Staten Island for cranes, swans and geese.Watching the cranes congregate in a roosting area for the evening is always a wonderful sight.Dress for changeable weather; bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them.From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road, (exit 498); 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. Sunday, February 8, 7:30am Yuba County Wetlands Leader: Richard Barbieri, 966-4603, email@example.com Streams and sloughs draining from the foothills to the valley rivers make this wetland and the surrounding properties one of Richard’s favorite places to bird.He’ll be looking for ducks, geese, shorebirds, and small passerines.Meet Richard at the Brookfield’s Restaurant parking lot, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville.From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road exit (105A) and follow straight through the first stop light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road.Brookfield’s will be on your left behind the Shell gas station.Bring lunch, layered clothes, and scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Wednesday, February 11, 8am till noon Jacob Lane area, American River Parkway Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Join Jack on a 4 hour walk looking at native and non-native plant species, mammals and birds.This walk is great for beginning and more experienced nature lovers.Meet Jack at the end of Jacob Lane, which runs south off Fair Oaks Blvd., between Arden and Eastern. February, 14, 15 & 16, President’s Day Weekend Eureka/Arcata area Leaders, Dan Brown 362-2458, naturestoc@aol,com Joe Ceriani, Email- firstname.lastname@example.org Please mark your calendars and join Dan and Joe for 3 days of birding along California’s North coast. We will be birding some of the traditional spots in the Eureka and Arcata areas and possibly some of Joe’s new favorite spots. Please contact Dan or Joe for further details.
Sunday, February 15
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.
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT FIELD TRIPS Friday, February 13, 8am till noon Yolo Basin Wildlife Area Leader: Dan Tankersley, 359-2829, email@example.com Meet Dan in the first parking lot (Lot A, on your left) at the beginning of the auto tour.Waterfowl and shorebirds should be plentiful.Marsh Wrens, American Bitterns and White-faced Ibis are also possible.From Sacramento take I-80 west, and 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 onto the levee, and then drop down into the Wildlife Area.Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them.Rain or high wind cancels. This is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders.
Friday, February 13, 8am Riverbend Park (formerly Goethe Park) Leader:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie in the first parking lot past the entrance kiosk, on your right.This walk will end before noon, and is a great walk for beginners.Take the Bradshaw exit off Hwy 50; go north on Bradshaw to Folsom Blvd., right (east) on Folsom to Rod Beaudry Drive, and north on Rod Beaudry into the park.There is a $5 entrance fee to the park; if you wish, meet Cathie about 10 minutes early at the corner of Folsom and Rod Beaudry (behind the pizza place), and carpool in.
Sunday, February 15, 8:30am Mather Regional Park Leader:Wayne Blunk, 876-0457,email@example.com MatherLake is one of Wayne's favorite birding locations, and he expects to find 30+ species of raptors, waterfowl, sparrows and other great birds.Meet Wayne in the picnic area of MatherRegionalPark at the corner of Douglas Road and Eagle's Nest Road for this morning trip.There is a $5 entrance fee to the park.This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders.A leisurely 2 hours will cover nearly half of the lake.
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