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, July 13 to Sept. 7, 2014. Schedulers: through 7/20, Dan Brown, 362-2458, email@example.com; 7/21 - 8/24, Dan Tankersley, 662-1290, firstname.lastname@example.org; after 8/25, Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, email@example.com
Sunday, July 13, Farallon Islands Pelagic Trip - Details here. Contact Linda Pittman to see if any spaces remain. firstname.lastname@example.org , 715-1876
Saturday, July 19th, 7am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 email@example.com Join Dan for this half day trip to search the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area for shorebirds! The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area management has recently announced that two fields will be flooded specifically to attract and accommodate migrating shorebirds. The first field will be flooded on July 1st and by the 19th should be prime habitat for the migration of shorebirds. Dan will be leading us on a walk of approximately two miles around the pond, so wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring liquids. 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. Meet Dan at the first parking lot (Lot A) on your left, at the beginning of the auto tour. Scopes are helpful on this trip, which will end before noon.
Sunday, July 20th, 6am Hidden Falls Regional Park, near Auburn Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Ben for this trip to one of his favorite birding spots. He has heard Yellow Breasted Chat, had several species of warblers and flycatchers and saw a whole flock of Lawrence's Goldfinches in the area this year. Be sure to wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring liquids, and maybe some snacks as this will be a half day trip. Meet Ben 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.
Saturday, July 26, 6:30am Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca Leaders: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 email@example.com Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Gary & Scott on this high elevation 3-mile hike in search of Clark’s Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Dusky Flycatcher, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin’s Finch and, with luck, Sooty Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker and Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. At peak wildflower time there are fields of flowers in dazzling variety. Bring lunch and plenty of liquids; wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changeable Sierra weather. Carson Pass is a USFS fee area for day-use parking. This hike should be considered moderate to strenuous depending upon your physical condition. Meet at the Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right.
Sunday, July 27, 6:30am Ellis Road/Power Fire Area Leader: Linda Pittman, 715-1876 email@example.com This mid-elevation area is located off Hwy 88 in the El Dorado National Forest in eastern Amador County, about an hour and a half drive from Sacramento. Much of this area was severely burned during the Power Fire in 2004. We’ll take several short walks in various habitats looking for woodpeckers and mountain residents. High clearance/all wheel drive vehicles are recommended for the burn area. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring lunch, snacks and liquids. Bring FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet at the Galt Park and Ride. From Sacramento, take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit, turn left (east) on Twin Cities Rd, cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd. The Park and Ride is just south of Twin Cities Rd.
Wednesday, July 30, 7:30am William Pond Park Leader: Larry Hickey, 962-0387 Larryhickey1@gmail.com Meet Larry along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk. He’ll walk down to some different spots on the river looking for various herons, egrets and other waterbirds. California Quail, Western Bluebirds, Western Kingbirds and Ash-throated Flycatchers are possible. Trip will end by noon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park. This is an excellent trip for beginners
Saturday, August 2, noon till sunset Common Nighthawks at Sunset Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 naturestoc@ aol.com Join Dan for an afternoon and evening of birding in the Sierra, ending in an area that at this time of year hosts many Common Nighthawks that can be observed feeding and calling at sunset. Dan has seen up to 50 nighthawks in the air at one time here, which can present great photo ops! This spot is about an hour away from Sacramento, We will start the day around 1:30pm birding a small private lake, looking for common Sierra birds such as Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Sandpiper, White-headed Woodpecker and possible Osprey and Bald Eagle. Also of interest at this lake are numerous species of Dragonflies that we don't see in the Valley. We will then bird our way toward the nighthawk site, stopping for a picnic dinner in the field and ending the day after sundown watching the nighthawks. We will be walking for about 2 miles total, mostly on flat terrain so wear appropriate shoes. Bring a folding chair or two and whatever you would like for our picnic dinner. Also bring water, sunscreen, a hat, a light coat for the evening and MOSQUITO REPELLENT. This trip is limited to 12 participants, so please contact Dan to save a spot and for meeting location/time.
Sunday, August 3, 7am Shorebirds of the Sacramento Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org August is a great time to view shorebirds in the Sacramento Valley on migration from their Arctic breeding grounds. Since ideal conditions change depending on water levels, we will visit areas with the best shorebird habitat. This may be in Yolo, Placer, or Sacramento County--or all three. This is a good chance to brush up on the common species and possibly find something unexpected. If you have a spotting scope, bring it, along with water and a snack. Meet 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.
Wednesday, August 6, 7am Davis Wetlands and the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 email@example.com We will begin our outing at the Davis Wetlands, where we will look for both resident and migrating shorebirds as well as raptors and other species that frequent wetland habitats. Later in the morning we will go over to the nearby Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in search of species we may not see at the wetlands. We will be out of our vehicles for much of the time so be prepared for warm and sunny conditions. Plenty of liquids and wide-brimmed hats are a good idea. Please bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. This outing will end at or before 11:00 A.M. Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd Park and Ride. From Sacramento, take I-80 west to Mace Blvd (Exit #75); turn right (north) and proceed to the stop light (CR 32A), turn right (east); pass the driveway to Ikeda’s Market and look for the entrance to the Park and Ride on your right. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank.
Saturday, August 9, 7am "North Bay" Marshes Leader: Jane Taylor, 444-0429 firstname.lastname@example.org The “North Bay” marshes offer many birding opportunities, and early fall migration may bring some shorebirds to the area. Possible stops include American Canyon Wetlands, the wetlands along Highway 37, Rush Creek Marsh near the Novato Airport, and Schollenberger Park or Ellis Creek Water Recycling Plant in Petaluma, as time, reports and drought conditions recommend. Low tide is predicted at about 8:00 AM so American Canyon will likely be our first stop; we should plan to walk the few miles around the marsh. This should be a full day of birding, so bring lunch and liquids. Meet near the big water tank at the back of the Park and Ride north of I-80 in Davis at Mace Boulevard, exit #75, behind Ikeda's Market off the frontage road.
Thursday, August 14, 7:30am Sacramento Bar Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com Join Darrell for an early morning walk while it’s still moderately cool, and find what birds stay with us through the hot summer. This walk will end by 11am, or possibly earlier depending on the heat. Expect to see a nice variety of resident birds and maybe some surprises. This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd.; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, August 16, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake and the surrounding grasslands host a variety of birds and it’s one of Wayne’s favorite birding spots. Join him to explore the area on this morning trip. This is a good trip for beginners and enjoyable for all. Bring water and insect repellent. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Zinfandel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, August 17, 6:30am Granite Springs Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, Mark Martucci 833-6722 Tim: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark: email@example.com Join Tim and Mark for a full day of fun and birding. Granite Springs Road runs from Crystal Basin Road to Wrights Lake Road, a distance of about 8 miles. We should find Mountain Quail with young, and possibly Evening Grosbeaks, flycatchers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Calliope Hummingbird. Around Wright’s Lake we expect to find Pine Grosbeak, Osprey and a variety of woodpeckers, vireos and warblers. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids, lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. FRS Radios are helpful. Since Granite Springs Road is dirt, we will scout its condition to determine its drivability. Meet at Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd. and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right.
Friday, August 22, 8:30am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Marlene for a morning of birding in this wonderful area close to Sacramento. You could see shorebirds, hawks, White-faced Ibis, a variety of swallows and more. 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. Bring liquids, and if you have one, bring your spotting scope and FRS radio. If habitat conditions at the bypass area are not conducive to birding, Marlene may go over to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Farm Central, or Davis Wetlands. Both beginners and experienced birders will enjoy this trip, which will finish before noon.
Saturday, August 23, 7am Marin County Shorebirds and Other Surprises Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com Plan for a trip to the varied wetlands of Marin County in search of shorebirds. Possible locations include Novato Airport Ponds, Bolinas Lagoon, and/or Abbott's Lagoon at Point Reyes, depending on conditions and bird reports leading up to the trip date; we'll also be flexible and follow up on interesting reports of other species in the area. Be aware, a visit to Abbott’s Lagoon involves a 2.5 to 3 mile hike. Bring lunch and liquids and be prepared for a full day of birding. Meet 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.
Join Ed for a day of birding, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. This is a fun coastal birding area, with many gulls, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors to see, in addition to possible shorebirds returning from their breeding grounds. Meet Ed 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. Bring food, water and warm clothes.
Saturday, August 30, 7:30am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie at the 1st parking lot on your right, just past the entrance booth. We’ll walk through the oak woodland, looking for resident small woodland birds and woodpeckers as well as returning migrants. Vinegar Weed and buckwheats may be in bloom. At the river we should see herons, yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers and possibly a kingfisher. Walk will end by noon, and it’s a great walk for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called Goethe Park). A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is normally required for all vehicles but as it is the Labor Day weekend the day use entry fee will be $8. Exact change is recommended.
Sunday, August 31, 6:30am to mid-afternoon Alpine County Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 email@example.com The county with the smallest human population in the state has a lot to offer in terms of birds and scenery. We'll visit a mix of habitats, including coniferous forests, lake shores, and sagebrush flats, looking for migrating and lingering songbirds, woodpeckers, raptors and waterbirds. Expect several short walks at mid-elevation. FRS radios could be especially helpful on this trip. Meet in the Raley’s parking lot in El Dorado Hills. From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd. and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right. Meet at the far north end of the parking lot.
Saturday, September 6, 7am North Bay Hotspots Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org The vast area to the north of San Francisco Bay, known as the “North Bay”, has many great birding locations, especially during fall migration. Join Scott as he explores some of these hotspots. Possible stops include American Canyon Wetlands, the wetlands along Highway 37, Schollenberger Park and maybe a coastal location, time permitting. This will be a full day of birding, so bring lunch and liquids. Meet Scott 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 and Ride lot.
Sunday, September 7, 8am Sacramento Bar American River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred email@example.com, 454-4061 Paul will lead you on a morning walk along the American River. You will see a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early fall surprises. This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. A focus of the walk will be identifying our local birds by ear. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.