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 20 - September 8, 2013. Schedulers: through July 21, Dan Brown, 362-2458, firstname.lastname@example.org, July 22 -August 25, Dan Tankersley, 359-2829, email@example.com, after August 25, Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 20, 6am Tahoe/Truckee Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com We will be exploring some of the birding hot spots between Lake Tahoe and Truckee, with varied habitat from mountain meadow and forest to lake shore and riparian zones. Past trips have included Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed and Hairy Woodpeckers, Olive-sided, Pacific-slope and Dusky Flycatchers, several species of warbler and Evening Grosbeak in the uplands, and Virginia Rail and Spotted Sandpiper in the wetland areas. Hiking may be up to 2 miles at a time over moderate terrain. Bring lunch and liquids. Meet Scott at 6am at the Park & Ride on Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Sunday, July 21, 7am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870- 5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com This high mountain lake near the edge of the Desolation Wilderness offers a good sample of high Sierran bird life. Tim and Mark will help you find many of the Sierran bird specialties including Pine Grosbeak, Black-backed Woodpecker, White-headed Woodpecker and Cassin’s Finch. Bring plenty of water and lunch for a full day of birding. Bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet Tim and Mark at the Bella Bru Cafe at the south end of the Raley's parking 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.
Saturday, July 27 Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org This trip is limited to 10 participants to help preserve the habitat in this high foot traffic area. Join Gary on this high elevation 3-mile hike in search of Clark’s Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Cassin’s Finch and, with luck, Sooty Grouse and Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. At peak wildflower time there are fields of flowers in dazzling variety. Contact Gary for reservations, meeting time and place. Bring lunch and plenty of liquids; wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changeable Sierra weather. This hike should be considered moderate to strenuous depending upon your physical condition.
Sunday, July 28, 7am Radio Road, Redwood Shores Leader: Linda Pittman, email@example.com (email preferred), 715-1876 Beat the heat and head to the west side of the bay for waterfowl and shorebirds. Sandwiched between a wastewater treatment plant and a dog park, this location offers a variety of easily accessed habitats within a small area. Black Skimmers are regular here and usually may be seen close up. Depending on the tides and time, we may visit another nearby San Mateo County location. Meet at the Galt Park and Ride at 6:45am. From Sacramento, take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit (#277); 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. Bring lunch, liquids and layers for possible cool weather near the bay. FRS Radios and scopes are helpful if you have them. This trip will end in the early afternoon.
Saturday, 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.
Sunday, August 4, 7:30 Sacramento Bar – American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Join Mark 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 10, 7am Stone Lakes NWR and Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Jane Taylor, 444-0429 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge to fight the valley's summer bird doldrums. Take I-5 South to Hood-Franklin Rd., make a right turn and drive .8 mile to the refuge, turning left into the parking lot. We will walk the 1-mile loop to see if we can scare up a River Otter; I saw one on a visit last August. From there we will wend our way to Cosumnes River Preserve, where we will rendezvous at the northernmost parking lot. Depending on conditions, we will hike at least one of the trails and plan to walk about 3 miles and end our visit by late morning. Bring liquids and, if you a wish, a snack.
Sunday, August 11, 8am Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Leader: Linda Pittman, email@example.com (email preferred), 715-1876 Join Linda for a leisurely walk along Putah Creek looking for riparian residents, birds of summer and maybe an early migrant or two. Meet in Davis at the Mace Blvd Park and Ride at 7:45am. 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 and Ride entrance a short distance beyond Ikeda’s Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot near the big round water tank. This trip will end by noon.
Saturday, August 17, 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 18, 5pm Yolo Basin Wildlife Area Evening Trip Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, firstname.lastname@example.org Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com Join Maureen and Cathie for an evening drive around this diverse area just ten minutes from downtown Sacramento. A good variety of species is possible this time of year. Shorebird numbers will depend on the amount of water available. In some years there are good numbers of White-faced Ibis, and foraging owls may make an appearance in the late evening. At sunset the parking lot is a good place to view the bats fly out from their under-the-freeway roost. 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.
Friday, August 23, 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 24, 7am Marin County Shorebirds and Other Surprises Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 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.
Sunday, August 25, 7:30am Bodega Bay Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Andi 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 Andi 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 31, 7:30am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com 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, September 1, 6:30am to mid-afternoon Alpine County Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 7, 7am North Bay Hotspots Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com 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 8, 8am Sacramento Bar - American River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org , 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. 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.