For reports on these trips, click here. Trip Findings are generally on Page 2 of the Observer newsletter.
FIELD TRIPS for July 20- Sep 9, 2008
Scheduler till July 27:Dan Brown, 362-2458 or email@example.com Sunday, July 20 Dragonfly trip Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009Ylightfoot@aol.com Since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species, Tim will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches.Itís likely to be a pond in the Sierra.Call or email Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place. With his expertise as the author of a field guide to California dragonflies and damselflies, you can be sure that he will lead you to the best possible site. Bring your binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet - just in case! Saturday, July 26 Carson Pass Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 This trip is limited to 10 participants to help preserve habitat in this high foot traffic area, so call Jack early to reserve your space.At peak wildflower time, there are fields of flowers in dazzling variety, and spectacular views of Sierra lakes.This is a great introduction to the wildflowers of the Sierra, and Jack will make it easy for you to learn the common names of these plants.Usual birds include Clarkís Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, and Green-tailed Towhee.Occasionally Gray-crowned Rosy Finch or Blue Grouse are found.Call Jack for reservations, meeting time and place.Bring lunch and liquids; wear sturdy shoes for the five mile hike; wear layered clothing for changeable Sierra weather. Sunday, July 27, 7 am Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain Leader:Dan Brown, 362-2458, firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan 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.Dan will be looking for a variety of resident species and Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake.This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours.Bring water and sunscreen. Scheduler for July 28-Aug 31, Scott Hoppe, email@example.com, 835-8471 Tuesday, July 29 Evening Beaver Walk Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 A summer evening is the perfect time to join Jack at the river and watch the beaver's evening activities. There is usually some interesting bird action as well, and Jack always points out some of the interesting riparian plants. Trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 8 years, so call him to sign up and find the meeting time and place. Saturday, August 2, 7:30am Discovery Park Leader: Maureen Geiger, firstname.lastname@example.org This little known park is a great place for a mid-summer walk. Join Maureen in looking for possible Blue Grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings plus more common birds which nest in the park such as Red-shouldered Hawks and White-tailed Kites. To reach the meeting place, exit I-5 at Garden Highway and drive east to Natomas Park Drive. Turn left onto Natomas Park, then take the first right onto Capital Park. Park along Capital Park. This will be a walking trip and will last until mid-morning. There are no restroom facilities along the way. Saturday, August 2 Guided Nature Walk, Cosumnes River Preserve Info: 684-2816 ext. 5 Learn about the plants and animals of the Cosumnes River Preserve. This is a general nature walk, not specific to birding. For more information and meeting time/place, call the number above. Sunday, August 3, 7:00am Sailor Bar Leader: Mark Martucci, 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 11 am, or possibly earlier depending on the heat. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. There is a $5 per car entrance fee. Meet Mark at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. Monday, August 4 Evening Beaver Walk Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Join Jack for this summer's evening walk to an area where beavers are active. Occasionally an otter or muskrat is seen as well, and Black Phoebes, herons and egrets may also be seen. As always, Jack will share his knowledge of the local plants to round out the evening. Trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 8 years, so call him to sign up and find the meeting time and place. Saturday, August 9, Very Early River Walk Trail, Cosumnes River Preserve Info: 684-2816 ext. 5 The River Walk Trail (formerly Willow Slough) offers a wide variety of habitat types with excellent opportunities for finding birds. You can join this monthly census of the trail, where many rarities have been found. This is an excellent time of year for migrant songbirds. Call the number listed above for the exact time and location. Bring water, a snack, insect repellant and be prepared for 4 miles of easy to moderate walking. Saturday, August 9, 7:00am Carson Pass Leader: Gary Fregien, firstname.lastname@example.org Escape the valley heat for this beautiful alpine hike. We'll look for resident and specialty birds that include Williamson's Sapsucker, Clark's Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee and Cassin's Finch. Occasionally Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch or Sooty Grouse are found. Bring lunch and liquids; wear sturdy shoes for the five mile hike; wear layered clothing for changeable Sierra weather. Meet Gary at the north end of the Raley's parking lot just north of Highway 50 off of El Dorado Hills Blvd, (Exit 30B). Sunday, August 10, 7:00am Shorebirds of the Sacramento Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, email@example.com 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 and Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave exit. Turn left, and the Park and Ride will be on your immediate left. Tuesday, August 12 Evening Beaver Walk Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Here's another chance to watch the interesting evening activities along the river. In addition to the beaver, other mammals, birds and riparian plants are there to be enjoyed, and Jack will share his extensive knowledge of the parkway riparian life. Trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 8 years, so call him to sign up and find the meeting time and place. Saturday, August 16, Very Early Tall Forest, Cosumnes River Preserve Info: 684-2816 ext. 5 The Tall Forest is perhaps the best remaining example of riparian forest in the Central Valley. Excellent rarities are sometimes found here, in addition to large numbers of migrants and resident species. This is an excellent time of year to see migrant songbirds. These tours are the only regular public access to the Tall Forest. Call the number listed above for the exact time and meeting place. Bring water, a snack, insect repellant and be prepared for 3-4 miles of moderate hiking. Sunday, August 17 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.
Saturday, August 23, 7:30am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area/Davis Wetlands Leader: Frank Gray, 723-5249 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Frank Gray for a trip to the Yolo Bypass and Davis Wetlands. Conditions will be drier than normal this year but we can still anticipate the presence of some open water areas and water-associated birds. We will be birding at the Yolo Bypass and then at the City of Davis wetlands and sewage ponds. Meet Frank at the West Sacramento Park and Ride in West Sacramento by 7:30 am.To get there, take the West Capitol Avenue exit off I-80. Turn left at the light and left again into the Park and Ride lot. We will car pool from there. Frank will bring a spotting scope, but additional scopes will be useful. Both beginning and experienced birders are welcome. It is anticipated that the trip will be over by noon. Sunday, August 24, 7:00am -11:00am SRCSD Bufferlands Leader: Chris Conard, email@example.com The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Bufferlands are 2,650 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove. They are not typically open to the public. Habitat types include riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, grasslands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands, and many habitat restoration sites. This is a good time of year to look for migrating songbirds. Be prepared for 2 miles of easy walking. From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the Meadowview/Pocket Rd exit (the first exit north of Laguna Blvd, and the first exit south of Florin Rd). Head east on Meadowview, then turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd. In one mile, just before the town of Freeport, turn left on Stonecrest and follow it over the freeway and south to a locked gate. Thursday, August 28 Evening Beaver Walk Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Summer is coming to an end and there won't be many more beaver trips this year, so if you haven't had the opportunity to watch the evening's activities with Jack, now's the time. As always, Jack will share his knowledge of all the plant, bird and animal life of the river. Trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 8 years, so call him to sign up and find the meeting time and place. Saturday, August 30, 7:30am Bodega Bay Leader: Andi Salmi, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Andi for a day of birding, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. This is often one of the best coastal birding areas, with many gulls, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors to see, in addition to possible shorebirds returning from their breeding grounds. Meet at the Park & Ride off Highway 80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capital Ave. exit; turn left at the stoplight and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.Bring food, water, and warm clothes. Sunday, August 31, 5:00pm Yolo Wildlife Area, evening trip Leader: Mark Martucci, email@example.com Join Mark for an evening drive around this diverse area just a few 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; foraging owls may make an appearance in the late evening, and at sunset the parking lot is a good place to view bats flying out from their under-the-freeway roost.To reach the Wildlife Area from Hwy 80, take Exit 78 at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. At the stop sign, turn right, pass under the freeway, then turn left onto the gravel road which tops the levee and drops down into the Wildlife Area. Meet at the first large parking lot.
September trips:Scheduler Mark Cudney, 987-2422 Saturday, September 6, 7am Bodega Bay Leader: Scott Hoppe, firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy a full day of birding, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, raptors, and migrating songbirds. Bring lunch, water, and warm clothes. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave, exit. Turn left, and the Park and Ride will be on your immediate left. Sunday, September 7, 7am-11am Upper Sunrise, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 722-6098 email@example.com Mark will lead you on a morning walk to one of his favorite spots along the American River Parkway. You will see a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a pulse of migrants. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd., turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd,, and take the first left on Pennsylvania. There is a $5 per car entrance fee. This is a good trip for beginners. Tuesday, September 9 Beavers on the Parkway Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Cool off on a hot evening with a walk on the parkway with Jack, to view beavers busy at their work.Jack has been doing these evening walks for many years, and always sees beaver, so donít miss this opportunity. Jack will also be looking at the birds active on the parkway.Trip is limited to eight persons, so call Jack for meeting time and place.