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 22 – Sep13, 2015. Scheduler: Through August 23rd, Dan Tankersley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-1290, After August 24th, Scott Hoppe, email@example.com, 835-8471
Wednesday, July 22, 7am 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 kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland in the cool of the morning, looking for our resident and summer nesting birds. Walk will end by 11am, 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 required for all vehicles.
Saturday, July 25, 7am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, Ann Burris 947-7573 Tim: email@example.com , Ann: firstname.lastname@example.org This high mountain lake near the edge of the Desolation Wilderness offers a good sample of high Sierran bird life. Ann and Tim will help you find many of the Sierran bird specialties including Black-backed and White-headed Woodpeckers, 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 Ann 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.
Sunday, July 26, evening trip Bats and Swainson's Hawks Leader: Jude Lamare, 769-2857 email@example.com Join Jude along with bat expert, JoEllen Arnold to see 60,000 Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge for their evening hunt while Swainson's Hawks and American Kestrels try their luck and skill at bat hunting! This trip is limited to 12 participants. Please contact Jude Lamare for meeting time and place.
Wednesday, July 29, 7am Discovery Park Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org Discovery offers a good variety of species in the fall, winter and spring. This time, join Maureen to see what might be there in late July as the Park’s location at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for a walk in any season. Residents generally found in the park such as Yellow-billed Magpies, Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawks, Western Bluebirds and White-tailed Kites should be evident . Other interesting species may show up also. This walking trip is mostly on a flat paved trail and will last to mid-morning. Generally, there is an unlocked restroom near the beginning of the tr a i l. To reach Discovery from I-5, exit onto the Garden Highway and head east to the first traffic light. Turn right into the park. In the park, you need a Sacramento County Parks Annual Pass, or you must stop at the kiosk and register, paying the $5 entrance fee. From the kiosk, turn left at your first opportunity and then left again, driving a short distance to the farthest parking lot at the south end of the archery range where we will meet.
Saturday, August 1, 630am Point Reyes Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com Plan for a trip to the varied habitats of Point Reyes National Seashore. We should expect a good diversity of waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds. Depending on reports just prior to the trip, we may visit Abbott’s Lagoon, which requires 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 2, 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.
Saturday, August 8, 6:15am South Lake Tahoe/Upper Truckee Marsh Leader: Linda Pittman, 715-1876 Pittmanl@frontiernet.net Located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe (elevation 6,225 ft) where the Upper Truckee River enters the lake, the Upper Truckee Marsh is a remainder of a much larger historic wetland. We’ll be looking for migrants and residents along the south shore, at the edge of the marsh and on the lake. Some of the possible birds include ducks, shorebirds, Osprey, Bald Eagle, and Black-billed Magpie. If time allows, we’ll also visit another nearby location. Expect to walk 2-4 miles on mostly level trails. Bring lunch and liquids and be prepared for an afternoon return. FRS radios and scopes will be helpful. 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.
Sunday, August 9, 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.
Wednesday, August 12, 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 15, 7am Granite Springs Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, Ann Burris 947-7573 Tim: email@example.com, Ann: firstname.lastname@example.org Join Ann and Tim for a full day of fun and birding. Granite Springs Road runs from Crystal Basin Road to Wrights Lake We should find Mountain Quail with young, MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Calliope Hummingbird. Also possible are Green-tailed Towhee, Black-chinned Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, and Hairy and Lewis’ Woodpeckers. Around Wright’s Lake we expect to find 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.
Sunday, August 16, 6am Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com This Wildlife Area encompasses a large swath of land north of San Pablo Bay. The target bird for this trip will be Least Tern, which has nested in the Huichica Creek Unit. Shorebirds should also be in abundance, and we will keep our eyes open for rare, early fall migrants. The trip should end early to mid afternoon, depending on conditions. Bring lunch and liquids, and some layers of clothing as Bay Area weather can be cool even in August. 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.
Saturday, August 22, 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.
Sunday, August 23, 7:30am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Jane Taylor, 444-0429 email@example.com Depending on water and weather conditions, we will enjoy a morning walk at Cosumnes River Preserve searching for resident and early migrating birds. Meet at the parking lot at the visitor center and plan on a late morning conclusion, perhaps along Desmond Road. Bring binoculars and liquids and, if desired, snacks. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road, (Exit #498); go left (east) about 1 mile 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.
Saturday, August 29, 7am Riverbend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, August 30, 6:30am Alpine County Leader: Jane Taylor, 444-0429 email@example.com Plan on a series of short walks in a variety of habitats like coniferous forest, sagebrush, lake shore and riparian, which may have benefited from late spring showers. We will look for a number of bird species, both resident and migrant, including passerines, woodpeckers, water fowl and raptors. Please bring FRS radios if you have them and lunch and liquids, planning for a mid-afternoon wrap-up. Meet at the south side of the Bella Bru parking lot, accessed off Highway 50, exit #30B, El Dorado Hills Blvd, at the south end of the Raley's shopping center.
Saturday, September 5, 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 6, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero email@example.com On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early migrants. Paul will focus on finding and identifying birds by ear. 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, September 12, 8am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a morning walk checking out the resident birds and looking for early migrants. Meet him at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. This is a good trip for beginners. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, September 13, 7am - 11:30am SRWTP Bufferlands Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org The Bufferlands are 2,500 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove and not typically open to the public. Habitats 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 3 miles of easy walking. From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the new Cosumnes River Blvd exit (Freeport Blvd will be temporarily closed between Meadowview and Cosumnes River Blvd. This is the first exit north of Laguna Blvd, and the first exit south of Meadowview/Pocket Rd). Go west toward Freeport Blvd and then turn left (south) toward the town of Freeport. We'll meet in the large gravel lot on the right side of Freeport Blvd at the north edge of the town. This is a new meeting location made necessary because of major road construction.