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.
Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, 8am Mono Lake Basin – east slope of the Sierra Leaders: Linda Pittman 715-1876, email@example.com Dan Tankersley 662-1290, firstname.lastname@example.org emails preferred: RSVP required! Limited to 10 participants The Mono Lake Basin is an Important Bird Area (IBA) located on the edge of the Great Basin and east slope of the Sierra Nevada. In addition to hosting the 2nd largest California Gull rookery in North America, the lake is an important stopover for both Wilson’s and Red-necked phalaropes in the summer and over a million migrating Eared Grebes in fall. Join us for two very full days of spectacular scenery and birding in a variety of habitats around Mono Lake and Lee Vining. On Thursday, we’ll start near Mono Lake birding the shores, marshes and sage, moving up into the canyons and pines in the afternoon. Near the lake, we’ll be looking for shorebirds, Sage Sparrows, Sage Thrashers and nesting Osprey. We’ll have dinner at Whoa Nellie Deli with an optional evening trip for Common Poorwill and Common Nighthawk. Additional areas may include south of Mono Lake, Lake Crowley, Sherwin Creek and June Lake or north between Lee Vining and Bridgeport, depending on the birds and weather. Wherever we go, the east slope is always beautiful!. Meet on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. at the Mono Lake County Park about 4 miles north of Lee Vining (turn east on Cemetery Rd). Be prepared for driving dusty washboard dirt roads and short hikes. There is a $3.00 per person fee at South Tufa. Bring lunch and snacks, FRS radios, scopes, insect repellent and dress in layers for any kind of weather. Plan to overnight in Lee Vining, or camp nearby. Bring food and beverage as we will lunch in the field both days. Please contact Linda or Dan for further details, list of accommodations and to RSVP.
Saturday, July 28 Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 email@example.com 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 29, 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.
Saturday, August 4, 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 5, 7am Sailor Bar 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. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. Meet Mark at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, August 8, 7:30am Sacramento Bar American River Parkway Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org Darrell will lead you on a morning walk along the American River, 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 11, 7:30am The Best of Both Sides! River Bend Park and William Pond Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com Meet Cathie at the main River Bend parking lot near the bike bridge. (Follow the main road into the park; after you cross the bike trail (stop sign) go about ½ mile and turn left at the sign “rafting exit, main picnic area” and continue on the road to the large parking area). For the first half of the walk we’ll bird across the bicycle bridge into William Pond Park, going downstream along the backwaters of the river and checking out the fishing pond. Then we’ll recross the river and go upstream into the oak woodland area. We’ll finish before noon. As always, this is a great trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called Goethe Park). If you come from the William Pond side look for us on the bridge. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, August 12, 7 a.m. Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Leader: Linda Pittman, 916-715-1876 firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred) Join Linda for this trip to one or more of the varied units in the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area for shorebirds, rails, waders, raptors and possibly Least Terns. This area, located on the north side of San Pablo Bay, has grasslands and varied wetland habitats: tidal mudflats, historic marshes, and abandoned salt evaporation ponds. Possible locations include American Canyon Wetlands, Huichica Creek unit, and Hudeman Slough, depending on conditions and bird reports leading up to the trip date. Expect to walk about 2 to 3 miles mostly on gravel roads. This trip will last until early afternoon; bring snacks and lunch. Meet 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 18, 7:30am Bodega Bay Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192 email@example.com 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 and Ride lot. Bring food, water and warm clothes.
Sunday, August 19, 7:30am and 9:00am Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa County Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277 email@example.com Cell # that morning only: 281-6652 This large park, at the confluence of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, is a good place to hike in the summer as its proximity to the Bay tends to keep it cool. Join Maureen and Ken on a four mile, fairly level hike through the park, through eucalyptus stands and meadows, past the historical munitions areas, and to the shoreline and 1,250’ fishing pier. They will look for resident species, but will concentrate on shorebirds. Return to the parking area may be on foot, but there is also the option of taking a shuttle back to the cars from the pier, especially nice for people carrying scopes. There is a $3 parking fee; restroom facilities are available in several park locations. This trip will last until late morning. Weather can be very different from Sacramento, so dress for the possibility of cold, windy and/or foggy weather. Meet Maureen at the West Sacramento Park and Ride by 7:30 am. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park and Ride lot. A secondary meeting place is the Safeway Market on Waterman Boulevard in Fairfield – call for details. To meet the group at the Park BY 9 am, from Sacramento, take I-80 West to Richmond. Take Exit #20 onto the Richmond Parkway (also says to I-580) and continue on the Parkway to the Giant Highway. Turn right on the Highway and continue into the Park.
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30am 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 Davis Wetlands. Both beginners and experienced birders will enjoy this trip, which will finish before noon.
Saturday, August 25, 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.
Sunday, August 26, 7:30am Paradise Beach/ American River Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791 firstname.lastname@example.org Dan lives near the American river, birds here often, and knows this area well. Join him in exploring the rich riparian habitat along the Parkway. This area is dominated by cottonwoods, alder, box elder and willows, with a few oaks, a combination which often results in excellent birding. Dan will be looking for the usual residents as well as late nesters and possible early migrants. Dan is a great birder and is good with beginners and experienced birders alike. This trip will involve walking on well-defined trails and will last until late morning. Meet Dan at Glen Hall Park at the corner of Carlson Drive and Sandburg.