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 7-22, 2012 Scheduler: Dan Brown, 362-2458, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, July 7, 7am Ice House Road and Crystal Basin area Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870- 5207 , email@example.com Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 , firstname.lastname@example.org This area is about 70 miles east of Sacramento and is good for Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, flycatchers, warblers and other surprises. Mountain wildflowers are a possibility so bring your flower field guides. Several stops will be made along Ice House Road and side roads for short walks. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking and wet meadows. 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.
Sunday, July 8th, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake and its surrounding grasslands host a wide variety of birds. Wayne will be looking for hawks, herons and hummingbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, House Wrens, Pied-billed Grebes and many other species. 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, July 14, time TBD Dragonfly trip, Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com Most likely Tim will try Bear Creek for Giant Darners etc, but since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species he will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. 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, water to drink and wear shoes that can get wet - just in case!
Sunday, July 15 Farallons Pelagic Trip The boat is full, but if you want to be on the waiting list contact Linda Pittman at email@example.com
Saturday, July 21, 6am Tahoe/Truckee Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 22, 6:00 am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870- 5207 email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.