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.
Field Trips:June 22 through July 12, 2009 Scheduler : Dan Brown, 362-2458, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday June 27, 5am Tall Forest Bird Count, Cosumnes River Preserve Leader:John Trochet Recorded info: 684-2816 www.cosumnes.org; check the Activity Schedule Meet John at the Farm Center gate ON TIME to join him on this monthly bird count. John has an appreciation of nature on many levels, and a trip with him is always exciting.You must check the recorded information or the web site a day or two in advance to verify the exact meeting time and any other updated details.
Saturday, June 27, 7am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870- 5207, email@example.com Phyllis Wilburn, (530) 642-9942 This high mountain lake near the edge of the Desolation Wilderness offers a good sample of high Sierran bird life. Tim and Phyllis will help you find many of the Sierran bird specialties including Pine Grosbeak, Black-backed Woodpecker, White-headed Woodpecker and Cassin‘s Finch. Bring water and lunch for a full days birding, bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet Tim and Phyllis at the Bella Bru Cafe at the south end of the Raley's parking lot just north of Highway 50 off of El Dorado Hills Blvd, (Exit 30B).
Saturday, June 27, 7:30am Purple Martins in Old Sacramento Leader: Maureen Geiger (444-0804)firstname.lastname@example.org This is a special opportunity to see the Purple Martins of Old Sacramento up close and personal. Come hear Dan Airola, California’s expert on purple martins, discuss these wonderful birds. He and his colleagues will show us adults feeding young and we will watch them in flight and hear their calls near the Railroad Museum where they nest. Meet on the east side of the Railroad Museum along Second Street. This trip will last until the martin activity diminishes, probably a couple hours.
Sunday, June 28, 8am Swainson's Hawk Trip Leader: Mark Martucci, email@example.com Nesting Swainson's Hawks are the focus of this morning trip, in conjunction with "Friends of the Swainson's Hawk" (FOSH), a group organized to encourage habitat protection. Our local population of Swainson's Hawks differs from other Swainson's Hawks in their migration patterns and wintering grounds. Members of FOSH will be on hand to share information about these interesting birds. Mark will also be looking for other valley nesting birds. Meet Mark 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 left again into the Park & Ride lot, on the north side of the freeway.FRS radios and spotting scopes will be helpful, if you have them. Monday, June 29 Evening Beaver Walk - American River Parkway Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 If you missed an earlier trip to see beavers, now is the time to go. This trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 7 years old. Please call Jack to reserve a space and to find out the meeting time and place. Jack, a great all-around naturalist, will point out other animals as well as plants on this short, evening walk. Sunday, July 5, 7:30am Point Pinole Regional Shoreline - Contra Costa County Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 916-444-0804 firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277 email@example.com This lovely park may be new to many local birders. At the confluence of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, it is a great place to hike in the summer due to clear, stunning views and its proximity to the water which tends to keep it cool and breezy. Join Maureen and Ken on a four mile, fairly level hike along the shoreline, through the eucalyptus stands and meadows, past the historical munitions areas, and onto the 1,250’ fishing pier in search of resident birds, especially shorebirds. There is a $3 parking fee; portable toilets are available in several locations in the park. This trip will last until late morning, with an optional lunch at the Chevy’s at Hilltop Drive and I-80 in Richmond before heading home. Meet Maureen at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento by 7:30am for a prompt departure. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and left again into the Park & Ride lot, on the north side of the freeway. There is a secondary meeting place in Fairfield – call for details. Friday, July 10 Evening Beaver Walk - American River Parkway Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Here's another opportunity to view beavers along the American River. Bring your binoculars and be prepared for a real treat. This trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 7 years old. Please call Jack to reserve a space and to find out the meeting time and place. Saturday, July 11, 6am Loney Meadow Leader; Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org Come join Scott for this July trip. Loney Meadows is a beautiful mountain meadow north of Grouse Ridge near Bowman Lake at about 6000' elevation. The area can have some excellent birding. Scott has seen 8 species of woodpecker there (including Pileated, Black-backed and Williamson’s Sapsucker); also Townsend's Solitaire, Calliope Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher, 7 species of warbler and previous trips have produced Bald Eagles. Meet Scott at the Park & Ride on Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, exit 110 off I-80, at 6:00 a.m. The meadow is about an hour and half’s drive from there. Bring water and lunch or a snack. Sunday, July 12, Farallons Pelagic Trip This will be the 19th year SAS has sponsored this trip, and every year is different!It is a great trip to see new birds to add to your life list.We should see many species that are usually only seen offshore or as a tiny speck in your scope from the shore!A partial list from last year: Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemot, Tufted Puffin, Brown Booby, Black-Footed Albatross, Sooty Shearwater, three species of cormorants, and Northern Fulmar.Don’t miss this fun trip.Details here.