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. * Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details. 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, June 14th through July 11th, 2017. Scheduler Dan Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-0951.
Wednesday, June 14, 7:30am Sacramento Bypass/Yolo County Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com This dense riparian area is an excellent spot for a variety of species. June should be good for summering and resident species and even late migrants. Plan for a couple hours of walking on a mostly flat trail, with no restrooms. From Sacramento, take Bus. 80/Hwy. 50 to the Harbor Blvd Exit # 1B. Go right at end of off-ramp and through the light at Reed Avenue where Harbor becomes North Harbor. Then drive 1.3 miles (note that North Harbor becomes Old River Road) and park on the large gravel parking area on the right opposite Road 126. Parking is extremely limited at the trailhead, so we will park in this lot, and condense into as few cars as possible.
Saturday, June 17th, 3pm meeting time Family Friendly Trip & Beginners Too! Yuba Gap Evening Bird Walk Leaders: Sandra Steurer, 580-8398, firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy Money, 205-3194, email@example.com Come look for mountain birds and the Common Nighthawks. Meet at 3pm at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. Bring a sack dinner or snacks, lots of water and comfortable shoes, a light coat for the evening and MOSQUITO REPELLENT. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike. Loaner binoculars will be available.
Sunday, June 18, 8am Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark will be looking for resident and nesting birds on this 2 to 4 hour walk. A SAC County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. Meet Mark at the main parking lot across from the golf course. From California Ave in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it to the golf course area parking.
Thursday, June 22, 7am Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com Meet Darrell 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. Darrell will be looking for a variety of resident species; 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.
Saturday, June 24, 7:30am Indian Grinding Rocks State Park Leader: Cliff Hawley, 300-2495 yellowhammerCA@gmail.com Join Cliff for a day of birding at this State Park. Birdlife varies seasonally, but many species are seen year round, including Scrub and Steller’s Jays, California Quail, Acorn and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Hermit Thrushes, and California Thrashers. In summer the bright colors of the Western Tanager, Northern Oriole, Calliope and Anna’s Hummingbirds can be seen in the woods. A bird list is available at the museum. Meet Cliff at the Starbuck's parking area in the College Greens Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd (near Florin-Perkins, between Watt and Howe) at 7:30am. Trip goes till 2 or 3pm so bring water and lunch. Some light to moderate walking. Sunday, June 25, 7:30am River Bend Park Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 firstname.lastname@example.org On this walk through the oak woodland to the river, we'll look for our summer birds on nests or in cavities, singing and feeding young. Some wildflowers should still be blooming. This is a good trip for beginners. Trip will end before noon. 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
Tuesday, June 27, 8am Estates Drive, American River access Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 email@example.com This area is a great example of established riparian habitat. The American River meanders, creating islands and ponds where we will look for Wood Ducks, herons, egrets, and kingfishers. Further inland there are several very old Valley Oaks along a trail that has been referred to as the Avenue of Giants, where we will look for towhees, wrens and nuthatches. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Dr. Turn south on Estates until it dead-ends at the levee. This is a good trip for beginners.
Friday, June 30, 7am Ice House Road Leader: Mark Sawyer, 968-1661 MarkSawyer3383@yahoo.com This area, about 70 miles east of Sacramento, 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 Mark at the Bella Bru Cafe, 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. Saturday, July 1, 7am Point Reyes National Seashore Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 Jaegermaestro@yahoo.com Dan will bird the usual places at Point Reyes, including the Fish Docks, Lighthouse and Abbott’s Lagoon if the weather is good. If it’s too foggy at the coastal spots, he’ll bird the onshore locations. Meet Dan at 7am 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. Bring fluids and dress for changeable weather.
Sunday, July 2, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake usually turns up quite a list of bird species. Join Wayne to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron and Common Yellowthroat. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50, go south on Zinfandel about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd, take the first left into the park area. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, July 8, 7am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Darrell for a morning walk checking out the resident birds. 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, July 9, 6am Loney Meadow Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com Loney Meadows is a beautiful mountain meadow north of Grouse Ridge near Bowman Lake at about 6000’ elevation. 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. We will be hiking about 2-3 miles over fairly level terrain with only short, moderate inclines. Meet Scott at 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. The meadow is about an hour and half ’s drive from there. Bring water and lunch or a snack.
Tuesday, July 11, 8:30am Yuba Pass and Sierra Valley Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1951 email preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org Though much quieter than last month, the birds should still be present. We may see feeding activity and possibly some newly fledged young. At the pass we will look for Calliope Hummingbird, White-headed Woodpecker, Western Tanager and other montane species. After lunch we will head down to the valley in hopes of finding Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s and Vesper Sparrows and others. Bring lunch and be prepared for changing weather conditions, as summer thunder storms occur here this time of year. We'll be walking in the morning at high elevation and over uneven trails at some spots. Most of the birding in the valley will be in or near our vehicles. FRS radios, scopes, and cameras are useful. We plan to end around 3pm, but sometimes go extra innings. From Sacramento, it's approximately 2.5 hours to Yuba Pass. Head east on I-80; take exit 188B at Truckee and turn left (north) on 89; drive 25 miles to the intersection of highways 89 and 49 in Sierraville. Turn left on Hwy 49 and go about 11 miles to Yuba Pass. Follow signage for Yuba Pass campground and meet in the large parking area to the left of the highway.