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.
Saturday, March 12 ARNHA Bird and Breakfast Fund Raiser Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 489-4918 Join Sacramento Audubon leaders for a birding walk followed by a delicious breakfast. This fund raiser for the American River Natural History Association is an annual event, and the leaders usually find nesting Anna’s Hummingbirds and Bushtits. Various woodpeckers and other small woodland birds, as well as herons, egrets and waterfowl on the river, will also be seen. Red-shouldered Hawks are frequently found in the oak woodland. This fund raiser supports ARNHA’s educational work. For sign-up information and price phone the Nature Center at 489-4918.
Saturday, March 12 Beginning Birding Field Trip William Pond Park Limited to 10 people; registration required. This field trip is for people who aren’t entirely comfortable joining field trips as well as those who have birded a bit but would like to be better birders. A brief parking lot talk will focus on choice and use of binoculars and a brief overview of birding etiquette and ethics. A $5 donation is requested to cover the costs of hand-out materials. The field trip will focus on finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats and will be led by two or more experienced Sacramento Audubon trip leaders. Each trip is limited to 10 participants. Register via email to Cathie at firstname.lastname@example.org, (put “Beginning Birder” in the subject line), giving your name, phone number and email address, or by calling Cathie at (916) 457-6882 and leaving your name and phone number. Following registration you will receive additional information regarding the field trip.
Sunday, March 13, 8am (Note: Daylight Savings Time begins today.) Effie Yeaw Nature Center Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com This area of the parkway is excellent for birding and Cathie will be looking for early nesting birds and returning migrants, as well as blooming wildflowers. This is a very good trip for beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park in Fair Oaks. The trip will end by noon.
FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIP!!! Saturday, March 19, 9-11am - Hagan Park, Rancho Cordova Leader: Sheila Green, 813-1470 firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 email@example.com THIS TRIP IS FULL. Contact Maureen for future trips. Saturday, March 19, 8am Hansen Ranch Park Preserve (North Natomas Area) Leader: Richard Barbieri, 966-4603 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Richard in a leisurely walk on the dike above the pond that overlooks the preserve. The habitat is mainly marsh but also has open fields and a tree line in the distance, which hosts a heron and egret rookery in the spring. This is a great area for raptors, rails and late wintering waterfowl. This is a good trip for beginners and will last about three hours. Meet at Main & the south end of Kelton Way at 8am. There are no restroom facilities.
Sunday, March 20, 7:30am Mather Field Park Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 email@example.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne's favorite birding locations. The lake and its surrounding grasslands host a wide variety of birds. Great-tailed Grackle and Yellow-headed Blackbirds both nest at the lake. Meet Wayne in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Eagle’s Nest Road for this morning trip. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. Wednesday, March 23, 8am River Bend 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, looking for wrens, nuthatches and other small birds with young, also nesting Red-shouldered Hawks and possibly some other birds still in nests. We should also find some spring wildflowers and Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies. This is a good trip for beginners, and will end before noon. 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, March 26, 8am Yolo Basin Wildlife Area Leaders: Don Schmoldt 739-6465 & Sally Walters 710-1077 Bajaowl@surewest.net Meet Don and Sally in the first parking lot (Lot A) on your left at the beginning of the auto tour of the Yolo Wildlife Area. Depending on the extent of flooded fields, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl. Tricolored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also a good possibility. From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78, E. Chiles/Rd. 32A) 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. Sunday, March 27, 8:30am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Brian Gilmore, 451-9146 email@example.com Join Brian at this Nature Conservancy area 20 minutes south of Sacramento. He will search the ponds and fields on Desmond and Franklin Roads for waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. Walks along the boardwalk, bridge and trail areas should turn up other interesting species in this rich riparian area. Meet Brian at the Visitor Center parking lot on Franklin Blvd. 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, April 2, 6:30am Mitchell Ravine (Carnegie SVRA) (Alameda & San Joaquin Cos.) Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org This new trip is a special accommodation to Sacramento Audubon and an invitation to visit an area normally off limits to the public. Participation is limited to 10 people, and an RSVP is required, not later than March 28, 2011. We will be guided by park environmental staff on this trip to the Coast Range between Tracy and Livermore. Although this park is dedicated to off-highway vehicle recreation, Mitchell Ravine is a non-riding area isolated from the rest of the park, and is characterized by steep, rugged canyons, rolling wooded, grassy and brush covered hills, and dry rocky washes, offering habitats suited to a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Cassin’s Kingbird nests within the park, as do more common birds including Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Loggerhead Shrike, California Thrasher, and Greater Roadrunner. Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Sage and Rufous-crowned Sparrow and several species of hummingbirds are among the approximately 138 bird species recorded in the park. Tule Elk, Coyote and Bobcat are also frequently seen. We will hike easy-to-moderate trails. Meet Gary at the Park & Ride on the east side of Hwy 99 near the Sheldon Rd. exit. Take Hwy 99 south from Sacramento to the Sheldon Road exit. The new off ramp here cloverleaf’s and then crosses over the freeway. After crossing proceed to the second signal light; turn right on East Stockton Blvd. and proceed about a ¼ mile to the lot. Travel time to the park is about 1 ½ hours. Bring food and water. Sunday, April 3, 8am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Join Mark for a morning walk checking out the resident birds, and looking for early nesters and spring migrants. Meet Mark 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.
Wednesday, April 6, 8:30amCancelled due to flooding Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 IshiM2000@comcast.net Meet Marlene in the first parking lot on your left (Lot A) as you enter the Wildlife area. Depending on the extent of the flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds, American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts. Tricolored Blackbirds and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also possible. This is a good trip for both beginning and experienced birders. Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78, E. Chiles/Rd. 32A) 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. Saturday, April 9 Beginning Birding Field Trip for adults William Pond Park Limited to 10 people; registration required This field trip is for people who aren’t entirely comfortable joining field trips as well as those who have birded a bit but would like to be better birders. A brief parking lot talk will focus on choice and use of binoculars and a brief overview of birding etiquette and ethics. A $5 donation is requested to cover the costs of hand-out materials. The field trip will focus on finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats and will be led by two or more experienced Sacramento Audubon trip leaders. Each trip is limited to 10 participants. Register via email to Cathie at firstname.lastname@example.org, (put “Beginning Birder” in the subject line), giving your name, phone number and email address, or by calling Cathie at (916) 457-6882 and leaving your name and phone number. Following registration you will receive additional information regarding the field trip. Saturday, April 9, 7am Caswell Memorial State Park Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 email@example.com Caswell Memorial State Park near Ripon in the Central Valley is located along the meandering Stanislaus River and affords a combination of water, mature cottonwood riparian and valley oak woodland vegetation. Its multi-level tall tree canopy, low scrubs and vines provide lush cover, nesting and foraging habitat, and is a magnet for a variety of resident and migrant bird species. Passerines, including several species of swallows, sparrows, woodpeckers and warblers are park specialties in spring and summer, and Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and Great Horned Owls nest here. The park is surrounded by ag lands, so Swainson’s Hawks are seen regularly. California Thrasher and Wrentit, not that common on the valley floor except in riparian areas, are also here. Trails are generally level, but the paths and vegetation along them may be damp. Dress appropriately, and bring food and water as the trip will last into afternoon. Meet at the Park & Ride on the east side of Hwy 99 near the Sheldon Rd. Take Hwy 99 south from Sacramento to the Sheldon Road exit. The new off ramp here cloverleaf’s and then crosses over the freeway. After crossing proceed to the second signal light; turn right on East Stockton Blvd and proceed about a ¼ mile to the lot. Caswell is about an hour south of Sacramento and there is a day-use fee. For more information about the park go to www.parks.ca.gov Saturday, April 9, 1:30pm – 3:30pm Bufferlands Birds & Blooms Tour - A Creek Week Trip The Fishhead Lake mitigation wetland is a nice example of wetlands created as mitigation for earlier wetland losses. The wetland has both a permanent and seasonal component as well as a surrounding upland buffer. Thousands of waterfowl winter at the wetland and many remain year-round to nest and raise young. Much of the area is planted to native wildflowers that bloom in early spring. California poppies, lupines, owl's clover, baby blue-eyes, and many others can be seen spreading about the uplands and wetland edges. Visitors will receive a packet of native flower seeds to start their own native garden. The meeting location is weather-dependant, so please contact Roger Jones (preferably via email firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 875-9174) the week preceding the event for exact meeting location and directions.
Sunday, April 10, 8am Sacramento Bar - American River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred email@example.com, 454-4061 Paul will lead you on a morning walk along the American River. You will see a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early spring migrants. 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. Wednesday, April 13, 9am till noon Phoenix Field Leader: Jerry Towner, 773-5396 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Jerry at Phoenix field (Jim David Park) for a walk around the beautiful vernal pools. This trip will feature rare plants and spring blooms in and around the pools. Jerry will lend his expertise in identifying these unusual plants. Phoenix Field is located on Sunset Blvd just east of Hazel Ave. Don't forget your binoculars to view both plants and resident birds. Heavy rain will cancel the trip.