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.
Saturday, March 20, 7:30am for 9:30am in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Leader: Ron Story, (707) 479-0171, firstname.lastname@example.org Coordinator:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com Meet Cathie at 7:30 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.Or meet at 9:30 am at the boat house on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park . We will bird this area until lunch time and then we will eat lunch here. After lunch we will move on to another section of the park and then end the day at the Cliff House/Sutro Baths area on the ocean. Typical birds that we have seen in the past are Allen's Hummingbirds, Pygmy Nuthatches, Townsend’s Warblers, Brown Creepers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, both species of Turnstones, and Wandering Tattler. The pace of the trip is slow and suitable for beginners. Bring a lunch, dress in layers, and plan on joining Ron for dinner somewhere in San Francisco. Note:Rain will cancel this trip.Questions: Call or email Ron or Cathie; for email be sure to put Golden Gate Field Trip in the subject line. Sunday, March 21, 7am Bodega Bay Leader: Brian Gilmore, 451-9146 Join Brian for a full day of birding, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. Gulls, loons and migrating shorebirds are just a few of the species that are possible on this trip. Meet Brian 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.Be sure to bring lunch, snacks, water and layered clothing for varied weather.Scopes and FRS radios will be helpful. Sunday, March 21 Habitat Improvement Work Day Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Help Jack restore native vegetation along the American River Parkway.Tasks vary from month to month, so call Jack for details and meeting time, usually early morning. Wednesday, March 24, 8:30am Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758, ishiM2000@comcast.net Meet Marlene in the first parking lot on your left as you enter the wildlife area. Depending on the extent of flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of migrating shorebirds, American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts. Tri-colored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also possible. This is a good trip for both beginners 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. The trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A), on your left. Saturday, March 27, 7am Caswell Memorial State Park Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636, firstname.lastname@example.org Caswell Memorial State Park is located in the Central Valley near the town of Ripon, about an hour south of Sacramento.The park’s position along the meandering Stanislaus River 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.For more information about the park, go to www.parks.ca.gov, click on “Find A Park” and use the drop-down menu to find Caswell.Passerines, including several species of swallows, sparrows, woodpeckers and warblers are park specialties in Spring and Summer, and resident Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and Great Horned Owls nest here.The park is surrounded by agricultural lands, so Swainson’s Hawks are seen regularly here this time of year.California Thrasher and Wrentit, not that common on the valley floor except in riparian areas, are also here. There is a day-use fee per vehicle to enter the park.Plan to spend several hours in the park along some of the numerous nature trails, so bring food and water.The trails are generally level, but these paths and the vegetation along them may be damp.Dress appropriately.We will meet 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.Turn left and cross over the freeway to the second signal light; turn right on East Stockton Blvd and proceed about a ¼ mile to the lot. Sunday, March 28, 7am Lincoln Grasslands Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com We will search the back roads of Placer County for raptors, Tri-colored Blackbirds, Lewis' Woodpeckers and Western Kingbirds. We will end the day along the shores of Camp Far West looking for Bald Eagles and Rock Wren. Bring lunch, liquids and FRS radios.Meet Mark at Brookfield’s Restaurant parking lot, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville.From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through thesignal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road.Turn left just past the Shell Station.Brookfield’s is behind Shell. Wednesday, March 31, 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).Without a County Park Pass there is a $5 per car park entrance fee. Saturday, April 3, 8am American River between Howe and Watt Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791, email@example.com Join Dan on his favorite spot along the Parkway in search of our late wintering, migrant and breeding birds, and get to know an area he knows well. Although he birds this spot almost daily, he has rarely seen other birders and is eager to share his knowledge of this oasis behind his home. In the last two years this area has produced a Palm and Chestnut-sided warbler and a California Thrasher. He will work the area well to locate any goodies in hopes of finding them for the group.There are well worn trails and some that require a little more work, so depending on everyone's ability, he will decide how strenuous the walk will be in the morning. The trip will last until lunch time. From Hwy 50, take the Howe Avenue exit and head north; from Howe, take the first exit before the bridge.To do this, you will need to be in the right-most lane.Cross La Riviera Drive and enter the Howe Avenue access to the American River.Without a County Park Pass there is a $5 fee to park in the lot, or parking is available on La Riviera Drive. Sunday, April 4, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Mark for an Easter morning walk along the American River Parkway.We will see a nice variety of resident birds and hopefully some migrating songbirds.From the intersection of Sunrise and Fair Oaks Blvd., go west on Fair Oaks, then make an immediate left turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue and follow it into the park.Without a County Park Pass there is a $5 parking fee.This is an excellent trip for beginners. Friday, April 9, 8am Davis Wetlands and Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leader:Dan Tankersley, 359-2829, email@example.com Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride.From Sacramento, take I-80 to west to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again to the Park & Ride behind Ikeda’s Market.Dan will be looking for shorebirds, Swainson’s Hawk, Western Kingbird and other spring migrants.Trip will end around noon.Scopes and FRS radios are helpful on this trip. Saturday, April 10, 8am Jepson Prairie and Yolo Bypass Leader: Andi Salmi, 691-7216, firstname.lastname@example.org Jepson Prairie is an unusual area of bunch grass prairie and vernal pool habitats, harboring some fascinating native plant species. Wildflowers will be the main focus of the morning and we will bird the Yolo Bypass in the afternoon. Bring a lunch and liquids as this trip will last into mid-afternoon.Meet Andi at 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, April 11, 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. Without a County Park Pass there is a $5 per car entrance fee. This is a great trip for beginning birders.