Thursday, March 12, 8am till noon Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Meet Jack in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park for a 4 hour walk on the trails winding through the oak woodland and down to the river.This is an excellent birding area and Jack will also share his knowledge of the native and non-native plants and trees of this parkway area. Saturday, March 21, 8am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Brian Gilmore, 451-9146 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 I-5 take the Twin Cities Road exit and go east 1 mile to Franklin Blvd.Go south on Franklin into the Preserve; the Visitor Center parking lot will be on your left. Sunday March 22, 7:30am Lincoln Grasslands Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org We will search the back roads of Placer County for raptors, Tri-colored Blackbirds, Lewis’ Woodpeckers and Western Kingbirds.Meet Mark at the 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.Bring lunch, scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Tuesday, March 24, 8am till noon Sailor Bar Area, American River Parkway Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Meet Jack at the end of Emperor Street to explore the plants, birds and animals of this riparian corridor along the American River Parkway.From Winding Way, turn south on Kenneth, then east on Emperor Street to the end. Saturday, March 28, 7am Caswell Memorial State Park Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636, email@example.com 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 and mature riparian valley oak woodland vegetation.Its multi-level tall tree canopy, low scrubs and vines provide lush cover, nesting and feeding grounds, and are a magnet for a variety of resident and migrant 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.California Thrasher and Wrentit, rarities on the valley floor, 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 primarily 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 at 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 ¼ mile to the lot. Saturday, March 28 Deer Creek Hills Wildflower Hike Details here.
Sunday, March 29, 7:30am Bobcat Ranch, Yolo County Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, firstname.lastname@example.org This wonderful 7,000-acre property owned by Audubon California is currently open to the public solely for docent-led trips. Join Maureen and Rodd Kelsey, Audubon California’s ecologist, for our second visit to this area. We will look for local, late wintering, and migrating bird species as well as learn about the restoration efforts taking place. We should have great blooming wildflowers and fabulous views of the valley. This outing will involve hiking on unpaved ranch roads and possibly a small amount of rougher trails with occasional moderate elevation gain. The hike should last until early- to mid-afternoon. Bring liquids and lunch. Meet at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento no later than 7:30 am. Alternate meeting place is Steady Eddy’s at 5 E. Main Street, next to the parking lot at the intersection of Main and Railroad in Winters by 8:15 am sharp. To reach the Park and Ride, from I-80, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light and left into the lot. Friday, April 3, 8am till noon Bannister Park Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Explore another beautiful area along the American River with Jack.As always, you can share in his knowledge of the natural history of the parkway.Meet Jack in the parking lot at the end of Bannister Road, south off Fair Oaks Blvd., west of Sunrise Blvd. Saturday, April 4, 8am Yolo Basin Wildlife Area & Davis Wetlands Leader:Richard Barbieri, 966-4603, email@example.com Depending on the extent of the flooded fields, there may be good numbers of shorebirds, Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets.Tri-colored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also a good possibility, as are Marsh Wrens and Common Yellowthroats.From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78) 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. Sunday, April 5, 7:30am Mather Field Park Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.There is a $5per car entrance fee.This is a great trip for beginning birders. Thursday, April 9, 8am-12pm Yolo Basin 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 the flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds, American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts.Tri-colored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also possible.From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (#78) 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.This is a good trip for both beginners and experienced birders.Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Saturday, April 11, 7:30am Lake Solano/Putah Creek Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791, email@example.com Dan will be looking for spring migrants and resident birds along Putah Creek and Solano Lake.Phainopepla, Hairy Woodpecker and Pileated Woodpecker are also possible.There is a $5 parking fee at Lake Solano.Meet Dan 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, on the north side of the freeway.This trip will last into mid afternoon, so bring a lunch and liquids. Sunday April 12, 8am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Mark for a morning walk checking out the resident birds, and looking for early nesters and migrants.Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel.There is a $5 per car entrance fee.Meet Mark at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road.This is a good trip for beginning birders. Tuesday, April 14, 9am till noon Phoenix Field Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Join Jack at Phoenix Field (Jim David Park) for a walk around the beautiful vernal pools.This trip will feature rare plants and spring blooms in the vernal pools.Jack 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 the resident birds.
The following is not a Sacramento Audubon event, but is listed just for your information.
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour (Bay Area) Registration for the Fifth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2009, is now open at www.bringingbackthenatives.net! This free, award-winning tour features 50 pesticide-free gardens that conserve water, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain 50% or more native plants.