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.
Field Trips, March 14th through April 6th, 2014 Scheduler: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 16, 8am Yolo Wildlife Area and Davis Wetlands Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Meet Mark in the first parking lot (Lot A, on your left) at the beginning of the auto tour route of the Yolo Wildlife Area. From here we will drive over to the Davis Wetlands for a couple of hours, then head back to 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. Scopes and FRS radios are helpful on this trip. From Sacramento, take I-80 west, take the first exit (32A, E. Chiles Rd.) 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, March 22, 8am Sunrise Boulevard section of the American River Leader: Jane Taylor, 444-0429 firstname.lastname@example.org The Sunrise Blvd stretch of the American River Parkway offers good spring birding for resident and returning riparian birds. This is a good trip for beginning birders and those wishing to hone their birdsong identification skills. Dress for walking dirt trails, possibly 4 to 5 miles, and bring liquids and snacks as the trip will last into late morning. Meet Jane at the parking lot at the foot of the pedestrian bridge east of Sunrise Blvd. Take Highway 50 to Sunrise Blvd., north on Sunrise and right on S. Bridge Street. Pay a $5 per-vehicle entry fee, use your Sacramento County Parks Pass, or park where allowed on S. Bridge St. and walk in. Rain cancels.
Sunday, March 23, 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.
Tuesday, March 25, 8:30am Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 IshiM2000@comcast.net Join Marlene in this great area 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Depending on the extent of flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl and possible raptors such as Peregrine Falcon. 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. Scopes and FRS radios are helpful on this trip which is good for both beginners and more experienced birders. Note: trip will be canceled if bypass is closed due to flooding.
Wednesday, March 26, 8:30am Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan at the picnic area parking lot at Ancil Hoffman Park. We'll bird the park and the riparian area next to the river looking for resident nesting birds and spring migrants. If time permits, we may walk a bit into the nature area at Effie Yeaw. Participants should be prepared for variable weather conditions and bring liquids. Scopes could be helpful. This outing will involve considerable walking, and will end around noon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, March 29, 8am American River Parkway, Spanos Ct. Access Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791 email@example.com Join Dan for a leisurely walk on the north side of the river across from the Paradise Beach area. The area is fairly typical of most Parkway locations but does have an overabundance of grapes with slightly less blackberry and elderberry which helps in attracting possible overwintering fruit lovers such as Western Tanager. We may encounter common winter birds such as Fox and Lincoln sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Common Goldeneye, crowned sparrows and hopefully a Merlin as well as residents such as Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee and California Quail. There are elevated views of the river and well-worn trails. Trip will probably end around 11am. Meet Dan in the parking area at the end of the Spanos Court cul-de-sac along the levee. Spanos Court runs west off Howe Ave. between Northrup and Sierra Blvd.
Sunday, March 30, 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 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.
Sunday, March 30 Beginning Birding Field Trip William Pond Park These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding. Limited to 10 people per trip with 3 Audubon trip leaders, it’s a low-key introduction to finding and identifying birds. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com, 457-6882.
Saturday, April 5, 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 ag 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. 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.
Sunday, April 6, 8am 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 Zinfandel for this morning trip. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.