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 16, 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 Grackleand 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. Sunday, March17, 8am till noon American River between Watt and Howe Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791 firstname.lastname@example.org Note that Dan is starting from the Watt Avenue access this time. Join him at one of his favorite spots along the Parkway in search of resident and wintering birds. There are well worn trails and some that require a little more work, so depending oneveryone's ability, he will decide how strenuous the walk will be. Meet Dan at the Watt Avenue entrance to the Parkway in the first parking lot on the left as you drive in. Park access is off LaRiviera just east of Watt Avenue. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, March 17 Beginning Birding Field Trip for adults William Pond ParkLimited 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. 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 tripis limited to 10 participants. Register via email to Cathie at email@example.com, (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.
Thursday, March 21, 7:30am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Dan to enjoy the birds of the River Walk and Wetlands Walk Trails at the Cosumnes River Preserve. At this time of year, many species will be busy setting up house and in some cases, feeding young. This will be a walk of 3 to 4 miles and depending on bird activity and weather, it could last beyond noon or end as early as 10:30. Be prepared to be on your feet the entire duration of the walk, and dress for changeable spring weather. Remember to bring water and snacks. The Preserve is a short drive from Sacramento – south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road; left (east) on Twin Cities for 1 mile; then right (south) on Franklin Blvd. The group will meet at 7:30 A.M. in the Visitor Center parking lot on your left; the entrance is just south of the driveway leading to the Visitor Center.
Saturday, March 23, 7:30am Sunrise Boulevard section of the American River Leader: Jane Taylor, 444-0429 email@example.com 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 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 24, 8am Sacramento BarAmerican River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 26, 8:30am Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 IshiM2000@comcast.netJoin 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.
Saturday, March 30, 7:30am until mid-afternoon Eastern Sacramento County Foothills Leader: ChrisConard, 203-1610 email@example.com Participants must RSVP. The trip is limited to 15. This is a joint SAS and Central Valley Bird Club offering. We will have access to normally closed portions of the Deer Creek Hills preserve, in addition to visiting Latrobe, Michigan Bar, and, if time allows, Meiss Rds. Access to some sections of these roads is dependent on recent weather. Vast areas of open grassland and blue oak woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops and the Cosumnes River provide habitat for winter raptors, resident and winter songbirds, Lewis's Woodpeckers and, perhaps, a surprise or two. Be prepared for up to three miles of walking through rolling terrain and bring lunch and liquids for the day.
Sunday, March 31, 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.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 7am Caswell Memorial State Park Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 email@example.com Caswell Memorial State Park is on the Stanislaus River, about an hour south of Sacramento. The mature cottonwood riparian and valley oak woodland provides 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 Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and Great Horned Owls nest here. Swainson’s Hawks are also seen regularly here as are California Thrasher and Wrentit. There is a day-use fee per vehicle to enter the park. Plan to spend several hours in the park along the nature trails, so bring food and water. The trails are generally level, but may be damp. 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 7, 8am Lincoln in Spring Leader: John York, 409-9276 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet in Raley's parking lot in Lincoln, off 65 and Sterling Parkway. I will be in the Sterling Cafe getting breakfast and we will head off for various areas around Lincoln at 8:00 AM. We will hit some of the usual hotspots, but will also be looking for the influx of spring birds and local nesters that will be arriving around that time. We will explore some grassland areas for local raptors, waders and little guys as well. Bring lunch and scopes if you have them.