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, February 19 through April 16, 2016 Scheduler: Till April 4 Mark Martucci, firstname.lastname@example.org, 833-6722, After April 4th, Carla Barbaro, email@example.com, 717-8808.
Saturday, March 19, 8am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a morning walk checking out the resident birds and looking for early nesters and spring migrants. Meet him 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 20, 8am Sacramento Bar American River Parkway Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org , 454-4061 On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early spring migrants. Paul will focus on finding and identifying birds by ear. 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 22, 9am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: 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. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park in Fair Oaks. The trip will end by noon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net.
Saturday, March 26, leaving at 7am South Yuba River State Park. Covered Bridge Area Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 Offleash56@yahoo.com Bridgeport and South Yuba River State Park are located eight miles north on Pleasant Valley Road from the Intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and State Route 20 west of Grass Valley. This area is spectacular during the spring for birdlife and wildflowers. We will bird trails near the visitor center and portions of the Point Defiance Trail. We’ll look for Yellow-breasted Chat , Bullock’s Oriole and Canyon Wren. Along the river portion of the Point Defiance trail, Golden Eagle and American Dipper have been spotted. The Black Oak woodland north of the river supports a variety of woodpeckers. The trails are adorned with plenty of poison oak, so dress appropriately. This trip lasts into the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water for the hike. Sturdy shoes and protective clothing are essential for the trails. Meet at the Park & Ride on Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. We will leave the Park & Ride at 7am, so arrive a little early.
Sunday, March 27, 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 Zinfandel for this morning trip. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, March 30, 8am Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 email@example.com Let’s check out this new location and see if it lives up to its name! We will be scouting the oak woodlands and floodplains of Folsom Lake (and the lake itself, depending on how far the water level has risen). We’ll keep our eyes open for eagles and osprey as well as smaller passerines, woodpeckers, and water birds. Early nest builders should be active (hawks and hummingbirds). We’ll explore the mouth of Sweetwater Creek where a pair of Rock Wrens can usually be found. We will not ignore the auditory clues of songs and calls, nor the non-avian species, the tracks/trails, spore and scat, plant identification, geography and meteorology at this new locale (help is appreciated). Meet at the Falcon Crest turnout parking lot, off Salmon Falls road. From Sacramento head east on Highway 50 towards Placerville. Take the El Dorado Hills Blvd exit #30B, and go north on El Dorado Hills Blvd for approximately 10 miles. After you cross Green Valley Road El Dorado Hills Blvd becomes Salmon Falls Road. Continue on Salmon Falls for 3 miles to a large dirt parking lot on the left with a large wooden sign that reads "Falcon Crest". Use caution when crossing oncoming traffic and driving into the parking lot.
Saturday, April 2, 7am Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Gary on a trip featuring spring migrant and resident birds. As the name implies, this area includes water and riparian habitats, and draws spring migrants and resident nesters. We can expect passerines including flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes, warblers, woodpeckers and wrens. There will also be forest hawks and river ducks. We will be hiking along Putah Creek on a narrow dirt path for up to a mile. Expect to bird for 3-4 hours. There are tables along the creek for having lunch. Meet at the Park & Ride 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 3, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com This area of the American River Parkway offers a variety of habitats and can turn up some surprises. Mark will be checking the backwaters of the river and the fishing pond as well as the developed park area for late wintering birds and migrants. Meet him just past the entrance kiosk for this half day trip. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park.
Wednesday, April 6, 7:30am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Sally for a morning bird walk along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. Sally will be looking for migrants and resident breeding birds, wrens, towhees, and other small passerine birds. From Highway 50 take Howe Ave north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn left onto Fair Oaks and cross over the American River. Turn right on Carlson Ave, which is the first stop light past the American River bridge. Continue on Carlson Ave to its end, at Glenn Hall Park. Meet on top of the levee. This will be a fairly easy walk, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners. Sally will lead this walk again at the end of the month; come with her and see the seasonal changes.
Saturday, April 9, 7:30am Mather Field Park Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 email@example.com Celebrate Spring at Mather Lake with Wayne. There should be a good variety of singing and nesting birds, and Wayne will help you locate them. Meet 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, April 10, 7am - noon Pine Hill Preserve Birding Leader: Chris Conard Pre-registration is required through Pine Hill Preserve Contact: Graciela Hinshaw, firstname.lastname@example.org www.pinehillpreserve.org The preserve was established to protect rare native plants in El Dorado County that occur only on the specialized soils of the Pine Hill area. It stretches from Folsom Lake in the north to Hwy 50 in the south and contains more than 4,000 acres. We plan to visit newly acquired land in Kanaka Valley, with a mix of oak woodland and chaparral. We'll look for California Thrashers, Sage Sparrows, migrating warblers, and, on a clear day, great views of the Sierra and the surrounding geography. Be prepared for three miles of moderate walking.
Wednesday, April 13, 8am Sweetwater Creek Leaders: Tim Fitzer: 870-5207, email@example.com Ann Burris: 947-7573, firstname.lastname@example.org At this favorite spring hotspot you should find wild flowers in bloom and hear the song of the Yellow-breasted Chat. Other possibilities are Lazuli Buntings, Wrentits, California Thrashers, migrating hummingbirds, and colorful warblers. Meet at the Bella Bru in the shopping center on the northeast corner of El Dorado Hills Blvd. and Highway 50. From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd. and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right. This will be a half day trip and is a good one for beginners.
Saturday, April 16, 10:30 Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Audubon birding leaders Sheila Green and Sue Darst and a Nature Center docent for a family friendly nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers, Wild Turkeys, and other resident birds such as towhees and Bushtits will be active. Reservations are not needed, families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists/birders who know the area and enjoy sharing their knowledge. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net .