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 19th through May 10th, 2015 Schedulers: through April 5th, Mark Martucci, firstname.lastname@example.org, 833-6722, after April 5th, Carla Barbaro, email@example.com, 717-8808.
Saturday, March 21, 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 22, 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.
Wednesday, March 25, 8am Upper Sunrise Park Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 Ishim2000@comcast.net Meet Marlene at the north end of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery parking lot for this morning birding trip, and expect to walk at birder’s pace on an even level trail for about 2 miles. We may see migrants, ducks, and raptors. From Hwy 50 go north on Hazel Avenue; turn left on Gold Country Blvd. and the hatchery is on your right. This is a good trip for beginning birders.
Saturday, March 28, 8am Back Roads of Sierra Foothills Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 Offleash56@yahoo.com Join Richard for a drive through the back roads of the Sierra foothills, east of Lincoln, an area comprised of dense stands of blue oak woodland, grasslands and seasonal creeks. We’ll be mostly in Placer County and also in southern Nevada County. Bring lunch and water as the trip will last into the afternoon. Meet Richard at the Park & Ride by Brookfield’s Restaurant, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road. Turn left just past the Shell Station, and park on the right in the Park & Ride.
Sunday, March 29, 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 Zinfandel for this morning trip. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, April 1, 8am 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 4, 7am Caswell Memorial State Park Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 email@example.com Caswell Memorial State Park is about an hour south of Sacramento. Located along the meandering Stanislaus River, this riparian woodland with low shrubs and vines provides lush cover, nesting and foraging habitat, and is a magnet for a variety of resident and migrant bird species. Several species of swallows, sparrows, woodpeckers, thrushes and warblers are resident here in Spring and Summer. Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks nest here, and soaring Swainson’s Hawks are regularly seen. California Thrasher and Wrentit, uncommon on the valley floor except in riparian habitats, have been seen here. 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; cross over the freeway and go to the second signal light; turn right on East Stockton Blvd and proceed about a ¼ mile to the lot. Bring food and water and plan to spend several hours on the nature trails. Trails are level, but may be damp. There is a day use fee at the park.
Saturday, April 4th, 9am Nature and Birding Walk Cosumnes River Preserve Not an Audubon trip, but this monthly First Saturday morning walk at the CRP is good for beginning birders. Spring is arriving on the preserve, and the docents will share information about the preserve and help you identify the various birds and plant life. Meet at the Visitor Center. Further directions and maps are available at www.cosumnes.org.
Sunday, April 5, 7am Folsom Lake SRA - Granite Bay Leaders: Scott Hoppe : 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Martucci : 833-6722, email@example.com Join Mark and Scott in exploring this diverse area of Folsom Lake. We will be hiking some of the many trails here in search of resident birds and early migrants. The area is known for Rock Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Phainopepla and migrant warblers and vireos. A Bald Eagle pair has nested on an island in the lake so they are also a possibility. The trip will involve hiking of 2 to 3 miles over hilly terrain. We will likely end around mid-day or early afternoon, but bring a lunch. Please note, there is a $12 per car fee, as this is a State Park. Meet at the Park & Ride by Brookfield’s Restaurant, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road. Turn left just past the Shell Station, and park on the right in the Park & Ride.
Wednesday, April 8, 7:30am Mather Field Park Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday , April 11, 7 am Putah Creek Preserve Leader: Ben Graber 916 844-8682 email@example.com Join Ben for this great trip exploring Putah Creek. This is one of several "Migrant traps", where this time of year a variety of migrating songbirds, including some rare ones, make their biannual appearance. Along the creek, we can expect to see a variety of warblers and flycatchers in addition to some more common resident species. Western Tanagers and Lazuli Buntings have been found here on previous trips. This is a great trip for more experienced birders and an opportunity for beginning birders to brush up on their warbler and flycatcher identification skills. We will be walking about 2 or 3 miles over varied terrain, so bring liquids and snacks. For those with the patience for more birding, and more of Ben's alleged sense of humor, there will be an optional extension to Solano Lake and Monticello Dam for Phainopepla, Rock Wren, and several species of woodpeckers. If you do join us for the Solano Lake portion, there is a $5 parking fee. Meet Ben 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.
Sunday, April 12, 7am - noon Pine Hill Preserve Birding Leader: Chris Conard Pre-registration is required through Pine Hill Preserve contact Graciela Hinshaw, ghinshaw @blm.gov 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.
Thursday, April 16, 8am Sweetwater Creek Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Ann Burris Tim: 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann: 947-7573, email@example.com 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 18, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266 firstname.lastname@example.org This area of the American River Parkway offers a variety of habitats and can turn up some surprises. Dan 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.
Saturday, April 18, 10:30 Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Ann Burris and Tim Fitzer of Sac Audubon 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.
Sunday, April 19th, 7:30am Sweetwater Creek Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com Another chance to bird this favorite hotspot. See write up for Tuesday, April 14th. Meet Richard at the Bella Bru as described above, and again, this is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders, and an opportunity to see several good birds.
Wednesday, April 22, 8am to 11am Earth Day and National Arbor Day Birding Estates Drive – American River Parkway Leader: John Huls 396-5261 firstname.lastname@example.org Join us to celebrate Earth Day as we explore the natural history of trees and the birds that rely on them. This walk will feature magnificent examples of native trees and those introduced by gold rush era settlers. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Dr. Turn south on Estates until it dead-ends at the levee. Note: California celebrates an Arbor Day Week in March rather than a single day. National Arbor Day is celebrated on April 24th.
Saturday, April 25, 8am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 973-9841 email@example.com Meet Darrell in the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo. Darrell will be looking for a variety of resident species and Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take 2 to 3 hours. Bring water and sunscreen. This is a great trip for beginners.
Sunday, April 26, 7am Point Reyes National Seashore Leader: John York, 409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com John plans to bird the usual places at Point Reyes, including the Fish Docks, Lighthouse and Abbott's Lagoon if the weather is good. If it’s too foggy at the coastal spots, he’ll bird the onshore locations. Meet John at 7am 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. Bring fluids and dress for changeable weather. John is planning to stop for lunch in Inverness.
Wednesday, April 29, 8am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Sally and see what changes a month has brought to this area on the American River Parkway. See the write up on April 1st for information and directions to the meeting place.
Saturday, May 2, 7am Driver’s Flat, Ruck-a-Chucky, Auburn State Recreation Area Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com We will be exploring the beautiful canyon of the Middle Fork of the American River off Foresthill Road to look for spring migrants and resident breeding birds. This is Scott's favorite 'secret' birding spot. Possibilities include several species of flycatcher, including Gray, Hammond's and Pacific-slope; Hutton's, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos; up to 7 species of warbler; Black-headed Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting and Bullock's Oriole. Walking will be up to a mile at a time with moderate inclines. This trip will end mid-day, but plan to lunch on the banks of the river. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. NOTE: there is now a $12 per car parking fee at Driver’s Flat.
Sunday, May 3, 7am Spenceville WLR Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org This scenic recreational area of rolling hillsides, streams, reservoirs and ponds offers a variety of wildlife. This trip will include several short hikes over uneven terrain. Possible birds include Yellow-breasted Chat, Lewis’s Woodpecker, warblers and more. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Richard at the Park & Ride by Brookfield’s Restaurant, 1817 Taylor Road, in Roseville. From Sacramento on I-80, take the Eureka Road offramp (Exit 105A) and continue straight through the signal light at Eureka Road and you’ll be on Taylor Road. Turn left just past the Shell Station, and park on the right in the Park & Ride.
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30am Bobelaine Sanctuary Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com Join Cathie for a morning walk in this riparian woodland on the Feather River. Meet at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. at 7:30 for voluntary carpooling, (From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd., go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Rd., and then turn right into the parking area. We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1.) If you wish to meet at Bobelaine about 8am, take Hwy. 99 north toward Yuba City and about 2 miles north of the Feather River Bridge turn right on Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot. We’ll be walking about 3 miles on level trails. Trip will end about noon. Bring snacks and water, and if you wish you can lunch at the picnic table near the cars at the end of the trip.
Saturday May 9, at 7 a.m. Beals Point Leaders: Mara and Deb Weston Mara: 208-3222 firstname.lastname@example.org Deb: 337-2818 email@example.com Join Mara and Deb for a 1-2 mile morning walk at Beals Point. A variety of oak woodland birds should be seen. Phainopeplas, Rock Wrens, Lark Sparrows and Rufous-crowned Sparrows are possibilities. We’ll scope the lake and shore, hopefully we’ll see something interesting. Last trip a juvenile Bald Eagle was seen flying in and landed on a rock near the water. Bring plenty of water and sun protection. The trip will end before noon. Meet in the parking lot of the Beals Point unit of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (turn left as you enter the parking lot, to park near the first row). The entrance to Beals Point is on Oak Hill Drive off Auburn-Folsom Rd., about 2 miles south of Douglas Blvd. and about 3 miles north of Greenback Lane. This is a great trip for beginning birders. The entrance fee is $12 per car, or you may use a state (not county) park pass.
Sunday, May 10, 6am Sand Creek Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer and Mark Martucci Tim: 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Mark: 833-6722, email@example.com Join Tim and Mark for a trip to Arbuckle and then up Sand Creek Road. Target birds include Sage Sparrow, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Western Kingbird, Roadrunner, Western Screech Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Mountain Quail, and other migrants. The road can be rough and all wheel drive is recommended. Bring a lunch and liquids and be prepared for an afternoon return. We will meet at the Woodland Jack-in-the-Box. Take 1-5 north toward Woodland; exit at County Road 102 (#536); turn right (north) on 102 and turn right into the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.