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. *Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details.
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 12 through April 11, 2018. Scheduler: Carla Barbaro, 916-717-8808, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 13, 8am Bucks Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6652 email@example.com Join Maureen for a leisurely walk through this riparian habitat and look for resident and migrating species such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, towhees, wrens, bluebirds, warblers, marsh birds and sparrows. In this varied habitat, there is always the possibility of unusual finds, and river otters are often seen. Meet at the southeast corner of the intersection of Silva Valley Parkway and Serrano Parkway. To reach this spot, exit Hwy. 50 at Exit 31, Silva Valley Parkway, and turn left. Follow the Parkway about a mile to the first stop light, make a U-turn and immediately park along the Parkway.
Saturday, March 17, 8am Family Friendly Trip North Natomas Regional Park Leader: Ben Graber, 916-844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a leisurely morning walk around the North Natomas Regional Park. We can expect to see a wide variety of grassland species including Meadowlarks, Ring-necked Pheasants, and Savannah Sparrows, along with herons, egrets, and waterfowl. Various wintering species of raptors, including falcons, are also possibilities. This trip will include approximately 2 to 3 miles of walking over flat terrain, and bringing liquids is recommended. Meet Ben at the parking lot on the North side of New Market Drive across from Inderkum High School. New Market Drive is off Truxel Road approximately a mile north of Interstate 80. This is a great trip for both beginning and more experienced birders.
Sunday, March 18, 8am Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark will be looking for spring migrants, as well as returning nesting birds, and maybe something unexpected may turn up. This will be a 2 to 4 hour walk. A SAC County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. Meet Mark at the main parking lot across from the golf course. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it to the golf course area parking lot.
Sunday, March 18 Beginning Birding Field Trip for Adults William Pond Park These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding. Limited to 10 adults per trip with 3 Audubon trip leaders, it’s a low-key introduction to finding and identifying common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com, 916-502-2699.
Wednesday, March 21, leaving at 7:30am Gray Lodge SWR Leader: Bill Bianco, 916-889-4849 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Bill to check out this State Wildlife Refuge. Bill will take the vehicle driving route and also walk one of the trails. Bring snacks and water, and meet Bill at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. before the 7:30 departure time. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Arena Blvd.; go west (left) over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Road, 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. Note that there is a $4.32 per person charge at the refuge.
Saturday, March 24, 7:30am Sutter's Landing Park Leader: Lily Douglas, 916-524-9340 email@example.com Join Lily at her neighborhood patch along the American River Parkway. Some winter birds will still be lingering, local breeders will be singing, and we may encounter some early spring arrivals, such as Swainson's Hawk, Western Kingbird, and a diversity of swallows. Meet in the parking lot by the skate park. We'll walk up to 2 miles, and the lower trail may be muddy depending on conditions, so wear appropriate footwear. There is no charge to park at this location on the Parkway. From Business 80 heading east (towards Cal-Expo), exit on E Street, turn left onto E and then right on 28th Street which dead ends at the Park. Heading west on Bus. 80, also take the E Street exit; turn right onto E Street, then right again onto 28th and proceed to the Park.
Sunday, March 25, 8am Teal Bend Leader: Richard Barbieri, 916-761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Richard to explore the rich habitat at Teal Bend Golf Course. Meet at the Raley's Shopping Center on Arena Blvd at 8:00 a.m. 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.
Friday, March 30, 8am Mather Lake Leader: Mark Sawyer, 916-968-1661 Marksawyer3383@yahoo.com Mather Lake is a hotspot birding location and Mark will be looking for a nice variety of resident birds. Targeted birds will be Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey and Green Heron. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50, go south on Zinfandel about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area. There is a $5 per car entrance fee; your Sac County Parkway pass is valid here. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders.
Saturday March 31 ,7:30am Lake Natoma- East Side Leader: Craig Swolgaard, 530-334-3023 email@example.com Lake Natoma, a reservoir created on the American River, is located in Sacramento County near the town of Folsom. Though not as popular as some locations downstream, it still hosts a good representation of valley and foothill birds. In the twenty-five years Craig has birded along its shores, he's recorded a list of about 140 birds. It is a good area to look for Phainopepla, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, grebe and loon species, nesting Bald Eagle, and many migrating species. Hutton’s Vireo can be found in the oak woodland as well as Cooper’s Hawk. Hairy Woodpecker has been found during the breeding season. This is a good trip for beginners. We will meet at Young Wo Circle, near the access to the bike trail at the bottom of the hill, at 7:30AM. Young Wo Circle is in Folsom, off Forrest Street, accessed from Folsom Blvd. We will be walking on level footpaths and along the bike trail, covering about a two-mile length of the lake. The trip should conclude before noon, but bringing water and a snack might be a good idea.
Sunday, April 1, 8am Sacramento Bar Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Possibilities include Phainopepla and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. 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 $8 (holiday charge) entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, April 4, 8:45am Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 916-502-2699 email@example.com Meet at the main picnic area parking lot across from the golf course. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it to the end. We'll check out the river trails upstream and downstream looking for resident and migrating birds. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. This is a good trip for beginners.
Saturday, April 7, 7am Point Reyes National Seashore Leader: John York, 916-409-9276 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.
Sunday, April 8, 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 Kanaka Valley and the adjacent Salmon Falls area, 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.
Monday, April 9, 8am Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills Leader: Craig DeMartini, 916-599-3300 email@example.com We will be scouting the oak woodlands and floodplains of Folsom Lake for falcons, eagles and osprey as well as passerines, woodpeckers and water birds. Early nest builders should be active; last year a Bald Eagle nest was found. 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 4 miles to Green Valley Road. Go straight across Green Valley Road where El Dorado Hills Blvd. becomes Salmon Falls Road. Continue on Salmon Falls Road 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 to enter the parking lot. This trip may last into early afternoon; you may want to bring snacks and water. There are no bathrooms.