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 9th, 2017
Scheduler through April 2, Sonja Sorbo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 390-8463, after April 2nd, Carla Barbaro, email@example.com, 717-8808.
Tuesday, March 14, 8am
Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills
Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300
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 4.5 miles. Cross Green Valley Road where 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 turning across oncoming traffic.
Saturday, March 18, 8am
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway
Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682
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 19, 8am
American River Parkway
Leader: Paul Cordero, email preferred
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 22, 8:30am
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882
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 25, 8am
Teal Bend and Sutter County
Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124
Join Richard on a trip into Sutter County after first exploring the rich habitat at Teal Bend Golf Course. We'll then work our way north through the open grass lands and fields in search of shorebirds, hawks, and any remaining waterfowl that still linger. 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.
Sunday, March 26
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 adults 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Sunday, March 26, 7:30am
Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457
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.
Saturday, April 1, 7am
Putah Creek Riparian Reserve
Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636
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 2, 8am
Ancil Hoffman Park
Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722
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.
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 leads this walk monthly, so join her each month to see the seasonal changes.
Join Maureen 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 as well as raptors. 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, at the beginning of the auto tour. FRS Radios are helpful on this trip.
Sunday, April 9, 7:30am
Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457
Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations. Join him to look 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.
Sunday, April 9
Birding By Ear
Improve your birding skills by learning to recognize the songs, calls and chips of our local birds. This trip on the American River Parkway is limited to 10 people to ensure quality listening time, and will be led by Mark Martucci and Paul Cordero, two experienced birders with good auditory skills. Registration is required; email Cathie LaZier at email@example.com to sign up and learn the meeting time and place.