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 for May 11 to July 19, 2015. Scheduler: May 11 through June 14, Andi Salmi, firstname.lastname@example.org , June 15 through July 19, Dan Brown, email@example.com
Wednesday, May 13, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Larry Hickey, 415-305-0651 firstname.lastname@example.org This area of the American River Parkway offers a variety of habitats and can turn up some surprises. The trip will start with a walk through the native plant garden, through the park and then through the riparian habitat. This beautiful section of the parkway opens up to the backwaters of the river and a lake. We will find our beautiful resident birds and look for late spring migrants. Meet Larry 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. This is a great trip for beginning birders.
Saturday, May 16, 7:30am Mather Field Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 email@example.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations. Join Wayne 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 Wayne in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Douglas Road turn south on Zinfandel Dr. the turn left into the park for this morning trip. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders. Parking is $5.00; your Sac County Park Pass is good here.
Saturday, May 16, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Mark Sawyer and Larry Hickey of Sac Audubon and Nature Center docent, Jaclyn, 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.
Saturday, May 16 Walk On The Wild Side A great event for the whole family, from 10am to 4pm at Beach Lake. (Directions at www.wowsacramento.com). Come early at 8am and join Audubon leader John Huls for a 2 hour birding walk through the forest, across Morrison Creek, and onto the Stone Lakes Refuge. After the walk you can enjoy the rest of the event.
Sunday, May 17, 6am Mosquito Ridge Rd., Placer County Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Scott for this early season trip into the lower to mid elevation Sierra. While seemingly a bit early for this area, Scott has found it very productive in this time period. Previous trips have found 6 species of woodpecker including Pileated and White-headed, Olive-sided and Hammond's Flycatcher, Pacific and Canyon Wrens and several warbler species. Plan for an all day trip. Bring lunch and liquids. We will be walking 1-2 miles over moderate terrain. Meet at 6 am at the Park and Ride on Horseshoe Bar Rd. in Loomis. Exit 110 off I-80.
Saturday, May 23 Dragonfly trip Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com Since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species, Tim will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. Call or email Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place. With his expertise as the author of a field guide to California dragonflies and damselflies, you can be sure that he will lead you to the best possible site. Bring your binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet - just in case!
Sunday May 24, 6am Sierra Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com The month of May can be a peak time for viewing breeding birds in Sierra Valley. This gem of the Sierras is unique in that it has characteristics of the Eastern Sierra and the Great Basin, yet is part of the western drainage. The Feather River flows out of the northwestern corner of Sierra Valley, through the Sierras and into the central valley, where it joins the Sacramento River. We will stop on the way at Kyburz Flat to look for nesting Mountain Bluebirds and other montane species, and Sandhill Cranes are possible here as well. Birding will be done mostly by car, with numerous stops along the way. Bring lunch and water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Scott at 6 am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park and Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Saturday, May 30, 6am Alpine and Douglas Counties Leaders: Jane Taylor : 444-0429, firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Hoppe: 835-8471, email@example.com We plan to visit Mud Lake, made accessible by the caretakers who host us generously on the Woodford's Christmas Count. Depending on conditions, reports and allowable time, other possible stops include fields and ponds (if any left) along Foothill Rd., Dressler Ln., Diamond Valley Rd.; and Indian Creek Reservoir and Markleeville. Meet your trip leaders behind the Chevron station at Sunrise Blvd. and Zinfandel Dr. in Rancho Cordova in the old Kmart parking lot, now a Smart and Final. From there, we will head for Woodford's Store off of Highway 88 in Alpine County to regroup. Bring lunch and liquids and be prepared for birding until mid-afternoon. Heavy rain or high winds in the area cancel."
Sunday, May 31, 7am Crystal Basin Leaders: Phyllis Wilburn, 530-642-9942 and Wendy Money, 205-3194. Phyllis: firstname.lastname@example.org , Wendy: email@example.com Phyllis and Wendy will visit a variety of sites along Icehouse Road and side roads. The group will be looking for Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, warblers and vireos, and other birds of the area. They hope to see the beautiful Calliope Hummingbird again. Beautiful wildflowers may also be in bloom. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking. Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome. Meet Wendy at the Bella Bru in EI Dorado Hills. 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. You can also meet Phyllis at 8 am in the Crystal Basin area. Take Hwy 50 to the Riverton Rd. (Crystal Basin) turnoff. Turn left and drive a short distance to the large pullout on the left side of the road.
Wednesday, June 3, 7:30am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Cathie for a walk through the oak woodland to the river, looking for our summer birds on nests or in cavities, singing and feeding young. Some wildflowers should still be blooming. This is a good trip for beginning birders. The trip will end before noon. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, June 6, 7:30am - LOCATION CHANGED Fremont Weir/Sacramento River
Cache Creek Conservancy Nature Preserve
Leader: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6652 email@example.com The location has been changed as the access to Freemont Weir is currently closed.
Meet Maureen at the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. 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 for a departure at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Secondary meeting spot is the Jack in the Box in Woodland just off I-5 at the Road 102 exit. 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. We will leave there by 7:45 (this is the last opportunity for a restroom break). From there we will caravan to the Cache Creek Conservancy Nature Preserve where we will be met by a staff person who is a birder and who will talk about the preserve and show us around. The troop will end by lunchtime as planned. Call Maureen at 281-6652 if you have questions.
Sunday June 7, 6am Mosquito Ridge, Placer County Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org Richard will explore several productive areas outside of Foresthill along Mosquito Ridge Rd, including the Placer Big Trees Grove. Expect good numbers of mid-elevation breeding birds. There are no services, so bring all of the food and liquids you will need for the day. The trip will end by mid-afternoon. We will be walking about 2-3 miles over easy to moderate terrain at a comfortable pace. 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.
Saturday & Sunday, June 13 - 14, 8:00 AM onsite both days Sierra Valley/Antelope Valley/Yuba Pass Leader: Gary Fregien 708-0636 email@example.com This trip offering is designed to accommodate both those who want to do an overnighter and those wanting to bird either the Sierra/Antelope Valleys or the Yuba Pass area as a day trip. Antelope Valley is located at the southern end of Sierra Valley near Loyalton/Sierra Brooks, and includes a very productive riparian stream zone adjacent to a previous wildfire. We will bird the Sierra/Antelope Valleys area by car on Saturday, a full day’s excursion, and the Yuba Pass area on Sunday until early afternoon. Lodging is available in Truckee, Sierraville, Portola, Calpine and Sierra City. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are located between Truckee and Sierraville on Hwy 89, and between Yuba Pass and Sierra City on Hwy 49. Gary plans to travel to the area on the Friday preceding the fieldtrips; thus, he will not be reachable by email or phone after mid-afternoon Thursday, 6/11. Meet Gary at the junction of Hwys 89 & 49 in Sierraville on Saturday, and/or at the Yuba Pass Sno-Park parking lot, at the summit, on Hwy 49 west of Sierra Valley on Sunday. Car pooling is encouraged. Bring along hand held radios, food and water, and dress for probable cool mornings and warm afternoons.
Saturday, June 20, 6am Granite Springs Road Leaders: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org, Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com . Join Richard and Tim for a full day of fun and birding. Granite Springs Road runs from Crystal Basin Road to Wrights Lake Road, a distance of about 8 miles. We should find Mountain Quail with young, and possibly Evening Grosbeaks, flycatchers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Calliope Hummingbird. Around Wright’s Lake we expect to find Pine Grosbeak, Osprey and a variety of woodpeckers, vireos and warblers. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids, lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. FRS Radios are helpful. Since Granite Springs Road is dirt, we will scout its condition to determine its drivability. Meet at Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. 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.
Sunday, June 21, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 firstname.lastname@example.org Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations. Join Wayne to look for a nice variety of resident birds. Targeted birds will be Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Blackheaded Grosbeaks, White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey and Green Heron. Meet Wayne 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 great trip for beginning birders.
Saturday, June 27, 7:30am Indian Grinding Rocks State Park Leader: Cliff Hawley, 300-2495 yellowhammerCA@gmail.com Join Cliff for a day of birding at this State Park. The birdlife varies depending on the season, but many species are seen year round, including Turkey Vultures, Scrub and Steller’s Jays, California Quail, Acorn and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Hermit Thrushes, Wild Turkeys (non-native), and California Thrashers. In summer, the bright colors of the Western Tanager, Northern Oriole, Calliope and Anna’s Hummingbirds can be seen in the woods around the meadow. A bird list is available at the museum. Meet Cliff at the Starbucks parking area in the College Greens Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd. (near Florin-Perkins, between Watt & Howe) at 7:30 am. Trip goes till 2 or 3 pm so bring water and lunch. Some light to moderate walking.
Sunday, June 28, 6am Loney Meadow Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com Come join Scott for this July trip. Loney Meadows is a beautiful mountain meadow north of Grouse Ridge near Bowman Lake at about 6000’ elevation. The area can have some excellent birding. Scott has seen 8 species of woodpecker there (including Pileated, Black-backed and Williamson’s Sapsucker); also Townsend’s Solitaire, Calliope Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher, 7 species of warbler and previous trips have produced Bald Eagles. We will be hiking about 2-3 miles over fairly level terrain with only short, moderate inclines. Meet Scott at 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park and Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. The meadow is about an hour and half ’s drive from there. Bring water and lunch or a snack.
Sunday, July 5, 7am Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org 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; 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.
Saturday, July 11 Dragonfly trip Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com Most likely Tim will try Bear Creek for Giant Darners etc, but since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species he will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. Call or email Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place. With his expertise as the author of a field guide to California dragonflies and damselflies, you can be sure that he will lead you to the best possible site. Bring your binoculars, water to drink and wear shoes that can get wet–just in case
Sunday, July 12 Farallon Pelagic Trip Details here.
Saturday, July 18, 6am Hidden Falls Regional Park, near Auburn Leader, Ben Graber, 844-8682 email@example.com Join Ben for this trip to one of his favorite birding spots. He has heard Yellow Breasted Chat, had several species of warblers and flycatchers and saw a whole flock of Lawrence's Goldfinches in the area this year. Be sure to wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring liquids. This will be a half day trip. Meet Ben 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, July 19, 6:30am Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca Leaders: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com Join Gary and Scott on this high elevation 3-mile hike in search of Clark’s Nutcracker, Rufous Hummingbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Dusky Flycatcher, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin’s Finch and, with luck, Sooty Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker and Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. At peak wildflower time there are fields of flowers in dazzling variety. Bring lunch and plenty of liquids; wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changeable Sierra weather. Carson Pass is a USFS fee area for day-use parking. This hike should be considered moderate to strenuous depending upon your physical condition. Meet at the Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. 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.