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.
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, 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.
Sunday, May 19, 6am
Sand Creek Road
Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, Mark Martucci 833-6722
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 Wood pecker, 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 I-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.
Join Marlene for a morning of birding in this wonderful area close to Sacramento. You could see shorebirds, hawks, owls, white-faced ibis, swallows and more. Marlene may also visit the Davis Wetlands or the Woodland Wastewater Treatment Plant to include a variety of other birds for the day's bird list. 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. If you have one, bring your spotting scope and FRS radio. Both beginners and experienced birders will enjoy this trip.
Saturday, May 25, time TBD
Dragonfly tripLocation: 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!
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 6am at the Park & Ride on Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
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.
Sunday, June 2, 7am
Leaders: Phyllis Wilburn, 530-642-9942 and Wendy Money, 916-205-3194.
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. Beautiful wildflowers may also be in bloom. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking and wet meadows. 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.
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, (formerly called Goethe Park). A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
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 Brookfield’s Restaurant parking lot, 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. Brookfield’s is behind Shell.
Sunday, June 9, 6am
Granite Springs Road
Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, Mark Martucci 833-6722 and Scott Hoppe 835-8471
Join Tim, Mark and Scott 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 the K-Mart parking lot on Sunrise Blvd., located just behind the Chevron Gas Station at Zinfandel Dr.
Saturday & Sunday, June 15 - 16, 8:00 AMonsite both Saturday and Sunday 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, 6/13. 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.
Join Cliff for a day 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 Raley’s Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd. (between Watt& Howe) at 7:30am. Trip goes till 2 or 3 pm so bring water and lunch. Some light to moderate walking.
This beautiful, 1,039-acre park just off I-80 in Solano County consists of rolling hills with stands of native oak, buckeye and bay trees, small riparian corridors, panoramic vistas and, of course, wildflowers in June. Maureen and Ken will look for summer swallows, bluebirds and other song birds as well as resident raptors, woodpeckers and quail, and shorebirds at the reservoir. Golden Eagles are regular visitors here. This trip involves walking several miles on an easy trail and will end mid-day with an optional picnic lunch at tables near the park entrance. There is a $5 parking fee. Meet in the West Sacramento Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento at 7:30am. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. Or meet at Lynch Canyon Park at about 8:30.
The Lake Davis area in the northern Sierra Nevada hosts a large breeding population of Flammulated Owls, a US Fish and Wildlife Bird of Conservation Concern and a sensitive species that is the subject of a multi-year study. Banding these owls at their nest sites furthers understanding of site and mate fidelity, life-span, dispersal and migration. This educational trip is an opportunity to increase awareness and concern for the species and join the banding team for an evening of up close owl study. Participants may also join Linda for optional birding in Sierra Valley prior to the owl banding.
with Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk bat and hawk experts
Join Maureen to see 60,000 Mexican Free-tailed Bats emerge while Swainson's Hawks and American Kestrels try their luck and skill at bat hunting! This trip is limited to 12 participants. Please contact Maureen for meeting time and place.
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 Douglas Road turn south on Zinfandel Dr. then turn left into the park for this morning trip. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders. Parking is $5.00.
This area is about 70 miles east of Sacramento and is good for Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, flycatchers, warblers and other surprises. Mountain wildflowers are a possibility so bring your flower field guides. Several stops will be made along Ice House Road and side roads for short walks. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking and wet meadows. Meet Tim and Richard at the Bella Bru Cafe at the south end of the Raley’s parking 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.
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 drive from there. Bring water and lunch or a snack.
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!