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.
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. 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.
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.
FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIPS
Saturday, May 19
This month’s family trip will be at the Walk On The Wildside event at Stone Lakes.
These monthly birding and nature walks are specifically geared to and appropriate for families and children. There is a trip limit to ensure a quality experience for all. Register for trips with Maureen Geiger, at email@example.com, or 444-0804.
At this favorite spring hotspot you should find wild flowers in bloom and hear the song of the Yellow-breasted Chat. Richard will scout for Lazuli Buntings, Wrentits, California Thrashers, migrating hummingbirds, and colorful warblers. A NEW MEETING PLACE for this trip: the Safeway Shopping Center on Green Valley Road just west of El Dorado Hills Blvd. From Sacramento, take Hwy. 50 east; take Exit #30B onto El Dorado Hills Boulevard and continue north about 4 miles to Green Valley Road. Turn left onto Green Valley and shortly after, turn right into the Safeway parking lot. Meet Richard near the Starbuck’s inside the Safeway.
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 Horseshoe Bar Road Park and Ride in Loomis off I-80.
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!
This park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for a walk in any season. Join Maureen to look for migrants, spring arrivals and resident species generally found in the park such as Red-shouldered Hawks and White-tailed Kites. Other possibilities include Ash-throated Flycatchers, Blue Grosbeaks, and Western Bluebirds. Generally, there is an unlocked restroom near the beginning of the walk. This is a walking trip that will last until late morning.
To reach Discovery from I-5, drive east on the Garden Highway, turning right into the park at the first traffic light. Once in the park, you need a Sacramento County Parks Annual Pass, or you must stop at the kiosk and register, paying the $5 entrance fee. Then turn left at your first opportunity and then left again, driving a short distance to the farthest parking lot at the archery range where we will meet.
Limited to 10 people, contact leader prior to trip by phone or e-mail.
This area is about 70 miles east of Sacramento. Frank plans several stops with
short walks along Icehouse Road and side roads. Many of the sites are at about a
mile elevation and are within the area of the '92 Cleveland Fire. There will
be good chances to view Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain
Bluebird, warblers and vireos, and other birds of the area. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking and wet meadows. Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome. Some time will be spent pointing out and discussing bird ID features. We expect to return by about 2 or 3 pm. Contact Frank to sign up for the trip and get meeting location directions.
We will explore several productive areas outside of Foresthill along Mosquito Ridge Rd, including Grouse Falls and the Placer Big Trees Grove. Expect good numbers of mid-elevation breeding birds, including potential distant views of Black Swifts at Grouse Falls. 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 4 miles over easy to moderate terrain at a comfortable pace. Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Join Tim, Scott and Mark 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. Also possible are 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.
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. This is a good trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 - 17, 8:00 AM onsite both Sat.& Sun.
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, 6/14. 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.
This is a great opportunity to see and learn about purple martins. Join Dan Airola and Dan Kopp, Central Valley experts on martins, and hear them discuss their habits and status as these lovely birds fly overhead catching insects and feeding young in their nest holes. The best activity lasts about two hours, so the trip will last mid- to late morning. The location is near Sacramento City College between Hwy. 99 and Freeport Boulevard and under the east side of the Sutterville Overpass. From Sutterville Road, coming from either direction, turn right onto W. Pacific Avenue. Park near the intersection of Pacific and Deeble Street. Contact Maureen Geiger with questions.
Join Frank for our second annual trip to this 338 plus-acre preserve in the Natomas Basin. It is open to the general public only for rare guided trips and is run by the Natomas Basin Conservancy. Properties there were converted from farmlands to marshland and upland habitats in the last decade. This provides multi-species habitat mitigation via a Federal & State-overseen Habitat Conservation plan. There will be chances to see many marshland and other bird species, as well as to learn about mitigation actions for plants and wildlife there. Tour of the preserve will be on foot; possibly at least a mile of walking on dirt roads. Later, we expect to visit one or more birding sites in North Natomas. Locations will be determined before the trip , based upon water availability and other conditions. Heat and mosquitos and no restrooms are possible. Meet at the Park and Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit (#81) ; turn left at the light and then an immediate left again at the Park and Ride lot. Voluntary carpooling is encouraged. The trip willprobably beover by noon or early afternoon at the latest.
Nesting Swainson's Hawks are the focus of this morning trip, in conjunction with "Friends of the Swainson's Hawk" (FOSH), a group organized to encourage habitat protection. Our local population of Swainson's Hawks differs from others of that species in their migration patterns and wintering grounds. Members of FOSH will be on hand to share information about these interesting birds. Wayne will also help you identify other birds in the area. Meet Wayne and Jude 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 left again into the Park & Ride lot. FRS radios and spotting scopes will be helpful, if you have them.
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 & 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.