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 May 14 – Jul 24, 2016 Scheduler May14 - June 12, Andi Salmi, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-7192, June 13 - July 17, Dan Brown, email@example.com, 704-0951
Saturday, May 14, 6:15am Alpine CA and Douglas NV Counties Leader: Jane Taylor, 587-3366 firstname.lastname@example.org We will be meeting our Woodfords Christmas Bird Count hosts, Bobby and George Goodspeed, at mid-morning to bird Mud Lake and check the barns for owls. Depending on conditions, reports and allowable time, other possible stops include Luther Pass, West Carson River, Dressler Ln., Diamond Valley Rd., Indian Creek Reservoir and Markleeville. Please bring lunch and liquids for birding until mid-afternoon. Meet at Bella Bru at the south end of the Raley's shopping center 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. Heavy rain/snow or high winds in the Sierra cancel.
Saturday, May 14, 8am Walk On The Wild Side Early Bird Walk Leader: John Huls, 396-5261 Come to the event early and join Audubon leader John Huls and plant expert Mike Heacox for a 2 hour birding & botanizing walk through the forest along Morrison Creek. After the walk you can enjoy the rest of the nature event. Directions: Exit I-5 at Pocket Road and head east. At Freeport Blvd. turn south. Continue 2 miles through the town of Freeport and past the golf course. Turn left at the signs (just opposite Cliff’s Marina) and continue until you reach the Beach Lake event parking area. Tell the parking attendants that you are there for the Audubon walk and they will direct you to the far southern end of the parking field.
Sunday, May 15, 6am Mosquito Ridge Rd., Placer County Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com 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 Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Sunday, May 15 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 birds. We explore the varied habitat at William Pond, looking at spring nesters, including those small confusing bushtits, titmice and nuthatches, some waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as raptors, herons, egrets and woodpeckers. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, (put “Beginning Birder” in the subject line), or phone 457-6882.
Wednesday, May 18, 6:30am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 email@example.com Join Sally for a morning bird walk in the park, and along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. Sally will be looking for breeding swallows, Purple Martins, and resident breeding birds such as wrens and towhees. 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 in the parking lot. This will be a fairly easy walk, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners. CAUTION: high morning temperatures of 85+ degrees may shorten or cancel this trip.
Saturday, May 21, 7:30am Reichmuth Park Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Maureen at the park entrance on Gloria Drive and 43rd Avenue. Spring migration is underway and Maureen will be looking in the woods and on the pond for a variety of resident and migrant birds. From southbound I-5, take Exit 514 and follow 43rd Ave. east to Gloria Drive; turn right on Gloria and the entrance is on your left. From northbound I-5 take Exit 513 and go west on Florin Road; turn right on Greenhaven Dr, then right on Gloria and drive to the entrance at 43rd.
Sunday, May 22, time TBD 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!
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30am Sailor Bar, Olive Ave. entrance Leader: Larry Hickey, 415-305-0651 email@example.com Join Larry at the Olive Ave. entrance to Sailor Bar. This is a good area to see Phainopepla and a variety of woodpeckers and resident birds. We will walk for about 3 miles along the base of the bluffs to the fish pond, then back on trails along the American River. From Winding Way, (between Fair Oaks and Chicago), go south on Toyon Ave; continue left on Natoma Ave, and at 0.4 mile turn left on Olive Avenue, down a hill and into the parking lot. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, May 28, 9am Mather Lake Leader: Sheila Green, 813-1470 firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrate Spring at Mather Lake with Sheila. There should be a good variety of singing and nesting birds and waterfowl. This is an especially good trip for beginners, and families with children. 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.
Saturday, May 28, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Audubon birding leaders Maureen Geiger and Sue Darst and a Nature Center docent 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.
Sunday May 29, 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 Sierra 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 & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Wednesday, June 1, 7:30am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Craig for this morning walk, looking for our summer birds on nests or in cavities, singing and feeding young. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, June 4, 7am Crystal Basin Leaders: Phyllis Wilburn, 530-642-9942 : email@example.com and Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org Phyllis and Darrell 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, vireos, and other birds of the area. They hope to see the beautiful Calliope hummingbird again. Mountain wildflowers may also be in bloom. Bring lunch, liquids, and footwear suitable for hiking. Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome. Meet Darrell at the Bella Bru in the Raley’s parking lot 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.
Sunday June 5, 6am Mosquito Ridge, Placer County Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com Richard will explore several productive areas outside 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 late 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.
Wednesday, June 8, 7am Granite Springs Road and Crystal Basin Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Burris, 947-7573, email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Tim, Ann and Mark for a full day of fun and birding. We will start by driving Granite Springs Road, then head into Crystal Basin for the remainder of the trip. We hope to find flycatchers, MacGillivray’s Warblers, woodpeckers, Mountain Bluebirds and Calliope Hummingbird. If we are lucky, we will find Mountain Quail with young. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids, lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. Please bring FRS Radios if you have them. 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. We will leave promptly at 7am.
Saturday & Sunday, June 11 - 12, 8:00am on site both Saturday and Sunday Sierra 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 Valley or the Yuba Pass area as a day trip. We will bird the Sierra Valley area by car on Saturday, a full day’s excursion, including a very productive riparian stream zone adjacent to a previous wildfire located at the southern end of the valley near Loyalton/Sierra Brooks. On Sunday we will bird the Yuba Pass area until early afternoon. Lodging is available in Truckee, Sierraville, Portola 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, 6/9. 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. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring along hand held radios, food and water, and dress for probable cool mornings and warm afternoons.
Thursday, June 16, 7am Sailor Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Darrell for a morning walk checking out the resident birds. 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.
Saturday, June 18, 7:30am River Bend Park Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 email@example.com Join Dan 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.
Sunday, June 19, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations, and he usually turns up quite a list of bird species. Join him to look for a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron and Common Yellowthroat. 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. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
June 21,22 & 23CANCELLED South Lake Tahoe Leader: Sally Walters, BajaOwl@Gmail.com Join Sally as she explores her favorite places to find birds around South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy full days of birding in the forest and along the lake shore. Space is limited. For directions and details, please email Sally
Saturday, June 25, 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 and Howe) at 7:30am. Trip goes until early afternoon, so bring water and lunch. Some light to moderate walking. There is a $8 per car charge to enter the state park.
Sunday, June 26, 6:30am Ellis Road/Power Fire Area Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Burris, 947-7573, email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org This mid-elevation area is located off Hwy 88 in the El Dorado National Forest in eastern Amador County, about an hour and a half drive from Sacramento. Much of this area was severely burned during the Power Fire in 2004. We’ll take several short walks in various habitats looking for woodpeckers and mountain residents. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring lunch, snacks and liquids. Bring FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet at the Galt Park and Ride. From Sacramento, take Hwy 99 south to the Twin Cities Rd/Hwy 104 exit, turn left (east) on Twin Cities Rd, cross the freeway and turn right (south) on Stockton Blvd. The Park and Ride is just south of Twin Cities Rd.
Wednesday, June 29, 7:30am William Pond Park Leader: Larry Hickey, 415-305-0651 email@example.com 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, July 2, 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.
Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 am Estates Drive American River access Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 email@example.com We hope to get an early start on the day, as it could get hot. This area is a great example of established riparian habitat. The American River meanders, creating islands and ponds where we will look for Wood Ducks, herons, egrets, and kingfishers. Further inland there are several very old Valley Oaks along a trail that has been referred to as the Avenue of Giants, where we will look for towhees, wrens, kinglets, and nuthatches. From Watt Ave. take American River Drive east to Estates Dr. Turn south on Estates until it dead-ends at the levee.
Saturday, July 9, 8:30am Yuba Pass & Sierra Valley Leader: Dan Tankersley 662-1951 (email preferred) firstname.lastname@example.org Though much quieter than last month at this location, the birds should still be present. We may see feeding activity and possibly some newly fledged young. At the pass, we will look for Calliope Hummingbird, White-headed Woodpecker and Western Tanager among other montane species. After lunch, we will head down to the valley in hopes of finding Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s and Vesper Sparrows, Yellow-headed Blackbird and others. Meet Dan at the Yuba Pass parking area. Bring lunch and be prepared for changing weather conditions, as summer thunder storms occur here this time of year. We will be walking most of the morning at high elevation and over uneven trails at some spots. Most of the birding in the valley will be in or near our vehicles. If you have them, bring FRS radios, and scopes. There could be some fine photo opportunities. The trip is scheduled to end around 3pm, but we sometimes go extra innings. From Sacramento, it is approximately 2.5 hours to Yuba Pass. Head east on I-80 and take exit 188B at Truckee to access Highway 89. Turn left (north) on 89 and drive 25 miles to the intersection of highways 89 & 49 in Sierraville. Turn left on Highway 49 and proceed about 11 miles to Yuba Pass. Follow the signage for the Yuba Pass campground. We will meet in the large parking area to the left of the highway.
Sunday, July 10, 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 mostly level terrain, however, there is one short, fairly steep incline, and a creek crossing on stepping stones. 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.
Wednesday, July 13, 7am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Burris, 947-7573 email@example.com This high mountain lake near the edge of the Desolation Wilderness offers a good sample of high Sierran bird life. Ann and Tim will help you find many of the Sierran bird specialties including Black-backed and White-headed Woodpeckers, and Cassin’s Finch. Bring plenty of water and lunch for a full day of birding. Bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet Ann and Tim 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.
Saturday, July 16 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.