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 14- July 12, 2014 Schedulers: May 14 through June 15, Andi Salmi, firstname.lastname@example.org, June 16 through July 6, Dan Brown, email@example.com
Wednesday, May 14, 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, May 17, 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 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.
Saturday, May 17, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk Join Sacramento Audubon birders Craig DeMartini and Muriel Parker, with Nature Center docent Brena Seck for a family friendly nature and birding walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. 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 May18, 6 am Mosquito Ridge Road to French Meadows 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. Highlights from a solo trip last year produced 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.
Tuesday, May 20, 8am Upper Sunrise Parkway, Nimbus Fish Hatchery Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 email@example.com Join Marlene for a morning stroll along the American River Parkway beginning at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Hopefully we will see Ash-throated Flycatcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Western Bluebird, Tree Swallows, and Bewick's Wren. This is a good trip for beginning birders. We will be walking about 2 miles on flat surfaces at a slow pace. Meet Marlene at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery parking lot (north end of the lot) at Hazel Avenue and Hwy 50 at 8:00 am.
Saturday, May 24, 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!
Sunday May 25, 6am Sierra Valley Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Saturday, May 31, 7am Crystal Basin Leaders: Phyllis Wilburn, 530-642-9942 and Wendy Money, 205-3194. Phyllis: email@example.com, Wendy: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 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.
Sunday, June 1, 7am Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 email@example.com 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 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 in 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, June 8, 6am Granite Springs Road Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207, Mark Martucci 833-6722 and Scott Hoppe 835-8471 Tim: email@example.com, Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org, Scott: email@example.com 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 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.
Saturday & Sunday, June 14 - 15, 8:00 AM onsite both Saturday and Sunday Sierra Valley/Antelope Valley/Yuba Pass Leader: Gary Fregien 708-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring along hand held radios, food and water, and dress for probable cool mornings and warm afternoons.
Saturday, June, 21, 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 22, 7:30am Mather Lake 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 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 28, 7am Fremont Weir/Sacramento River Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org This riparian stretch along the Sacramento River north of Woodland also features large expanses of meadow/grassland where Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings and Western Kingbirds have nested in recent years. Swallows, bluebirds, orioles, wrens and Swainson's Hawks are usually present also. This easy walk will last until late morning and be mostly in the sun so hats, liquids and sunscreens are good. 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 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). Call Maureen if questions.
Sunday, June 29th Bats and Swainson's Hawks Leader, Jude Lamare, 916-447-4956 at FRIENDS OF THE SWAINSON'S, Email, email@example.com Join Jude along with bat expert, JoEllen Arnold 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 Jude Lamare for meeting time and place.
Saturday, July 5, 6am Loney Meadow Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 6, 7am Ice House Road and Crystal Basin area Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870- 5207 email@example.com Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday,July 12, time TBD Dragonflytrip, Location: TBD Leader:Tim Manolis, 485-9009 Ylightfoot@aol.com Mostlikely Tim will try Bear Creek for Giant Darners etc, but since the weather willaffect 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!