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
Field Trips May 16 through July 10, 2011
May 16 through June 19, Scheduler: Andi Salmi, email@example.com June 20 through July 10, Scheduler: Dan Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, May 18, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Mark will be looking for a nice variety of resident birds along the American River Parkway. This is a great trip for birders of all skill levels. To reach Sacramento Bar, exit Hwy 50 at Sunrise Blvd. North, turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sacramento Co. Park pass or $5 entry fee is required for each vehicle.
Saturday, May 21, 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 22, 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 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80.
Thursday, May 26, 8:30am Yolo Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 634-9758 email@example.com 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.
Saturday, May 28, 7:30am Mather Field 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 at the corner of Douglas Road and Eagle’s Nest Road for this morning trip. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, May 29, 6:30am Mosquito Ridge, Placer County Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com 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.
Saturday, June 4, 7am Crystal Basin Leader: Frank Gray, 723-5249 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 areas are at about a mile elevation and are within the area of the '92 Cleveland Fire. There will likely be good chances to view Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, several species of warbler, 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 bird ID features on this slow-paced trip. We expect to return by 2 or 3pm. Meet Frank 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. Meet at the far north end of the parking lot.
Sunday June 5, 7am Pt. Reyes, Marin County Leader: Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266 email@example.com Dan will lead you on a full day of birding at all the usual locations at Pt. Reyes National Seashore. A wide variety of species are possible – land birds, water birds, shorebirds, raptors – so join Dan for a great day of birding. Bring your lunch, drinks and your spotting scope, if you have one. Meet at the West Sacramento Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Saturday, June 11, 7am Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan 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. Dan 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 12, 7:30am Riverbend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 email@example.com 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 may still be blooming. Bushtits, wrens, Ash-throated Flycatchers and Oak Titmouses (mice?) should all be active. This is a good trip for beginning birders. The trip will end before noon. The park is at the end of Rod Beaudry Drive, north off Folsom Blvd., between Mather Field Road and Bradshaw. Meet in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, June 18, 8:15am Purple Martins at Sutterville Rd. Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 firstname.lastname@example.org Co-leader: Dan Airola (281-6652 the morning of the trip) This is a great opportunity to see and learn about purple martins. Join Maureen and Dan Airola, the Central Valley expert on martins, and hear him 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. This trip will last until 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. Call Maureen’s cell at 281-6652 if there are difficulties finding the meeting site.
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 - 19, 8:00 AM onsite 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, 6/16. 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 25, 7am SHARP Calaveras Big Trees State Park Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll take a leisurely walk on the one mile loop trail through the North Grove of Giant Sequoias. Hoped-for birds include White-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Stellar’s Jays are a certainty. Afterwards we’ll picnic, so bring a lunch and liquids. Meet Dan at the Starbucks in the Raley’s Shopping Center in the 8300 block of Folsom Blvd. (between Watt and Howe), to LEAVE at 7 a.m. SHARP. There is an entrance fee to the park.
Sunday, June 26, 8am Swainson's Hawk Trip Leader: Frank Gray, 723-5249 Fgray4birds@aol.com 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. Meet Frank 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.
Sunday, July 3, 7:30am Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa County Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 email@example.com Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277 firstname.lastname@example.org This great park, at the confluence of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, is a good place to hike in the summer due to its proximity to the Bay which tends to keep it cool. Join Maureen and Ken on a four mile, fairly level hike along the shoreline, through the eucalyptus stands and meadows, past the historical munitions areas, and onto the 1,250’ fishing pier to find resident species, especially shorebirds. There is a $3 parking fee; restroom facilities are available in several park locations. This trip will last until early afternoon; bring lunch to eat near the pier. Weather can be very different from Sacramento, so dress for the possibility of cold, windy and/or foggy weather. Meet Maureen at the West Sacramento Park and Ride by 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 at the Safeway Market complex on Waterman Boulevard in Fairfield – call for details. To meet the group at the Park BY 9 a.m., from Sacramento, take I-80 West to Richmond. Take Exit #20 onto the Richmond Parkway (also says to I-580) and continue on the Parkway to the Giant Highway. Turn right on the Highway and continue into the Park.
Monday, July 4, 8-10:20am,
River Bend Park - A joint trip with Cal. Native Plant Society
The holiday will get hectic later in the day so why not start off with a refreshing short walk. The dense live oak canopy provides both deep shade and excellent cover for our birds of summer. We will meet in the main parking lot in the picnic area just north of the pedestrian bridge over the AmericanRiver. From Highway 50 exit at Bradshaw Road. Turn left onto Bradshaw then right onto Folsom Blvd. Turn left onto Rod Beaudry Drive and proceed to the park entry. A SacramentoCountyParkPass or $8 entry fee (holiday rate) is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, July 9, 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 & 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.