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 November 3-16, 2016 Scheduler: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 3, 8am Wolf Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, North Natomas Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com This is a little known 60-acre wetlands created when an area of open pasture in Rio Linda was used as a borrow pit to provide dirt for levee improvements in the North area of Sacramento. Good time of year for a variety of species in the open water and wetland perimeters which have been planted with native riparian shrubs and trees. Maureen will walk the loop, exploring the different habitats along the way. This trip will last until late morning and will involve walking on a fairly good, flat trail which may be muddy depending on rainfall. From Sacramento take I-5 north, then follow Hwy.99/70 north 1.1 miles. Take the Elkhorn Boulevard exit 525B and, turning right, continue 3.1 miles, cross Steelhead Creek, and make an immediate right turn on Sorrento into a large, unpaved parking lot. You will see a sign for the Walter S. Ueda Parkway in the parking lot.
Saturday, November 5, 8am Spenceville Wildlife Area Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 firstname.lastname@example.org This scenic recreational area of rolling hillsides, streams, reservoirs and ponds offers a variety of wildlife. Join Richard as he searches this foothill area for wintering waterfowl, raptors and passerine species. The trip involves moderate hiking; wear appropriate footwear and layered clothing. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for changeable weather. Meet Richard 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.
Family Friendly Trip!!! Saturday, November 5, 9:00-11:00am Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve Leaders: Sandra Steurer, 580-8398 email@example.com Wendy Money, 205-3194 firstname.lastname@example.org This morning walk with 88 Acres of recreational land located in Penryn will be specifically geared to and appropriate for families and children. Join Sandra in finding interesting birds such as Western Bluebird, California Quail and White-tailed Kite in an open oak woodlands area. Meet at Traylor Ranch on Humphrey Road. From Sacramento, I-80 to Penryn Road exit. Turn left, go to Taylor Road. Turn right, go to English Colony Way. Turn left, go to Humphrey Road (a few miles). Left on Humphrey--parking lot is down about 1/2 mile on the right. From Auburn, take I-80 to Hwy 193 exit (past Placer Farm Supply). At stop sign go straight on Taylor Road for several miles until you reach English Colony Way in Penryn. Turn right, go several miles to Humphrey Road, turn left and parking lot is down about 1/2 mile on the right. Bring liquids and be prepared for a nice walk. There will be: a few extra pairs of binoculars for children to use.
Sunday, November 6, 8am Note Change From Daylight Savings Time Sacramento Wildlife Refuge Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192 email@example.com Andi will be looking for the enormous flocks of ducks, geese and swans that winter in the valley or stop to feed on their way south. This is also a good place for raptors, and Bald Eagles can be found here regularly. There is a 3.7 mile driving route and a great viewing platform as well. This trip will last into early afternoon, so bring lunch, drinks and warm clothes. FRS radios are helpful on this trip. Meet 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. Please note there is a $6 day use fee for each vehicle at the refuge. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Wednesday, November 9, 8am William Pond Park Leader: Larry Hickey, 962-0387 Larryhickey1@gmail.com Meet Larry along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk, for this morning walk looking for returning migrants and resident birds. Along the river mergansers and possibly goldeneye can be found in the backwaters and wrens and towhees call from the bushes. California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park area, and Larry will be looking for returning White and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Trip will end before noon. 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 an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, November 12, 7am Bodega Bay Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Another chance to bird this great area. Join Scott for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. Bring lunch, water and warm clothes. Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capitol Ave exit. Turn left, and the Park & Ride will be on your immediate left. This is a good trip for newer birders and experienced birders alike.
Sunday, November 13, 8:30am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, cell 502-2699 email@example.com Join Cathie for an easy walk of about a mile and a half, viewing the wintering waterfowl, egrets, herons and shorebirds in the flooded wetland ponds. This is an excellent walk for beginning birders. Bring water and snacks and dress for changeable weather. Meet at the north end of the upper parking lot, near the native plant garden; directions available at www.cosumnes.org.
Sunday, November 13 Beginning Birding Field Trip 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. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 457-6882.
Wednesday, November 16, 8am Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Leader: Bill Bianco 372-3318 or 889-4849 email@example.com This UC Davis Reserve along the banks of the Putah Creek can be a wonderful place to find migrants this time of year as well as wintering passerines and resident species. Join Bill for a leisurely morning walk on this easy trail west of UC Davis. This trip is good for beginners and those already familiar with the excellent birding on the Creek and will end before lunch. From I-80 near Davis, take Hwy. 113 north and exit on Hutchison Drive, exit 27. Turn left. At the first round-about, stay right, passing new student housing, and at the second round-about go west onto Hutchison Drive. At about 1 mile, turn left onto Hopkins Road. About 1 mile south, Hopkins deadends. Turn left onto Levee Road and immediately park on your left. You will see one of the entrances to the Reserve.