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
Saturday, November 12, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com Join Richard for this morning walk along the American River. You will see a nice variety of resident birds and maybe some surprises. This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd.; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, November 12 Beginning Birder Field Trip - William Pond Park These beginners’ field trips are designed to introduce new birders to the fun of birding. Limited to 10 people 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.
Saturday, November 12, 6:30am River Walk Bird Count, Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information, 684-2816 Meet at the Visitor Center on Franklin Blvd, south of Twin Cities Road, for this monthly birding census trip. It is a great birding area, always full of surprises, and joining the group is a good way to find out what’s happening and to hone your birding skills. This walk covers about four miles at a leisurely pace and takes approximately five hours, so bring lunch and liquids. Be sure to check the recorded information a day or two before for exact meeting time and possible updates.
Sunday, November 13 Beginning Birder Field Trip - Cosumnes River Preserve This trip is designed to improve your skills in identifying wintering wetland birds, including ducks, geese and some shorebirds. Several Audubon leaders will provide spotting scopes for up-close looks at the waterfowl. Registration is required to ensure a good ratio of leaders to participants. Contact Cathie LaZier at email@example.com , 457-6882.
Sunday, November 13, 7am until noon Eastern Sacramento County Foothills Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org We will visit portions of Latrobe, Michigan Bar, and Meiss Rds, though access will be partially dependent on road conditions related to recent weather. Vast areas of open grassland and blue oak woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops and the Cosumnes River provide habitat for winter raptors, resident and winter songbirds, Lewis's Woodpeckers and, hopefully, a surprise or two. We'll have a mix of car birding and several short walks. Meet at the Park and Ride on Hwy 16 (Jackson Hwy) just west of Sunrise Blvd and the Folsom South Canal (7 miles east of Watt Ave). Steady rain cancels.
Thursday-Monday, November 18-21 Central Valley Birding Symposium 2011 Contact: Frances Oliver, 209/369-2010 email@example.com Join others from near and far and enjoy the company of great birders and naturalists such as Ed Harper, John Sterling, Ron LeValley, Joe Morlan and Jon Dunn in a variety of workshops to hone your skills. Enjoy the ever popular “stump the experts” bird ID panel which is always fun and interesting. Field trips visit surrounding hot spots to celebrate the diversity of birds wintering in the Central Valley. Check the schedule of field trips and programs, then register at www.cvbs.org .
Family Friendly Trip!! Sunday, November 20, 9am William Pond Park Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 firstname.lastname@example.org This is another of the family friendly birding and nature outings for families with children. Maureen will spend a couple hours walking in William Pond Park finding birds and other items of interest. Reservations are required, so contact Maureen for more information.
Sunday, November 20, 8:00am Upper Sunrise Area, American River Parkway Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.email@example.com Wayne will lead you on a morning walk to this great spot along the American River Parkway. You will see a nice variety of resident and wintering birds and maybe some surprises. Take South Bridge Road off of Sunrise just south of the Sunrise Bridge. Pass through the kiosk to stop sign at bottom of the hill. Turn R at stop sign and an immediate L. Park in the first parking lot on the left. There is a $5 per car entrance fee if you do not have a County Parks Pass. This is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders.
Saturday, November 26, 6:30am Tall Forest Bird Count - Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information: 684-2816 Meet
at the Farm Center Gate at the intersection of Desmond and Bruceville
Roads, ON TIME, to join this monthly bird count. Led by Chris Conard, this area is normally closed to the public, so this is your
opportunity to bird there. You must check the
recorded information a day or two ahead to get the exact meeting time
and any other updated details. Arrive a little early, as this trip
always leaves promptly.
Saturday, November 26, 8am Pleasants Valley Rd./Putah Creek (Solano Co.) Leader: Gary Fregien, 708-0636 Calaveri.firstname.lastname@example.org This outing entails driving to the Vacaville area to pick up Pleasants Valley Road, and birding our way up to Hwy. 128, then Putah Creek, Solano Lake and the Monticello Dam Overlook. We will make several stops along Pleasants Valley Rd., looking for migrating passerines, including Phainopepla, Western Bluebird and Say’s Phoebe. Along Putah Creek and Solano Lake we may see Barrow’s Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, American Dipper, and Osprey. At the Monticello Dam Overlook, we’ll be watching and listening for Canyon and Rock Wrens, and possibly Peregrine Falcon. Plan to spend 3-4 hours birding, plus driving time getting there and back. There will be minimal hiking, but dress for seasonal conditions. Bring along hand held radios, food and water. Our lunch spot will be at Solano Lake County Park, where there is a day-use fee. We’ll also look for Pileated Woodpecker and owls here. Meet Gary at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. Take the West Capitol Ave. exit; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. Car pooling is strongly encouraged, due to limited access at stops and the distance traveled.
Saturday, November 26, 3:30pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes-sponsored trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Sandhill Cranes are the focus of this trip but ducks, swans and geese, as well as shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, and hawks patrol overhead. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center parking lot at 3:30 p.m. to hear a brief presentation of Sandhill Crane behavior, biology and status. Then we’ll stroll the boardwalk in the Lost Slough Wetlands, enjoying views of the cranes, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Afterwards, we’ll drive along Desmond Road and possibly to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island, to see flocks of cranes fly in to roost for the night. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars, scopes and FRS radios if you have them. From Sacramento, take I-5 south to Twin Cities Road; go left (east) to the stop sign at Franklin Blvd.; turn right (south) on Franklin and, driving through the Preserve, watch for the Visitor Center parking lot on your left. Further directions and maps are available at www.cosumnes.org. This is a great trip for beginners.
Sunday, November 27, 8am Lincoln Grasslands Leaders: Tim Fitzer: 870-5207, email@example.com Mark Martucci: 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Tim and Mark will be checking this Placer County area for the many wintering hawks and sparrows that call this area home during the winter months. They will also be looking for winter rarities that flock with Horned Larks and sparrows in the Brewer Road area. Birding and lunch at the Chamberlain Cemetery will be followed by more birding along the rural roads on the way to Camp Far West Reservoir. Meet Tim and Mark at the Brookfield’s Restaurant parking lot, 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. Brookfield’s is behind Shell. Bring lunch, scopes and FRS radios if you have them.
Sunday, November 27, 3:30 pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes-sponsored trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See description for Saturday, November 27, above.
Wednesday, November 30 Isenberg Crane Preserve & Cosumnes River Preserve Boardwalk Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 email@example.com Join Dan to look for wintering geese and ducks, including Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, teal and wigeon. In shallow water there may be shorebirds, such as dowitchers, sandpipers, yellowlegs, Dunlin, and maybe some surprises. Our wintering Sandhill Cranes will be back, and the usual herons and egrets will be around. The boardwalk is also a good place to look for the noisy but hard-to-see Marsh Wren, and the cryptic Wilson's Snipe. Meet Dan at the Nugget Market at 8 am. Going south on I-5, take the Florin Road West exit; go west to the first signal light (Greenhaven Drive), and make a U-turn. The parking area for the market will be on the right. This trip will end by noon. Bring FRS radios and spotting scopes if you have them. This is a great trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Rain, strong wind, or thick fog cancels.
Saturday, December 3 American River Natural History Association Annual Animal and Bird Count Compiler: Lea Landry, 638-1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) Join Lea and other volunteers to assist with this annual count of birds and other creatures along the American River Parkway sponsored by the American River Natural History Association (ARNHA). Results of this count are important to future planning for the Parkway, and the goal is to have 11 teams of two or more persons each. The count differs from other Christmas Counts in that teams count species rather than total numbers of each species. This is a great warm-up for the CBCs to follow. Contact Lea for details, team assignments, and meeting and compilation locations.
Sunday, December 4, 9am till noon Gulls at Nimbus Fish Hatchery Leader: Ed Harper, 971-3311 email@example.com Sharpen your identification skills as this is a gathering place for a variety of gulls. Herring, Thayer’s, Glaucous-winged, California, Ring-billed and Mew Gulls are all possibilities. Spotting scopes will be very useful, and be sure to bring your field guides for this intensive study. Meet Ed in the Fish Hatchery parking lot off Hazel Avenue north of Hwy 50.
Thursday, December 8, 7:45 A.M. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 firstname.lastname@example.org The Colusa NWR is another great location in the Central Valley to view large waterfowl concentrations. There will be many duck species and plenty of Snow, Ross's, Greater White-fronted and possibly a few Cackling Geese as well as other wetland birds. Eurasian Wigeon is often seen here as well, and we can expect many raptors with the possibility of Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. We will spend a good amount of time on the main viewing platform, and then take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will then follow the short auto tour and finish our outing with a return visit to the platform. Be prepared for cold and damp weather. Weather permitting, there should be ample photo ops. Scopes and FRS radios will be helpful on this trip. Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride at 7:45 A.M. From Sacramento, take I-80 west towards Davis to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and then right again at the signal light to the Park & Ride entrance a short distance beyond Ikeda’s Market. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank. Rain, strong wind, or thick fog cancels. Bring snacks and liquids as the trip will end in the very late morning to very early afternoon. We will leave the meeting area at 8:00 A.M. sharp.
Saturday, December 10, 7am San Francisco Bay Birding Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com Join Scott for a full day of birding the San Francisco Bay area, looking for shorebirds, waterfowl and other wintering birds. Clapper Rails are always a possibility on this trip, as well as unexpected rarities. Possible stops include Arrowhead Marsh, Hayward Shoreline, Palo Alto Baylands and Lake Merritt. Bring lunch and wear layered clothing. Scopes and FRS radios are a help. Meet Scott at the Park & Ride off Highway 80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take the West Capital Ave. exit; turn left at the stoplight and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
Saturday, December 10, 7am River Walk Bird Count - Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information, 684-2816 Meet at the Visitor Center on Franklin Blvd, south of Twin Cities Road, for this monthly birding census trip. It is a great birding area, always full of surprises, and joining the group is a good way to find out what’s happening and to hone your birding skills. This walk covers about four miles at a leisurely pace and takes approximately five hours, so bring lunch and liquids. Be sure to check the recorded information a day or two before for exact meeting time and possible updates.
Sunday, December 11, 7:30am King Ranch/Lynch Canyon/American Canyon Wetlands Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Poerner, 707-580-6277 email@example.com Solano County has wonderful birding in a variety of habitats. Join Ken and Maureen while we drive through the King Ranch looking for eagles and other raptors and burrowing owls; Lynch Canyon for a short hike into the valley looking for species similar to those at King but also including riparian species along the creek and ducks and grebes at the reservoir pond; then west to the American Canyon Wetlands where there will be myriad shorebirds, ducks and a few raptors as well which, depending on the tide, may be close enough for very good looks. This trip will last to mid-afternoon, so bring lunch and liquids. FRS radios will be useful. Meet Maureen at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. exit. Turn left; the Park & Ride will be on your immediate left. Secondary meeting place in front of the Safeway just west of the Waterman exit in Fairfield BY 8am.
Saturday, December 17, 6:30am Tall Forest Bird Count - Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information: 684-2816 Meet at the Farm Center Gate at the intersection of Desmond and Bruceville Roads, ON TIME, to join this monthly bird count. Usually led by John Trochet, this area is normally closed to the public, so this is your opportunity to bird there. John has an appreciation of nature on many levels, and a trip with him is always informative. You must check the recorded information a day or two ahead to get the exact meeting time and any other updated details. Arrive a little early, as this trip always leaves promptly.
Sunday, December 18, 9am East Lawn Cemetery Leader: Mary Beth Metcalf, 456-7382 Join Mary Beth for a 2-3 hour slow-paced walk through East Lawn cemetery where one can spot many of the common wintering species. Sometimes there will be less common finds such as red-breasted sapsuckers or golden-crowned kinglets, and some years there have been red-breasted nuthatches, as well. Meet Mary Beth at the entrance gate at 43rd Street and Folsom Boulevard. There is street parking on 42nd and 43rd streets.
Monday, December 26 Folsom Christmas Count Compiler: Chris Conard, 203-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 31 Sacramento Christmas Count Compiler: Mark Cudney, 987-2422 email@example.com