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. *Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details.
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 October 12 through November 12, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 8am-10am Family Friendly Trip! Earl J. Koobs Nature Area, Carmichael Leader: Cliff Hawley, 300-2495 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Cliff in exploring this gem in Carmichael which is only open on occasion. Cliff knows it well and will seek out resident, migrating and early-wintering species that may be present. Families with children, beginners and anyone wanting a nice stroll in a beautiful area will enjoy this morning trip. Loaner binoculars are available. The Nature Area is at 5325 Engle Road next to the La Sierra Community Center (also the location of the California Montessori Project) between Engle Road and Cypress Avenue and Walnut Avenue and Garfield Avenue.
Sunday, October 15, 7:30am-noon SRWTP Bufferlands Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610 email@example.com The Bufferlands are 2,500 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove and not typically open to the public. Habitats include riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, grasslands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands, and many habitat restoration sites. This is a good time for waterbirds, wintering songbirds, and late migrating songbirds. Be prepared for 3 miles of easy walking. New Directions: Take I-5 south from Sacramento and exit at Laguna Blvd. Drive east to Franklin Blvd. and turn left at the next block (Sims Rd-no stoplight) with poplar trees and a brick planter. Drive 0.6 mile and turn right on Laguna Station Rd. Drive 0.5 mile and turn left at Glacier Way before reaching the guard station. (If using GPS, enter Glacier Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758). Drive 0.25 mile to the Bufferlands office entrance at the end of Glacier Way. A large gate will be open and the front glass doors will be unlocked.
Sunday, October 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 common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 502-2699.
Wednesday, October 18, 10am Family Friendly Trip! Mather Lake Leader: Sheila Green, 813-1470 email@example.com Mather Lake is a great local birding location, with a nice variety of resident and migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron and Pied-billed Grebes. 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. This is a wonderful trip for beginning and experienced birders alike. Loaner binoculars are available.
Saturday, October 21, 7am SHARP! Hope Valley – Alpine County Fall Foliage Birding Leader: Dan Brown, 704-0951 firstname.lastname@example.org Autumn color explodes in mid-October at Hope Valley. Join Dan to enjoy the fall foliage and to look for resident and specialty birds that include: Sooty (Blue) Grouse, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Steller’s Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Cassin’s Finch. Some of the terrain is hilly, so wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. A camera is a recommended addition to your pack. Bring water and lunch. FRS radios would also be helpful on this trip. Meet Dan at the north end of the Raley’s parking lot 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. Meet at the far north end of the parking lot. We will leave at 7am sharp!
Saturday, October 21, 8am-noon Elk Grove/Cosumnes Area Leaders: Wendy Money and Sandra Steurer Wendy, 205-3194, email@example.com Sandra, 580-8398, firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome Back Sandhill Cranes! Join Sandra and Wendy for a drive and easy walk looking for cranes, early arriving species of waterfowl, migrating shorebirds, and the year-round species which make this location such a wildlife jewel. Intrigued? Meet at 8 am at the intersection of Bruceville Road and Desmond Rd. Plan to finish birding by noon, and bring water and snacks. Scopes and loaner binoculars will be available to bring those wonderful birds in closer. Expect your children to exclaim "Wow!” Also suitable for beginning birders and anyone who enjoys cranes. Questions? Contact Wendy or Sandra.
Saturday, October 21, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and birders Maureen Geiger and Larry Hickey from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 22 Birding By Ear Improve your birding skills by learning to recognize the songs, calls and chips of our local birds. This trip on the American River Parkway is limited to 10 people to ensure quality listening time, and will be led by Mark Martucci and Paul Cordero, two experienced birders with good auditory skills. Registration is required; email Cathie LaZier at email@example.com to sign up and learn the meeting time and place.
Wednesday, October 25, 8:45am Ancil Hoffman Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Cathie to explore the riparian area between the river and the golf course. Meet in the picnic parking lot across from the golf course parking lot. From California Ave.in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it to the end. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, October 28, 8am Bucks Creek Trail/Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com Join Maureen for a leisurely fall walk through this riparian habitat looking for resident woodpeckers, nuthatches, towhees, wrens, Green Herons, possible Hooded Mergansers and Common Gallinules, as well as wintering warblers and sparrows. This trip will end late morning. Meet at the southeast corner of the intersection of Silva Valley Parkway and Serrano Parkway. To reach this spot, exit Hwy. 50 at Exit 31, Silva Valley Parkway, and turn left. Follow the Parkway about a mile to the first stop light, make a U-turn and immediately park along the Parkway.
Saturday, October 28, 5pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Our Sandhill Cranes are back! And your SOSC leaders will also be looking for the wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors which feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta. Dress for changeable weather and bring binoculars, snacks and water if you wish. Call Mike at 446-1392 to get last minute instructions about meeting place and route.
Sunday, October 29, 6:30am Bodega Bay Leaders: Scott Hoppe and Mark Martucci Mark, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Scott, 835-8471, email@example.com Join Scott and Mark 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. This is one of the most popular trips; it's been called "the best Audubon trip we have taken" by more than one participant.
Monday, October 30, 8am Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org We will be scouting the oak woodlands of a peninsula on the south side of Folsom Lake. We'll keep our eyes open for eagles and osprey as well as the smaller passerines, woodpeckers, and water birds on the lake. We'll scan the mouth of Sweetwater Creek where a pair of Rock Wrens can usually be found. From Sacramento head east on Highway 50 towards Placerville. Take the El Dorado Hills Blvd. exit #30B and go north on El Dorado Hills Blvd. for approximately 4 miles to Green Valley Road. Go straight across Green Valley Road where El Dorado Hills Blvd. becomes Salmon Falls Road. Continue on Salmon Falls Road for 3 miles to a large dirt parking lot on the left with a large wooden sign that reads "Falcon Crest". Use caution when crossing oncoming traffic to enter the parking lot.
Saturday, November 4, 8am Family Friendly Trip! Sailor Bar Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 email@example.com Join Ben for a morning walk checking out the resident birds and looking for wintering species as well. Meet Ben at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. This is a good trip for beginners and families, and everyone will benefit from Ben's expertise identifying birds. Loaner binoculars are available. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way just west of Hazel. A Sac Country park pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, November 5, 7:30am SHARP! Note Change from Daylight Savings Time Lynch Canyon/King Ranch, Solano County Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Ken Poerner Maureen, 281-6652, firstname.lastname@example.org Ken, 707-580-6277, email@example.com Solano County has wonderful birding in a variety of habitats. Join Ken and Maureen in a 2.5 mile hike at Lynch Canyon searching for the large numbers of wintering raptors and ducks at the reservoir pond. From there, ddrive through the King Ranch, a Solano Land Trust property rarely open to the public, again in search of raptors and Burrowing Owls. Lunch at the top of King provides a breathtaking view of the San Pablo Bay looking east and is a nice way to end the morning. This trip will last to early afternoon, so bring lunch and liquids. Scopes and FRS radios will be useful. There is a $5 per car parking fee at Lynch. Meet Maureen at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. Second meeting place in Fairfield is the Safeway just east of the Waterman exit about 8am.
Tuesday, November 7, 9:30am Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1951 firstname.lastname@example.org Approximately 1 hour north of Sacramento, the Colusa NWR is a great location to view large waterfowl concentrations. There will be plenty of ducks and geese, as well as other wetland species, passerines and raptors. We will spend a good amount of time on the viewing platform, and then take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will finish our outing to this wonderful NWR by taking the short auto tour. Be prepared for cold and damp weather. Bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. Meet Dan at the Colusa NWR in the parking area near the restrooms at 9:30. From Sacramento, take I-5 north to Williams; take Exit 578, Hwy 20 east, and go approximately 6 miles to the refuge entrance on the right. Rain, strong winds, or thick fog cancels. No lunch break, but bring snacks and liquids. This trip will end around 1pm.
Saturday, November 11, 8am 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 Road, 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. 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.
Sunday, November 12 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 common birds in a variety of habitats, with an emphasis on looking and listening. Registration is required. Contact Cathie LaZier at firstname.lastname@example.org, 502-2699.