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the trip leader. If he/she cannot be reached, call the scheduler. Trips
geared for beginners are highlighted in red. To get
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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
Wednesday, October 5, 8am -11am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway Leaders: Sally Walters and Don Schmoldt, 739-6465 firstname.lastname@example.org Join us for a morning bird walk along the levee and willow covered sand bars of the American River. From Highway 50 take Howe Ave. north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn left onto Fair Oaks and cross over the American River. Turn right on Carlson Ave., which is the first stop light past the American River bridge. Continue on Carlson Ave. to its end, at Glenn Hall Park. Meet on top of the levee. This will be a fairly easy walk, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. We hope to see returning wintering sparrows and waterfowl, and resident birds including wrens, towhees, yellow-billed magpies, kinglets. Excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, October 8, 8am Discovery Park Leader: Andi Salmi, 691-7216 email@example.com This park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for an autumn walk. Join Andi to look for migrants, winter arrivals and resident species generally found in the park such as Red-shouldered Hawks and White-tailed Kites. Other possibilities include sparrows, woodpeckers and bluebirds. This will be a walking trip and end before noon. There are no restroom facilities along the way. On I-5 from downtown, take the Garden Highway exit and turn left/east onto Garden Highway. Take the first left onto Natomas Park Drive, and the first right onto Capital Park Drive. Parking is permitted on either side of the street, and we’ll walk into the park.
Saturday, October 8 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 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, October 8, 7am River Walk Bird Count, Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information, 684-2816 www.cosumnes.org Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot on Franklin Blvd. south of Twin Cities Road, for this monthly birding census trip. It’s a great birding area, always full of surprises, and joining the group trip is a good way to find out what’s happening at the preserve. This walk covers about four miles, and, at a leisurely pace, should take approximately five hours, so be sure to bring a lunch and liquids. Be sure to check the recorded information a couple of days before to get the exact meeting time and any other updated details, as they sometimes change.
Sunday, October 9, 8am American River between Howe and Watt Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791 email@example.com Join Dan at his favorite spot along the Parkway in search of our wintering birds, and get to know an area he knows well. He’ll find our resident and wintering birds, and will be looking for uncommon species; he’s found a White-throated Sparrow the last four years. There are well worn trails and some that require a little more work, so depending on everyone's ability, he will decide how strenuous the walk will be in the morning. The trip will last until lunch time. From Hwy. 50, take the Howe Avenue exit and head north; from Howe, take the first exit before the bridge. To do this, you will need to be in the right-most lane. Cross La Riviera Drive and enter the Howe Avenue Access to the American River. There is a $5 fee to park in the lot, or parking is available on La Riviera Drive. This trip is good for beginners and more experienced birders.
Thursday, October 13, 8am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk, for this morning walk looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as early fall migrants. In the oak woodland and along the river we may see warblers, vireos or Cedar Waxwings. Vinegar weed, a very interesting plant, will be blooming. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called Goethe Park). A Sac CountyPark Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, October 15, 8am till noon Shadow Glen/Snowberry Creek Leader: Lea Landry, 638-1141 email@example.com This morning walk will include riparian habitat, ridge trails and a good view of Lake Natoma. Lea will be looking for both woodland birds and waterfowl. There may be some short steep climbs on the trail, and if the rains come it may be muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. Bring liquids and snacks if you wish. Lea usually finds a nice variety of birds on this trip, which is suitable for both beginning and experienced birders. Meet Lea in the parking lot of the Snowberry Creek Equestrian Staging area, (Shadow Glen Stables), about ¼ mile east on Main, from where Main and Sunset Avenues meet in Orangevale.
Family Friendly Trip!!! Saturday, October 15, 9:00-11:00am Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve Leader: Sandra Beseler This morning walk will take place in an 88acre nature preserve of recreational land located in Penryn and will be specifically geared to and appropriate for familiesand children. Join Sandra in finding interesting birds such as Western Bluebird, California Quail and White-tailed Kite in an open oak woodlands area. Binoculars will be available for children who need them. Reservations are required and space is limited; to reserve space, contact Maureen Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 444-0804.
Tall Forest Bird Count, 7am Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information, 684-2816 www.cosumnes.org 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, so this is your opportunity to bird there. John has an appreciation of nature on many levels, and a trip with him is always exciting. Be sure to check the recorded information a couple of days before to get the exact meeting time and any other updated details, such as water levels on the trails, as they sometimes change. Arrive a little early, as this trip always leaves promptly.
Sunday, October 16, 7am SHARP! Putah Creek Preserve Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Join Mark for some excellent birding, a morning walk along the levee road looking for our wintering riparian birds. Meet Mark 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 then left again into the Park & Ride lot. This is a good trip for beginners and more experienced birders alike.
Wednesday, October 19, 8am Bushy Lake, Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and 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. This is a great trip for beginners.
Saturday, October 22, 7 am SHARP! Hope Valley – Alpine County Fall Foliage Birding Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458 email@example.com 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, Stellar’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 22, 3:30pm Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds of the Sacramento Valley A Save Our Sandhill Cranes-sponsored trip Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Our Sandhill Cranes are back! They, as well as a variety of ducks, swans, geese, and shorebirds, feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta, and hawks patrol overhead. Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center deck 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 and bring binoculars. Scopes are helpful. 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, October 23, 7:30am Bobcat Ranch, Yolo County Leaders: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804 firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Velas, (530) 510-0399 email@example.com This wonderful 7,000-acre property owned by Audubon California is currently open to the public solely for docent-led trips. Join Maureen and take a nice hike with Karen Velas, the ornithologist at the Ranch, for our third visit to this beautiful property. We will hike amongst the blue oak woodlands, looking for local and migrating bird species (including Golden Eagles, Lark Sparrows, Lewis’s Woodpeckers). We will also learn about the restoration efforts taking place. We should have fabulous views of the valley. This outing will involve moderate hiking on fairly level ground and should last until lunch time. Bring liquids; a picnic lunch at the Ranch is possible or a return to Winters where there are several good restaurants. There are restrooms at the meeting site. Meet at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento no later than 7:30 am. Alternate meeting place is Steady Eddy’s at 5 E. Main Street, next to the parking lot at the intersection of Main and Railroad in Winters by 8: am. To reach the Park and Ride, from I-80, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light and left into the lot.
Sunday, October 23, 3:30pm Sandhill Crane Trip See trip info for Oct. 22
Thursday, October 27, 8:30am Yolo Basin Wildlife Area Leader: Marlene Ishihara, 635-9758 IshiM2000@comcast.net Join Marlene in this great area 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Depending on the extent of flooded fields on the auto tour route, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl as well as raptors. 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, at the beginning of the auto tour. FRS radios and scopes are helpful on this trip, which is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon.
Saturday, October 29, 7am Bodega Bay Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday, October 29, 3:30pm Sandhill Crane Trip Another opportunity to visit the Cosumnes River Preserve for Sandhill Cranes and wintering waterfowl. All trip info is same as Saturday Oct. 22.
Sunday, October 30, 7:30am Spenceville Wildlife Area Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124 email@example.com 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 Brookfield’s restaurant parking lot in Roseville. Take Eureka Road exit off I-80; go right on Eureka and first left at the stoplight (Taylor Road). The restaurant is located behind the Shell gas station.
Sunday, October 30, 3:30pm Sandhill Crane Trip See trip info for Oct.22
Tuesday, November 1, 7:45am 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 take 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, November 5, 8am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations, and he usually turns up quite a list of bird species. Join him to look for a nice variety of resident and wintering birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Common Yellowthroat. 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. A Sac County Parks Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders.
Sunday, November 6, 9am (Note: Daylight Savings Time begins today). Bobelaine Sanctuary Leader: Carla Barbaro, 717-8808 Join Carla for a morning autumn walk through this great riparian habitat. Herons, egrets, cormorants and grebes should be on the water, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a variety of sparrows will be settling in for the winter. The sycamore and wild grape should give us some fall color as well. Take Highway 99 north toward Yuba City; about 2 miles north of the Feather River bridge turn right on Laurel Ave. Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot. You may want to bring water and snacks.