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.
Field Trips, October 5th through November 10th, 2009. Scheduler: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, October 10, 7:30am Discovery Park Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, email@example.com This park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for a fall walk. Join Maureen to look for migrants, early winter arrivals and the more common birds generally found in the park such as Red-shouldered Hawks and White-tailed Kites. To reach the meeting place, exit I-5 at Garden Highway and drive east to Natomas Park Drive. Turn left onto Natomas Park, then take the first right onto Capital Park. Park along Capital Park. This will be a walking trip and will last until mid-morning. There are no restroom facilities along the way. Sunday, October 11, 7:30 am 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 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. Thursday, October 15, 8am till noon Bannister Park Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Explore another beautiful area along the American River with Jack.As always, you can share in his knowledge of the natural history of the parkway.Meet Jack in the parking lot at the end of Bannister Road, south off Fair Oaks Blvd., west of Sunrise Blvd. Saturday, October 17, 8 am 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. Sunday, October 18, 7:00am Solano Lake/Putah Creek Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org The lake is a good area for wintering ducks including possible Barrow’s Goldeneye and Hooded Mergansers. Phainopeplas are possible, and Pileated Woodpeckers have been found in the area several times during the last year. A drive up Putah Creek may turn up wintering passerines as well. There is a $5 per car fee at the Lake Solano campground.Bring lunch and liquids and meet Mark at the Park & Ride in West Sacramento.From I-80 take the West Capitol Ave. exit; turn left at the light; then left again into the lot.Plan on a trip lasting into the afternoon. Sunday, October 18, 8:30am – 12:30pm Bufferlands Fall Restoration Tour at Upper Beach Lake In 1990, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) began numerous ongoing habitat restoration projects on its 2,650-acre bufferlands. Over the years, the natural resource staff has applied and developed many techniques that have led to successful projects.This workshop will draw from nearly 20 years of onsite restoration experience. You will see the restoration sites up-close as we discuss how the projects were implemented, what worked, and how we addressed challenges. We will walk through a portion of the Upper Beach Lake project and discuss several sites and management strategies. We will focus on field techniques for riparian forest restoration, grassland restoration, and seasonal wetland management. There will be many opportunities to ask questions. For directions and more information, call 875-9307, or e-mail: email@example.com Sunday, October 18 Habitat Improvement Work Day Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Help Jack restore native vegetation along the American River Parkway.Tasks vary from month to month, so call Jack for details and meeting time, usually early morning. Thursday, October 22, 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 andwaterfowl as well. Raptors such as peregrine falcon are possible also. 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.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 24, 3pm till dark 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 p.m. for a short introduction to crane behavior and biology by Paul Tebbel, then stroll the boardwalk in the Lost Slough Wetlands, enjoying views of the cranes, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds.Afterwards we’ll drive out along Desmond Road and possibly to Staten Island, watching as 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. Saturday, October 24 Bufferlands - Make A Difference Day Join the staff of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) Bufferlands to participate in National Make A Difference Day, a celebration of volunteering to help others and improving your local community. You can do this by volunteering to help plant native trees at the SRCSD Bufferlands. The trees you plant will help improve air quality and provide habitat for area wildlife within the Bufferlands wildlife preserve. So come out and make a difference this year and celebrate Make A Difference Day by planting a tree at the SRCSD Bufferlands. For more info contact Kevin Cassady at 875-9196 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, October 25, 7am SHARP Calaveras Big Trees State Park Leader:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com We’ll take a leisurely walk on the one mile loop trail through the North Grove of Giant Sequoias, enjoying dogwood, hazelnut, and big leaf maple in fall color.Hoped-for birds include White-headed Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.Stellar’s Jay and Douglas Squirrel are a certainty.Afterwards we’ll picnic at the meadow, so bring a lunch and liquids, and we’ll make a short stop at the visitor center before an optional short afternoon hike.Meet Cathie 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.Or meet in the large visitor’s day parking lot at Calaveras between 9 and 9:30.There is an entrance fee to the park.This trip is suitable for beginners. Thursday, October 29, 8am till noon William PondPark, American River Parkway Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Join Jack for this walk to check out both the river and the small lake, as well as the developed park area.A variety of birds may be present, and Jack will point out some of the local plants and share information about their use by Native Americans.Meet him just outside the park entrance at the end of Arden Way.This trip is a great one for beginners. Saturday, October 31, 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.
Sunday, November 1, 9am (Daylight saving time ends) Bobelaine Sanctuary Leader:Carla Barbaro, 717-8808 Bobelaine is a 430 acre National Audubon Sanctuary on the Feather River, managed by Sacramento Audubon.This riparian forest of cottonwoods, sycamores and willows is home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife.Join Carla to walk the trails and search the thickets for the resident and wintering birds.She hopes to find towhees, kinglets, goldfinches, sparrows, and at the River Overlook there’s the possibility of Osprey and otters.A variety of herons, egrets, grebes, and again, sometimes otters, are seen at Lake Crandall as well.To reach the sanctuary take Hwy. 99 north toward Yuba City and about 2 miles north of the Feather River Bridge turn right on Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot. Bring water for the trail, and snacks if you wish.This is a great trip for beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Saturday, November 7, 8am Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Leader:Andi Salmi, 691-7216, email@example.com Andi will be looking for the early flocks of ducks and geese that winter in the valley or are feeding on their way further south.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.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.FRS radios are helpful on this trip. Sunday November 8, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader:Wayne Blunk, 876-0457, Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations.Join Wayne 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.This is a fee area. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders. Tuesday, November 10, 8am Isenberg Crane Preserve/Cosumnes River Preserve Boardwalk Leader:Dan Tankersley, 606-6518, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Thick fog cancels this trip.