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.
This park at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers is a great place for a walk in any season. Join Maureen to look for migrants, early winter arrivals, and resident species generally found in the park such as Yellow-billed Magpies, Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawks and White-tailed Kites. Other possibilities include wrens, woodpeckers and bluebirds. Generally, there is an unlocked restroom near the beginning of the walk. This walking trip will last until late morning. To reach Discovery from I-5, drive east on the Garden Highway, turning right into the park at the first traffic light. Once in the park, you need a Sacramento County Parks Annual Pass, or you must stop at the kiosk and register, paying the $5 entrance fee. Then turn left at your first opportunity and then left again, driving a short distance to the farthest parking lot at the south end of the archery range where we will meet.
Saturday, September 15
FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIP
Fall is coming and migrating and winter birds will be coming back. Good time for families to join the family-friendly field trips and see what’s out there. These monthly birding and nature walks are specifically geared to and appropriate for families and children. There is a trip limit to ensure a quality experience for all. Register for trips by contacting Maureen Geiger, at email@example.com or at 444-0804.
Join Scott and Dan in pursuit of fall migrants and a change of scenery around Sonoma County. Annadel State Park, Foothill and Shiloh Regional Parks, as well as the Sonoma Coast may be on the agenda depending on where the birding has been best recently. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, and be prepared for a fair amount of easy to moderate hiking. Meet at the Park and 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 and Ride lot.
If water levels are appropriate, there may be a wide variety of shorebirds and other water birds at this location. We could encounter some early arriving ducks as well as other migrants. Later in the morning we will go over to the nearby Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in search of species we may not see at the wetlands. We will be out of our vehicles much of the time, so be prepared for warm and sunny conditions. Plenty of liquids and wide-brimmed hats are a good idea. Please bring scopes and FRS radios if you have them. This outing will end at or before noon. Meet Dan at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride. From Sacramento, take I-80 west to Mace Blvd. (Exit #75); turn right (north) and proceed to the stop light (CR 32A), turn right, pass the driveway to Ikeda’s Market and look for the entrance to the Park & Ride on your right. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot in the row nearest the big round water tank.
Join Mark on this annual trip to the coast for rare fall migrants. With fall migration in full swing, who knows what will appear. The geography of Point Reyes Peninsula makes it a magnet for warblers and shorebirds migrating south. Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding. Meet Mark at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park and Ride lot.
Join Tim and Mark for a full day of birding and fun, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. Bring lunch, water and warm clothes. Meet at the Park and 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 and Ride. This is a good trip for newer and more experienced birders.
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. 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 and go under the freeway, then make a left up onto the levee and drop down into the Wildlife Area. The trip begins at the first parking lot (Lot A). Scopes are helpful on this trip, which is a good trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon.
Meet Cathie at the main River Bend parking lot near the bike bridge. (Follow the main road into the park; after you cross the bike trail (stop sign) go about ½ mile and turn left at the sign “rafting exit, main picnic area” and continue on the road to the large parking area). For the first half of the walk we’ll bird across the bridge into William Pond Park, going downstream along the backwaters of the river and checking out the fishing pond. Then we’ll recross the river and go upstream into the oak woodland area. We’ll finish before noon, but you may want to bring water and/or snacks. As always, this is a great trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called Goethe Park). If you come from the William Pond side look for us on the bridge. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, October 6, 8am to 11am
Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway
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 and kinglets. Excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, October 6
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.
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 migrant birds. Possibilities include White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey, California Quail, American Bittern, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Common Yellowthroat. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Zinfandel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders.
Meet Margaret at the Raley's shopping center, northwest corner of Douglas Blvd. and Auburn-Folsom Road, at the east end of the parking lot near the animal hospital and Goodwill. We will carpool from there to one of the nearby entrances to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area as the entrance fee is $10 per car. We will look for Rufous-crowned Sparrow and Rock Wren, and enjoy a variety of other birds including bluebirds, sparrows, hawks, ducks, and grebes. We will bird into the early afternoon, so bring lunch and water. This is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders.