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.
Field Trips, September 25th through October 30th, 2016. Scheduler, Cathie LaZier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-457-6882.
Sunday, September 25, 7am Ancil Hoffman Park Fall Migration Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Mark will be looking for fall migrants, as well as returning wintering birds, and maybe something unexpected may turn up. This will be a 2 to 4 hour walk. A SAC County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. Meet Mark at the main parking lot across from the golf course. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it to the golf course area parking lot.
Monday, September 26, 8am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Bob McCleary, 960-3390 firstname.lastname@example.org Bob is a docent at the Nature Center and knows the trails, and where to find the birds. On this morning walk he’ll be looking for both resident and wintering birds. Meet him in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, October 1, 7am Putah Creek Preserve Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a morning walk along Putah Creek in search of late migrants and wintering riparian birds. If the participants so desire, we may also visit Solano Lake or Monticello Dam. Meet Ben at the Park & Ride lot 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. This is a good trip for experienced birders and beginners alike.
Sunday, October 2, 8am Bobelaine Sanctuary Leader: Maureen Geiger, 281-6652 email@example.com 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 Maureen for a 1-2 mile walk along the trials looking for resident, fall migrating and returning wintering birds. Herons, egrets, cormorants and grebes may be on the water, and a variety of sparrows and other passerines settling in for the fall and winter. Meet Maureen 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 Rd., 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. If you wish to meet at Bobelaine, 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. The group will probably arrive there about 8:30.
Wednesday, October 5, 7am Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach. American River Parkway Leader: Sally Walters Schmoldt, 710-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org Sally birds this area regularly, and joining her in the different months will give you a good idea of the seasonal changes along the parkway. Walking along the levee and willow covered sand bars, Sally will be looking for returning migrating birds and young of the year. 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, ending about 10am, but expect some uneven terrain, gravel, sand, and rock cobble. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
Saturday, October 8, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations at all seasons of the year, and he always turns up quite a list of bird species. Possibilities include Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Bittern, Green Heron, and Pied-billed Grebe. 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 birders.
Sunday, October 9, 9am Family Friendly Trip William Pond Park Leader: Craig DeMartini, 599-3300 email@example.com Meet Craig along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk, for this morning walk looking for returning migrants and resident birds. Along the river mergansers and possibly goldeneye can be found in the backwaters and wrens and towhees call from the bushes. California Quail, Western Bluebirds and Lark Sparrows may be found in the park area, and Craig will be looking for returning White and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Although the focus of the trip is birds, Craig can also help you identify some of the plants. Trip will end before noon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park. This is an excellent trip for beginners of all ages.
Wednesday, October 12, 7am SHARP Calaveras Big Trees State Park Leader: Bill Bianco, 889-4849 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Bill 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 around 9am. There is an entrance fee to this State Park. This trip is good for beginners.
Saturday, October 15, 7am Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and American Canyon Leader: Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266 email@example.com Join Dan for a full day of wine country birding. We'll start at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park ($8 day use fee per car), where Northern Pygmy-Owl, Pileated Woodpecker and Pacific Wren as well as late migrant thrushes, vireos and warblers will be among our top targets. After our picnic lunch, we'll travel down Highway 29 to American Canyon and Wetlands Edge Park where we'll scope the tidal flats for shorebirds. Finally, on our way home we'll stop at Lynch Canyon Open Space where we'll hope to spot Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, and Ferruginous and/or Rough-legged Hawks. Bring a lunch and liquids and be prepared for a moderate morning hike in the hills, and an easy afternoon walk on the flats. Meet 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.
Saturday, October 15, 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 Sue Darst from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 16, 8am Humbug Creek, Folsom Leader: Mara Weston, 208-3222 Mara_weston@yahoo.com Meet Mara at the Cummings Family Park on the corner of Creekside Drive and Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom. You’ll follow Humbug Creek around an easy 2-3 mile paved loop. This is a good place to look for a variety of woodpeckers, ducks , Common Gallinule and returning wintering sparrows and kinglets. Sometimes River Otters are seen in the creek. This is a great trip for beginning birders. Trip will end by 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 8am Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207 firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Burris 947-7573 email@example.com This great area is only10 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. Tim and Ann may do some short walks on the foot trails to get better vantage points. 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, as are FRS radios. This is an excellent trip for both beginners and more experienced birders. Trip will end before noon.
Saturday, October 22, 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 22, 5pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve 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 who feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta. After birding the boardwalk at the CRP Lost Slough Wetlands, we'll drive along Desmond Road, and possibly to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island to see flocks of cranes coming in to roost. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars, snacks and water if you wish. Meet at the north end of the upper parking lot at CRP, near the native plant garden; directions available atwww.cosumnes.org.
Sunday, October 23, 7am Bodega Bay Leaders: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471 email@example.com Mark Martucci, 833-6722 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Participants on a previous trip said "Our outing with you was the best Audubon trip we have taken.....added 10 birds to my life list!"
Sunday, October 23, 5pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Check info for Saturday Oct. 22.
Tuesday, October 25, 8am Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 email@example.com Fall migration is underway, and Colusa NWR is a great location to view various species of newly arrived ducks and geese. We will spend a good amount of time on the viewing platform, and possibly take an easy walk on a level trail through riparian habitat next to the main viewing pond. We will take the short auto tour to finish our outing to this wonderful NWR. Scopes and FRS radios will be helpful on this trip. Meet in the Bel Air shopping center on Arena Blvd. From Sacramento take I-5 north to Arena Blvd, go west over the freeway. Take the first left, Duckhorn Road, and then turn right into the parking lot. Meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1. 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.
Saturday, October 29, 8:30am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Cathie LaZier, 457-6882 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Cathie for an easy walk of about a mile and a half, viewing the wintering waterfowl, egrets, herons and shorebirds in the flooded wetland ponds. We’ll stop by the Ducks In Scopes event, which will have a variety of spotting scopes trained on the various birds, as well as microscopes to see the aquatic invertebrates in “Duck Soup”, dipped directly from the ponds. This is an excellent walk for beginning birders. Meet at the CRP Visitor Center parking lot. Bring water and snacks and dress for changeable weather. 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.
Saturday, October 29, 5pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 Join SOSC leaders looking for the wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, cranes and raptors who feed in the flooded fields and marshy areas of the delta. After birding the boardwalk at the CRP Lost Slough Wetlands, we'll drive along Desmond Road, and possibly to Woodbridge Road or Staten Island to see flocks of cranes coming in to roost. Dress for changeable weather; bring binoculars, snacks and water if you wish. Meet at the north end of the upper parking lot at CRP, near the native plant garden; directions available atwww.cosumnes.org.
Sunday, October 30, 8am Sacramento Bar, American River Parkway Leader: Valerie Phillips, 722-1802 email@example.com Valerie will be checking for mergansers, goldeneye, and other birds on the river. Among the more common passerines, such as crowned sparrows, towhees, goldfinches, and wrens, there’s a possibility of the less common Phainopepla, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and who knows what other 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,
Sunday, October 30, 5pm till sunset Sandhill Cranes and Other Wintering Birds Cosumnes River Preserve and Delta area Trip run by Save Our Sandhill Cranes, Inc. Coordinator: Mike Savino, 446-1392 See info for Saturday, October 29.
Family Friendly Trip & Beginners Too! Sunday, October 30, 8am Bodega Bay Leaders: Sandra Steurer, 580-8398 firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy Money, 205-3194 email@example.com Join Sandra and Wendy for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. This trip is great for families with kids and beginning birders too. 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. Loaner binoculars will be available.