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 Scott 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.
The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Bufferlands are 2,650 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove. They are not typically open to the public. Habitat types include riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, grasslands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands, and many habitat restoration sites. This is a good time of year to look for migrating songbirds. Be prepared for 2 miles of easy walking. From I-5 south of Sacramento, exit at the Meadowview/Pocket Rd exit (the first exit north of Laguna Blvd, and the first exit south of Florin Rd). Head east on Meadowview, then turn right (south) on Freeport Blvd. In one mile, just before the town of Freeport, turn left on Stonecrest and follow it over the freeway and south to a locked gate.
Saturday, September 21, 7am Point Reyes for Vagrants Leader: Mark Cudney, 987-2422 email@example.com 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. Saturday, September 21, 10:30am Family Friendly Nature Walk Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Ancil Hoffman Park www.sacnaturecenter.net Everyone is welcome to this joint Effie Yeaw/Sacramento Audubon nature and birding walk. Meet in front of the Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman County Park, at California Avenue and Tarshes Drive. There is a $5 entrance fee to the park, or you can use your Parkway Pass or Nature Center membership card. Sunday, September 22, 7am Fall Migration “Wild Card” Leaders: Scott Hoppe 835-8471 firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Tankersley, 662-1290 email@example.com Join Scott and Dan in pursuit of fall migrants. But this trip has a twist: the destinations will be a mystery until the day of the trip. Scott and Dan will be watching the posts for rarities, and scouting locations. Depending on where the birding has been best recently, the agenda might likely include coastal or Bay Area locations, or something more local. So be prepared for a fun and adventurous full day in the field. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, dress for possible cooler coastal weather 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. Saturday/Sunday, September 28-29 Monterey Bay Coastal and Pelagic Trip The best land and ocean birding of the year – you don’t want to miss this trip. See registration information here and sign up before it fills up. Wednesday, October 2, 8am Bushy Lake, American River Parkway 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 and wintering species; 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. You may want to bring water. This is a good trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Saturday, October 5, 8am to 11am
Glenn Hall Park, Paradise Beach, American River Parkway
Join Don and Sally 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. This is an excellent trip for beginners.
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.
Meet Margaret in the parking lot of the Beal's Point unit of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, (turn left as you enter the parking lot, to park near the first row). The entrance to Beal's Point is on Oak Hill Drive off Auburn-Folsom Rd., about 2 miles south of Douglas Blvd. and about 3 miles north of Greenback Lane. We will look for Rufous-crowned Sparrow and Rock Wren, and enjoy a variety of other birds including bluebirds, woodpeckers, sparrows, hawks, ducks, and grebes. Plan for a mile or two of walking. The trip will end by noon. This is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders. The entrance fee is $12 per car, or you may use a state (not county) park pass.
Saturday, October 12, 8am
The Best of Both Sides River Bend Park and William Pond Park
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.
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 and 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.
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 andgoldeneye 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. 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
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!
Sunday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.
Family Friendly Nature Walk
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Ancil Hoffman Park
Everyone is welcome to this joint Effie Yeaw/Sacramento Audubon nature and birding walk. Meet in front of the Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman County Park, at California Avenue and Tarshes Drive. There is a $5 entrance fee to the park, or you can use your Parkway Pass or Nature Center membership card.