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. * Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details. 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, August 12 through September 10th, 2017
Scheduler, Scott Hoppe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 835-8471
Saturday, August 12, Depart 7am
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471
This trip is designed for beginning and intermediate birders who wish to learn more about identifying shorebirds. We will cover the basics of types of shorebirds, as well as the finer details of separating those confusing little “peeps”. This will likely be a two to four hour trip, however, habitat and conditions may require us to go a little farther afield. So, bring liquids and snacks. Limited to 15 people; contact Scott to register and get meeting place.
Sunday, August 13, 6am
Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area
Leaders: Scott Hoppe and Dan Tankersley
Scott, 835-8471, email@example.com
Dan, 662-1951, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Wildlife Area encompasses a large swath of land north of San Pablo Bay. Shorebirds should be in abundance, and we will keep our eyes open for rare, early fall migrants. The trip should end early to mid-afternoon, depending on conditions. Bring lunch and liquids, and some layers of clothing as Bay Area weather can be cool even in August. Meet Scott 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.
Thursday, August 17, 7am
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway
Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999
Join Darrell for a morning walk checking out the resident birds. Meet him at the boat launch parking area at the very end of the entrance road. This is a good trip for beginners. Sailor Bar is at the south end of Illinois Avenue, off Winding Way, just west of Hazel. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, August 19, 7:30am
Leader: Andi Salmi, 508-7192
Join Andi for a day of birding, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay. This is a fun coastal birding area, with many gulls, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors to see, in addition to possible shorebirds returning from their breeding grounds. Meet Andi 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 & Ride lot. Bring food, water and warm clothes.
Sunday, August 20, 7am
Putah Creek Reserve
Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722
Mark will be looking for fall migrants that often pass through this remnant riparian area. Warblers, buntings, flycatchers and orioles are often seen during this time of year. This will likely be a two to four hour trip. Meet Mark 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.
Hooo lives here? We have found Great-horned Owls, Black-crowned Night Herons, waders, shorebirds, ducks, grebes and raptors. The famous Falcated Duck of Asia visited for a couple of years. Hooo will we find this time? Loaner binoculars available and we will bring a scope for those “Wow” looks! 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. Bring snacks and liquids as the trip will end in the very late morning to very early afternoon. Questions? Contact Wendy or Sandra.
Tuesday, August 22, 7am Sharp!
Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com
Ann Burris, 947-7573 firstname.lastname@example.org
Escape the valley heat and join Tim and Ann in searching for a variety of montane birds at this mountain lake. The high Sierra offers a wide variety of woodpeckers, finches, towhees, and other passerine birds, and it’s a good trip for beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Bring plenty of water and lunch for a full day of birding. Bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet Ann and Tim at the Bella Bru Cafe at the south end of the Raley’s parking 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.
Saturday, August 26, 6:30am
Leader: Jane Taylor, 587-3366 email@example.com
Plan on a series of short walks in a variety of habitats like coniferous forest, sagebrush, lake shore and riparian, which may have benefited from good winter precipitation. We will look for a number of bird species, both resident and migrant, including passerines, woodpeckers, water fowl and raptors. Depending on conditions, this trip may include a visit to nearby Douglas County and Mud Lake, which can be great for waterfowl and shorebirds. Please bring FRS radios if you have them and lunch and liquids, planning for a mid-afternoon wrap-up. Meet at the south side of the Bella Bru parking lot in the Raley’s shopping center 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 immediate right.
Sunday, August 27, 7am
Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699
Meet Cathie in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. We’ll walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. This is a good trip for beginners. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Thursday, August 31, 6:00 pm - Cancelled Due To Extreme Heat
Yolo Basin Wildlife Area
Leaders: Maureen Geiger and Cathie LaZier
Maureen, 281-6652, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathie, 502-2699, email@example.com
Early evening is a great time to be at the Wildlife Area. Join Maureen and Cathie for a drive through this diverse area. We will drive to the end and back looking for large numbers of ibis coming in to roost for the night, summer birds still present, and depending on the amount of water, possible marsh and shorebirds. On the way back to the main parking area, barn and great horned owls are possible, and seeing the wonderful spectacle of bats flying out from under the west end of the I-80 bridge is a good possibility. This trip will end at sundown when the entry gates are closed.
Saturday, September 2, 7am
North Bay Hotspots
Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471
The vast area to the north of San Francisco Bay, known as the “North Bay”, has many great birding locations, especially during fall migration. Join Scott as he explores some of these hotspots. Possible stops include American Canyon Wetlands, the wetlands along Highway 37, Schollenberger Park and maybe a coastal location, time permitting. This will be a full day of birding, so bring lunch and liquids. Meet Scott 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.
Sunday, September 3, 8am
American River Parkway
Leader: Paul Cordero firstname.lastname@example.org
On this morning walk along the American River, you will see, and hear, a nice variety of resident birds and maybe a few early migrants. Paul will focus on finding and identifying birds by ear. 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. As it is the Labor Day Weekend, a Sac County Park Pass or $8 (holiday) entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Tuesday, September 5, 8:30am
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Leader: Dan Tankersley, 662-1951 (morning of trip only)
Join Dan for a morning of birding in this wonderful area close to Sacramento. We will look for raptors, shorebirds and other fall migrants. 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. Bring your morning liquids and snacks. Also, if you have them, bring your spotting scope and FRS radio. This trip, which will end before noon, is a good one for beginners.
Saturday, September 9, 8 am
Leader: Richard Barbieri, 761-1124
Join Richard on a trip into Sutter County after first exploring the rich habitat at Teal Bend Golf Course. We'll then work our way north through the open grass lands and fields in search of shorebirds and hawks. Meet at the Raley's Shopping Center on Arena Blvd at 8:00 a.m. 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.
Sunday, September 10, 7am - noon
Leader: Chris Conard, 203-1610
The Bufferlands are 2,500 acres surrounding the wastewater treatment plant between Sacramento and Elk Grove and not typically open to the public. Habitats 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 3 miles of easy walking. New directions: Take I-5 south from Sacramento and exit at Laguna Blvd. Drive east to Franklin Blvd and turn left. Go past the stoplight at Bighorn Blvd and turn left at the next block (Sims Rd--no stoplight) with poplar trees and a brick planter. Drive 0.6 mile and turn right on Laguna Station Rd. Drive 0.5 mile and turn left at Glacier Way before reaching the guard station (If using GPS, enter Glacier Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758). Drive 0.25 mile to the Bufferlands office entrance at the end of Glacier Way. A large gate will be open and the front glass doors will be unlocked.