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.
Saturday, March 29, 8am Yolo Basin Wildlife Area/Davis Wetlands Leader: Dan Tankersley, 359-2829 firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan in the first parking lot (on your left) at the beginning of the auto tour of the Yolo Wildlife Area. Depending on the extent of flooded fields, there may be good numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl. Tri-colored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also a good possibility. From Sacramento take I-80 west, take the first exit at the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Turn right at the stop sign, go under the freeway, make a left onto the levee, then drop down into the wildlife area. Sunday, March 30, 7:30am Lincoln Grasslands Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds will be the main focus of this trip. Good numbers of sparrows, blackbirds and Horned Larks should also be present. Meet Mark at Brookfield's restaurant parking lot in Roseville. Take Eureka Road exit off I-80; go right on Eureka and first left at the stoplight (Taylor Road). The restaurant is located behind the Shell gas station.Bring lunch, water and FRS radios. Wednesday, April 2, 8 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, April 5, 7am Caswell Memorial State Park Leader: Gary Fregien, firstname.lastname@example.org Caswell Memorial State Park is located in the Central Valley near the town of Ripon, about an hour south of Sacramento.The parkís position along the meandering Stanislaus River affords a combination of water and riparian vegetation.Although now merely a remnant, the parkís 258 acres are mostly wild, in stark contrast to the surrounding agricultural lands, and present a pristine example of the once extensive riparian corridor along the river.The habitat is primarily mature riparian valley oak woodland.Its multi-level canopy provides lush cover, nesting and feeding grounds and is a magnet for a variety of resident and migrant species.This habitat also harbors the endemic riparian brush rabbit, not known to occur elsewhere.For more information about the park, go to www.parks.ca.gov, click on ďFind A ParkĒ and use the drop-down menu to find Caswell. Passerines, including several species of swallows, sparrows, woodpeckers and warblers are park specialties in Spring and Summer, and resident Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and Great Horned Owls nest here.There is a day-use fee per vehicle to enter the park.We plan to spend several hours in the park along some of the numerous nature trails, so bring food and water.The trails are primarily level, but these paths and the vegetation along them may be damp.Dress appropriately.We will meet at the Park & Ride on the east side of Hwy 99 at the Sheldon Rd. exit. Sunday, April 6, 7:30am Mather Field Park Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 email@example.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne's favorite birding locations. The lake and its surrounding grasslands host a wide variety of birds. Meet Wayne in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Eagle's Nest Road for this half day trip. There is a $5 per car entrance fee. This is a great trip for beginning birders. Saturday, April 12, 8am Jepson Prairie and Yolo Bypass Leader: Andi Salmi, 691-7216 firstname.lastname@example.org Jepson Prairie is an unusual area of bunch grass prairie and vernal pool habitats, harboring some fascinating native plant species. Wildflowers will be the main focus of the morning and we'll bird Yolo Bypass in the afternoon. Meet Andi at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento take West Capitol exit; turn left and then left again into the lot. Bring a lunch and water. The trip will last into mid-afternoon. Saturday, April 12, 6am River Walk Bird Count Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded Information, 684-2816 Meet at the Visitor Center on Franklin Blvd. south of Twin Cities Road, for this monthly birding census trip.Itís a great birding area, always full of surprises, and joining the group trip is a good way to find out whatís happening at the preserve.This walk covers about four miles, and, at a leisurely pace, should take approximately five hours, so be sure to bring a lunch and liquids.You must check the recorded information a day or two before to confirm the exact meeting time and get any other updated details. Sunday, April 13, 8am Cosumnes River Preserve Leader: Brian Gilmore, 451-9146 Join Brian at this Nature Conservancy area 20 minutes south of Sacramento. He will search the ponds and fields on Desmond Rd. and Franklin Rd. for waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. Walks along the boardwalk, bridge and trail areas should turn up other interesting species in this rich riparian area . Meet Brian at the visitor center on Franklin Blvd. Take Interstate 5 south to Twin Cities Road. Go east on Twin Cities Road until you reach Franklin Blvd. Go south on Franklin to reach the visitor center.
Tuesday, April 15, 9 am till noon
Phoenix Field Leader:Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Join Jack at Phoenix Field (Jim David Park) for a walk around the beautiful vernal pools.This trip will feature rare plants and spring blooms in the vernal pools.Jack will lend his expertise in identifying these unusual plants.Phoenix Field is located on Sunset Blvd. just east of Hazel Ave.Donít forget your binoculars to view the resident birds.
These events are not sponsored by the Sacramento Audubon Society and are listed just for your information.
Vernal Pool Guided Tours at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail Saturday March 22nd, April 5th, April 19th and May 3rd. Come join us for Vernal Pool Walks at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail led by trained naturalists from the Cosumnes River Preserve! Walks will begin at 9am and be held on Saturday March 22nd, April 5th, April 19th and May 3rd. The 7-mile Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail is a hikerís paradise! The trail begins by winding around the north end of Rancho Seco Lake along willow scrub and riparian marsh habitat. As the trail leaves the waters edge, it travels up onto a flat terrace supporting a mosaic of vernal pools and grassland habitat. This terrace also offers dramatic views of extensive blue oak woodlands in the foothills and the far-off peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. When filled with water, vernal pools are crucial to the short life cycle of federally listed threatened and endangered species, such as the California Tiger Salamander, fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, and Western spadefoot toad. In the spring, masses of flowering plants carpet the basins of these pools creating a sight not to be missed. Participants will meet at the trailhead at 9am. The trailhead is located at the North Dam parking lot in Rancho Seco Recreation Area off Highway 104. Rancho Seco Recreational Area is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is a $5 charge per vehicle. More information on the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trail is available on SMUD's website . For more information call (916) 684-2816 or visit our website .
Sunday April 13, 10:00AM and 1:00 PM. Mather Vernal Pool Flower Walks
Join the Mather vernal pool docents of the Sacramento Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for a 2 hour tour to explore this magic carpet of flowers. These unique wildflowers bloom only for a brief period in the spring. Meet at the Splash Center at 4426 Excelsior Road. See www.sacvalleycnps.org for directions. For more information and to sign up, call (916)737-WILD. Reservations are required. The tour is provided free of charge by trained CNPS docents, however donations are greatly appreciated.