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 for May 17 to July 11, 2010 Scheduler May 17 through June 20, Andi Salmi, 691-7216, email@example.com, Scheduler June 21 through July 11, Dan Brown, 362-2458, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 22, time TBD Dragonfly trip Location: TBD Leader: Tim Manolis, 485-9009, Ylightfoot@aol.com Since the weather will affect the best location to see a variety of dragonfly species, Tim will scout his favorite haunts and choose the exact meeting location as the date approaches. Call or email Tim the week before the trip to get the time and meeting place.With his expertise as the author of a field guide to California dragonflies and damselflies, you can be sure that he will lead you to the best possible site. Bring your binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet - just in case!
Sunday, May 23, 6am Sierra Valley Leader:Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, email@example.com The month of May can be a peak time for viewing breeding birds in Sierra Valley. This gem of the Sierras is unique in that it has characteristics of the Eastern Sierra and the Great Basin, yet is part of the western drainage. The Feather River flows out of the northwestern corner of Sierra Valley, through the Sierras and into the central valley, where it joins the Sacramento River. We will stop on the way at Kyburz Flat to look for nesting Mountain Bluebirds and other montane species, and Sandhill Cranes are possible here as well.Birding will be done mostly by car, with numerous stops along the way.Bring lunch and water, and dress for changeable weather.Meet Scott at 6am at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. Saturday, May 29, 7:30am Riverbend Park (formerly Goethe Park) Leader:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Cathie for a walk through the oak woodland to the river, looking for our summer birds on nests or in cavities, singing and feeding young.Some wildflowers should still be blooming.This is a good trip for beginning birders.The trip will end before noon.The park is at the end of Rod Beaudry Drive, north off Folsom Blvd., between Mather Field Road and Bradshaw.Meet in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk.There is a $5 entrance fee per car if you don’t have a County Parks Pass. Sunday, May 30, 7am Crystal Basin Leader:Frank Gray, 723-5249, email@example.com This area is about 70 miles east of Sacramento.Frank plans several stops with short walks along Icehouse Road and side roads.Many of the areas are at about a mile elevation and are within the area of the ’92 Cleveland Fire.There will likely be good chances to view Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, several species of warbler, and other birds of the area.Bring lunch, liquids and footwear suitable for hiking and wet meadows.Both beginners and experienced birders are welcome.Some time will be spent pointing out bird ID features on this slow-paced trip.We expect to return by 2 or 3 p.m.Meet Frank in 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. Tuesday, June 1, TBA Evening Beaver Walk American River Parkway Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 This is a great trip if you’ve never seen a beaver, because Jack reports a 100% success rate! This trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 7 years old.Please call Jack to reserve a space and to find out the meeting time and place.Jack will, of course, point out birds and plants, as well as mammals, on this evening trip.
Saturday June 5, 7:30am Mather Field Leader:Wayne Blunk, 876-0457, firstname.lastname@example.org Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations.Join Wayne to look for a nice variety of resident birds.Targeted birds will be Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, White-tailed Kites, Wild Turkey and Green Heron.Meet Wayne in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park at the corner of Douglas Road and Eagle’s Nest Road for this morning trip.There is a $5 entrance fee per car if you do not have a County Parks Pass.This is a wonderful trip for beginning birders. Sunday, June 6th, 6am Granite Springs Road and Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer 870-5207 and Mark Martucci 833-6722 Tim: email@example.comMark: firstname.lastname@example.org Join Tim and Mark for a full day of fun and birding. Granite Springs Road runs from Crystal Basin Road to Wrights Lake Road, a distance of about 8 miles.We should find Mountain Quail with young, and possibly Evening Grosbeaks, flycatchers, MacGillivarys Warblers, and Calliope Hummingbird. Around Wright’s Lake we expect to find Pine Grosbeak, Osprey and a variety of woodpeckers, vireos and warblers. The trip will last into the afternoon so bring liquids, lunch, snacks and warm clothes in case of chilly weather. FRS Radios are helpful. Since Granite Springs Road is dirt, we will scout its condition to determine its drivability. Meet at the K-Mart parking lot on Sunrise Blvd., located just behind the Chevron Gas Station at Zinfandel Dr.
Saturday, June 12, 6:30am Mosquito Ridge, Placer County Leader:Chris Conard 203-1610, email@example.com We will explore several productive areas outside of Foresthill along Mosquito Ridge Rd, including Grouse Falls and the Placer Big Trees Grove.Expect good numbers of mid-elevation breeding birds, including potential distant views of Black Swifts at Grouse Falls.There are no services, so bring all of the food and liquids you will need for the day.The trip will end by mid-afternoon.We will be walking about 4 miles over easy to moderate terrain at a comfortable pace.Meet at the Horseshoe Bar Road Park & Ride in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80. Saturday, June 12, 5:30am River Walk Bird Count, Cosumnes River Preserve Recorded information, 684-2816 or www.cosumnes.org; check the Activity Schedule Meet at the Visitor Center on Franklin Blvd. for this monthly birding census trip.It’s a great birding area, always full of surprises; joining a group trip is a good way to find out what’s happening at the preserve. You must check the recorded information or the web site a day or two in advance to verify the exact meeting time and any other updated details. Sunday June 13, 7am Grover Hot Springs (and other Alpine County areas) Leader: Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266, firstname.lastname@example.org Plan for a full day of birding the mountain meadows and sage flats of Alpine County with Dan.Bring a lunch, liquids, and be prepared for moderate hiking as we search for such Alpine species as Calliope Hummingbird, White-headed Woodpecker, Pine Grosbeak, and maybe even a Goshawk!We will spend the afternoon in the sage scrub near the Nevada border looking for Great Basin specialties such as Pinyon Jay, Sage Thrasher, and Brewer's Sparrow. It may be a good idea to bring hiking boots and insect repellent! Meet Dan at the Bella Bru in the Raley’s shopping center 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. Wednesday, June 16, TBA Evening Beaver Walk American River Parkway Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 Don’t forget to bring your binoculars on this evening trip to look for beavers.This trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 7 years old.Please call Jack to reserve a space and to find out the meeting time and place.In addition to the beavers, you will enjoy observing the birds and plants, and perhaps other mammals.
Saturday, June 19, 8:15am Purple Martins at Sutterville Road Leader: Maureen Geiger, 444-0804, email@example.com (281-6652 the morning of the trip) Co-leader:Dan Airola This is a great opportunity to see and learn about purple martins. Join Maureen and Dan Airola, the Central Valley expert on martins, and hear him discuss their habits and status as these lovely birds fly overhead catching insects and feeding young in their nest holes. The best activity lasts less than two hours, so there will be an optional trek into nearby Land Park for additional birding. This trip will last until late morning. The location is near Sacramento City College between Hwy. 99 and Freeport Boulevard and under the east side of the Sutterville Overpass. From Sutterville Road, coming from either direction, turn right onto W. Pacific Avenue. Park near the intersection of Pacific and Deeble Street. Call Maureen’s cell at 281-6652 if there are difficulties finding the meeting site.
Saturday & Sunday, June 19 - 20, 8am onsite both Saturday and Sunday Sierra Valley/Antelope Valley/Yuba Pass Leaders: Gary Fregien 708-0636 and Dan Tankersley 606-6518 Gary: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dan: email@example.com This trip offering is designed to accommodate both those who want to do an overnighter and those wanting to bird either the Sierra/Antelope Valleys or the Yuba Pass area as a day trip. Antelope Valley is located at the southern end of Sierra Valley near Loyalton/Sierra Brooks, and includes a very productive riparian stream zone adjacent to a previous wildfire. We will bird the Sierra/Antelope Valleys area by car on Saturday, a full day’s excursion, and the Yuba Pass area on Sunday until early afternoon. Lodging is available in Truckee, Sierraville, Portola, Calpine and Sierra City. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are located between Truckee and Sierraville on Hwy 89, and between Yuba Pass and Sierra City on Hwy 49.Both Gary and Dan plan to travel to the area on the Friday preceding the fieldtrips; thus, they will not be reachable by email or phone after mid-afternoon Thursday, 6/17.Meet Gary and Dan at the junction of Hwys 89 & 49 in Sierraville on Saturday, and/or at the Yuba Pass Sno-Park parking lot, at the summit, on Hwy 49 west of Sierra Valley on Sunday. Bring along hand held radios, food and water, and dress for probable cool mornings and warm afternoons. Saturday, June 26, 7:00 am Sharp! Wright’s Lake Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870- 5207, firstname.lastname@example.org Phyllis Wilburn, (530) 642-9942 This high mountain lake near the edge of the Desolation Wilderness offers a good sample of high Sierran bird life. Tim and Phyllis will help you find many of the Sierran bird specialties including Pine Grosbeak, Black-backed Woodpecker, White-headed Woodpecker and Cassin‘s Finch. Bring water and lunch for a full day of birding; bring your FRS radios and be prepared for changeable weather. Meet Tim and Phyllis at the Bella Bru Cafe at the south end of the Raley's parking lot just north of Highway 50 off of El Dorado Hills Blvd, (Exit 30B). Sunday, June 27, 8am Swainson's Hawk Trip Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722, email@example.com Nesting Swainson's Hawks are the focus of this morning trip, in conjunction with "Friends of the Swainson's Hawk" (FOSH), a group organized to encourage habitat protection. Our local population of Swainson's Hawks differs from other Swainson's Hawks in their migration patterns and wintering grounds. Members of FOSH will be on hand to share information about these interesting birds. Mark will also be looking for other valley nesting birds. Meet Mark 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 left again into the Park & Ride lot. FRS radios and spotting scopes will be helpful, if you have them. Tuesday, June 29, TBA Evening Beaver Walk American River Parkway Leader: Jack Hiehle, 967-0777 If you missed an earlier trip to see beavers, now is the time to go. This trip is limited to 8 people, with a minimum age of 7 years old. Please call Jack to reserve a space and to find out the meeting time and place. Jack, a great all-around naturalist, will point out other animals as well as plants on this short, evening walk. Saturday, July 3, 7am Bushy Lake/Cal Expo Floodplain Leader: Dan Brown, 362-2458, firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Dan 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. Dan will be looking for a variety of resident species and 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.Bring water and sunscreen. Saturday, July 10, 6am Loney Meadow Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, email@example.com Come join Scott for this July trip.Loney Meadows is a beautiful mountain meadow north of Grouse Ridge near Bowman Lake at about 6000' elevation. The area can have some excellent birding. Scott has seen 8 species of woodpecker there (including Pileated, Black-backed and Williamson’s Sapsucker); also Townsend's Solitaire, Calliope Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher, 7 species of warbler and previous trips have produced Bald Eagles. We will be hiking about 2-3 miles over fairly level terrain with only short, moderate inclines. Meet Scott at the Park & Ride on Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, Exit 110 off I-80, at 6:00 a.m. The meadow is about an hour and half’s drive from there. Bring water and lunch or a snack. Sunday, July 11 Farallons Pelagic Trip Details here.