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 25 through October 10. Scheduler: through 10/3/10, Mark Cudney, 987-2422, firstname.lastname@example.org, after 10/4/10, Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com. Saturday, September 25, 6:30am Point Reyes for Vagrants Leader:Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org There will be two trips to Point Reyes this fall for rare migrants.Scott is one of the best field birders in Sacramento Audubon.Be prepared for several miles of walking.Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding.Meet Scott 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. Sunday, September 26, 8am River Bend Park, 8am Leader:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com Meet Cathie at the 1stparking lot on your right, just past the entrance kiosk.We’ll walk through the oak woodland, looking for the resident small woodland birds and woodpeckers as well as returning migrants.Vinegar Weed, an interesting native plant, may be in bloom.At the river we should see herons, yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers and possibly a kingfisher.Walk will end by noon, and it’s a great walk for beginners.From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park, (formerly called Goethe Park).Without a County Park Pass there is a $5 per car park entrance fee. Saturday, October 2, 7am Point Reyes for Vagrants Leader:Chris Conard, 203-1610, firstname.lastname@example.org Chris is an expert birder who can sort out that confusing fall warbler.Be prepared for several miles of walking.Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding.Meet Chris 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. Sunday, October 3rd,7am Bodega Bay Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 870-5207 email@example.com MarkMartucci, 833-6722, firstname.lastname@example.org Join Tim and Mark for a full day of birding and fun, exploring the many habitats around Bodega Bay.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 #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.This is a good trip for newer and more experienced birders. Wednesday, October 6, 8am William Pond Park Leader:Cathie LaZier, 457-6882, email@example.com Meet Cathie along the first parking area just past the entrance kiosk.We’ll walk down to some different spots on the river, looking for water birds, and watch the trees and shrubs for resident wrens and towhees, as well as returning migrant sparrows, flickers, kinglets and others.Vinegar Weed, an interesting native plant, may be in bloom.We’ll check out the pond area for grebes, herons and blackbirds, before returning through the park area where we may find bluebirds and warblers.From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east and it runs into the park.Trip will end before noon, and there is a park entrance fee of $5 per car if you don’t have a County Parks Pass. This is an excellent trip for beginners. Saturday, October 9, 8am till noon Shadow Glen/Snowberry Creek Leader:Lea Landry, 638-1141, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Sunday, October 10, 8:35 at Arena Blvd. Bobelaine Sanctuary, 9am till Noon The Quotable Naturalist Leader:John Huls, 284-7021, email@example.com Aldo Leopold, Donald Culross Peattie, E.O. Wilson…the list of inspirational natural history writers is very long.Bring some of your favorite quotes to share as we check out the flora and fauna of Bobelaine in the early fall.The leisurely walk will begin at 9:00 am, but you are encouraged to meet at 8:35 for voluntary carpooling 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 lot.We will meet on the north side of the parking lot between Wells Fargo and Golden 1.Or you can meet the group in the Bobelaine parking lot at 9am.Take Highway 99 north toward Yuba City; about 2 miles north of the Feather River bridge turn right on Laurel Ave.Follow Laurel to the dead end at the Bobelaine parking lot.This is a joint trip with the Sacramento Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.