Educational and active nature appreciation events

As a key destination on the Pacific Flyway, California’s Central Valley affords innumerable year-round opportunities for bird-watching enthusiasts, naturalists, students and families to learn about wildlife and to observe life in the wild. The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation suggests these summer events for fledgling as well as fully fledged birders.

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List of Events, August 13–September 11, 2019

Tuesday, August 13

Hike: Putah Creek in UC Davis Arboretum

This 2–3 mile shaded loop trail offers opportunities for close-up looks at Wood Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Green Herons, egrets and possibly some early migrants.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., Davis Commons shopping center parking lot

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6642, mkgeiger@comcast.net

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Thursday, August 15

Seminar: Herons and egrets — survival in the city

Learn about the Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets that nest in large mixed colonies in the Sacramento metropolitan area. The discussion will describe each species’ natural history and nesting habits, and will explain the work of Sacramento Heron and Egret Rescue to prevent suffering in collaboration with local wildlife rehabilitation facilities. This two-part series consists of a seminar on August 15 and a field study program on Saturday, August 17, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 7650 Windbridge Drive, Sacramento.

Time: 6:30 p.m., Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Sacramento Nature Center

Speaker: Christy Berger is the co-founder of Sacramento Heron and Egret Rescue

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Saturday, August 17

Talk: Those wacky woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable by their unique behavior of pecking vertically on trees and poles, but how much do you really know about these outstanding birds? Learn all about them in this presentation.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Sacramento Nature Center

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Saturday, August 17

Hike: Nighthawks at sundown in Yuba Gap

This full afternoon of birding in the Sierra encompasses a two-mile hike over mostly flat terrain about an hour from Sacramento. It begins with a visit to a small private lake in an area that is home to numerous species of Sierra birds, including Western Tanager, Black-Headed Grosbeak, Spotted Sandpiper, White-Headed Woodpecker, Osprey and Bald Eagle. After a picnic dinner in the field, the participants will walk to an area that at this time of year hosts numerous Nighthawks, which can be observed feeding and calling during and after sundown. Bring folding chairs, if you wish, and your own picnic dinner, along with water, sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent and a jacket for the evening. This trip is limited to 12 participants.

Departure: 12 noon

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Dan Brown, naturestoc@aol.com

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Sunday, August 18

Hike: Putah Creek Reserve

Warblers, Buntings, Flycatchers, Orioles and fall migrants are often seen this time of year along this remnant riparian area of Yolo County. Expect this trip to last two to four hours.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., West Sacramento park-and-ride lot, Enterprise Boulevard

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722, matuchbirdman@yahoo.com

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Sunday, August 18

Talk: Bugs and beyond

Explore the amazing world of invertebrates. Learn how to find, handle, sketch and identify various hoppers, crawlers, fliers, swimmers and slimers.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Sacramento Nature Center

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Tuesday, August 20

Hike: Wrights Lake, in Eldorado National Forest

Escape the Central Valley heat and search for a variety of montane birds at Wrights Lake in the high Sierra, north of Kyburz. The area offers a wide variety of Woodpeckers, Finches, Towhees, and other passerine birds. This will be a good trip for beginners as well as for more experienced birders. Participants are encouraged to take plenty of water, lunch for a full day of birding, and clothing for changeable weather.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., parking lot at Bella Bru Café in El Dorado Hills

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leaders: Tim Fitzer, 916-870-5207, spskua2@comcast.net Ann Burris, 916-947-7573, burris.nellieann@gmail.com

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Saturday, August 24

Hike: Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

This wildlife area encompasses a large swath of land north of San Pablo Bay. Shorebirds and other waterbirds should be in abundance, and visitors often are treated to a surprise rarity or two. The trip likely will last until early to mid-afternoon, depending on conditions. Bring lunch and liquids, and some layers of clothing to prepare for changeable weather.

Departure: 6:30 a.m., West Sacramento park-and-ride lot, Enterprise Boulevard

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471, shoppe01@surewest.net

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Saturday, August 24

Hike: Let the river run clean

Take a hike from the Effie Yeaw Nature Center to the American River and learn ways in which we can help take care of it and the salmon, egrets, beavers and other wildlife that depend on its clean water. Participants will put on gloves and help clean the river by collecting trash along the banks.

Departure: 10:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Sacramento Nature Center

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Sunday, August 25

Hike: Sailor Bar Park, Sacramento County

This bird-watching walk along the American River is ideal for beginners.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., Sailor Bar boat launch parking area, Fair Oaks

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Darrell Mohr, 916-225-3999, mohrdd@gmail.com

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Sunday, August 25

Talk: Owl be seeing you

When are owls most active? Can they turn their heads all the way around? Discover how you can find out what they have eaten. Meet a resident owl of the Nature Center and learn the answers to these questions and more.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Sacramento Nature Center

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Monday, August 26

Hike: Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael

Watch for early fall migrants, as well as remaining summering birds and residents, during this guided walk of two to four hours.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., picnic parking lot across from the golf course parking lot

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Mark Sawyer, 916-968-1661, MarkSawyer3383@gmail.com

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Saturday, August 31

Hike: Alpine County habitats

Enjoy a series of short walks in coniferous forest, sagebrush, lakeshore and riparian habitats. Resident and migrant bird species often seen in the area include passerines, woodpeckers, waterfowl and raptors. Take your FRS radios, lunch and liquids, and plan for a mid-afternoon wrap-up.

Departure: 6:30 a.m., parking lot at Bella Bru Café in El Dorado Hills

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Jane Taylor, 916-587-3366, 1jgtaylor@att.net

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Sunday, September 1

Hike: Fall Migration Wild Card

This exciting trip in search of fall migrants comes with an intriguing twist. The locations will be undisclosed until you arrive at the meeting place, and may include something local or something a little farther afield. The trip could include some riparian areas for passerines and some wetlands for water birds. Bring lunch, snacks and liquids.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., West Sacramento park-and-ride lot, Enterprise Boulevard

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Scott Hoppe, 916-835-8471 shoppe01@surewest.net

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Thursday, September 5

Hike: River Bend Park

Stroll through the oak woodland and down to the river in search of the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. This is a good trip for beginners.

Departure: 7:00 a.m., first parking lot on the right past the entrance kiosk

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Cathie LaZier, 916-502-2699, empid77@gmail.com

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Saturday, September 7

Hike: Point Reyes, Marin County

Bird watching at Point Reyes for regular migrants as well as more uncommon birds can be very rewarding this time of year. Be prepared for several miles of walking. Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding.

Departure: 6:30 a.m., West Sacramento park-and-ride lot, Enterprise Boulevard

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Chris Conard, 916-203-1610, conardc@gmail.com

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Sunday, September 9

Hike: Sacramento Bar Park

On this morning walk along the American River in Fair Oaks, you will see and hear a wide variety of resident birds and perhaps a few early migrants. The focus will be on finding and identifying birds by ear. This trip is suitable for beginning as well as more experienced birders.

Departure: 8:00 a.m., Sacramento Bar parking area, Pennsylvania Avenue

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Paul Cordero, 916-454-4061, pkcordero@gmail.com

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Wednesday, September 11

Hike: Ancil Hoffman Park Fall Migration

On this trip, bird watchers will look for fall migrants, as well as returning wintering birds — and perhaps some unexpected species may appear. Duration is expected to be two to four hours.

Departure: 7:30 a.m., picnic parking lot across from the golf course parking lot

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Mark Martucci, 916-833-6722, matuchbirdman@yahoo.com

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