Feathers and Friends — mark your calendars

The Sacramento Valley hosts a bevy of field trips for naturalists. Whether you’re a bird-watcher, wildlife aficionado or the member of an outdoorsy family, the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation suggests these fall events to add to your schedule.

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List of Events: September 14–October 10, 2019

Saturday, September 14

Field Trip: William Pond Park

This park has a great variety of habitat for birds; grassland, oak woodland, riparian and open water pond with many species possible. Residents such as California Quail, Western Bluebirds, wrens, towhees, herons, egrets and other waterbirds are all possible plus arriving winter residents and migrants. Trip will end before noon. This is an excellent trip for beginners.

Directions: From the intersection of Fair Oaks and Arden, follow Arden east, just under 1 mile, and it runs into the park. Going past the entrance kiosk take the first left turn into the large parking area with the restroom and drinking fountain at the end. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.

Departure: 8:00 a.m. – noon

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Gibbe Parsons, 916-802-8674, ghparsons@ucdavis.edu

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Sunday, September 15

Nature Walk: SRWTP Bufferlands

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 ten miles 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 make the first possible left at Glacier Way (if you reach the guard station, you’ve gone too far). Drive 0.25 mile to the end of Glacier Way and veer left to the Bufferlands office entrance. A large gate will be open and the front glass doors will be unlocked.

Departure: 7:00 a.m. – noon

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

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

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Tuesday, September 17

Nature Walk & Optional Pruning: Reichmuth Park

Visit this urban gem in search of fall migrants and resident birds. In addition to the typical turf, this park has an emergent wetland, riparian and oak habitat, which attracts abundant warblers, vireos, and other migrants. Bring your clippers, pruners, and gloves for an optional short session afterwards to clear invasive English Ivy that is doing its best to strangle the native oaks.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot on Gloria Dr. south of 43rd Ave.

Departure: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Dan Airola, 916-494-1283, d.airola@sbcglobal.net

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Saturday, September 21

Birding for Families

This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well.

Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and birders Maureen Geiger and Sue Darst from Audubon. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.

Directions: Space is limited. Please call ahead to pre-purchase your space! (916) 489-4918

Departure: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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Saturday, September 21

Nature Walk: Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

This UC Davis Reserve along the banks of the Putah Creek can be a wonderful place to find migrants this time of year as well as wintering passerines and resident species. Join Bill for a leisurely morning walk on this easy trail west of UC Davis. This trip is good for beginners and those already familiar with the excellent birding on the creek and will end before lunch.

Departure: 8:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Bill Bianco, 916-889-4849, biancowm@yahoo.com

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Sunday, September 22

Nature Hike: Bobcat Ranch, Yolo County

This wonderful 7,000-acre property owned by Audubon California is currently open to the public solely for docent-led trips. Join Stan for a rare opportunity to visit this special area. Resident and migrating bird species should be present along with fabulous views of the valley. This outing will involve moderate hiking on fairly level ground and should last until between noon and 1 pm. Bring liquids and snacks. Participants are limited to 20.

Please contact Stan via email if you wish to be included. Upon registration, Stan will send specific information about how the morning will proceed.

Departure: 7:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Stan Hunter, 530-902-8462, Stanton.hunter@gmail.com

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Sunday, September 22

Family Nature Fest 2019 | Effie Yeaw Nature Center

  • Kids activities
  • Live Animal Presentations
  • Birds of Prey & Exotic Animals
  • Guided Nature Hikes
  • Admission: 12 & up: $5, 4–11: $2, Ages 3 and under: Free

Event: 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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Monday, September 23

Point Reyes

Birding Point Reyes can be very productive this time of year, for both regular migrants and more uncommon birds. Join Mark in sorting out those confusing fall warblers. Be prepared for several miles of walking. Bring lunch and liquids for a full day of birding.

Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento.

Departure: 6:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

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

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Saturday, September 28

Family Friendly Field Trip: Cosumnes River Preserve

Join Maureen for an easy walk of about a mile and a half viewing the wintering waterbirds such as ducks, egrets, herons and shorebirds in the flooded wetland ponds. Fall sparrows and resident wrens and towhees may be found in the oak woodland area. The paved trail makes this an excellent walk for families; beginning birders are also welcome. Walk will finish by noon. Bring water and snacks and dress for changeable weather. Loaner binoculars are available.

Departure: 10:00 a.m.– noon

Directions: www.cosumnes.org

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Maureen Geiger, 916-281-6652, mkgeiger@comcast.net

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Sunday, September 29

Nature Walk: Teal Bend

Join Richard to explore the rich habitat at Teal Bend Golf Course. He will explore a variety of habitats, including wooded and riparian areas, and hopes to see a variety of fall migrants and resident birds.

Departure: 8:00 a.m.

Directions: Meet at the Raley’s Shopping Center on Arena Blvd at 8:00 a.m.

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Richard Barbieri, 916-761-1124, offleash56@yahoo.com

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