List of Events, October 3rd - October 20th

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to meet other like-minded naturalists at any of the following nature events (walks, trips, and photography workshops) featured below. As we ease into shorter days and cooler mornings, expect to see an influx of migratory birds in the Sacramento valley.

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Thursday, October 3

Lincoln Wastewater Treatment Plant

Come check out the Lincoln Wastewater Treatment Plant, where you’ll be able to explore the watery, marshy, and grassy sites found here, along with possible duck sightings.

Departure: 7:30 a.m., meet at the Park & Ride by Brookield’s Restaurant in Roseville

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Jane Taylor, 916-587-3366,

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Saturday, October 5

Point Reyes for Fall Vagrants

Come out for an entire day of birding at Point Reyes, where there’s always a rare species to see. Every fall is different, so there’s no telling what you’ll see on this day, but this trip in the past has experienced the Broad-winged Hawk, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, White-winged Dove, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-green Vireo, and plenty of warblers. Be prepared for a full day of bird chasing!

Departure: 7 a.m., meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Dan Williams, 714-943-1266,

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Saturday, October 5

Fall Frolic at The Nature Center

Join the Effie Yeaw Nature Center crew at Fall Frolic, where you’ll learn about how the oak woodland changes with the fall season and how wildlife is preparing for winter.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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Saturday/Sunday October 5/6, 12/13, & 19/20

Crane Tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve 

Bring your camping chair, warm clothes and binoculars for the crane tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve in Lodi, CA. Tours meet an hour and a half before sunset at the South Site and end 30 minutes after sunset with the exciting fly-in of the cranes at the North Site. Cranes will be the main attraction of the evening, but keep an eye out for other birds that inhabit the reserve during wintertime.

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Sponsor: CDFW Bay Delta Region

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Sunday, October 6

William Pond Park

A fantastic trip for beginners, come see the wide variety of birds that inhabit William Pond Park, including the California Quail, Western Bluebirds, wrens, towhees, herons, egrets, along with other various water birds and arriving winter residents and migrants.

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Mike Heacox, 916-972-1809,

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Thursday, October 10

Falcon Crest, El Dorado Hills

Spend your Thursday exploring the south side of Folsom Lake, where you’ll be scouting the oak woodlands and the mouth of Sweetwater Creek to look for eagles, osprey, passerines, woodpeckers, Rock Wrens, and other water birds. This trip may carry on into the early afternoon, so come prepared with water and snacks. There is no bathroom. See link below for specific driving directions.

Time: 8 a.m., meet at Falcon Crest parking lot

Sponsor: Sacramento Audubon Society

Leader: Craig DeMartini, 916-599-3300,

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Friday, October 11 & October 25

Hana Gardens Birding Trips

This month, you have two opportunities to take a day off from reality and join birding trips in El Cerrito, CA. On Friday, October 11th, the group will go to Hayward Regional Shoreline in Hayward and on October 25th, they will go to the MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland for the birding activities. Both trips will leave from the same parking lot and at the same time.

Departure: 8 a.m., meet at the Contra Costa Civic Theater parking lot

October 11: Hayward Regional Shoreline, Hayward

October 25: MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland

Sponsor: Midtown Activity Center in El Cerrito, CA

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Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19, & Wednesday, October 23

Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

This 3-part photography workshop includes an evening of classroom instruction at Mike’s Camera in Sacramento on Friday night, a morning photo session with birds of prey at West Coast Falconry in Marysville on Saturday, and a gallery showing event on the following Wednesday. The photo session will allow you to experience several different birds of prey in their natural habitat, including eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. See link below for more specific details on the workshop.

Evening Lecture: Friday October 18, 2019 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (at Sacramento Store)

Photo Excursion: Saturday October 19, 2019 – 8:00-11:00 a.m. (at West Coast Falconry in Marysville)

Gallery & Critique: Wednesday October 23, 2019 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sponsors: Mike’s Camera Sacramento, West Coast Falconry & Tamron

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Saturday, October 19

Birding for Families

Bring the whole family out for a hike through Ancil Hoffman Park, where bird enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to explore the wildlife here. The nature walk will be led by a Naturalist as well as special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Be sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us to get the most out of the experience. This is one of the best nature activities for kids you’ll find in Sacramento!

Time: 10:30 a.m., meet at the Nature Center inside Ancil Hoffman Park

Sponsor: Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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