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JULY 8, HALF MOON BAY. Trip Leader: Ralph Baker or The locations we visit will be decided according to what’s being reported at the time. Bring lunch as this will be an all-day trip, at the end of which those participants who would like will have dinner at Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes in San Mateo. Carpooling will be encouraged. Meet at Target, 3405 McHenry Ave., Modesto (next to the garden center) at 6:45 am.


AUGUST 27, PINECREST LAKE/KENNEDY MEADOWS. We will visit these areas in search of such montane species as Mountain Quail, White-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadee and Brown Creeper, among others. Bring lunch, we will return mid-to-late-afternoon. Meet at Raley’s, 1550 E F St, Oakdale. Leader John Harris


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16. MONTEREY COUNTY. This all-day field trip provides an opportunity to see passerines, shorebirds, and water birds. The itinerary will include Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing State Beach, Zmudowski State Beach, and perhaps Laguna Grande Regional Park. If there is time, we may go after rare birds reported in the area.  Bring a lunch. We will have an early dinner at Moss Landing and return to Modesto by dusk. Carpooling is encouraged. Trip leader: Sal Salerno ( Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 6:30 a.m.  R.S.V.P. by Friday, August 11. NOTE THIS IS A MID-WEEK TRIP. 


JUNE 18, JULY 16 AND AUG. 20. SAN JOAQUIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. This refuge near Modesto offers diverse habitats, including mixed species transitional areas, riparian forest, oak woodlands, grassland, and seasonal wetlands. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. We will return to Modesto mid-afternoon. Trip leader: Ralph Baker, or