Field Trips

Field Trip Information Updated 12/23/

Sunday, January 20 & Saturday, February 16 - San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.

This refuge near Modesto offers diverse habitats, including mixed species transitional are-as, riparian forest, oak wood-lands, 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 early-to-mid-afternoon. Trip leader: Ralph Baker (

Sunday, January 13 - Cosumnes River Preserve.

This exquisite area lies on the lower reaches of the only river in the Central Valley that flows free and undammed out of the Sierra. This creates many pre-served natural habitats which we will visit. Also, some areas are being managed back to their natural condition, and we’ll visit them too. At this time of year it should be packed with wintering waterfowl, cranes, etc. Trails are numerous and made with birders in mind; it’s a birder's paradise! Trip leader TBD, contact Ralph Baker ( if you have any questions. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot, 1500 I Street, Modesto, at 7:00 a.m. Bring lunch or snacks as we will return to Mod-esto mid-to-late-afternoon.

Saturday, Feb 2 – Copperopolis and Salt Springs Valley

On this field trip we’ll explore the Salt Springs Valley, looking for birds of open grasslands includ-ing raptors such as eagles, Ferru-ginous and Rough-legged Hawks, and others, as well as water birds on the Salt Springs Valley Reservoir and Copperop-olis Pond, and riparian and oak woodland birds on our way home. We’ll return to Oakdale by mid-afternoon, returning via scenic Rock Creek Road. Meet at the Cost Less Market, 888 N. Yosemite, Oakdale, at 7:00 a.m. Bring lunch or snacks. Trip Lead-er: John Harris at (510) 504-2427 or

Audubon Field Trip Email List

If you would like to be on a group email to advise you of all Audubon field trips, please email: Ralph Baker at