Field Trips

Field Trip Information Updated 2/29/20

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 & SATURDAY, APRIL 18 - 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. On these field trips we are allowed to go into areas of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Birding may be on foot or by car and we may walk anywhere from 2-6 miles on mostly level dirt roads and trails. 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 (SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com).

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 – “FOUR CORNERS’

This March we return to the eastern foothills to explore four counties in one trip. The boundaries of Merced, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Counties meet at one point and we will bird locations in each county in that area searching for resident birds and early spring migrants. First we will visit Merced County’s Henderson Park along the Merced River in Snelling. We then drive east to Hornitos Rd. to bird below McSwain Dam along the river on the Merced/Mariposa County line. Merced Falls Rd. will lead us to Tuolumne County and a drive along Highway 132 with a stop overlooking Lake Don Pedro. We finish in Stanislaus County with a visit to La Grange and Dawson Lake.

Those interested should meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot at 1500 I St. in Modesto at 7:00 a.m. Participants should bring water and lunch as the group will not return to Modesto until mid to late afternoon. The trip leader is Dale Swanberg who may be contacted by email at daylo@netzero.net.


SATURDAY, APRIL 18 - 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. On these field trips we are allowed to go into areas of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Birding may be on foot or by car and we may walk anywhere from 2-6 miles on mostly level dirt roads and trails. 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 (SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com).


SUNDAY, APRIL 26 - CONSUMNES RIVER PRESERVE.

This spectacular area with multiple and diverse habitats just north of Lodi has excellent birding all year long. This date straddles the seasons and we’ll see both lingering winter birds as well as newly arriving spring migrants. Trip leader: Ralph Baker (SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com). Meet at the Stanislaus Library parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:15 a.m. We'll be back early afternoon.


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 SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com