Field Trips

Field Trip Information Updated 6/22/19

SUNDAY, JULY 21 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 - 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 JULY 14 - YOSEMITE

We will search meadow and wood for resident breeding birds and whatever else we can find. Woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos and warblers are all possible. Maybe we'll even be lucky enough to find Mountain Quail, Black-backed or Pileated Woodpecker or ? Some of the locations we may visit include Hodgdon Meadow Campground, Merced Grove Trail, Crane Flat Fire Lookout Road, Crane Flat Meadow and Foresta. Dale Swanberg will be our trip leader. We will meet in front of the closed garden center of the Riverbank Target, 2425 Claribel Road, at 7:00am. Bring water, lunch and insect repellent. We will return to Riverbank late afternoon/early evening. Email Ralph Baker at sasfieldtrips@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 - RIPON WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT AND RIPON OAK GROVE PARK

We’ll visit the Ripon wastewater ponds to look for early migrating shorebirds, then retreat to the shade of Ripon Oak Grove Park to look for resident oak woodland and riparian birds, as well as any early migrants. We’ll meet at the parking lot at the south end of Jack Tone Road at 7:30 a.m., and be done by noon. Contact John Harris for questions: johnh@mills.edu 510-504-2427

Directions: From the north on 99, take the Jack Tone Road exit (exit 237), turn right (south) and go 1.8 miles to the end. The parking lot will be on your left.

From the south on 99, take the Main Street exit (exit 236) then turn left onto South Stockton Ave (third stop sign). After about .4 miles, the road curves to the right and becomes Doak Blvd. Take Doak to Jack Tone Road (about 1 mile), turn left, and proceed to the dirt parking lot as described above.


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