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Field Trips

All CSAS trips are open to the public, and beginning birders, including children, are welcome on day trips.  Bring drinking water and a lunch or snacks.  Suggested apparel: Muted colors in clothing and hats; sturdy shoes, a sun hat and sunscreen, and insect repellent are advisable for all trips.  Dress layered, particularly in winter months. Carry water and snacks.  Bring binoculars, spotting scopes and birding field guides if you have them and insect repellent and sunscreen if needed.
NOTE: Heavy rain cancels field trips.  If in doubt, call the trip leader by one hour before the meeting time.

Upcoming Field Trips

Wednesday, March 6 — G C S D Walk

The first Wednesday of the month Bird Walk at the Groveland Community Services District property at 18966 Ferretti Road, Groveland will be will be led by Jeanne Ridgley on February 6, 2019. The property encompasses an area of more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three water storage ponds.

Access for birders here is limited. Birders must be accompanied by an authorized birder.Please meet the group in the GCSD parking lot at 8:00 AM. Bring binoculars and a birding field guide if you have one. Rain will cancel the trip. The walk will last about two to three hours. For additional information call Jean at (209) 962-7598 or  or email Jean.

Saturday, March 16 — Salt Spring Valley

Salt Spring Valley is primarily an auto tour, although we will stop at certain vantage points where we expect to see several species.  This valley has different habitats – water, open rangelands and oak forests plus a stand of eucalyptus that, all-in-all, offer many species.

Meet at 8:30am opposite the pond about 1/4 mile along Rock Creek Road off highway 4 near Copperopolis. Bring water, lunch and radios (for convoying) if you have them. Lunch at the resort ($10 per car).  Finish by 2pm – but if you need to depart earlier, we’ll get to the resort around 11:30am. Rain will cancel the trip. For additional information call Paolo Maffei at (209) 532-8426.

Saturday, March 23 — Ironstone Winery

The Ironstone Winery in Murphys has a rich habitat comprising many oaks of various ages and sizes, wetlands and pond, open lawns and vines where we will see many species.

We’ll meet in the lower parking lot at 9:00am and our walk will last two to three hours. Rain will cancel the trip. From highway 4 at Murphys take Main Street and turn left at Scott Street until you bear left where Scott Street ends to become 6 Mile Road. From there the formal entrance to Ironstone is just one mile on the right (don’t take what looks like an entrance halfway on the right – it’s a working gate). Just inside the main Ironstone entrance, bear left and park about 100 yards along on the left side. For additional information call Kit DeGear (925)822-5215 or email Kit.

Sunday, March 24 – Indigeny Reserve

Please join me as we bird through the beautiful grounds at Indigeny. Besides the apple orchards, there are large oaks, some pines, stream-side thickets and a marshy area with reeds that provide some great habitats for birds. As always, bring your binoculars and/or scopes, wear muted colors and you may wish to include a hat, sunscreen and water.

The walk will last two to three hours. Children are welcome! Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM. Rain will cancel the trip. Follow the signs from the intersection of Greenley and Lyons/Bald Mountain Roads in Sonora. After a few miles on Lyons/Bald Mountain Road, turn right onto Apple Hill Drive where there is a large sign that says “Apple Valley Ranches.” A quick left turn onto Summers Lane leads you to Indigeny. For additional information call Kit (925) 822-5215 or email Kit.