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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

June 23 — Calaveras Big Trees SP Field Trip

Stanislaus & San Joaquin Audubon chapter members will visit Big Trees SP for a joint trip along with Central Sierra Audubon Society members who would care to join. They are very good birders and so this will be an opportunity for an excellent learning trip as well as enjoyable in its own right—I’m looking forward to it very much!
Meet at the Visitors’ Center parking area at 8:30am. Bring water and lunch. Trip leader will be Sal Salerno who has visited with CSAS on previous occasions. For more information or possible carpooling contact Barry Boulton at (209) 596-0612 or email Barry.

June 24 — Indigeny Reserve

Please join me on Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 AM, 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.
Our last visit on May 27 was a beautiful morning with 8 participants. Bullock’s Orioles greeted us once again in the parking lot. Black-headed Grosbeaks were heard throughout the morning as well as Ash-throated Flycatchers. The Red-tailed Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawks made their usual appearances. We were also treated to an Osprey. Another highlight was a Hairy Woodpecker, my first sighting at Indigeny and a little unusual given the elevation. We were surprised that there were no Warblers or Vireos and few Flycatchers. Still a lovely walk! A total of 38 species were seen. On this visit, I expect some cool warblers, vireos and flycatchers to turn up. The walk will last 2-3 hrs. 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. Kit DeGear (925) 822-5215 or email Kit.

July 4 — 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 led by Jean Ridgley on July 4  at 8:00 AM. The property encompasses an area of more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three water storage ponds.
On June 6 bird walk we saw 37 species. Two families of Wood Ducks were seen on the large sewer pond. We also saw Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Wood- Pewee and Western Kingbird.
Birders who wish to bird at GCSD must be accompanied by an authorized birder and have signed an Agreement and Release from Liability. 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. If you have any questions, call Jeanne at 962-7598 or email Jeanne.