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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 2020

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF MARCH 22,

ALL CSAS FIELD TRIPS ARE CANCELED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

G C S D Walk  CANCELED

The first Wednesday of the month Bird Walk at the Groveland Community Services property at 18966 Ferretti Road, Groveland, will be led by Jeanne Ridgley on April 1. The property encompasses an area of more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three water storage ponds. 

On the March 4 Bird Walk, we saw 43 species. Highlights were Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, a Northern Shoveler two Brown Creepers, a Bewick’s Wren and a Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Access for birders here is limited, and so 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 Jeanne at (209)962-7598.

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Indigeny  CANCELED

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.

On the Feb. 23rd. walk, the recent write up in the Union Democrat’s Weekender and our own Squawker netted us 5 new birders to this location and so ten of us enjoyed a total of 33 species. The highlights were a Hairy Woodpecker (occasionally seen in the past) which is unusual for this elevation but seems to like to hang out at Indigeny. There was also a brief sighting of a Cooper’s Hawk, a Bewick’s and a Marsh Wren.
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 kdegear@gmail.com

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