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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

 

AS OF OCTOBER 2020,

CSAS FIELD TRIPS ARE

CAUTIOUSLY COMMENCING

Given that the essence of birding is to be out in the world with the birds and wildlife in general, that this pandemic has no ending in sight, and that we already missed out on the 2020 breeding season, the question is what should CSAS do about the upcoming over-winter migratory season? Should we hold off, or cautiously move ahead? We decided to move ahead in a prudent manner by scheduling one auto-based trip per month for the time being. While it may seem that car trips mean a diminished experience, remember that the winter migratory birds usually congregate in large numbers in wetlands so we can stay in one place for longer periods of time to observe the behaviors as so many species are interacting with each other.
There will be spots along the way during these trips where we may want to get out of our cars, and in those places and circumstances we will observe strict social-distancing protocols. Everyone participating in these group events is requested to take their temperature on the day of the trip, and it must be below 99 degrees to participate. Masks and hand sanitizer should be part of everyone’s supplies as well as water, sunscreen, hat and birding equipment. There can be no sharing of scopes etc. As Kit says, we can share our enthusiasm!
We have 6 walkie-talkies which will be sanitized before and after each trip so that, if you wish to use one, you can share with the other participants on the way.

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Thursday, December 3 – Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, Lodi

Our November 12 field trip to the Lodi/Cosumnes area was so successful that we will do it again on December 3, although with some variations. We hope that those of you who missed that trip can join us for this one.
This half day tour will explore the cranes’ daytime feeding grounds and conclude with the fly-in. At dusk the cranes converge on the flooded fields to roost for the night. The fly-in here typically numbers into the thousands, with both Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes. Numerous other bird species may also be viewed, including but not limited to ducks, geese, Tundra Swans, Great Blue Herons, egrets and shore birds. Participants are encouraged to bring a folding chair to relax in while watching the cranes fly in to roost.
In Sonora, meet at Barrows Café (formerly Perko’s) at 12:00 noon and caravan (NOT carpool) to Lodi, a 90 minute drive, stopping briefly at the Shell Gas Station at about 12:30pm in the Copperopolis Town Square to pick up any cars coming from Calaveras County. The next stop will be at Hwy 12 and I-5 in Lodi for bathroom breaks before arriving at Woodbridge Road. There we can view/ photograph the Sandhill Cranes and numerous other birds at several spots along this public road. The cranes will be flying in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. This field trip will conclude at 5:30 pm (dark). Wear layered clothing in the event that the weather is cool. Bring binoculars if you have them, snacks, water, hand-sanitizer, masks and a folding chair if you want to sit down during the fly-in.
Unfortunately, we cannot get together for dinner after, so everyone will be on their own. Due to the COVID restrictions, the only food available will be take out (McDonalds, Burger King, etc.), or participants may want to bring their own food to eat where ever they feel comfortable.
Everyone participating in these group events is requested to take their temperature on the day of the trip, and it must be below 99 degrees to attend.
Trip leader is Jean Dakota; let her know you are joining us: (209)591-9952 or jdakota002@comcast.net

 

December 10, Thursday – Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Auto Tour

POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 2021 DUE C-19 MANDATES

 

 

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