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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 2019


Wednesday, May 1 — 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 Barbara Connelly. 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 Barbara at (209) 962-4980


Tuesday, May 7 — West Side Rail Trail

Come join Jean Dakota on Tuesday, May 7, for a West Side Rail Trail walk along this old railroad trail for great views of the Tuolumne River below, and hawks and falcons above. This time of year we are certain to hear the distinctive sound of the Wrentit and perhaps see some Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, too. Last year this walk yielded 28 species (heard and seen) and lots of wildflowers. In August we spotted a Pigmy Owl along this trail. Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. The walk will last from 2-4 hours and cover 2-4 miles. It is an old railroad grade and so fairly level. Muted clothing, hat, sunscreen and water are advised. Ticks are big this year in Tuolumne County, so be prepared with bug repellant. Please note that there are NO public restrooms nearby. From Sonora take Tuolumne Rd. out all the way to the city of Tuolumne until Tuolumne Road ends at Carter St.. (Do Not Turn at the traffic lights at the intersection of Tuolumne Rd. N. and Cherry Valley Blvd. N.) At the end of Tuolumne Road, turn left on Carter St. and go 0.3 mile; turn right on Buchanan Road. Continue for 0.5 mile and you will see the parking lot on the left just past the intersection of Buchanan and Miramonte Roads. The trailhead and kiosk 1 is down the stairs. For additional information call Jean Dakota, (415) 454-8313

Thursday, May 16 – Confidence Trail

Please join Tom Hahn, our May presenter (previous evening) who will once again lead us on this annual bird walk. This is always a particularly great outing with many Spring migrants to hear and see! Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the trailhead at Confidence/South Fork Rd. just north of Middle Camp Rd. For additional information call David Harden (209) 533-1668

Saturday, May 18 – Big Trees State Park UPDATE: THE TRIP IS ON! WEATHER SHOULD BE GOOD UNTIL 12pm – 1pm

This visit to the old redwood groves provides an opportunity to see warblers, flycatchers, vireos, and flycatchers. More uncommon species such as Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Pygmy-Owl, or Northern Goshawk may be seen. This field trip is organized by Stanislaus Audubon with Sal Salerno as leader and guide. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:30am.  For additional information call Barry Boulton (209)596-0612

Saturday, May 25 — 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.
Our April field trip was spectacularly successful with 59 species observed and we hope to repeat that again! We’ll meet in the lower parking lot at 8:00am and our walk will last 2 – 3 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 here the formal entrance to Ironstone is just one mile on the right (don’t take what looks like an entrance halfway on the right as it’s simply a working gate). Just inside the Ironstone entrance, bear left and park on the left side.For additional information call Kit DeGear (925)822-5215 or email Kit.


Sunday, May 26 – 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.