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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, October 8 – Merced NWR

Please join us for a fun day observing all the waterfowl migrating in to this unique spot. We expect to see some early arrivals of the Sandhill Cranes as well as many ducks and shorebirds. Northern Harriers, White-tailed Kites and Great Horned Owls are often seen.
We will meet at 2:00 pm at the Sandy Mush Road entrance parking lot observation platform and stay through sunset.

Remember to check your temperature prior to arrival and have masks, hand sanitizers, water and personal birding equipment. We will be unable to share scopes etc. It will be nice to share our observations over walkie-talkies and socially distanced encounters outside our cars. This is always a great outing!
Kit DeGear (925) 822-5215 or kdegear@gmail.com

Editor’s note: on Sept. 30 when I visited, there were a thousand or so Sandhill Cranes spread out across the refuge, more flying overhead, hundreds of White-faced Ibis and Black-necked Stilts, lots of Yellowlegs and Great Egrets plus ducks and many more.   Barry Boulton

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Thursday, November 12 – Lodi

Jean Dakota will lead a trip to Woodbridge Road and Staten Island to observe the (mostly) Greater Sandhill Cranes here (Merced NWR cranes are almost all Lessers. Details coming later.