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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

We will observe strict social-distancing protocols as we continue and expand our field trips. 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 are sanitized before and after each trip so that, if you wish to use one, you can share sightings with the other participants on the way.

In addition to field trips, we also suggest a self-guided tour along with likely birds at that site.  This suggestion is updated and changed each month.

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Wednesday, October 6 – Groveland Community Services District

I hope you will join me to explore this rich environment. This month I hope we might see some migrating birds like the Black-throated, Yellow and Yellow rumped Warblers. Wood ducks and Ruby-crowned Kinglets should also be present. The property encompasses an area of more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three storage ponds.
Meet the group in the GCSD parking lot at 8:00 AM. Bring binoculars and a birding guide if you have one. This time of year, a hat, sunscreen and water is also recommended. The walk will last about two-three hours. 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. We appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines.

An added bonus for this trip is that Sal Salerno, President of Stanislaus Audubon, will also be with us.  Sal often joins us, and is a top-class birder who regales us with lots of stories and information throughout our trips.

Kit DeGear (925)822-5215, or kdegear@gmail.com

 

Sunday, October 24 – 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. On our Sept. 19th trip we saw 40 species. Highlights included a Lewis’s Woodpecker, a Willow Flycatcher, several Warblers including a Common Yellowthroat, a first at this location!    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 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.
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. We appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines.
Kit DeGear.  #925-822-5215 or kdegear@gmail.com

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