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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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Sunday, September 19 – Indigeny Reserve

I ‘m happy to announce the return of our monthly field trips to Indigeny! Please join me to explore 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 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.
For this trip, please RSVP (in case there are any changes) to Kit DeGear. Call or text my cell at #925-822-5215 or email me at kdegear@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 6 – Groveland Community Services District

It is with a sad heart that we say thanks to Jeanne Ridgley for her years of providing our chapter with field trips to the GCSD. While I cannot fill her shoes, I will lead some trips to this unique area in the Fall and Spring, the #2 Hotspot for Tuolumne County.
Jeanne plans to attend as many trips as she is able. I hope you will join me to explore this rich habitat. 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.

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

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