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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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Tuesday, May 4 – Westside Rail Trail

Come join CSAS members for a walk along this old railroad trail for great views of the mountains, Tuolumne River below, beautiful wild flowers, and hawks / 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.  In 2019, this walk yielded 28 species and lots of wildflowers.  In 2018 we saw a Pygmy Owl!

Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m.  The walk will last from 2-3 hours and cover 2- 2 1/2 miles.  It is an old railroad grade and so fairly level.  Please observe and have on hand current Covid protocols, muted clothing, hat, sunscreen and water are advised.  Dress in layers as the temperature will become warm later in the morning.

Please note that there are NO public restrooms nearby. The Tuolumne City branch library is now open (from 10:00 to 2:00 pm on Tuesdays) and there are toilet facilities there.  In addition, there are restrooms at the Black Oak Casino Resort.

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.

Hope you will come along!  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.  The trip leader is Jean Dakota.  Please call her to let her know you are joining us.   Cell # (209) 591-9952 or Email:  jdakota002@comcast.net.

Thursday, May 20 – Indigeny Reserve

Please join us to 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. We will hope to see the Black-headed
Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, arriving Warblers and Flycatchers and if we’re lucky a Western Tanager!

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.    Thanks, Kit DeGear: Cell #(925)-822-5215 or Email kdegear@gmail.com

Self-guided Field Trip

White Pines Lake should provide some good Spring birding. In past years at this time, the Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, some Flycatchers and many Warblers should be arriving or present. It is a lovely park. I would suggest some morning birding followed by a picnic lunch at one of the many sites available. It is about an hour for Sonora residents but obviously much closer for our Calaveras contingent. Take a left turn from Hwy 4 (on your way out of the town of Arnold ) on Blagen Rd. opposite the El Vaquero restaurant. Make another left on Lyons Park and you have arrived. If you continue on, other picnic areas are available along the lake. At the far end of the lake by the sports field parking lot you can cross a small bridge into the disc golf area. If you bear right (away from the disc golfers) you can take a fairly short walk along some willows by a stream that will take you to a road that loops you back to the sport field parking area. Happy Birding!            Kit DeGear Field Trip Chair

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