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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, April 22 – Wilms Road/Rock River Road

While still observing Covid guidelines, this April we will maintain our Auto Tour Field Trip option with walkie talkies. We will meet at the Barrow’s (formerly Perko’s) parking lot at 8:30 am. We will caravan down Hwy 108 to a left turn on Wilms Rd. which is directly opposite the turn off to Knights Ferry. There will be few opportunities to pull over on Wilms Rd. but there is a pond which will allow for some outside of car viewing. Rock River Rd. is much less traveled. There is a nice pond near the end and we might catch some migrating shorebirds. This time of year we will hope to see Horned Lark, Loggerhead Shrike, Tri-colored Blackbirds and Western Kingbirds. Please observe and have on hand current Covid protocols, sun protection, water, snacks/lunch. If time and interest allow, we will continue on to a drive, with a few stops, through Red Hills (where there are some vault toilets available and the self-guided suggestion this month), easily accessed on our way home. 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 Kit DeGear: please call her to let her know you are joining us: Cell #(925)-822-5215 or Email kdegear@gmail.com

Self-guided Field Trip

If you have not experienced driving through the Red Hills Area of Critical Concern this would be a good month to go. South of Chinese Camp, the Bureau of Land Management oversees acreage with atypical serpentine soils providing habitat to rare plants (eg. California Verbena)
and species: the Red Hills Roach (a minnow), and the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog are some unusual inhabitants. At this time of year the major draw is the beautiful wildflowers! However, if you are extremely lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Greater Roadrunner. As spring unfolds Sixbit Gulch Rd. (off Red Hills Rd. in the center of this area) can provide some great viewings of spring migrants, such as flycatchers, warblers, etc. You can reach this area by turning left from Hwy 108 West from Sonora onto Hwy 49, then turning right onto Sims Rd. and veering right onto Red Hill Rd. Red Hill Rd will take you to J59. Turning right will take you back to Hwy 108 where you can make your return. A very nice drive at the very least!
Kit DeGear Field Trip Chair

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