Calendar: Field Trips
Join one of our many free field trips led by an experienced leader. You do not have to be a member to participate, although we are sure you will want to join us to support these popular activities.
Unless specified, advance registration for field trips is not required. Please contact the field trip leader if you have questions. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.
Field trip leaders - please use this participant sign-in sheet (PDF).
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San Francisco's Southern Parks
Sunday January 25 9:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Alan Hopkins: (415) 664-0983 or Cell phone (415) 794-0281
Meet at the parking lot to Heron's Head Park. Highlights: This newly created park is a great place to look for shorebirds and bay waterfowl. Later we will then visit San Francisco's second largest park, McLaren Park, for land birds and a few dabbling ducks. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 280 or 101
take the Cesar Chavez St. exit east to Third
St. Turn right onto Third St. after crossing
the bridge turn left onto Cargo Way. Cargo
Way ends at the Heron's Head Park parking
Saturday January 31 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527.
Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take Leavesley Rd. east for 1.5 miles, turn left on New Ave. then right on Roop Rd. Go left at the "T" intersection, then after 1.3 miles left again on Coyote Reservoir Rd. and on to the Lakeview Picnic area on the right.
Wintering Waterfowl Field Trip
Saturday January 31 1:30 PM
Location: Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Alviso & Shoreline Park, Mtn View
Leader: Stephanie Ellis, SCVAS Executive Director; email@example.com or 408-252-3748
Want to sharpen your duck I.D. skills? Join us for a fun day viewing the abundance of waterfowl that spend their winter on San Francisco Bay. Notes: Wear your woollies. Optional coffee/hot chocolate stop after the trip - on us! Difficulty Level: All are encouraged to attend, but the trip will be geared toward the beginning birder. Trip is limited to 15; RSVP required. Please contact Stephanie to sign-up.
Directions: Please contact Stephanie for directionsTop
Ulistac Natural Area
Sunday February 1 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Steve Tracey: (408) 966-3860.
Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in diverse habitat that does not require an entrance fee. No Facilities Available.
Directions: From Hwy 237 take Great America Pkwy south for about 0.8 miles, turn left on Tasman Dr. for about one mile, turn right on Lick Mill Blvd. and meet at the South entrance to the park on the left.
City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday February 4 12:00 PM (One hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. An RSVP is NOT required, but you can contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, for directions or more details at (408-730-7545). Rain cancels.
Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.
Saturday February 7 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Nick Yatso (408) 891-3187.
Directions: From Hwy 101 Mountain View, take San Antonion Rd north to Terminal Blvd. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.
Merced & San Luis Wildlife Refuges
Sunday February 8 8:30 AM (Full day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Meet at the parking area near the first Observation Platform in Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Raptors, ducks, geese, Great Horned Owls, Sandhill Cranes and White-faced Ibis possible. This will primarily be a driving bird trip so FRS radios (Walkie-Talkies) set to channel 11 will prove to be of value. After the Merced Wildlife Refuge we will caravan to the San Luis Wildlife Refuge for lunch and more birding. Dress in layers; bring lunch, liquids, and a full tank of gas. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take Hwy 152 east thru Los Banos, (no services past Los Banos, so check your gas gauge), approx. 20 miles then north 7 miles on Rte. 59 to Sandy Mush Rd, turn left approx. 8 miles to Merced Wildlife Refuge, on the left. Allow 2.5 hrs driving time from San Jose, more if it's foggy.
Gilroy Water Treatment Facility or Anderson Lake County Park
Wednesday February 11 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Dennis Porter: (408) 205-0535 Highlights: If Gilroy ponds
have water we'll drive the levees for ducks
and shorebirds. If not, we'll bird Anderson County Park. Note: possible entrance fee. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: We will carpool from McDonald's on Cochrane Rd. in Morgan Hill. Take Hwy 101 south; exit Cochrane Rd. and turn right. Turn left at first stop light and park at McDonald's. We'll carpool from here. Do not meet at birding site.
Saturday February 14 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson (408) 996-3506 Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 17 in Los Gatos take Lark Ave exit west. Turn right on Oka Rd, left on Mozart Ave and an immediate right on Oka Lane. Meet at gate.
Foster City, Coyote Point, San Mateo Bayside
Sunday February 15 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Al Eisner days and voicemail: (650)-926-2018; evenings: (650)-364-3686
We will begin at the Foster City "shell bar", and then car-caravan to an additional Foster City location, and to Coyote Point (probable admission charge of $6 per car) in time for an appropriate tide. Highlights: This trip should be good for shorebirds (including "rockbirds") and waterfowl (Harlequin Duck is possible) but we'll also look for landbirds. Note: Scopes will be very useful. Lunch optional. Rain Cancels.
Directions: Meet at 8:00 along Beach Park Boulevard in Foster City; park along the bay side of the Blvd., near the intersection with Tarpon St. (there is a church on this corner). To get there follow Hillsdale Blvd. east from Hwy 101; it eventually bears right and becomes Beach Park Blvd.
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Saturday February 21 8:30 AM (half day)
Location: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505.
NOTE: Expect an entrance fee. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: Take Hwy 84, Dumbarton Bridge, east towards Newark. Exit right on Thornton, then left over freeway, as Thornton becomes Paseo Padre. Turn left at Patterson Ranch/Commerce Rd. into park. Meet at far end of Quarry Parking lot 1/4 mile past park entrance.
Santa Cruz Coastal Hot Spots
Sunday February 22 7:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Todd Newberry, Santa Cruz Bird Club: (831) 426-8741. Half day (optional plus). A chance to visit local birding hotspots and to chase recently reported goodies. Dress in layers; Todd's trips go rain or shine. For those running late, at 8 AM we will be on West Cliff Dr., checking inter-tidal shelves as we approach the Natural Bridges overlook at the west end of West Cliff Dr.
Directions: Meet 7:30 AM at the Santa Cruz lighthouse on W. Cliff Dr. From Hwy 17 take Hwy 1 "north" (toward Half Moon Bay), turn left on Bay St. (just after MacDonald's), go to its end, turn right onto W. Cliff Dr., follow bluff-top to lighthouse.
Lake Cunningham Park
Saturday February 28 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Pete Dunten: (650) 210-6764
Directions: From Hwy 101 in San
Jose go East on Tully to the entrance to Lake
Cunningham Park, 0.3 miles past Capitol
Expwy (Raging Waters). Turn left into the
park and left again at the entrance booth.
Meet in the Marina parking lot and pay the parking fee.Top
Coyote Valley OSP
Sunday March 1 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Rick Herder (408) 779-3985. Highlights: We will bird the lower elevations of the Open Space preserve to the west in search of recent spring migrants, soaring Hawks and Eagles. Cattle graze in the preserve and the trail can be rough and decorated with "cow pies." Note: Trip limited to those over 12 years of age. Rain Cancels, No Facilities.
Directions: From 101 in San Jose take Bailey Ave. west, turn left on Hale Ave. (Santa Teresa) and right to the end of Palm Ave. Early risers will meet at 7:30 AM on the western portion of Laguna Ave. in Morgan Hill, the first right after turning onto Hale Ave.