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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).

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Saturday May 30 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: Possible Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous walk with some elevation change. Notes: Bring extra layers of clothing as temperatures can vary wildly even at this time of year. Lunch optional.

Directions: Meet at the northeast corner of Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) and Page Mill Rd. (the corner nearest San Francisco and the bay). IMPORTANT: Do not park in the Russian Ridge Parking lot!

Smith Creek/Twin Gates- "Birding by Ear" Field Trip
Sunday May 31 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Highlights: Probable birds include Horned Lark, Grasshopper Sparrow, woodland and riparian breeding birds. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous hike over rolling hills.

Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Mt. Hamilton Rd. and go past main entrance to Grant Ranch County Park (approx. 9 miles). Continue uphill another two miles to Twin Gates parking lot on the left.

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday June 3 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.

Rancho del Oso (coastal Big Basin State Park)
Sunday June 7 8:00 AM (Half Day Plus)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Highlights: Looking for Swainson's Thrush, Pacific Wren, Wilson's Warbler, and Woodpeckers. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately long but fairly level hike along the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Notes: be prepared for variable weather, dress in layers.

Directions: Take Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz, and then go north on Hwy 1. Meet at the beach parking area alongside Hwy 1 just north of the Waddell Creek Bridge (at MP 36.30; which is 2 miles south of Ano Nuevo State Reserve and 7 miles north of Davenport.)

Almaden Lake and Alamitos Creek Trail
Wednesday June 10 8:00 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com. Half Day. Notes: There is a $6 parking fee for parking in the lot. Highlights: Breeding birds. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Lunch Optional. Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose take Almaden Expwy south .8 mile then left onto Coleman Rd. Turn right onto Winfield and park either on street or in parking lot. Meet near blue bathrooms on the east side of the lake.

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday June 13 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west; turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

Charleston Slough
Saturday July 11 8:00 AM
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Saturday August 8 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Cost: Parking fee of $10 per car
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: Possible birds include Bank Swallow, Marbled Murrelet and early returning shorebirds. Difficulty Level: Plan on a 3-4 mile walk (half of it in sand), fog, bright sun and wind. Notes: Bring a scope, lunch, liquids, and dress in layers.

Directions: The entrance is along Hwy 1 about 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay or 20 miles north of Santa Cruz. Meet at the far (south) end of the parking lot.

Charleston Slough
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

 

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