Calendar: Field Trips
Join one of our many free field trips led by a very 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.
Please carpool if possible. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.
Field trip leaders - please use this participant sign-in sheet (PDF).
Ed Levin County Park (North) Directions: Take Hwy 237 east, crossing I-880 and I-680 (237 becomes Calaveras Rd.), turn left on Downing Rd. to the park entrance. Meet in parking lot on the far, northeast side of Sandy Wool Lake (near the dog park).
Saturday April 19 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in Milpitas' prime birding hot spot. Difficulty Level: Be aware that the trail is steep in places. Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Arastradero Open Space Preserve Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west (toward the Santa Cruz mountains) turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.
Sunday April 20 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels.
Bald Mt. and/or Sierra Azul Woods Rood Trail
Wednesday April 23 8:30 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264. Half Day. Highlights: This late April trip is timed for migrating and breeding birds. Difficulty Level: Moderately easy walking. Notes: bring water, limited facilities. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expwy south 4.3 miles and bear right onto Almaden Rd., through New Almaden township. Park in Almaden-Quicksilver Hacienda parking lot on your right. We'll carpool to Hicks Rd. from here and bird Bald Mt. or Woods Road in Sierra Azul, depending on conditions.
Saturday April 26 9:00 AM
Leader: Dick Stovel: (650) 856-6105. Half day. Highlights: This is the second of two field trips to the Stanford Campus this season. Difficulty Level: Highly recommended for beginning birders. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Palo Alto take University Ave exit west through downtown and into Stanford campus (becomes Palm Dr). Meet at end of Palm Dr at entrance to Main Quad.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Sunday April 27 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Sonny Mencher: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip limited to 20 participants; email Sonny to reserve a space (those without e-mail should call 650-814-8028). Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine. Notes: There is a $5 per person fee for the Jasper Ridge Field Trip.
Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the right side of Sand Hill Rd. as you head West toward the Preserve (near the freeway at the intersection of Lawler Ranch Rd. and Sand Hill Rd.). At the parking lot people are expected to form their own carpool, as carpooling is now required to minimize the number of cars on the Preserve. Caravan with a leader from the parking area between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM only (DO NOT LEAVE EARLIER, AS PARKING OUTSIDE THE GATE IS NOT ALLOWED, SINCE IT POSES AN UNACCEPTABLE TRAFFIC HAZARD!); the gate will then be open. From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd.
Mines Rd., Del Puerte Canyon, and vicinity
Saturday May 3 8:30 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. We'll start this trip in Del Puerto Canyon, working our way west to San Antonio Valley. Highlights: Hoped for highlights include possible Costa's Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Lewis?s Woodpecker and Lawrence's Goldfinch. Notes: Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and liquids.
Directions: From I-580 go east over Altamont Pass, to I-5, south on I-5, west at the Patterson exit (Diablo Grande Pkwy) and then right on Del Puerto Canyon Rd. Meet at the first pullout.
Sunday May 4 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Garth Harwood: (650) 949-8643. Highlights: Bird the farm, gardens and wild land edges of this unique facility with Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Director. There will be special emphasis on learning to bird by ear. Notes: A $5 per car parking fee is required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: From I-280 in Los Altos take El Monte Rd. past Foothill College, turn left at Moody Rd. then after approx. 1.7 miles left into Hidden Villa. Meet at the first parking lot beside the entrance.