Sierra Foothills Audubon Society is headquartered in Grass Valley, California. Our membership area includes Nevada, Placer, Yuba, Sierra and El Dorado County.

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May June 2024

Upcoming Events

9:30 am NatureFest 2024
NatureFest 2024
Apr 20 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
This event is sponsored by Bear Yuba Land Trust and the Nevada County Library. This year it will be on Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. SFAS will have a booth at Wildflower Ridge Trail (Hell’s Half Acre). Grab the family and head outside for a day full of self-guided fun and activities. SFAS will be set ...
8:00 am Bird Walk for Beginners in Grass...
Bird Walk for Beginners in Grass...
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677 or This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a ...
8:30 am Bridgeport Bird Walk
Bridgeport Bird Walk
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Leader : Allen Bertke 530-913-2722   Meet at the tiny Kneebone Cemetery just before you get to the Bridgeport Visitor’s center on Pleasant Valley Road. Free parking just north of there on the shoulder of Pleasant Valley Road. We will follow Kentucky Creek to the Yuba River, past the Visitor’s center and historic hay and wagon barn, then across ...
7:30 am Bird Walk at Auburn SRA
Bird Walk at Auburn SRA
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Leader: Craig Swolgaard  email:, cell: 530-334-3023 This trip is at about 1500 feet near the town of Cool, and includes a variety of foothill habitats including oak woodland, ponds, grassland, and riparian areas. The trails are fairly level and in good condition. Late April is a good time to see spring migrants, wildflowers and butterflies. It is not unusual to ...
7:30 am Birding by Ear (Conifer forests)
Birding by Ear (Conifer forests)
May 9 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Leader: Rudy Darling 530-272-6504 Meet in the parking lot of the Rood Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City to carpool. This trip entails 25 miles round trip driving and easy walking on level ground. We will mostly be standing and listening. Breeding season is the best time to study bird song. We will visit several habitat types up ...
8:00 am Birding on Placer Land Trust’s L...
Birding on Placer Land Trust’s L...
May 10 @ 8:00 am
Leader: Sarah Roeske   All levels of experience are welcome. This is a co-Placer Land Trust – Sierra Foothills Audubon Society event. Please check the Placer Land Trust “Events” site about three weeks before the event. You will need to sign up through the Land Trust in order to attend. The event will start at 8:00 AM at the ...


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