SFAS General Meeting
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library,
Nevada City, or via Zoom. Doors open at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:00.
Check the SFAS website and Facebook page for last-minute updates or call
Program Chair Theresa Thomas at (530) 264-6742.

Join us to learn more about the SFAS Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring Project.
Kate Brennan will share a little history of the project and
talk about why monitoring is a fun and rewarding form of Citizen Science.
A number of our “resident” summer birds are cavity nesters — that is, they
only build their nests in cavities. Historically these cavities were natural holes in
trees, or holes drilled by woodpeckers. But because of several invasive bird
species and general habitat loss, more and more of our cavity nesters, including
our Western Bluebirds, seem willing to use human-made nest boxes.

Bird Walk in Alta Sierra, Nevada County
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Leader: Kate Brennan (530-268-1682

Join us for a walk along Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Alan Thiesen Trail in Alta Sierra. We will meet at the trailhead, at the corner of Dog Bar Rd and Alta Sierra Dr. This trail is the site of one of SFAS’s Western Bluebird nest box trails. We will likely encounter a number of bluebirds getting started on their nests, along with White-breasted Nuthatch, Oak Titmouse, Yellow-rumped Warbler, a variety of woodpecker species, and other spring arrivals. If weather looks questionable contact Kate.


Bird Walk in Auburn Regional Park
Apr 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Leaders: Kate Brennan (530-268-1682) and Ann Thomas

This will be a leisurely walk through the park looking for and identifying birds. It is intended particularly for individuals who are interested in learning the local birds. But birders at all levels of experience are welcome as it is always good to share one’s knowledge of bird identification with new birders. We will help you pick out birds in the bush and trees, listen to their songs and calls and help identify them. We will meet at the Dry Creek Picnic Area, which is off of Dry Creek Rd in Auburn. Hopefully you will enjoy the walk and start noticing and finding birds whenever you are outdoors. Binoculars will greatly enhance your experience. Contact the trip leader if weather is questionable.

Bird Walk at Placer Nature Center
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Leader: Jean Matsuno

Placer Nature Center is located on 60 acres in the Sierra Foothills in Auburn, with a 5-acre preserve. According to their website, it is “a place where people of all ages can explore their link with the out-of-doors and use the environment and our exhibits for educational growth”. The Center is opening its grounds to Sierra Foothill Audubon for occasional birding walks. Join us on Saturday,April 29, 2023 to bird the Nature Trail: a 1-mile loop through their beautiful oak woodland property, and their vegetable and fruit garden. The trail has an easy/moderate grade, but will be slippery if it becomes wet with rain. This walk will be cancelled if it is raining.
Address: 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn, CA.

Meet in the parking lot at 8 AM. Please use the Sierra Foothills Audubon’sContact Usemail ( for any questions. For Placer Nature Center information and map, here is the link to their website: