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Jun
29
Sat
Field Trip to Van Vleck Meadow / Tells Creek, El Dorado National Forest
Jun 29 @ 7:30 am
Leader: Craig Swolgaard

This trip will explore a little birded part of the Sierra Nevada off Icehouse Road at 6400 feet elevation. Tells Creek flows through Van Vleck Meadow just west of the Desolation Wilderness. A trailhead for equestrians and hikers begins at the parking lot, but we will follow a road that circles the meadow itself. This is a good spot to see a variety of Sierra Nevada birds including Lazuli Bunting, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Purple and Cassin’s Finch, Green-tailed Towhee, Red- breasted Sapsucker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Brown Creeper, and others. A pair of Williamson’s Sapsuckers have been breeding there the past several years. The trip will include other shorter stops as well with possible sighting of Ring-necked Duck and Common Nighthawk. This trip will last into the early afternoon, so bring a lunch and water. Hiking is easy and fairly level. The meadow can be wet so wear hiking boots if possible.

Registration required? Yes. Maximum number of participants: 8
Meeting location / time: We will meet at Craig’s house (parking in front) at 7:30AM. Blue-grey two-story house. Address will be given by email to those who register.

Contact Info: sfasfieldtrips5@gmail.com

 

Jul
21
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Leader: Dan Stewart
530-265-4677 or dcstew@outlook.com

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 little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds. Be aware of the weather and dress appropriately. A little light drizzle won’t cause a cancellation, but a real rain storm will. Please contact Dan if the weather is questionable.

Jul
27
Sat
Field Trip To Martis Creek Reservoir And Truckee Ponds
Jul 27 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Leader: Allen Bertke
530-913-2272  bertke@pacbell.net

Meet at the Nevada County Government Center at 7 AM. Plan to be birding until early afternoon. Bring a lunch, snacks, water, mosquito repellant and be prepared for changeable mountain conditions. Some of the possible birds: Calliope Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Yellow, and Orange-crowned Warblers, Green-tailed Towhee, several sparrow species, Mountain Bluebird, Pygmy Nuthatch, Osprey, Pied-billed and Eared Grebes and more.

Aug
18
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Aug 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Leader: Dan Stewart
530-265-4677 or dcstew@outlook.com

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 little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds. Be aware of the weather and dress appropriately. A little light drizzle won’t cause a cancellation, but a real rain storm will. Please contact Dan if the weather is questionable.

Sep
22
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Leader: Dan Stewart
530-265-4677 or dcstew@outlook.com

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 little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds. Be aware of the weather and dress appropriately. A little light drizzle won’t cause a cancellation, but a real rain storm will. Please contact Dan if the weather is questionable.