Calendar

Mar
9
Sat
Birding on Placer Land Trust’s Laursen Bear River Preserve South, near the Bear River
Mar 9 @ 8:30 am

Leader: Sarah Roeske

 

All levels of experience are welcome. This is a co-Placer Land Trust – Sierra Foothills Audubon Society event, rescheduled from Frebruary 21. Please check the Placer Land Trust “Events” site about three weeks before the event. https://placerlandtrust.org/calendar/ You will need to sign up through the Land Trust in order to attend. The event will start at 8:30 AM at the property. Directions to the property will be sent once you sign up. This recently acquired property covers a variety of foothills habitat, including open meadows with brush piles, open oak-grass woodland, and denser fir-oak habitat. Approximately 1.5-2 miles of walking, mostly on trails, a bit across fields; some uneven terrain. There are no facilities on the property. Enrollment limited to 12 people. Heavy rain will cancel event.

Mar
17
Sun
Bird Walk for Beginners in GrassValley
Mar 17 @ 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.

Mar
20
Wed
Bird Walk for Beginners Auburn Regional Park
Mar 20 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Leaders: Kate Brennan & Ann Thomas 530-268-1682

 

Meet at the children’s playground near the pond on Park Dr. in Auburn. This walk is intended for individuals who are interested in learning to recognize the local birds. However, birders of all levels of experience are welcome, as more eyes and ears help ID more birds. Hopefully you will enjoy this morning walk and learn to identify some new birds by sight and some possibly by ear. Contact leader if weather looks questionable.

Mar
30
Sat
Traylor Ranch Bird Walk Penryn
Mar 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
5050 English Colony Road, Penryn
Leader: Allen Bertke 530-903-4440 or bertke@pacbell.net

All birders are welcome to enhance the experience and see more birds. The Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve affords an opportunity to see resident and migratory species of the lower foothills and valley floor. Join me on a flat, easy two hour walk to look for Nuttall’s, Hairy, Downy and Acorn Woodpeckers, Western Kingbirds, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles,

Black-headed Grosbeaks, Yellow-breasted Chats, flickers, warblers, California and Spotted Towhees, Western Bluebirds, Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, and Cooper’s Hawks. Meet at 8:30 am in the parking lot off Humphrey Rd at the southeast corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. From I-80 take the 193/Newcastle exit to Taylor Rd go west to English Colony Way (look for the Valencia Club on the northwest corner). Wind your way through Penryn and then turn left on Humphrey. Go 1/4 mile and turn right into the parking lot. Contact leader if weather is questionable.

Apr
2
Tue
SFAS General Meeting
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm

Program: Owls of the Foothills Presented by Rudy Darling

Since prehistoric times, humans have been fascinated by owls. Because most of them are only active at night, many of us are unaware that there are many species that share the foothills with us – six confirmed breeding in Nevada County alone, with another three having been reported as well. This program will look at what makes owls special, how they can do what they do, and how to find them. It will then look at each of the eleven owl species that have been found in the SFAS area.

Rudy Darling has been a birder since 1963 and a member of the board of Sierra Foothills Audubon (SFAS) since 1998 and is currently its president. He is in charge of the Grass Valley Christmas Bird Count and their Bird-A-Thon fundraiser. He also leads several field trips each year for SFAS, specializing in owls and birding by ear and has taught classes on those interests for Sierra College adult education. He has been the Nevada County editor for North American Birds and eBird. He also has an interest in bird photography and illustrates his presentations with photographs he has taken. Formal training includes a BA in Biology (Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio) and an MS in Ecology (U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul). 

Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, Nevada City
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

Apr
14
Sun
Hummingbird Open House: South Nevada County, off Garden Bar Road
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Leader: Kate Brennan 530-263-7413

 

Drop in any time between 1 PM and 6 PM. Bring your lunch or snacks and a chair; sit and enjoy the hummingbird extravaganza at this well-established migratory rest and refueling stop. You are likely to view hundreds of Anna’s, many Black-chinned and Rufous, and a few Calliope Hummingbirds. We might even see the Costa’s if we luck out like our last hummer party. The thunderous drone of several hundred wings and the vibrant flashing of red, orange, green, and violet will be well worth the drive. Call Kate to make reservations and you will be given the address. If you’ve been here before, just come on by. Don’t forget your binocs. Contact leader if weather looks questionable.

Apr
17
Wed
Bird Walk for Beginners Auburn Regional Park
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Leaders: Kate Brennan & Ann Thomas 530-268-1682

 

Meet at the children’s playground near the pond on Park Dr. in Auburn. This walk is intended for individuals who are interested in learning to recognize the local birds. However, birders of all levels of experience are welcome, as more eyes and ears help ID more birds. Hopefully you will enjoy this morning walk and learn to identify some new birds by sight and some possibly by ear. Contact leader if weather looks questionable.

Apr
20
Sat
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 up at the trailhead to share activities and ideas to help you explore nature and enjoy.

Apr
21
Sun
Bird Walk for Beginners in GrassValley
Apr 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.

Apr
27
Sat
Bridgeport Bird Walk
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Leader : Allen Bertke 530-913-2722 bertke@pacbell.net

 

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 the longest covered bridge in the country, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. We will be targeting Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow-breasted Chat, and warblers. We should also see common foothill species including Downy Woodpecker, Lark Sparrow, Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrow, Cliff Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bewick’s Wren, American Dipper, Black Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet. If weather is questionable contact the leader.