Calendar

Nov
26
Sat
COLUSA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/SUTTER BUTTES @ Meet at the Park & Ride at the intersection of Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:00 AM.
Nov 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

COLUSA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/SUTTER

BUTTES

Saturday, November 26, 2022

8:00 AM – 5: 00 PM

Leader: Ted Beedy  530-274-7232 or tbeedy@comcast.net

We always schedule this trip in late November to maximize our

chances of seeing large concentrations of waterfowl and other

water birds wintering in the Central Valley. Colusa National

Wildlife Refuge is among the best places to view this great,

annual spectacle. We should see more than 100,000 geese and

ducks, and on past trips we have identified more than 80 species

of birds. We will also drive around the Sutter Buttes to look for

raptors, songbirds, and Sandhill Cranes, and we’ll go from there

to District 10 north of Marysville to see thousands of Tundra

Swans, White-faced Ibis, and myriad other waterfowl as the sun

sets over the Buttes. Bring a lunch & something to drink, and

wear warm clothes, including a raincoat if the weather is wet–the trip is on, rain or shine. Meet at the Park & Ride at the intersection of Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:00 AM. We’ll get back to Grass Valley at about 5 pm, estimated driving time is 1.5 hours each way. Please pre-register at least a week before the trip.

South Yuba River State Park Sponsored Bird Walk @ Kneebone Cemetery just south of the Bridgeport Visitor's center on Pleasant Valley Rd
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

South Yuba River State Park Sponsored Bird Walk

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Saturday, January 28, 2023

8:30-10:30 AM

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

This walk will be perfect for beginners, but all levels of birders are welcome. The more eyes the better.  Meet at the tiny Kneebone Cemetery just south of the Bridgeport Visitor’s center on Pleasant Valley Rd. Free parking. 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 see the common foothill species, varying by season, usually at least 20 species per trip.  The American Dipper and Bald Eagles are frequently seen here.  If weather is questionable contact the leader.

Dec
1
Thu
SFAS General Meeting, Presentation: Burrowing Owl Monitoring Study
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attend either in person at Madelyn Helling Library , Nevada City (doors will open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00) or attend via Zoom in the comfort of your own home.

Burrowing Owls have been extirpated from much of California and nearly eradicated from Placer County. In collaboration with Ed Pandofino, ECORP Consulting, and Placer Land Trust (PLT), Jessup University’s Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment spearheaded a Burrowing Owl study to install and monitor above-ground burrows for use by Burrowing Owls. This study takes place on land managed by PLT where the last known breeding population of Burrowing Owls occurs in Placer County, and was supported by a scientific grant from SFAS. Topics will include the results of the study since its initiation, what can be gleaned from the study data and how it is being used to inform local conservation efforts, and what are the next steps for the study. Additionally, Jessup student Christian Taylor will provide impressions from his experience as a monitor.

Doors open at 6:30; meeting starts at 7:00. Masks are optional but highly recommended. Check the SFAS website and Facebook page for last-minute updates or call Program Chair Theresa Thomas 530-264-6742. Members who are on our SFAS email list will receive a Zoom link the week before the meeting. If you would like to get on our email list, please go to our website, sierrafoothillsaudubon.org, click on ABOUT and then CONTACT US.

Dec
3
Sat
Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn @ parking lot off Humphrey Road at the southeast corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn.
Dec 3 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn

Saturday, December 3, 2022

8:30-10:30 AM

Leader: Sarah Roeske  roeske.sarah@gmail.com

Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot off Humphrey Road at the southeast corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. Note: the address for the Reserve is 5050 English Colony Road in Penryn. This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch affords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley floor, usually twenty or more different species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see. Here’s the Placer County website for Traylor Ranch: 

https://www.placer.ca.gov/6085/Traylor-Ranch-Nature-Reserve-and-Bird-Sa 

If weather looks questionable contact Sarah.