Field Trip to Van Vleck Meadow / Tells Creek, El Dorado National Forest

Steve Rose

June 29, 2024 @ 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.

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