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Join one of our many free field trips led by an experienced leader. You do not have to be a member to participate, although we are sure you will want to join us to support these popular activities.

Unless specified, advance registration for field trips is not required. Please contact the field trip leader if you have questions. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.

Field trip leaders - please use this participant sign-in sheet (PDF).

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City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday April 1 12:00 PM (One hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. An RSVP is NOT required, but you can contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, for directions or more details at (408-730-7545). Rain cancels.

Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.

Stevens Creek County Park
Saturday April 4 8:15 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Pat Kenny: (408) 725-0468. Highlights: A top riparian birding spot in the South Bay for migrants and local breeding birds. Notes: Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Expwy exit south 2.1 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.) turn left into first park entrance and meet in the Chestnut Picnic Area parking lot.

Charleston Slough
Sunday April 5 9:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Allen Royer (408)-288-7768

Directions: From Hwy 101 Mountain View, take San Antonion Rd north to Terminal Blvd. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

Picchetti Ranch OSP
Saturday April 11 8:00 AM
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Half Day. Difficulty Level: Trip is a moderately strenuous walk past an old orchard, a seasonal pond, and Oak woodlands.

Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Blvd. south 3.3 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.). Turn right on Monte Bello Rd. and go about a mile, turn left past Winery entrance into the preserve parking lot.

Ulistac Natural Area
Sunday April 12 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Steve Tracey: (408) 966-3860. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in diverse habitat that does not require an entrance fee. No Facilities Available.

Directions: From Hwy 237 take Great America Pkwy South for about 0.8 miles, turn left on Tasman Dr. for about one mile, turn right on Lick Mill Blvd. and meet at the South entrance to the park on the left.

Ed Levin County Park (North)
Saturday April 18 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in Milpitas' prime birding hot spot. Difficulty Level: Be aware that the trail is steep in places. Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 237 east, crossing I-880 and I-680 (237 becomes Calaveras Rd.), turn left on Downing Rd. to the park entrance. Meet in parking lot on the far, northeast side of Sandy Wool Lake (near the dog park).

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Sunday April 19 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west (toward the Santa Cruz mountains) turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

New Almaden Township
Wednesday April 22 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Janna Pauser (408) 569-9264 or We'll bird through New Almaden township on Almaden and Bertram Roads. Difficulty level: Easy walking. Note: This is the fourth Wednesday of the month, waiting for spring arrivals. Lunch optional. Rain Cancels.

From hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expy south for 4.3 miles. Keep right at Y and drive through New Almaden township. Park in Almaden-Quicksilver C.P. Hacienda parking lot on your right, which opens at 8am.

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Saturday April 25 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Sonny Mencher: or (650) 814-8028 Trip limited to 20 participants; contact Sonny to reserve a space. There is a fee of $5 per person for this trip. Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the right side of Sand Hill Rd. as you head West toward the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Preserve (near the freeway at the intersection of Lawler Ranch Rd. and Sand Hill Rd.). Participants will form carpools (required!) to minimize the number of cars on the Preserve. Caravan with a leader from the parking area between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM only (PARKING/WAITING OUTSIDE THE GATE IS NOT ALLOWED!) From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd.

Mt. Diablo State Park, Mitchell Canyon
Sunday April 26 8:15 AM (half day)
Leader: Pete Dunten; (650) 210-6764. Highlights: Mitchell Canyon is a great place to visit in the spring looking for migrating Empids and Hummingbirds. Rain cancels.

Directions From I680 in Walnut Creek take exit 46B to Ygnacio Valley Rd., go East for 7.3 miles then turn right on Clayton Rd. and a mile later right onto Mitchell Canyon Rd. The park opens at 8 AM, we will meet a 8:15 AM in the parking lot.



Mines Rd., Del Puerte Canyon, and vicinity
Saturday May 2 8:30 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. We'll start this trip in Del Puerto Canyon, working our way west to San Antonio Valley. Highlights: Possible Costa?s Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Lewis?s Woodpecker and Lawrence?s Goldfinch. Notes: FRS radios tuned to channel 11 will be especially useful during the driving portion of this trip. Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and liquids.

Directions: From I-580 go east over Altamont Pass, to I-5, south on I-5, west at the Patterson exit (Diablo Grande Pkwy) and then right on Del Puerto Canyon Rd. Meet at the first pullout.

Hidden Villa
Sunday May 3 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Garth Harwood: (650) 949-8643. Highlights: Bird the farm, gardens and wild land edges of this unique facility with Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Director. There will be special emphasis on learning to bird by ear.Note: A $5 per car parking fee is required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Los Altos take El Monte Rd. past Foothill College, turn left at Moody Rd. then after approx. 1.7 miles left into Hidden Villa. Meet at the first parking lot beside the entrance.

Young Audubon Adventure: Early Bird Family Walk - Part of Wingding Family Fest!
Saturday May 9 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (map coordinates 37.309799, -122.172052)
Join our birding experts for a fun family walk to discover the songs and colors of our spring birds. Beginning birders and children of all ages are welcome, and loaner binoculars are available upon request. After the bird walk, stay and enjoy the Wingding Family Fest fun!

Space is limited, call (408) 252-3740 or use our Online Registration Form to sign up. Groups with children receive priority.

1 mile south of the Alpine/Page Mill/Skyline Blvd junction. See the MROSD website for directions (but note that we will begin at the Equestrian Parking area near Horseshoe Lake).



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