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Calendar: Field Trips

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 May 4 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.

Alum Rock Park
Saturday May 7 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Notes: A vehicle entry fee will be required. Lunch optional.

Directions: From Hwy 101 or I-680 take McKee Rd. northeast toward the hills then left on Toyon Ave., right on Penitencia Creek Rd. and continue on into the park. Pass under the bridge and meet at the far end of the upper parking lot.

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Sunday May 8 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Highlights: Possible Lazuli Bunting, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping and Grasshopper Sparrows. Notes: Be prepared, it can be cold, wet and foggy. Lunch Optional.

Directions: From I-280 in Palo Alto take Page Mill Rd. west, toward Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35), for approx. 7 miles and meet at the Monte Bello OSP parking area on the left.

New Almaden Township
Wednesday May 11 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com. Highlights: We'll bird through New Almaden township on Almaden and Bertram Rds. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Lunch optional. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expwy 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.

Mt. Madonna County Park
Saturday May 14 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Steve Berlyant: (415) 420-3680. Highlights: This half-day birding walk, climbing on the way up and descending on the return trip, begins in mixed oak woodlands but in short order passes through grasslands, chaparral and finally, coastal forest where Redwood and Douglas Fir dominate the landscape. Difficulty: Trip involves about 3 miles of moderately strenuous walking. Notes: Be sure to bring liquids. Lunch optional.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take Hwy 152 West (Hecker Pass Hwy). After approximately 6.4 miles turn right into the Sprig Lake parking lot.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday May 15 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092.
Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy, turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Stevens Creek County Park
Saturday May 21 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bill Pelletier: (408) 623-4686. Highlights: A top riparian birding spot in the South Bay for migrants and local breeding birds. Notes: Entrance fee required. Lunch optional. Heavy rain cancels.

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

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Sunday May 22 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Highlights: Possible Grasshopper Sparrow and Lazuli Bunting. Notes: Bring extra layers of clothing in case it's foggy and cold. No facilities available.

Directions: Meet at the Vista Point Pullout located on the Bay side of Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) a little over a mile northwest of Page Mill Rd.

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Saturday May 28 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: Possible Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous walk with some elevation change. Notes: Bring extra layers of clothing as temperatures can vary wildly even at this time of year. Lunch optional.

Directions: Meet at the northeast corner of Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) and Page Mill Rd. (the corner nearest San Francisco and the bay). IMPORTANT: Do not park in the Russian Ridge Parking lot!

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June

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday June 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.

Rancho del Oso (coastal Big Basin State Park)
Sunday June 5 8:00 AM (Half Day Plus)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Highlights: Looking for Swainson's Thrush, Pacific Wren, Wilson's Warbler, and Woodpeckers. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately long but fairly level hike along the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Notes: be prepared for variable weather, dress in layers.

Directions: Take Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz, and then go north on Hwy 1. Meet at the beach parking area alongside Hwy 1 just north of the Waddell Creek Bridge (at MP 36.30; which is 2 miles south of Ano Nuevo State Reserve and 7 miles north of Davenport.)

Almaden Lake and Alamitos Creek Trail
Wednesday June 8 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com. Notes: There is a $6 parking fee for parking in the lot. Difficulty Level: Easy walking.

Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose take Almaden Expwy south .8 mile then left onto Coleman Rd. Turn right onto Winfield and park either on street or in parking lot. Meet near blue bathrooms on the east side of the lake.

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday June 11 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west; turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

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July

Charleston Slough
Saturday July 9 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Nick Yatso: (408) 247-5499 Notes: All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder.

Directions: Meet at Terminal Way at the end of San Antonio Rd. north off Hwy 101 in Mountain View.

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August

Charleston Slough
Saturday August 13 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Nick Yatso: (408) 247-5499 Notes: All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder.

Directions: Meet at Terminal Way at the end of San Antonio Rd. north off Hwy 101 in Mountain View.

Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Sunday August 14 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Stephen Berlyant, (415) 420-3680. Highlights: Possible birds include Bank Swallow, Marbled Murrelet, Black Swift and early returning shorebirds. Difficulty: Plan on a 3-4 mile walk (half of it in sand), fog, bright sun and wind. Notes: Bring a scope, lunch, liquids, and dress in layers as the weather can be variable. There is a $10 per car parking fee, meet at the far (south) end of the parking lot. Lunch Optional.

Directions: The entrance is along Hwy 1 about 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay or 20 miles north of Santa Cruz.

 

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