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).
Los Capitancillos Ponds
Wednesday February 10 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Pat Brennan and Phyllis Swanson: (408) 274-2349. We will bird ponds that are filled with a variety of waterfowl and Gulls - 1 mile to Meridian and back along Guadalupe Creek. Rain cancels.
Directions: If coming from Hwy 85, go south on Camden Ave. just past Blossom Hill Rd. Singletree Way is the next left turn-off near Beacon School. Park on the street, we will meet at the trail entrance located on the right just beyond the power plant.
Saturday February 13 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506 Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 17 in Los Gatos take Lark Ave exit west. Turn right on Oka Rd, left on Mozart Ave and an immediate right on Oka Lane. Meet at gate.
Sunday February 14 8:00 AM (Half day)
Location: Sophia Christel: (650) 796-1471.
The campus provides a bird friendly habitat. This trip is highly recommended for beginning birders. Directions: From Hwy 101 in Palo Alto, take University Ave. and exit west through downtown - follow onto the Stanford Campus (University Ave. becomes Palm Dr. on the campus). Meet at the end of Palm Dr. at entrance to the Main Quad.
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Saturday February 20 8:30 AM (half day)
Location: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505.
NOTE: Expect an entrance fee. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.
Directions: Take Hwy 84, Dumbarton Bridge, east towards Newark. Exit right on Thornton, then left over freeway, as Thornton becomes Paseo Padre. Turn left at Patterson Ranch/Commerce Rd. into park. Meet at far end of Quarry Parking lot 1/4 mile past park entrance.
Santa Cruz Coastal Hot Spots
Sunday February 21 7:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Stephen Berlyant: (415) 420-3680. Half day (optional plus). A chance to visit local birding hotspots and to chase recently reported goodies. Dress in layers; this trip goes rain or shine. For those running late, at 8 AM we will be on West Cliff Dr., checking inter-tidal shelves as we approach the Natural Bridges overlook at the west end of West Cliff Dr.
Directions: Meet 7:30 AM at the Santa Cruz lighthouse on W. Cliff Dr. From Hwy 17 take Hwy 1 "north" (toward Half Moon Bay), turn left on Bay St. (just after MacDonald's), go to its end, turn right onto W. Cliff Dr., follow bluff-top to lighthouse.
Saturday February 27 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling. (408) 253-7527
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).
Coyote Valley OSP
Sunday February 28 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Rick Herder: (408) 779-3985. Highlights: We will bird the lower elevations of the Open Space preserve to the west in search of recent spring migrants, soaring Hawks and Eagles. Cattle graze in the preserve and the trail can be rough and decorated with "cow pies." Note: Trip limited to those over 12 years of age. Rain Cancels, No Facilities.
Directions: From 101 in San Jose take Bailey Ave. west, turn left on Hale Ave. (Santa Teresa) and right to the end of Palm Ave. Early risers will meet at 7:30 AM on the western portion of Laguna Ave. in Morgan Hill, the first right after turning onto Hale Ave.
Windy Hill OSP
Saturday March 5 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From I-280 in Portola Valley take Alpine Rd south (toward hills) about 2.9 miles to first stop sign, turn right on Portola Rd. and go 0.8 miles to parking lot on left side of road just past The Sequoias. Meet in parking lot at Sausal Pond edge of Preserve.
Sunday March 6 8:00 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.