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Yolo Audubon Society offers field trips and monthly program meetings. They are free and open to the public.

It also organizes the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count.
It is always the first Sunday in the count season (Dec 14 to Jan 5).

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October 2019

Lincoln Sparrow, Beth Savidge

Sparrow Bingo Field Trip

October 26th @ 7:30 am

Fall migration is largely over and the winter birds are settling in. Join Steve Hampton and Michael Perrone for a local jaunt around Yolo County. The challenge: to find as many species of sparrows as possible. As believers in the rule that when you search for one bird, you discover another, expect anything on this trip-- the sparrows are just the excuse to get out and about. This will also be a good trip to practice birding by ear. Route…

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Quoth the Raven... (© Deb Ford)

Davis Cemetery

October 27th @ 8:00 am

Come look for birds and friendly goblins at the Davis Cemetery on this Halloween weekend. The 28-acre cemetery is a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. Many species of birds are attracted to this suburban woodland and the historic swale; the cemetery is well known for a large flock of Wild Turkeys. Several species of raptors are regular at the cemetery, including the White-tailed Kite, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Barn Owl. Western Bluebirds, Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Dark-eyed Juncos,…

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November 2019

Pileated Woodpecker; © Deb Ford

Lake Solano County Park / Putah Creek

November 2nd @ 7:30 am

On this trip we will visit Lake Solano County Park where Putah Creek runs between Yolo and Solano Counties.  We will be looking for resident species as well as those that spend the winter in the area.  The oak woodland, riparian habitat and creek can result in bird sightings that include Osprey, Phainopepla, Wood Duck and hopefully several species of woodpeckers. There could be some surprises like Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker and Bald Eagle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the parking…

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White-breasted Nuthatch, Deb Ford

Bobcat Ranch

November 3rd @ 8:30 am

Join us for a morning of hiking at Audubon California’s Bobcat Ranch, located in the foothills of the Coast Range just west of Winters.  Our fairly easy hike will be roughly two miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of about 235 ft.  We will follow the creek north from the parking lot for about a mile.  It’s a lovely hike and we should see some good birds. We will meet in Winters at Steady Eddy’s at 8:30 am, and will…

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Green Heron at West Pond; © Jo Ellen Ryan

Birding Walk at West Pond

November 6th @ 9:00 am

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month. Meet fellow birders at the WEST end of Isle Royale Lane (by the gazebo on the greenbelt). We'll walk and stand for a couple of hours or longer to spot birds all along the pond. Bring your binoculars. We'll share a spotting scope, field guides, and checklists. Restrooms are open M-F at the UCD Med. Clinic near the north end of the Pond. Walks begin at 8AM May-September, and 9AM October-April.

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Great Egret, Beth Savidge

Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges

November 9th @ 7:30 am

We will visit the Sacramento NWR north of Colusa and then the Colusa NWR. Both have driving tours so we will spend most of the time in cars. SNWR has a short walking tour on level ground as well as a very nice visitor center with restrooms. Colusa has a large, accessible observation deck. These two refuges host thousands of wintering waterfowl, as well as resident and migrant songbirds, owls and raptors. Easy viewing for birders. Never disappointing! The rare…

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Sandhill Cranes, © Deb Ford

Cosumnes River Preserve

November 16th @ 7:00 am

Cranes, geese, swans, ducks, shorebirds and, of course, lots of sparrows.  In the morning, we will leisurely bird the trails through the riparian forest near the visitor center and in the adjacent marsh.  After lunch on the deck at the visitor’s center, we will be roadside birding by marshes and fields along Desmond and Bruceville Roads watching all the time for the Peregrine Falcon that frequents a nearby microwave tower. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Park-N-Ride lot off of…

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Plate-billed Mountain Toucan; © Benjamin Jacobs-Schwartz

Feathers and Flight: Journey to the New World Tropics

November 20th @ 7:30 pm

Bird guide, naturalist and photographer Benny Jacobs-Schwartz will take us on a gripping journey throughout the New World Tropics. Sharing his dazzling bird photos, captivating videos and animated story-telling, he brings a slice of the tropics to California. Delving into the subjects of migration, tropical speciation, and drivers of bio-diversity, this media rich journey will share some of the fascinating and unique birds that inhabit the new-world tropics. Sure to both educate and entertain, this presentation will leave you with…

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