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Cosumnes Reserve

February 16th @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Cosumnes Reserve

Sandhill Cranes; © Beth Savidge

This is a great time of year at Cosumnes. We will see an abundance of cranes, geese, ducks, and shorebirds. It’s one of the few local places where Ring-necked Ducks are reliable. In the morning, we will spend time along the sloughs and riparian corridors of the Mokelumne River where we can see the many wintering songbirds and other inhabitants of the area. We will also explore the wetlands near the visitor’s center. After lunch on the deck at the visitor’s center, we will discover what can be seen in the marshes and flooded farm fields along Desmond and Bruceville Roads, keeping an eye out for wintering raptors and the occasional Peregrine Falcon. If weather allows and it can be arranged, we will then travel into more inaccessible parts of the Preserve where The Nature Conservancy has implemented a large floodplain restoration project. There you’ll see the evolution of the floodplain with more riparian and open habitat birds.

Meet at 7:00 a.m. for carpooling in the Park-N-Ride lot on the south side of Highway 80 in West Sacramento on Enterprise Blvd (, just across the Causeway.  Bring your lunch, binoculars and spotting scope if you have one.  Dress appropriately for the weather that day which could range from warm and sunny to cool and foggy. We expect to finish by mid-afternoon.

If you have any questions, contact your leader, Rodd Kelsey at (916) 662-4085 or

Please help us welcome Rodd Kelsey as a new trip leader. Rodd is a professional biologist, and works for The Nature Conservancy. He did his graduate work at UC-Davis, working in ornithology and bird ecology. Thanks for volunteering, Rodd!

Yolo Audubon Society field trips are free and open to the public. Car-pooling is encouraged, but all rides are private arrangements between driver and riders. 

Heavy rain or high winds may cancel any trip


February 16th
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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