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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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February 2020

Green Heron at West Pond; © Jo Ellen Ryan

Birding Walk at West Pond

February 5th @ 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 8:00am May-September, and 9:00am October-April.

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Cooper's Hawk; © Deb Ford

North Davis Ponds Bird Count

February 15th @ 8:00 am

As part of the Great Backyard Bird Count weekend, Ed Whisler will lead us on a special North Davis Ponds Bird Count on Saturday, February 15th. This is a great opportunity to be part of a long-standing international bird count sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Meet at the Tandem Properties parking lot (3500 Anderson Road) in Davis. Restroom and water nearby. Bring binoculars. Leaders will bring spotting scopes. All ages welcome.  

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Sandhill Cranes; © Beth Savidge

Cosumnes Reserve

February 16th @ 7:00 am

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…

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Willet; © Sami LaRocca

Napa River at American Canyon

February 25th @ 8:00 am

Adjacent to the Napa River is a restored shoreline walking trail, where tidal fluctuations can be observed. All along the walkway we’ll be enjoying the open vistas looking west toward the wetlands and over the river. We will first walk along a large tidal lagoon looking for resting birds. After a short level walk out to the Napa River, the rising tide will bring foraging shorebirds closer to us. This time of year, migration of north-bound shorebirds is beginning; routinely…

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March 2020

Colusa NWR; © Deb Ford

Sutter Buttes, Colusa and Sutter National Wildlife Refuges

March 14th @ 8:00 am

On this trip we will visit the Colusa and Sutter National Wildlife Refuges, grasslands around the Sutter Buttes, and, time permitting, the Bobelaine Preserve. We will visit a variety of habitats, including agricultural fields, mudflats, and riparian areas and we will be looking for remaining waterfowl, arriving shorebirds, migrating neotropicals, a variety of sparrows, and owls and raptors. While there will be some walking, viewing will be primarily from different stopping spots on the trip. Meet at 8 am (Daylight…

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