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Yolo Audubon Society runs field trips and monthly program meetings, all of which are free and open to the public.

It also runs the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count (December). An ongoing citizen science activity has been the Breeding Bird Atlas.

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March 2018
Great-horned Owls, photo Deb Ford

Local Owling

March 4th @ 3:00 pm

This trip is an outing to look specifically for owls. There are five owl species that the group may see: Great-horned, Barn, Burrowing, Short-eared, and Western Screech. All of the search locations are publicly accessible, so tour participants will be able to return on their own. The trip will leave from the Davis Park-N-Ride off of Mace Blvd. just east of Ikeda’s. The owling participants will meet at 3pm on March 4th and plan to be out until dark. Everyone…

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Graduate Student Research on Birds

March 21st @ 7:30 pm

The Josh Hull Laboratory at UC Davis is primarily focused on genetics, behavior, ecology and conservation of birds. On March 21st, graduate students from the Hull Lab--Shannon Skalos, Ryan Bourbour, Emily Abernathy and Chris Tyson, will discuss their diverse research projects taking place across California. Their respective topics are: reproductive, foraging and movement ecology of Northern Harriers in Suisun Marsh, CA; prey selection in migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlins; rodenticide exposure in Red-tailed Hawks along the Pacific Coast; and long-term…

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Canada Goose with Goslings © Beth Savidge

Yolo Farmlands

March 24th @ 7:00 am

This trip will focus on birds found in Yolo farmlands. It will be primarily a driving tour along the rural roads of Yolo County with frequent stops. The group will look for raptors, waterfowl, birds of open fields, fences and hedges, as well as riparian birds, depending on the route and the weather. Up to 80 species have been seen on previous trips. The trip will leave from the Davis Park-N-Ride off of Mace Blvd. just east of Ikeda’s. Participants…

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April 2018
Green-tailed Towhee, photo Frank Fogarty


April 6th @ 1:00 pm

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 2018 Field Trip to Susanville and Environs Field Trip Organizer - Carl Schwedler 530-210-3104   A three-day trip to the Susanville area to observe a Greater Sage-Grouse lek, with visits to four nearby mountain/high-desert lakes. Friday afternoon (1:00 pm) begins with a meet-up at Donner Lake (Lake #1) along the way to Susanville, followed by an attempt at a Juniper Titmouse on Red Rock Road. Saturday morning we go out to the Belfast Petroglyphs, then…

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Golden Eagle ; Jim Dunn

Bobcat Ranch

April 8th @ 8:30 am

THIS TRIP IS FULL 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 moderately easy hike will be roughly two miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of about 300 ft. We will meet in Winters at 8:30 am, and will be done hiking around 12:00 pm. Space is limited to 15 people. Please contact Stan Hunter for more details and to sign up for…

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Avian Conservation in California’s Central Valley

April 18th @ 7:30 pm

On April 18, UC Davis research ecologist Melanie Truan will speak at the Yolo Audubon meeting on the topic of avian conservation in the Central Valley. California’s agriculturally-dominated Central Valley is one of the most altered landscapes in North America and remains vulnerable to strong economic and population growth pressures that impact bird and wildlife populations. Yet, despite these pressures, the Central Valley provides some of the most important bird habitat in North America, and as part of the Pacific…

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Wilson's Warbler, photo Deb Ford

Mitchell Canyon

April 21st @ 8:00 am

Join us on Saturday April 21 for a walk in Mitchell Canyon at Mount Diablo, one of the premier sites for spring migrant birding in the East Bay. The canyon bottom contains riparian habitat bordered by dramatic chaparral-covered slopes. A nice collection of warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, vireos, and flycatchers are expected at this time of year, and there’s a good chance we will see Calliope Hummingbirds. A variety of wildflowers should also be present. We will meet at 8:00 AM…

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Black-throated Gray Warbler, photo Deb Ford

Bobelaine Sanctuary CANCELED

April 28th @ 7:30 am

THIS TRIP IS CANCELED DUE TO POOR TRAIL CONDITIONS. It may be rescheduled; look for updates later. We will be visiting the 430 acre National Audubon Sanctuary on the Feather River with over 6 miles of  dirt trails, managed by Sacramento Audubon.  We will be looking for the last of the overwintering passerines plus nesting season should be in full swing.   We will be looking for local breeders as well as opportunistic raptors.  The Feather River, riparian forest and surrounding fields could lead…

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May 2018
Anna's Hummingbird on Peach Flowers; Sarah Mayhew

Putah Creek at Kusch Home

May 5th @ 7:30 am

Tour Manfred Kusch’s birding gardens between Davis and Winters. He has cultivated his home garden and surrounding area, which border on Putah Creek, into a true birding extravaganza. He attracts a wide variety of birds in the gardens and habitat around the house, especially hummingbirds and orioles. The multi-layered vegetation on either side of the creek hosts spring migrants and residents such as grosbeaks, tanagers and a variety of warblers and vireos. We’ll meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Marketplace…

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Wilson's Warbler, photo Deb Ford

Cache Creek Nature Preserve

May 8th @ 7:30 am

We will walk through the woods along Cache Creek, looking and listening for spring migrant warblers, vireos, flycatchers, tanagers, etc.  Meet at 7:30 AM at the Nature Preserve parking lot, reached from County Road 20, about one-half mile west of Road 94B.  The gate should be open at about 7 AM.  We will bird till about 10:30.  Bring water and sturdy shoes.  Porta-potty available. Leader: Michael Perrone, 530 753-0441.

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Western Bluebird, photo Deb Ford

Putah Creek Nestbox Highway

May 13th @ 8:30 am

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than spending some quality time with babies, birds that is! Join us for a leisurely morning stroll on the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway, a breeding program for cavity nesting birds that has helped to recover Western Bluebirds and other species in the region. Families welcome. Easy walking on managed trails. 8:30 am at Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, specific site to be determined based on nesting activity. Wear long pants, a hat, sunscreen, and…

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June 2018
Dusky Flycatcher on nest, Yuba Pass, CA. photo Kevin Guse

Sierra Valley-Yuba Pass

June 9th @ 6:00 am

Please join us for this overnight trip into the Sierra Nevada. We will be looking for special mountain birds, including Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Evening Grosbeak, and Calliope Hummingbird. In Sierra Valley, we will be treated to the spectacle of dozens of displaying Yellow-headed Blackbirds, as well as nesting species such as Sandhill Crane, Willet, Wilson’s Snipe, Sage Thrasher, Vesper Sparrow and Brewer’s Sparrow. Overnight options include lodging in Portola and camping at Lake Davis. Please bring several…

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