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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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May 2017

Member’s Memories

May 17th @ 7:30 pm

The fun tradition continues! Our May 17 meeting will feature presentations by Yolo Audubon members about their birding activities over the past year. Presentations should be no longer than 5-10 minutes. Bring them on a flash drive; we will provide the computer, projector, and large screen. Advance reservations required. To reserve a spot, please contact Melanie Truan,, 530.867.3610. The presentation will start at 7:30 PM but come early for cookies and conversation. Our meetings are at the Davis Senior…

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June 2017
Great Blue Heron. photo credit Ann Brice

Birding Willow Slough at Conaway Ranch

June 24th @ 8:00 am

June 24, 2017  Birding at Willow Slough at Conaway Ranch Yolo Audubon and Tuleyome, are offering a family beginning birder outing in eastern Yolo County on Saturday June 24th.   The two-hour trip will introduce children and adults to the basics of bird identification as well as habitat preservation.  The participants will walk through a Tricolored Blackbird easement of tule wetlands and past a recently planted organic rice field on their way to Willow Slough, all on Conaway Ranch. The slough…

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July 2017
Sooty Grouse. Photo credit: Joe Clemens

Birding the Western Edge of the Great Basin

July 8th @ 6:00 am

Join us July 8th & 9th for a trip to the western edge of the Great Basin. We’ll be birding in the Sweetwater Mtns and on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada, some of the few places in California to experience the high desert avifauna of the Great Basin. We’re sure to see Dusky and Gray Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee and Cassin’s Finch and will be targeting uncommon species including Greater Sage-Grouse,…

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September 2017
Wood Duck © Beth Savidge

West Pond Walk

September 6th @ 8:00 am

Join a 2-hr birding walk with the Friends of West Pond the first Wednesday of every month. Meet at the park at the west end of Isle Royale Lane in Davis, 9 a.m. October through May, 8 a.m. June through September. For more information contact Gene Trapp, (530)756-6291.

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American Avocet © Beth Savidge

Bodega Bay

September 9th @ 6:30 am

Come see the harbor mudflats, ocean beach, and rocky headlands of Bodega Bay, Bodega Harbor and Head, and Doran Beach  for post-breeding seabird and shorebird migration and possible passerine vagrants. Bodega Bay can be surprisingly warm or foggy, windy and downright cold, so wear sunscreen and be prepared for wind chill with layers, hat and gloves. This trip will have easy walks, and provide good bird photo opportunities around the harbor. Meet 6:30 AM at Marketplace Shopping Center, in parking…

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Tree Swallow. Photo credit: Kenn Kaufman

Babel Slough

September 10th @ 7:00 am

Babel Slough, near the Sacramento River between West Sac and Clarksburg, offers one of the best riparian corridors in the area. As such, it is a haven for migrant flycatchers, vireos, warblers, buntings, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Our date, near the apex of migration diversity, is prime time for rare migrants and eastern strays, and Babel Slough has a rich history of them. Just the past four years have produced Chimney Swift, Least Flycatcher, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Blackpoll, Tennessee, and…

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Western Tanager at West Pond © Sarah Mayhew

Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

September 12th @ 7:15 am

 We will look and listen for migrating songbirds and anything else that shows up.  We will walk the dirt trails along the north bank of Putah Creek.  5The trail is steep in a few places.  Bring binoculars and water. Meet at 7:15 at the intersection of Levee Road and Hopkins Road on the UC Davis campus.  We will likely finish by 10 AM.  Leader is Michael Perrone, 530 753-0441 or

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The Okavango: Africa’s Inland Delta

September 20th @ 7:30 pm

A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a landscape of exceptional and rare beauty. Not unlike California’s historic Central Valley, the Okavango is a watery mosaic of islands and meandering channels that sustain an ecosystem of abundant habitat and species diversity. A biodiversity hotspot, the Okavango harbors 24 species of globally-threatened birds and sustains robust populations of some of the world’s most endangered large mammals. Join UC Davis ecologist…

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Field Trip

Babel Slough Migrant Roundup

September 24th @ 6:45 am

We will walk the riparian corridor along Babel Slough in West Sacramento in search of a variety of migrant species. Babel Slough is an excellent spot for migrating warblers, sparrows, and flycatchers, nesting raptors, and one of the better locations in Yolo County to see Sandhill Cranes. Late September is also the best time to luck into vagrant songbirds, so we’ll hope to spot something unusual. In previous years, fall migration at the Slough has yielded Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-chinned Sparrow,…

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Cape May Warbler, credit Kevin Guse

Point Reyes

September 30th @ 6:00 am

Please come join us for our annual fall field trip to Pt. Reyes.  Fall migration at Pt. Reyes can be spectacular and makes this area a well-deserved birding hotspot.  Depending on the weather, the numbers and diversity of songbirds passing through the "Outer Point" can be impressive.  In addition to the passerines, there are usually plenty of raptors and other migrants to enjoy! We will meet at 6:00 AM in the Park-N-Ride lot off of Mace Boulevard (northeast of Highway…

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October 2017
Canada Goose with Goslings © Beth Savidge

West Pond Walk

October 4th @ 9:00 am

Join a 2-hr birding walk with the Friends of West Pond the first Wednesday of every month. Meet at the park at the west end of Isle Royale Lane in Davis, 9 a.m. October through May, 8 a.m. June through September. For more information contact Gene Trapp, (530)756-6291.

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Yellow-throated Warbler, credit Kevin Guse

The Big Chase

October 7th @ 6:00 am

Please join us for our annual Big Chase field trip.  Fall migration should be in full swing and there should be many shorebirds, raptors and passerines to see. The locations that we visit and the rare birds that we try to see are dependent on what has been reported on the Northern California RBA and local listservs. We are looking forward to another wonderful day this fall! We will meet at 6:00 AM in the Park and Ride lot off…

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