Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Sequoia Audubon Field Trips

SAS Field Trip
Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay. Trip led by Malia DeFelice & Chris Hayward (on the far right.) Photo by Malia DeFelice

Visitors and guests are welcome!

Because of the pandemic, we have made some changes to our field trip protocols and may need to make more changes in the future to respond to future public health orders, or other changes in conditions.

The full protocols and full descriptions can be found on the front page of the October 2021 Newsletter. Please read the full protocols in the newsletter. Very briefly they are:

  1. Advance registration and field trip size limit: SAS is currently requiring RSVPs for all field trips and is limiting the trip size. We are using Eventbrite as our reservation platform.
  2. COVID Vaccination Required to Participate: SAS field trips are open to individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  3. Participants required to sign liability waivers to participate: SAS is now using a electronic Waiver and Photographic Release Form that is sent to participants about a week before the event that is easily signed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  4. Social distancing: SAS requests all field trip participants be mindful of the CDC recommendations on field trips and take it as the responsibility of each participant to consciously try to adhere to social distance recommendations as much as practicable, as the COVID-19 virus Delta variant is known to be easier to transmit between people than other strains of the virus.
  5. Trip cancellations: If the weather is bad enough that you don't want to go on a field trip that day, chances are your trip leader doesn't want to go either! Field trips will typically be cancelled for heavy rain, but not for light mist. SAS now cancels field trips if the Air Quality Index is 150 or more at the location.

Note: All phone numbers are for Area Code 650, unless otherwise stated.


Field Trip Sunday October 17, 2021
Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park, Half Moon Bay (8:00-12:00)

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The gravel trail is a one mile long, relatively level former ranch road leading to the historic barn. There are several pit toilets on the route. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration limited.

Directions: Meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, 110 Higgins Canyon Road. At press time for this newsletter, the SR1/ Main Street intersection is under construction. If construction is still ongoing, take Poplar to Main St. turn right on Main Street and go to intersection with Higgins Canyon Road then turn left to meet at the parking lot for Johnston House. Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. Due to limited parking we will caravan to Burleigh Murray.

Leader: Ginny Marshall

Field Tripfee Thursday, October 21, 2021
Francis Beach (Half Moon Bay State Beach) (8:30-11:00)

This is an easy, wheelchair accessible birding field trip along the Coastal Trail, north from the Visitor Center at Francis Beach to Dunes Beach and back. We will look for resident birds and arriving winter migrants. Depending on participant interests and abilities, we may go out on the beach to look at shorebirds, gulls, and birds on or flying over the ocean. Plan layers as cool temps and morning fog can change to sunshine and moderate breeze, and wear shoes you don't mind getting sandy. There are restrooms on the route. Rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration limited.

Directions: From SR1 in Half Moon Bay take Kelly Avenue west to the end and meet at the Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center, 95 Kelly Avenue. The day use parking permit fee is $10.00. The day use permit can be used to visit any other local state park for the remainder of the day. Frequent State Park visitors may consider purchasing a pass.

Leaders: Nelle Lyons Co-leader: Rita Jennings

Field Trip Friday, October 29, 2021
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto (8:30 – 11:30)

Meet at the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, Palo Alto Baylands, 2775 Embarcadero Rd. for a leisurely walk on level gravel trails where we will explore this San Francisco Bay treasure. We should see a variety of ducks, waterbirds and we will look for wintering sparrows. Heavy rains or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration limited.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy

Field Trip beginner and family walk Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Arrowhead Marsh, East Bay Regional Parks District, Oakland (9:00 - 12:00)

Join us for a slow-paced trip along a level trail, excellent for all levels of birding. A scope is useful here, if you have one, but many of the birds are close enough for great binocular views and photo opportunities. We should see a variety of water birds with a chance for Ridgway's Rail. Heavy rains or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration limited.

Directions: From I-880 in Oakland take Hegenberger Road or 98th Avenue to Doolittle Drive, and turn right (west), turn right (north) at Swan Way and take first left to Arrowhead Marsh and proceed to the last parking lot.
Coordinates 37.7419, -122.2089

Leader: Donna Pomeroy

Field Trip Sunday, November 21, 2021
Wavecrest Open Space Preserve, Half Moon Bay (8:00 – 12:00)

Wavecrest Open Space Preserve is an important hawk and raptor wintering site, with open fields that are partially managed for those birds. We will walk 2-3 level miles in a large loop. We expect to see Northern Harriers, American Kestrels and White-tailed Kites with other species possible. We will circle around to the shoreline and scan the ocean for loons and other seabirds. Scopes are useful if you have them. Heavy rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration limited.

Directions: SR1 in Half Moon to Wavecrest Rd and go west to the end of the road to parking area adjacent to Smith Field Little League Park.

Leaders: Ginny Marshall

Field Trip Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Pillar Point Bluff County Park, Half Moon Bay (9:00 - 12:00)

This small San Mateo County Park has only been open since 2011. It has sweeping views of both the agricultural land and the ocean, with an uncrowded trail system. There is a nice mix of birds here including California Thrashers. Dress in layers and bring sunscreen and water. There is a restroom in the parking lot. The trail is moderately easy with a short, but steep descent at the end of the loop. Heavy rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration is limited.

Directions: Take SR1 to the Half Moon Bay Airport and proceed west to Airport St from either Cypress Street (if coming from the north), or Capistrano Road (if coming from the south). Meet at the Pillar Point Bluff parking lot adjacent to the west side of the Airport

Leader: Donna Pomeroy

Field Trip Saturday, December 11, 2021
Beginner/Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park (10:00 – 12:00)

Join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a family-and beginner-friendly 1-2 hour bird walk. Wintering shorebirds and waterfowl will have arrived from their summer breeding grounds. Raptors, egrets and LBBs (little brown birds) can usually be seen as well. Bring your binoculars. Restrooms are available. Heavy rain or AQI over 150 cancels.

Registration limited.

Directions: From US 101 take Marsh Road east (SR84 East). Meet at the parking lot near the restrooms.
Coordinates 37.4902, -122.1771

Leader: Doug Brown

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Additional Field Trips will be added as the information becomes available.

Legend of Field Trip Symbols

Field Trip Wildlife Viewing

fee Fee required for part or all of this event

out of area trip Trip beyond local area, perhaps including an overnight stay

volunteer opportunity Volunteer Opportunity

beginner and family walk Beginner/Family walk

nature walk or viewing Nature Walk or Viewing

pelagic trip Pelagic (Ocean) Trip

motor tour Motor Tour. May include car pooling.

wheelchair accessible Wheelchair Accessible

bicycle Birding by Bicycle


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