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!

  • All trips are open and suitable for beginners unless specifically marked.

  • Trips marked as Beginner's Trips include advice on binoculars and telescopes, and a short open-ended discussion on birding and the environment.

  • It is always a good idea to check with the field trip LEADER for confirmation on trips beyond the immediate area in case of last minute changes.

  • Note that some trips require reservations, see the individual descriptions for requirements.

  • Further information may be obtained from the listed Trip LEADER or from fieldtrips@sequoia-audubon.org.

  • A description for the event icons can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • This listing also includes trips and events not sponsored by Sequoia Audubon Society - listed for your information, only.

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

Recurring Activities

Field TripFIRST WEDNESDAYS

Weekday Walks and Field Trips on the First Wednesday of every month to some places we may not normally bird and usually in San Mateo County. For all trips carpooling is preferred. Contact the leader to arrange if a carpool location is not already suggested. Heavy rain cancels trips.

Trip details found in dated listings below.

Don't forget to check Other Activities for field trips of interest not sponsored by SAS.

2019

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, March 9, 10:00am - 12:00pm

All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner/refresher bird walk. If you are an educator who is bringing your class - or sending students on their own - we're very happy to have you! We do ask that you let us know in advance so we can ensure we have adequate leadership to enrich your students' experience. We should see wintering ducks and shorebirds, perhaps egrets, a raptor (hawk) or two, and some LBBs (little brown birds). Bring binoculars if you have them: if not, we'll share ours with you.

If you are an educator who is bringing your class - or sending students on their own - we're very happy to have you! We do ask that you let us know in advance, so we can ensure that we have adequate leadership to enrich your students' experience.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot by restrooms at Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Heavy rain cancels or Air Quality Index over 100 cancels.

For more information: Chris MacIntosh: chrismac@alumni.upenn.edu or phone 650-839-1523.

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, March 17, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripPillar Point Bluff
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00-11:00 am

This small 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 breeding 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.

Directions: Meet at the Pillar Point Bluff parking lot on Airport Street, across from the Half Moon Bay airport on the west side. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy. Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field TripPillar Point Harbor
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 – 11:00 am

Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round. We should find a variety of resident birds and wintering shorebirds. Most of the walking will be on fairly level dirt trails, but if time permits, we may hike up onto the bluff top for a better view out to sea. Scopes will be useful here, so if you have one, bring it along. A primitive restroom is available at the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: The harbor is located just west of Coast Highway One; 18 miles south of San Francisco and 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay. From Coast Highway One, turn west at the stoplight at Capistrano Road and continue along the north side of the harbor to Prospect Way. Turn left onto Prospect, then a brief jog right on Broadway, to an immediate left on Harvard Avenue. Proceed through the boatyards to the end of Harvard Avenue, then turn right onto West Point Avenue, which curves around a marshy area and heads uphill to an Air Force Radar Facility. Meet at the "West Shoreline Access", popularly known as the parking lot to Mavericks, just below the radar station.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy. Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field TripCoyote Point Marsh & Harbor
Sunday, April 7, 9:00am – 12:00pm

This bird walk for families and young birders will take a leisurely walk around Coyote Points Marsh and Harbor. We will spend 2-3 hours as interest maintains. Expect to see shorebirds, marsh birds, gulls, birds of prey, and some passerines. Wind off the bay could bring a chill so come with layers and sunscreen or a hat. Please bring binoculars as you have them, we will try to have some loaner pairs.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot next to the Yacht Club, 1820 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo. Heavy rain cancels or Air Quality Index over 100 cancels.

Leader: Casey Girard Contact: casey.girard@gmail.com

Field Tripfeeout of area trip Pinnacles National Park -- Reservations Required (Max 12 participants)
Wednesday, April 17, Whole Day Trip, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pinnacles National Park lies just south of Hollister and affords the opportunity to see California Condor in the wild. We'll also look for canyon wren, Lawrence's goldfinch, prairie falcon and more. RSVP Required to Leslie Flint (info below) as there is a maximum of 12 participants for this trip.

Directions: Take Hwy 101 south through the city of Gilroy to Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25, go through the town of Hollister and continue about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146, then turn left into the Pinnacles Campground and Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours driving time. $15.00 entrance fee (per car). Bring a flashlight for walking through the caves. Contact Leslie for no-host carpool.

Leader: Leslie Flint Contact: lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, April 21, 7:30am – 11:30am

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripFiloli Estate (for Bay Area Audubon members only; RSVP required)
Saturday, April 27, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Filoli Estate is the property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bay Area Audubon members have been invited for a morning of birding at this beautiful site on the edge of the San Francisco Watershed. The grounds of Filoli have a beautiful formal garden surrounded by large oaks and trails leading to riparian, redwood and farm habitats. Over 96 species of birds have been found here. Filoli has limited this invitation to Audubon members from the Bay Area Audubon chapters. Reservations are required and there is a limit of 20 people maximum (sorry, no children under 14.) Participants may remain after the bird walk to enjoy the house and /or formal gardens at no charge. Picnic tables are available near the Visitor Education Center if you wish to enjoy your own lunch, or you can purchase a wide variety of food items and beverages at the Quail's Nest Cafe. The gift shop will also be open.

Directions: Take Hwy 280 to the Edgewood Road exit; go west. Turn right/north on Cañada Road and drive approx. one mile to the entrance of Filoli. We will meet in front of the Visitors Center. Heavy Rain Cancels.

To reserve your spot: Call Sue James at 650-348-0315.

Leaders: Sue James and Tricia Jordan

Field TripBioblitz at Huddart County Park
Saturday April 27, 2019 - 9:00 am meeting time

Come to the main gate at Huddart (entrance fee waived for blitz participants), 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Co-sponsored by San Mateo County Parks, California Lichen Society, and more!

Event runs until about 1:00 pm, but you can leave or stay at your own pace.

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Wednesday, May 1, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Burleigh Murray State Park is a hidden treasure on the coast. It has very low visitor usage and a very high density of breeding birds. The only trail is the mile-long, old ranch road that leads up to an historic and picturesque barn. The high number of singing birds will keep this walk at a slow pace. This is a great location to learn and practice birding by ear. Morning fog is common here, but it usually burns off and it can be warm and sunny.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Special Guest Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, May 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Join a bird walk that is aimed at families with help for young birders. We will spend 2 to 3 hours walking a tucked away spot, filled with birds, along the coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. The trip may start chilly but should end warm as the sun comes up, there are open sky sections along with tree cover, sunscreen suggested. Parking lot is small so carpool if coming with friends. Please bring binoculars as you have them, we will try to have some loaner pairs.

Directions: Meet at the Burleigh H. Murray parking lot 305 Higgins Canyon Rd, Half Moon Bay. Heavy rain cancels or Air Quality Index over 100 cancels.

Leader: Casey Girard Contact: casey.girard@gmail.com

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, May 19, 7:30am – 11:30am

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@gmail.com

Field TripSkyline Open Space Preserve – Horseshoe Lake
Wednesday, May 29, 8:00 am – 11:30 am (Note: One week before first Wednesday)

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve attracts an abundance of spring migrants and breeding birds as well as a wonderful variety of resident species. Horseshoe Lake is just one of the many diverse habitats in this park. The hike we will take around the lake will be relatively easy and we will take our time exploring this gorgeous park. Dress in layers.

Directions: The main entrance to this 2,143-acre preserve is located .9 miles south of the Alpine Road. and Skyline Blvd. intersection on Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35). The turnoff is on the west side of the road. We will meet in the equestrian parking lot, the southernmost lot of the three parking lots

Leader: Donna Pomeroy. Contact: dpom@comcast.net

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, June 16, 7:30am – 11:30am

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk in this bird-rich gem on our coast. The trail is a one-mile former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Plan layers for cool temps, morning fog and sunshine. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: We will meet at the lower parking lot to the Johnston House, located on Higgins-Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay. Higgins-Purisima Road begins just off of SR1, going east where Main Street ends. The Johnston House is the big white 1850s farmhouse on the hill. We will caravan to Burleigh Murray, which is 1 ½ miles up Higgins-Purisima Road from here.

Leader: Ginny Marshall: ginnybirder@gmail.com

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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