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 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

Field TripDon Edwards NWR Ravenswood Salt Pond SF2
Saturday, July 20, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

We will meet at the end of the parking near the gated entrance to the salt pond. Caspian Terns, Forster's Terns, Black Skimmers and possibly Elegant Terns nest here. We will check out the breeding colony as well as look for shorebirds, raptors, gulls, and American White Pelicans.

Directions: Drive down east 84 towards the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the last exit before you head over the bridge, parking is on your left. Heavy rain or Air Quality Index over 100 cancels

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

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, July 21, 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 Harbor
Saturday, August 17, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round. We should find a variety of resident birds and hopefully, some migrating 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.

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 boat yards 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 TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, August 18, 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 TripfeeCoyote Point County Park
Wednesday, September 4, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

We will meet at the parking lot by the yacht club for a leisurely stroll around Coyote Point Park looking at the abundant shorebirds and hopefully, some fall migrants. With such a variety of habitats at Coyote Point, we should be able to see quite a number of species. Scopes can be useful here. If you have one, bring it along. There is an admission charge to the park of $6 or free for seniors.

Directions: Exit Peninsula Ave. from Hwy 101 and follow the signs to the park.

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

Field Trip Bedwell Bayfront
TBD, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

We will meet at the restrooms. We will then walk along the channel to the treatment plant at the back looking for Fall Migrants. This area catches many migrating birds with high chance for rarities. Lets see what we find. We will also see incoming wintering shorebirds and ducks.

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

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

Field TripBurleigh Murray Ranch State Park
Sunday, September 15, 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

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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