Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Sequoia Audubon Field Trips

SAS Field Trip
September 25, 2021 — First field trip at Pillar Point Harbor (in almost 2 years)


Pre-registration is required for all field trips!

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. Please no drop-ins.
  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 omicron 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.

2022


August 2021, San Mateo County COVID Update

Registration required for all field trips. See description for links &/or restrictions.

Field Tripout of area trip feeWednesday, April 13, 2022 Changed to Wednesday, April 20th due to weather conditions.
Pinnacles National Park, San Benito County (8:00 – 3:00)

We will look for California condors, Canyon wren, Lawrence's goldfinch, migrating warblers, and more. Meet at the Pinnacles Campground and Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. Entrance fee is $30 per car unless you have a National Parks Pass. Bring lunch, liquids, and a flashlight for walking through the caves. Restrooms are available in the park.

Directions: Directions, including carpooling options will be provided to confirmed reservations. There is a maximum of 12 participants for this trip, with no additional or last-minute participants.

Leader: Leslie Flint.

For Reservations: Request reservations by emailing lflint@earthlink.net.

Field Trip Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve (Lower Parking Lot) Portola Valley (8:00 – 11:30)

Join us for a moderately strenuous, approx. 2-mile walk on dirt trails through a diverse mix of habitats, including a small pond, which hosts Wood Ducks in some years. Primitive restrooms in the parking lot.

Directions: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve (555 Portola Valley Road, Portola Valley).

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field Tripfee Thursday, April 21, 2022
Año Nuevo State Park, Pescadero (8:30 – 12:00)

Join us for an easy-moderate bird walk on the coast, including some sandy beaches. We will search for birds in the grassland and trees around the parking lot, then check the freshwater pond and chaparral areas. Following the trail to the beach we'll check the bank swallow colony for nesting birds. Gulls, Cormorants, and sometimes Pigeon Guillemots are visible from shore this time of year. We will also look at the offshore island for birds and elephant seals. Año Nuevo is famous for its elephant seal colony, most active between December and March. Dress in layers. A spotting scope is helpful on this trip if you have one. Restrooms are available.

Directions: Take SR1 south from Half Moon Bay for approx. 28 miles, you'll see the sign for Año Nuevo State Park on the west side of the highway, SR1 at New Year's Creek Rd. Meet in the main parking lot. The day-use parking permit fee is $10. (The permit allows you to visit any other state park for the remainder of the day). Frequent state park visitors may consider purchasing a pass at www.parks.ca.gov.

Leader: Nelle Lyons: 1tigger1nl@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field TripSunday, April 24, 2022
Burleigh Murray State Park, Half Moon Bay (7:45-12:00)

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk of ~3 miles in this bird-rich gem on a level, gravel, former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Many of the resident birds will be singing and thinking about nesting now, as they try to get a jump on some of the migrants which will nest here. We will pay special attention to identifying the songs of these residents and hope to spot some early migrants, while saying farewell to any lingering wintering birds that will soon depart. There are two Portapotties along the trail.

Directions: Take SR1 south from Half Moon Bay and then turn east on Higgins Canyon Rd. Meet at the lower parking lot for the Johnston House at 110 Higgins Canyon Rd (big white house on the hill). Due to limited parking we will carpool up to the park.

Leader: Ginny Marshall. ginnybirder@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field Trip Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Burleigh Murray State Park, Half Moon Bay (8:00-11:00)

Join us for a leisurely 3-4 hour walk of 2-3 miles in this bird-rich gem on a level, gravel, former ranch road. The park has relatively 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 a picturesque historic barn. The high number of singing birds will keep this walk at a slow pace and is a great location to learn and practice birding by ear. There are two Portapotties along the trail.

Directions: Take SR1 south in Half Moon Bay, turn east on Higgins Canyon Rd, and proceed ~ 2.5 miles to the Park parking lot on the left.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy. dpom@comcast.net

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field TripThursday, May 12, 2022
Water Lane and Pescadero State Nature Reserve (8:30-12:00)

Join us for a bird walk on the eastern edge of Pescadero Marsh, where upland, riparian, and wetland habitats support nesting songbirds and, in taller trees woodpeckers and other larger birds. We will start at the parking lot and then proceed into the southeast portion of the marsh. Depending on bird activity, we may also relocate our vehicles and visit additional marsh areas. No restrooms; located at Pescadero State Beach.

Directions: Take SR1 towards Pescadero, turn east on Pescadero Creek Road. Go ~ 1.1 miles east, turn left (north) at Water Lane. Continue to the end of the road where you will see a California State Park sign and several old buildings.

Leader: Nelle Lyons: 1tigger1nl@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field Trip Saturday, May 21, 2022
Charleston Slough for Beginning Birders, Palo Alto (8:30 – 10:30)

This is a beginner-friendly bird walk along broad, easy, level trails at Charleston Slough. The slough and Coast Casey Forebay is a hotspot for birds year-round. We will look for wading birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, and ducks, as well as some 'little brown birds' (sparrows, wrens, and others). Bring binoculars on this 1-2 mile walk. Restroom available near the parking area.

Directions: From Hwy 101 exit 400 B San Antonio Rd North. Follow San Antonio Rd to the end, which becomes Terminal Rd. A large parking area on Terminal Rd fills up quickly on weekends. Meet in the parking area near the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve Trailhead.

Leader: Emily Kim. ekim56310@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field TripSunday, May 22, 2022
Burleigh Murray State Park, Half Moon Bay (7:45-12:00)

This is a leisurely 3–4 hour walk ~3 miles in this bird-rich park on a level, gravel, former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Resident birds will be singing and nesting. We will pay special attention to identifying the songs of these residents and hope to spot migrant birds moving through to areas further north or to higher elevations. There are two Portapotties along the trail.

Directions: Take SR1 south from Half Moon Bay and turn east on Higgins Canyon Rd and meet at the lower parking lot for the Johnston House at 110 Higgins Canyon Road. Due to limited parking we will carpool 1.5 mi up to the park.

Leader: Ginny Marshall. ginnybirder@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field Trip Thursday, May 26, 2022
Water Lane and Pescadero State Nature Reserve (8:30-12:00)

Join us for a bird walk at Water Lane on the eastern edge of Pescadero Marsh, featuring mixed upland, riparian, and wetland habitats. Water Lane is a lightly used entrance to Pescadero Marsh. The parking area has vegetation supporting nesting songbirds, and the taller trees can provide habitat for woodpeckers and other larger birds. We will start birding at the parking lot and then proceed into the marsh. Depending on bird activity, we may relocate our vehicles and visit additional areas of the marsh. There are no restrooms at Water Lane but nearby at Pescadero State Beach.

Directions: Take SR1 towards Pescadero and turn east on Pescadero Creek Rd. Travel ~ 1.1 miles east on Pescadero Creek Rd and look for the Water Lane street sign on the left (north) side and turn left onto Water Lane. Continue west to the end of the road where you will see a California State Park sign and several old buildings.

Leader: Nelle Lyons: 1tigger1nl@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field TripWednesday June 1, 2022
Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve (8:00-11:30)

Join us for an easy out-and-back, 2-mile walk along a level gravel road in a great birding area. Open since 2017, this new preserve provides excellent birding opportunities. We will look for breeding populations of Grasshopper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, American Kestrel, and other grassland species. Most exciting to San Mateo County birders, it is the only reliable location for Lark Sparrow. Western Kingbird has also nested here the past couple of years. A primitive restroom is available in the parking lot. It can get warm here, so dress in layers, bring water, hat, and sunscreen.

Directions: Take SR 84 to La Honda and turn north on Sears Ranch Road (opposite Applejacks bar) and follow it to the Lower La Honda Creek Preserve parking lot at the end of the road.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Field TripSunday, June 19, 2022
Burleigh Murray State Park, Half Moon Bay (7:45-12:00)

Join us for a leisurely walk of 2-3 miles in this bird-rich gem on a level, gravel, former ranch road leading to a historic barn. Year-round resident birds and summer visiting birds will be singing and nesting, and some of their young will have fledged and left the nest. We will pay special attention to identifying their songs. There are two Portapotties along the trail.

Directions: Take SR1 south from Half Moon Bay, turn east on Higgins Canyon Rd and meet at the lower parking lot for the Johnston House, 110 Higgins Canyon Rd. Due to limited parking we will carpool and caravan from the Johnston House to the park, which is 1 ½ miles further up the road.

Leader: Ginny Marshall. ginnybirder@gmail.com

Registration limitedeventbrite link

Submit Field Trip content by writing or replying to SequoiaFieldTrips@gmail.com
Thank you! Doug Pomeroy, SAS FIeld Trip Chair

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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