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, January 20, 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 Tripmotor tourRaptors of San Benito County
Saturday, January 26, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Let's explore the backroads of San Benito County in search of Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons (and whatever else we might find). Bring lunch, liquids and a scope if you have one. Meet at the Catholic Church in Tres Pinos.

Directions: From San Mateo, take Hwy 101 south to Hwy 25; follow Hwy 25 through Hollister to the small town of Tres Pinos. The large Catholic Church is on the right side of the road. Park in the section of the lot farthest from the church. Take advantage of bathroom facilities in Hollister before you drive to Tres Pinos. Contact leader for carpooling info. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Leslie Flint: lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripFoster City Shell Bar and walk to San Mateo Bridge
Sunday, January 27, 8:30am - 12:30pm

We will start at the Foster City Shellbar and continue north towards the San Mateo Bridge. We will walk slowly taking in any birds along the way. Carpooling is encouraged. Light rain ok, but heavy rain cancels.

Directions: Park and meet across the street from Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine at 1473 Beach Park Boulevard in Foster City.

Leader: Casey Girard: casey.girard@gmail.com for more information or clarification or cell for day of: 408-429-5800. No need to reserve a space.

Field Tripmotor tourout of area trip feeWinter Birding in the Central Valley — Trip full with waitlist
Saturday, February 2 & Sunday February 3, 7:00am - 4:00pm

We'll visit 2 premier birding areas on this visit to the Central Valley: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Together these refuges provide one of the greatest wildlife spectacles still found in California. Most notable are the huge wintering concentrations of ducks and geese - we could see over 20 species of wildfowl during the day. Raptors are equally well represented: more than 20 species of eagle, hawk, falcon, and owl have been seen in the area in winter.

We meet for dinner on Saturday evening, and start the birding at dawn on Sunday after breakfast at our hotel. We begin by driving towards Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge through an area good for Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes. This reserve is filled with ducks and provides a good opportunity to see Eurasian Wigeon. It also hosts the greatest concentration of Ross's Goose in the US.

After the morning exploring the trails and auto tour, we'll head West, caravanning around past Sutter Buttes (the world's smallest complete mountain range), looking for Sandhill Cranes, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mountain Bluebird, Rock Wren, Yellow-Billed Magpie, and Golden Eagle. We'll end the day birding at Sacramento NWR where at any time there may be huge numbers of wildfowl in the air putting on a spectacular visual and aural show.

The trip is suitable for beginner and experienced birders alike. The tour is predominantly by car, with some walking along nature trails (between 0.5 and 1.5 mile in length). There are outstanding opportunities for bird photography. There is a $4.00 per person charge at Gray Lodge.

Since there are limited hotel rooms available, please contact co-leaders Adam Dudley and Jane Dixon (Adamandjane@iCloud.com ; 650-278-5995) if you would like to join us for this trip and for exact details.

Field TripLas Gallinas Ponds, San Rafael, Marin County
Wednesday, February 6, 8:30am - 12:00pm

The Las Gallinas Ponds include the treatment ponds, tidal marsh and surrounding agricultural fields at LGVSD's Wastewater Treatment Reclamation Project. This is an excellent area to view a wide variety of waterfowl and other wetland birds and maybe even a chance to see one of the resident River Otters. These are level trails along a series of levees. This is a slow-paced trip, 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 photo opportunities.

Directions: from Highway 101 take the Smith Ranch Road exit, then go east on Smith Ranch toward the McInnis Park entrance. Turn left immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, staying on Smith Ranch, and go about 0.5 miles to the end of the road, at the Las Gallinas Ponds parking lot. Meet in the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

NOTE: There is ongoing major construction on the levees at Las Gallinas. Please RSVP or check Pen-Bird for any last minute changes to this field trip.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy: dpom@comcast.net

Field Tripbeginner and family walk Beginner / Refresher Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, February 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, February 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 TripNob Hill Pond and Redwood Shores
Wednesday, March 6, 8:00am - 11:00am

This is a very productive area for a variety of ducks and other waterbirds. Time permitting, we may check some other excellent birding sites nearby. Easy walking on mostly level ground. Bring scopes if you have them. Restrooms in the nearby shopping center.

Directions: Take the Redwood Shores Parkway exit east from Hwy 101, past the Nob Hill shopping plaza, turn right on Bridge Parkway, then almost immediately turn right at Tiller Lane (there is a small city park in front of you, named "Mariner Park"). Follow Tiller Lane to its end point, where you take a left on Spar Lane to its end. There is a small cul-de-sac that has a few parking spaces (you can also park in the residential area if necessary) where we will meet. Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy: dpom@comcast.net

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

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

 

2018 S.A.S.