Page updated: December 31, 2018
SAN JOAQUIN
  AUDUBON SOCIETY

A California Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Serving the communities of Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Escalon, Ripon, and Lathrop--All of San Joaquin County.

 

Upcoming Field Trips & Programs 2019

Membership Programs


There is no program in January


TUESDAY, February 12, 2019

“Iguazu Falls and the Brazilian Pantanal”
presented by Chris Conard

In July of 2018, Chris joined a tour of two distinct regions in Brazil: Iguazu Falls and the Pantanal. The spectacular falls, taller and much wider than Niagra, are surrounded by extensive, largely protected subtropical forest providing excellent birding, plus a wonderful show of butterflies in the mists surrounding the falls.
The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetlands with an incredible array of waterbirds, surrounded by patches of forest and rangelands. The Pantanal is famous for the chance to see jaguars in the wild, and we were far from disappointed. Much of our time in this region was spent exploring rivers and backwaters by boat. Highlights (shown by photos and short videos) included a surprise swim-by of a tapir, five species of kingfishers, thousands of caiman, nesting Jabiru, Sungrebes, nesting Sunbittern, and Hyacinth Macaws. Night outings produced owls, nightjars, and great views of a weird and wonderful giant anteater.
Chris Conard is a Natural Resource Specialist at the Bufferlands of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. He regularly leads field trips for Sacramento Audubon, serves as the Sacramento County editor for North American Birds and eBird, and has just finished six years as president of the Central Valley Bird Club.

 


The meeting location is at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue (across from UOP) in Stockton, and begins at 7:30 p.m.  Plenty of parking and refreshments.  Everyone is welcome. Programs run September through April (no program in January).

S J Audubon Nature Book Exchange

We will continue our book exchange this fall.  Visit our Nature Book table and take a look at these treasures!  You can either exchange a book that you’ve brought from home for another, or simply take a book.  Monetary donation is optional.  The only thing we request is, if you bring a book and it has not been taken by the time you leave, please take it back home with you—you can always bring it back the following month.  We on the board do not wish to acquire a permanent collection of books! 

FIELD TRIPS
Bad weather (rain, dense fog, strong winds) cancels trips

January 2019

SATURDAY, January 5Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

SATURDAY, January 12Cosumnes River Preserve
     Join leader John Trochet (trochetj@gmail.com) for the monthly River Walk bird count through the varied habitats of the CRP.  Meet John at the visitor center on Franklin Rd. Check website www.cosumnes.org for last minute updates.  Double check with John for start time. Note: A new CRP policy requires that all participants must RSVP through the EventBrite link on the web-site.

SUNDAY, January 13Woodbridge Wilderness Area
     Join leader Liz West for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, January 19— Flood & Waverly Road Raptor Ramble
         Join leader Pat Paternostro as he explores the Flood/Waverly rangelands in eastern San Joaquin County. This area is a “Raptor Wonderland” in winter. This area is historically good for such birds as Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and Burrowing Owl.  Rough-legged Hawk, Bald and Golden Eagles, Merlin are also sometimes seen.  Other birds to be looked for include Long-billed Curlews, Loggerhead Shrikes, Mountain Bluebirds and perhaps gulls near the landfill. Meet Pat at Rinaldi’s Market in Linden at 7:30 a.m. and bring a lunch.

SUNDAY, January 20 Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
    Join leaders Joanne Katanic and Liz West for our monthly census of this lovely riparian area on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam.  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, January 26 Staten Island
    Join leader Dale Smith for a visit to Staten Island where the flooded fields of corn and wheat provide critical winter habitat for Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans, and other waterfowl. Meet at Chevron Station, I-5 exit 493, Walnut Grove/Thornton at 8 a.m.

February 2019

SATURDAY, February 2 12th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival
    Enjoy the beauty and tranquilty of the Cosumnes River Preserve and the incredible opportuniy to catch sightings of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wildlife in their winter habitat. FREE! http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/index.aspx?page=495

SUNDAY, February 3Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

SUNDAY, February 3Cosumnes River Preserve
     Join leader Jim Rowoth (487-3489 or rowoth@sbcglobal.net) for the monthly River Walk bird count through the varied habitats of the CRP.  Meet Jim at the visitor center on Franklin Rd. Check website www.cosumnes.org for last minute updates.  Double check with Jim for start time. Note: A new CRP policy requires that all participants must RSVP through the EventBrite link on the web-site.

SUNDAY, February 10Woodbridge Wilderness Area
     Join leader Susan Schneider for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, February 17 Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
    Join leaders Joanne Katanic and Liz West for our monthly census of this lovely riparian area on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam.  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, February 23Grasslands Ecological Area
       Join leaders Dale Smith and Peter Ottesen to discover the Grassland Ecological Area in Merced County and visit the Salinas Land & Cattle Company, a privately-held 1,600-acre wetland complex that has been protected since 1929. It is covered in perpetuity by a Federal Easement as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Meet at Toot Sweets at 8 a.m. Drive time from Stockton is 1-hour, 15-minutes. Snacks, coffee, water and tea provided at the clubhouse. Accessible restrooms. Bring a lunch. If we have time, we will visit the amazing Visitor Center at San Luis NWR, just 20 minutes away. If you plan to attend RSVP to Dale – (209) 481-1782 or dale.smith2@comcast.net)

Mokelumne River Monthly Bird Census 2019

MOKELUMNE RIVER DAY USE AREA
Contact Liz West for more information at 209-351-1232. 

 

Cosumnes River Preserve Monthly Census

Please check Cosumnes River Preserve website for current River Walk and Tall Forest schedules.

 

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