Page updated: April 18, 2017
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 2017

Membership Programs


We don't have programs in the summer, they begin again in September but we do have a special Workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, see below.

iNaturalist Workshop at Oak Grove Regional Park

SATURDAY, April 29, 2017

(I-5 at Eight Mile Rd)

  1. Have you ever wanted to know the name of a weird bug or flower but didn't know whom to ask?
  2. Do you take tons of pictures of plants and animals but don't know what to do with them? 
  3. Do you want to contribute to a global database of scientifically useful biodiversity data?  

Then try iNaturalist!  iNaturalist is a global online social network of people who share observations from the natural world and help each other identify organisms.

Join Kenichi Ueda for this introduction to the citizen science project, iNaturalist, which he co-founded, and is now sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences. 

In this workshop we'll go through the basics of taking identifiable photos, uploading your first observations, and helping other people out with identifications.  Meet Kenichi at the Oak Grove Nature Center at 9:00 a.m.

To have the entrance fee waived, mention that you are attending the iNaturalist program. 

The workshop will wrap up around noon.


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

April 2017

SATURDAY, April 1Introductory 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, April 8Cosumnes River Preserve / River Walk
     See entry for Saturday, March 11.

SUNDAY, April 9 – The Flora and Fauna of the UOP Campus
     Join leader Pat Paternostro for a walking tour of the University of the Pacific campus. We will look for early spring migrants and also learn basic Dendrology skills by identifying many common tree species that are found throughout the Central Valley and its foothills. Meet near the base of Burns Tower at 8:00 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, April 12 – Kiln Canyon Hummingbird Hike
     Join leader John Blades for our annual mid-week trip to this always interesting spot. Meet in the parking lot of Toot Sweets (March Lane and Quail Lakes Dr.) at 7:00 a.m. to carpool or at the entrance to Carnegie SVTA at 8:00 a.m. Bring water and lunch. Due to park restrictions, this trip may be canceled. Please check the website, www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org, or call Dale at (209) 481-1782 before you go.

SATURDAY, April 15Woodbridge 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.

SUNDAY, April 16Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Comanche Dam.  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, April 22 Bear Creek Bike Path
        Join leader Susan Schneider for this easy walk that features riparian and marsh habitat. Many interesting species have been encountered on previous trips including Sora and Peregrine Falcon. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in parking lot of Michael Faklis Park which is off Cosumnes Dr. near Mokelumne Circle, SW of I5/Eight Mile Road interchange.

SUNDAY, April 23 Earth Day
 Join Kasey Foley and other SJAS volunteers as we celebrate the 47th Earth Day Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Victory Park (behind the Haggin Museum).  This year’s campaign is, appropriately, “Environment and Climate Literacy”. Please come by the San Joaquin Audubon Society booth and say "Hi" and maybe buy a T-shirt!  It's always a fun time with fun people!

SATURDAY, April 29 iNaturalist Workshop at Oak Grove Regional Park
     Join Kenichi Ueda for this introduction to the citizen science project, iNaturalist, which he co-founded, and is now sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences.  Have you ever wanted to know the name of a weird bug or flower but didn't know whom to ask?  Do you take tons of pictures of plants and animals but don't know what to do with them?  Do you want to contribute to a global database of scientifically useful biodiversity data?  Then try iNaturalist!  iNaturalist is a global online social network of people who share observations from the natural world and help each other identify organisms.  In this workshop we'll go through the basics of taking identifiable photos, uploading your first observations, and helping other people out with identifications.  Meet Kenichi at the Nature Center at 9:00 a.m.  To have the entrance fee waived, mention that you are attending the iNaturalist program. The workshop will wrap up around noon.

May 2017

SATURDAY, May 6Introductory Birding
       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, May 7Cruising the Delta
      Join leader David Fries on his 42’ sail boat for a cruise through the Delta. Plan for 5-7 hours on the water, leaving at 8:00 a.m. from the Stockton Sailing Club, 4980 Buckley Cove Way. Due to boat size and safety reasons, the trip is limited to the first 8 people to register. Send your reservation to dale.smith2@comcast.net.

WEDNESDAY, May 10Pelican Trail, San Joaquin River NWR
       Join leader Jim Rowoth for a walk on this 4 mile riparian trail.  Possible birds include nesting Swainson’s Hawks, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Bullock’s Orioles.  We might even see an endangered brush rabbit!  Meet at Toot Sweet’s (NW corner of March Lane and Quail Lakes Dr., in Stockton) at 6:30 a.m. to carpool, or meet at the NWR parking lot at 7:15 a.m.  Bring bug spray, sun screen/hat, and water/snack.

SATURDAY, May 13Cosumnes 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.

SATURDAY, May 20ANNUAL CHAPTER PICNIC
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely riparian area on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam, to be followed by our annual chapter picnic and a short general membership meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  (See announcement this page).  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, May 21— Woodbridge 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.

June 2017

FRI-SUN, June 2-4Annual Sierra Valley Campout
     The Sierra Valley/Yuba Pass areas offer great habitat for birds with many lakes, meadows, marshes, streams, rivers and trees.  This year we will be camping at the Cottonwood Creek Campground on Hwy 89 north of Truckee, or you can choose to stay at the Globe Hotel in Sierraville (http://www.sierrahotsprings.org).  For those who only wish to come up for Saturday, we will meet for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at the Fork & Horn in Sierraville ((503)-994-1070).  Please phone or email trip leader Dave Wagner to RSVP.  (Dave’s phone #:  (209) 943-6997; email: dajwagner@aol.com.

SATURDAY, June 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, June 4 – Electra Road, Amador County
     Join leader Joanne Katanic to explore Electra Road, near Jackson off of Highway 49.  This will be an opportunity to see how the area is rejuvenating after last year’s fire.  In the past, this has been a great spot to view newly arriving and breeding birds, including Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler, Bullock’s Oriole, and Yellow-breasted Chat.  For carpooling, meet in Lodi at the Park & Ride, Highway 99 and Victor Rd. (Hwy 12) at 7:00 a.m.  To meet in Jackson, be at the parking lot for Mel & Fay’s diner at 8:00 a.m. (also a Park & Ride).  For more info, please call Joanne at (209)-483-2578.

SATURDAY, June 10Cosumnes River Preserve / River Walk
     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.

SATURDAY, June 17Woodbridge Wilderness Area
     Join leader ­Pat Paternostro 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, June 17Annual San Joaquin Audubon Butterfly Count
   We will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Nature Center at Oak Grove Regional Park.  No experience or expertise is required.  All participants should bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and lunch or a snack (and field guides, binoculars, and nets if you have them).  Call Dr. Kathy Schick (209) 612-5130 for more information.

SUNDAY, June 18Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Comanche Dam.  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

Mokelumne River Monthly Bird Census 2017

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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