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 with Donna Pomeroy 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 Donna to arrange if a carpool location is not already suggested. Rain cancels trips.

Trip details found in dated listings below.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

nature walk or viewingField TripPescadero Marsh – State Park Docent Nature Walks

First Sunday of each month is a morning walk starting at 10am till 12 Noon

The Third Sunday of each month is an afternoon walk starting at 1pm till 3pm

  • Walks in May are on the 3rd and 17th
  • Walks in June are on the 7th and 21st

The California State Park Docents will lead a field trip to learn about the marsh. The docents will point out the plants and animals that inhabit this San Mateo County treasure. If it is not raining, meet in the parking lot just over the bridge at Pescadero State Beach. Wear clothing in layers for cold and windy to sunny weather. Heavy Rain Cancels.

Questions: Call Rita Jennings at 650-728-2254

Directions: Go south from Half Moon Bay on Hwy 1, about 12 miles. Just past the bridge over Pescadero Creek, look for the south parking lot. If you get to the intersection of Pescadero Road and Hwy 1 you have gone too far.

beginner and family walk Beginner/Family Nature Hike

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Don't forget to check Other Activities for field trips of interest not sponsored by SAS.

Field TripWatershed Walk
Sunday, May 17, 8:30am - 3:00pm – all day trip

We will walk about 4 miles on this fairly level ridge top in the San Francisco Watershed above Crystal Springs Lake. This is a chance to bird an area not open to the public. 

Contact leader to reserve space. Details on location will be provided.   

Leader: Ginny Marshall  ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripDevil's Slide Trail
Saturday, May 23, 9:00am - Noon

Devil's Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile multi-use trail, converted from a former segment of Highway 1 that gives hikers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians access to the rocky heights of Devil's Slide above the Pacific Ocean. At provided overlooks, trail users may rest on benches and gaze through observation scopes and take in the view of the rocky coastal waters below. Interpretive signs are placed at key points along the trail and describe the history, geography and the marine and avian communities that live and migrate here. We will explore this newly opened trail. Rock Wren, Peregrine Falcon and sea and land birds will be on our search list. We will stop and look at the "Murre Rock" where a successful project brought pairs of Common Murre back to nest on "the rock" as they had ceased nesting after a devastating oil spill in the 1980's. There are restrooms at the trailhead. Be prepared for wind and cool weather. If you have a scope, please bring it, otherwise, we will have scopes for viewing seabirds.

Directions: The Devil's Slide Trail is located off of Highway 1 between Pacifica and Montara. Meet at the parking lot at the south end of the Tom Lantos Tunnel on SR1.

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com 650-346-2009

Field TripMori Point – Pacifica Birding 
Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 – 11:30am 

Join us at Mori Point for fascinating birding in a changing habitat. Mori Point has been undergoing restoration by Trails Forever, including a new boardwalk, man-made ponds for Red-legged Frogs, and plantings of native vegetation – all of which is attracting birds. California Thrashers have returned after an absence of 30 years.

Directions: Meet at 8:30 AM at the trailhead at Bradford Way, Pacifica, and dress warmly!

Leader: Leslie Flint contact: lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripfeeSan Pedro Valley Park
Saturday, June 13, 9:00am - Noon

San Pedro Valley County Park is a beautiful wilderness area located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range in the city of Pacifica. Expect to see or hear riparian breeders such as Black-headed Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warblers.

Directions: Take SR 1 to the city of Pacifica, 10 miles south of San Francisco or 12 miles north of Half Moon Bay. Turn east on Linda Mar Boulevard. Drive for about two miles, to the end of Linda Mar. Turn right on Oddstad Blvd. and make an immediate left into the Park. To park inside the park there is a $6.00 fee. We will meet at the Visitor's Center.

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com 650-346-2009

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, June 14, 8:00am - hike will last 3-4 hours

Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse and Western Bluebird year round. Hike 3-5 miles with some hills.

Directions: Take 280 to Edgewood Rd. in Woodside. Go east down Edgewood to the park entrance on the right. Meet at the Nature Center.

Leader: Susie Hons susieturtlewings@mac.com

Field TripLower Windy Hill
Sunday, June 21, 8:00am - 12:00

Check out Sausal Pond and hike 2-3 miles through oak woodlands.  Look for Wood Ducks, Ash Throated Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and other oak woodland specialties.

Directions: exit Sand Hill Road from 280. Go west to Windy Hill Open Space parking lot.

Leader: Ginny Marshall  ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

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

 

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