Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Sequoia Audubon Sponsored Field Trips

Matt Hofeditz photo by Linda Vott
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.

  • All phone numbers are for Area Code 650, unless otherwise stated.

Matt Hofeditz at Redwood Shores; photo by Linda Votteri


Note: All phone numbers are for Area Code 650, unless otherwise stated.

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

2014

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

Field TripfeeGarin Regional Park, Hayward
Sunday Jul. 20   8:00am - 12:00pm

Garin is a short drive from the San Mateo Bridge. A number of colorful birds breed here and the birding is relatively easy. We will walk around this flat meadow area and look for Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, Black Headed Grosbeak and much more. We may even spot a Golden Eagle. We will be birding on gravel roads and wheelchairs could navigate this trip but it may not be a smooth trip.  It may be hot so bring water. If you would like bring lunch and join the leader after the walk. 

Directions: take the San Mateo Bridge.  Exit on Industrial and proceed south (right turn). Stay on Industrial as it turns east and crosses 880.   Turn right on Mission Blvd and then get in the left lane and turn left on Garin. The park is at the end of the road. The gate is opened at 8:00. You may have to pay an entrance fee. 

Leader: Ginny Marshall   ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripPillar Point and Princeton Harbor
Friday Jul. 25  8:00 am – Noon

Join us on a weekday for birding this popular destination without the weekend crowds. Pillar Point is a hot spot for birding year-round with great habitat for a variety of waterbirds. Most of the walking will be on fairly level dirt trails, but if time permits, we may hike up onto the bluff top for a better view out to sea. Bring binoculars, camera, a scope if you have one, water and snacks. A primitive restroom is available at the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions:The harbor is located just west of Hwy 1, 18 miles south of San Francisco and 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay. From Hwy 1, turn west at the stoplight at Capistrano Road and continue along the north side of the harbor to Prospect Way. Turn left onto Prospect, then a brief jog right on Broadway, to an immediate left on Harvard Avenue. Proceed through the boat yards to the end of Harvard Avenue, then turn right onto West Point Avenue, which curves around a marshy area and heads uphill to an Air Force Radar Facility.  Meet at the "West Shoreline Access" parking lot below the "Golf Ball".

Leaders: Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, August 10,   8:00am - hike will last 3-4 hours

Explore this gem of a park with Susie Hons. 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 TripEnid Pearson Arastradero Preserve
Saturday, August 23,   8:00am - 12:00pm

Arastradero is a wonderful park with rolling hills, oak trees and meadowland. We will look for Bluebirds, Swallows, Lazuli Bunting, Acorn Woodpeckers and several hawk species. Golden Eagle is also possible here. We will walk 2-4 miles at a birders pace. It can get hot here so bring water. 

Directions: take highway 280 south. Exit Page Mill Rd and go west (right). Turn right on Arastradero Rd. The parking lot will be on the right.

Leader: Ginny Marshall   ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net

Field TripfeeCoyote Point County Park
Wednesday, September 3,   9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will meet at the parking lot by the yacht club for a leisurely stroll around Coyote Point Park looking at the abundant shorebirds and hopefully, some fall migrants. With such a variety of habitats at Coyote Point, we should be able to see quite a number of species. There is an admission charge to the park of $6 or free for seniors.

Directions: Exit Peninsula Ave from Hwy 101and follow the signs to the park.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy dpom@comcast.net

Field TripMoss Landing/Elkhorn Slough
Wednesday, September 10,  8:30am – 3:00pm - whole day trip

This trip will explore some of Monterey County's best fall birding hotspots.  We will plan to bird at Moss Landing, Moon Glow Dairy, Zmudowsky State Beach, and other spots as we have time.  Plan to have lunch with the group at a great local seafood restaurant.

Directions: Contact the leader to reserve a space and for carpooling and directions info.

Leader: Leslie Flint   lflint@earthlink.net

Field TripSeabirds of San Mateo County
Sunday, September 14, 8:00am

Join Sequoia Audubon Society for a field trip to Pigeon Point to view seabirds. This is the companion field trip to the Sept. 11 presentation by Alvaro Jaramillo. Binoculars and spotting scopes advised if you have them. SAS will have a scope if you don't.  Dress in layers. It can be quite cool and breezy along the coast. Heavy rain cancels.  

Directions: Take Hwy 1 south from Half Moon Bay for 20 miles.  Turn right at the lighthouse and drive to the end of the road to the parking area.

Leader: Mark Kudrav

Contact: Malia DeFelice malia.defelice.sas@gmail.com

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

Explore this gem of a park with Susie Hons. 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 TripfeeBluff Walk and Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay
Saturday, September 27,   9:00 am – Noon

This approximately 2.5 mi. loop walk will take us through Sweetwood Group Camp and along blufftop trails that overlook Dunes State Beach and Venice State Beach.
Frenchman's Creek mouth and Pilarcitos Creek mouth will also be visited during our walk.

Beginning Birders Welcome!

Directions: Meet at the restrooms at Venice Beach State Park. Park at Venice State Beach for a $10 day use fee (which can be used at any State Beach that day)  or there is free street parking at the north end of Pilarcitos Ave., at Wave Ave. and on adjacent streets. If opting for free parking, park, then walk towards the beach, where you will intersect with the paved coastal trail. Head north along the paved trail to the meet-up location at Venice State Beach.

Leaders:  Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward  malia.defelice.sas@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

wheelchair accessible Wheelchair Accessible

FOR YOUR INFORMATION For Your Information
(not an official Sequoia Audubon event)

 

2014 S.A.S.