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

  • 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


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


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

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, August 13, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Explore this gem of a park while hiking 3-6 miles through oak woodlands, some hills and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse & Western Bluebird year-round.

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 Contact:

Field TripEnid Pearson Arastradero Preserve
Sunday, August 27, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Arastradero is a wonderful park with rolling hills, oak trees and meadowland. We will look for Western Bluebirds, swallows, Lazuli Bunting, Acorn Woodpeckers and several hawk species. Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle are also possible here. We will walk 2-4 miles at 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 Road. The parking lot will be on the right.

Leader: Ginny Marshall Contact:

Field TripfeeCoyote Point County Park
Wednesday, September 6, 9:00am-12:00pm

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 101 and follow the signs to the park.

Leader: Donna Pomeroy Contact:

Field TripEdgewood County Park
Sunday, September 10, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Explore this gem of a park while hiking 3-6 miles through oak woodlands, some hills and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse & Western Bluebird year-round.

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 Contact:

Field TripHawk Hill - Marin Headlands
Tuesday, September 12, 11:00am - 2:00pm

There has been an official raptor count in the Marin Headlands for more than 25 years. Peak migration lasts from mid-September through mid-October. Robbie Fischer has been a Hawkwatch volunteer for ten years. We will enjoy the spectacle and attempt to identify raptors as they fly by Hawk Hill. The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory website for additional background is at

Directions: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the second exit, Alexander Avenue. Get in the left lane following signs that read "101 San Francisco." Turn left at the stop sign and cross under the freeway. Turn right onto Conzelman Road and drive 1.8 miles to Hawk Hill. Park alongside the road at the top of the hill, just before the road becomes one-way. Walk up the west side of Hawk Hill past the locked gate. It's just a few hundred feet to the summit. Bring binoculars, lunch and a chair if you like.

Leader: Robbie Fischer Contact:

Field TripMoss Landing/Elkhorn Slough; RSVP REQUIRED
Wednesday September 13, 8:30am - 3:00pm

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.

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

Leader: Leslie Flint Contact:

Field TripfeeBirding by Kayak, Redwood Creek and Bair Island – RSVP Required
Sunday, September 24, 9:30 am

Cost $30 (a special offered to us by California Canoe and Kayak RWC)
Trip will last three to four hours.

Join Barbara Kossy and explore Redwood Creek by kayak, looking for shorebirds, raptors, terns, cormorants and more. We meet at 9:30 at the center to get our life jackets, have a brief kayak lesson on land, and launch in double kayaks. Late September conditions are usually mild, with warm temperatures and light breezes.This trip is limited to 8 participants plus the guides. Please be comfortable around water and be able to sit in a kayak for three hours. Be willing to paddle. There may be no landing places, so we'll carry snacks and water in our kayaks and lunch after the trip. We can picnic on the lovely property after our trip.

To confirm, please RSVP to Barbara Kossy at Leave me your phone number and a good time to reach you. I'm also available to answer questions you may have about the trip. I will talk with you to confirm that you're a good fit for the trip. Predictions of strong wind will cancel.

Directions: Meet at California Canoe and Kayak, Redwood City, 487 Seaport Court, Redwood City. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get wet. Avoid cotton. We'll launch from a low dock. I recommend you bring a change of clothes, water, snacks, a lunch the post trip picnic, and wear sunscreen. Bring waterproof binoculars. Your hands will get wet and salty. However we will be close enough to birds that binoculars are not required.

Leader: Barbara Kossy who has lead kayaking trips on Italian islands and on Bulgaria's Black Sea.

Field TripfeeBeach Bluff Walk and Sweetwood Group Camp, Half Moon Bay
Friday, September 29, 9:00am - 12:00pm

RSVP - Please confirm if you intend to attend this field trip so we know to expect you or in case we need to cancel due to weather

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 parking lot 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: Chris Hayward and Malia DeFelice. RSVP: If you are running late text or call 650-346-2009.

Field TripMigrants at Bodega Bay and Point Reyes
September 29th - October 1st
(RSVP required no later than 8/18/2017)

In late September and early October fall migration is in full swing. This fast-paced trip visits two of the best areas for migrants in our area - Bodega Bay and Point Reyes. We will go to a range of habitats, but will be particularly interested in those attractive to migrant passerines; if we are lucky we may even see even a vagrant or two!

Certain species of wood warblers reliably appear every fall: American Redstarts and Palm, Blackpoll, Prairie, and Chestnut-sided warblers are some of the most "common" vagrants, but almost anything can turn up. With a supporting cast of returning winter visitors, this is an amazing place to spend a fall weekend!

The trip will start with dinner on the evening of Friday Sept 29th.

Due to the extremely low availability of hotel rooms, please confirm your participation to Adam Dudley ( by August 18 at the latest. Trip limited to 8 participants.

Field Tripfeeout of area trip pelagic trip Island Scrub Jay Adventure
Friday October 13th - Sunday October 15th
(RSVP required no later than 8/18/2017)

Sequoia Audubon Society is sponsoring a field trip to Santa Cruz Island on the weekend of October 13-15. We will spend the night in Ventura on Friday night, near the harbor, in order to board the ship that will take us out to Santa Cruz Island on Saturday morning. The hour-and-a-half boat ride across the Santa Barbara Channel will provide us with opportunities to view marine mammals and seabirds.

Once we disembark on Santa Cruz Island we will have opportunities to view the endemic Island Scrub-Jay, as well as possibilities of 10 additional endemic bird subspecies. Another highlight of this trip is the chance to see the native Santa Cruz Island Fox, one of the smallest foxes in the world, weighing just 3-4 pounds. We return to Ventura Harbor Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning, we will do some birding in the local area, with the trip breaking up in the early afternoon, giving people a chance to return home for work on Monday.

This trip is limited to 12 people and will fill quickly. The boat ticket is $54, roundtrip. You will need to pay this to Sequoia Audubon Society immediately to secure your spot. A list of nearby motels will be provided, but you will need to make your own reservations.

Trip leaders are Francis Toldi, Donna Pomeroy, and Leslie Flint. In order to receive hotel information and the address to send payment, please RSVP as soon as possible (by 8/18/2017 at the latest) to Leslie Flint (


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


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