Yolo Audubon offers April birding walks

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Spring is here, and Yolo Audubon is offering three field trips in April.  The trips are free and open to all interested birders from beginners to experts.

April 6-8 are the dates for a three-day trip led by Carl Schwedler to the Susanville area to see the Greater Sage-Grouse on its breeding grounds and a variety of other mountain species at nearby lakes.  This trip was postponed from March when there was too much snow.

On April 8, Stan Hunter will lead a trip to Audubon California’s 6,800-acre Bobcat Ranch outside of Winters. This amazing property is not regularly open to the public. There will be a two-mile hike to look at a variety of wildflowers and birds, and time to talk with the ranch manager about Bobcat. This is a half-day trip with limited space.

On April 21, Michael Strom will host a walk through Mitchell Canyon at Mount Diablo, one of the premier sites for spring migrant birding in the East Bay. The canyon bottom contains riparian habitat bordered by dramatic chaparral-covered slopes. A nice collection of warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, vireos, and flycatchers are expected at this time of year, and there’s a good chance to see Calliope Hummingbirds. A variety of wildflowers should also be present.

Sharon Kirkpatrick and Joe Clemens will take people to the Bobelaine Sanctuary on April 28. The 430-acre reserve, managed by Sacramento Audubon, is located along the Feather River and hosts a variety of birds. The group should be prepared for a fair amount of walking through flat terrain.

The details for each trip, including times and meeting locations, as well as lodging information for the Susanville trip may be found on the Yolo Audubon website at www.yoloaudubon.org or its Facebook page. Leader contact information is also provided there. Binoculars, layered clothing, hats and sunscreen are recommended for all trips.







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