MDAS Current Field Trips
Notice: Since we often post events far in advance, please be sure to check the Calendar or call the contact listed before you go to ensure that there have not been schedule changes or cancellations.
MT LASSEN New Date!
Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park.
If you are planning to participate in this MDAS birding trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, let the leader know ahead of time that you are coming. Some MDAS members will be camping in Section D of the Manzanita Lake Campground, which is tents-only and non-reservable. If you prefer not to camp, there are several small motels and B & Bs outside the park, but you should make your reservations soon as they fill up quickly. There are also a few sleep-only cabins at Manzanita Lake with a nearby communal bathhouse, and a private lodge in the south-central part of the park, which serves meals and has a pool. Contact leader for details. Category 3.
FRANK'S DUMP - HIGH TIDE
Hayward Shoreline, Winton Ave. Entrance
For a shorebird spectacle, we will visit this site late in the day with the sun to our backs and birds congregating to avoid the high tide. Many of the returning shorebirds still have much of their breeding plumage. Some of these birds will stay the winter, some will continue a southerly migration. Leave the Sycamore Valley carpool location at 3 PM, then meet at the Winton Avenue entrance for Hayward Regional shoreline. From I-880, exit Winton Avenue, drive west 4.5 miles. Park near the trail head just before the parking lot gate. We will walk at least a mile to our viewing site. Bring a snack. Category 2.
SAN MATEO COAST
Location: See description.
Carpool leaves El Nido Ranch Road at 6:30 AM. OR, meet at the MacDonald’s parking lot in Half Moon Bay at 7:30 AM. Go west on Hwy 24, take I-980 to I-880 south, and west on SR 92. Cross the San Mateo Bridge and continue to Half Moon Bay. Turn right at the first stoplight (N. Main Street), drive one block to the next light, and cross Hwy. 1 into the parking lot. We hope to see early returning shorebirds, gulls and seabirds. Low tide 10 AM. Primary stops will include Half Moon Bay Harbor, the Mavericks overlook, Pescadero Beach, and Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Bring lunch, liquids, and sunscreen—even when foggy or overcast, it’s easy to get a sunburn. Category 2.
Location: See description.
Carpool leaves Sun Valley at 7:30 AM. Meet at the Tides Restaurant on water side of Highway 1 in Bodega at 9:15 AM. Take I-680 across the Benicia Bridge (toll). Go west on I-780 to I-80 towards Sacramento, exit to SR 37. Follow SR 37 to Lakeville Road, turn right. In Petaluma turn left on E Washington Street and continue on Bodega Road, Valley Ford Road and SR 1 to Bodega Bay. Walk through or around The Tides to find the group viewing the harbor birds from the outdoor seating. Possibilities at Bodega Bay are flocks of shorebirds including Black Oystercatcher, Wandering Tattler, Marbled Godwit, as well as terns, gulls, cormorants, near-shore pelagics and much more. Bring lunch, liquids and sunscreen. Category 1.