At the junction of the Great Central Valley and Delta, the Cosumnes River Preserve is a 46,000- acre conservation project acquired and jointly managed through the collaboration of a number of conservation organizations and agencies. Here, the last undammed river on the west slope of the Sierra still routinely floods up in winter, fostering bountiful habitat of wetlands, savannah and riparian forest for wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors. Tundra Swans, Shovelers, American Widgeon, Green-wing & Cinnamon Teal, Pintails, White-faced Ibis, and White Pelicans, are among the winter throngs. Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes are a highlight of our tour, and we’ll end up at Staten Island for sundown to witness the spectacle of some 15% of the Pacific Flyway’s cranes noisily settling down for their nightly roost.
Directions: We’ll meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center parking lot at 13501 Franklin Blvd, Galt, CA. Allow about two hours from Central Marin via Highways 37, 80 and 12 through Rio Vista to I-5, then north to Twin Cities Road exit. (Or you can take I-80 to Sacramento, then south on I-5 to Twin Cities Road exit.) On Twin Cities Road proceed east briefly to turn right (S) on Franklin Road about one mile to the parking area. You are welcome to come earlier and enjoy your lunch on the Visitor Center veranda. After a briefing at 1:00 PM, we’ll enjoy a 1-mile loop hike on a trail and boardwalk, then drive to other key observation points on the preserve ending up at Staten Island. Come prepared with warm clothing for changeable weather including rain and mud for “Crane-down.”
Trip Leader(s): Kurt Rademacher
Start Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM
Information & Questions:
Email: Jane Medley