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Annual Sacramento NWR Trip (a little early!)

This year we will be heading to the Sacramento NWP earlier than in previous years. November and December are considered to be some of the best times for viewing wildlife, so take a day off from the hectic hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and get outside for a day at the Refuge. 

The best wildlife viewing time is in the early morning and late afternoon, so we will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. to catch the late afternoon activity. Have your telephoto lens with you, but come prepared with wide angles for scenic and landscape shots as well. Beanbags work really well on the window of your car for stabilization. We will hopefully have a beautiful sunset with thousands of birds to photograph against the setting sun.

There is a six-mile auto tour at the SNWR and the fee is $6.00 per vehicle, unless you have an Annual Parks Pass. You will probably want to do the loop maybe two or three times. There are also Discovery Walks that offer a place to stroll and see wildlife in two locations. Otherwise, please be aware that you may not get out of your vehicle to shoot photos.

We will meet in the parking lot at the SNWR at 1:00 pm, allowing time to answer any questions and consolidate into as few cars as possible to minimize our impact at the Refuge.

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  • Karen L

    Hello All, I was at this event with my husband, Charlie. It was our first meetup with this group. We were referred to you all by Gordon.

    December 10, 2013

  • euclid

    As usual Jan you know how to pick the right spots

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Jan L.

    Never get tired of the sights and sounds of the Refuge, thanks for coming out everyone!

    3 · December 9, 2013

  • monty m.

    Good Timing! BALD EAGLES***

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Jayne W.

    Lots of birds and we even saw a bald eagle fairly close.

    December 9, 2013

  • Roberta B.

    I had a great time. Can't wait to go again.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Grant K.

    This is always a fun trip.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Jan, thanks for organizing this Meetup. Great way to spend a chilly December afternoon, chasing birds that seemed to be oblivious to the cold. Looking forward to seeing everyone's photos.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Charlie L.

    Lots of fun. Next year order a warmer temperature

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Lynn O

    Sorry. Home emergency carpenters are hammering away

    December 8, 2013

  • Steve F.

    Lee and I are leaving the house around 4:00 am and are planning on shooting before sunrise on the refuge. Depending on our level of success or lack thereof, we may still be there at 1:00 pm when the rest of you arrive. If so, I'll join you all. If not, have a merry Christmas and I'll see many of you next Saturday in Auburn.

    December 7, 2013

    • Wayne B.

      I also plan to be there early,hopefully by 7am so maybe I will see around.I want check out the area and got some photos before the group arrives!

      December 7, 2013

    • Melissa A.

      Is there a photo shoot in Auburn Sat?

      December 7, 2013

  • Melissa A.

    Any women coming from Citrus Heights/Orange ale/Roseville area who would let me ride along for gas $? My car is having an issue and I'm not thrilled to drive it out of town. OR, if I get my car fixed by then is it OK to bring my husband? He is in a wheelchair and not a photographer but enjoys getting out. Or will we be hiking far from cars? Thank you!

    December 4, 2013

    • Jan L.

      Bringing your husband along should not be a problem, and we will be in the vehicles most of the time unless you want to hike the nature trail near the visitor's center.

      1 · December 6, 2013

    • Melissa A.

      Thanks, Jan. My car is fixed so I will be able to make it after all!

      December 7, 2013

  • Laurie C

    My car is sick and in the shop. If we can juggle cars tomorrow I will still be there. Will update in the morning

    December 7, 2013

    • Grant K.

      Hi Laurie, I live in Green Valley and will be coming through Vacaville on my way. Let me know if you need a ride. I'm bringing my truck so there is plenty of room.

      December 7, 2013

  • Michele M.

    So sorry I will have to miss after all - time to stop ignoring the holiday stuff that must be done! I did go last week and it was beautiful - have a ball. Can't wait to see the pix!

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband and I would love to attend this if there is room. Please let me know if there is.

    December 3, 2013

    • Jan L.

      Yes, there should be room for your husband.

      December 6, 2013

  • Tom

    Looking for a carpool. Live in Vallejo. I can meet somewhere along the way up to NRw. Pay gas money. Can work something out.

    December 4, 2013

  • Tom G.

    This is my favorite birding location. I'll probably go to the Colusa Wildlife Refuge on the way. The rare falcated duck has appeared their the past two years on or about December 8th, so I'm hoping he'll return.

    November 14, 2013

  • Charlie L.

    I'd like to go with my wife who keeps me going

    November 13, 2013

  • Lucille van O.

    I plan on going with my husband. Thanks for organizing it. I've never been to that one, but sounds great.

    November 12, 2013

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