Leaders: Phil and Pat Gordon, Teri and Chris Wills
Since the planned field trip to Las Gallinas had to be canceled due to construction at the site, we’ve added a substitute field trip to the American Canyon Wetlands. Teri and Chris have graciously offered to help bird this new area for us.
The American Canyon wetlands are an extensive area of shallow ponds, tidal mudflats and marsh on the east side of the Napa River between Vallejo and Napa. We can expect dabbling ducks, possibly including all three species of teal in the shallow ponds, Black-crowned Night Herons, Common Gallinule and Sora in marshy ponds, shorebirds on the mudflats and diving ducks, including Canvasback, scaup and Common Goldeneyes in the deeper channel of the Napa River. Some of these birds will be fairly distant, so scopes are helpful. All of the areas are accessible by well-maintained, level, gravel or paved trails. We plan a 2.5 mile walk starting from Wetlands Edge Park at 9:00 am. There are picnic tables and a porta-potti at the parking lot there. We’ll plan to return to the park for lunch at the end of the walk.
To reach Wetlands Edge Park in American Canyon, take either I-880 from the Hayward-Fremont area or I-680 and I-780 from the Pleasanton area. In either case, take I-80 north through Vallejo, then Highway 37 west. Turn off in about 2 miles on Highway 29 toward Napa. Follow Highway 29 north for about a mile and a half and turn left on West American Canyon Road. West American Canyon Road ends at Wetlands Edge Drive. Turn right and follow Wetlands Edge Drive until it ends at Eucalyptus. The parking lot is just to the left on Eucalyptus.