Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary

Sacramento, California 95837

Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary

Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary Professional Review and Guide

"Rustic paths lead through a wildlife sanctuary on the banks of the Feather River, where you’ll share the trail with foxes, deer, and a complete Audubon guidebook of birds."

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"Rustic paths lead through a wildlife sanctuary on the banks of the Feather River, where you’ll share the trail with foxes, deer, and an entire Audubon guidebook of birds. Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary protects a long, narrow strip of riparian habitat and oak woodland on the western banks of the Feather River. About 2.5 miles in length, a third of a mile wide, and totaling 430 acres, the ecological preserve is relatively tiny. But with frontage on the river and a wildlife population of amazing variety, it packs a scenic wallop. Since this is an Audubon Society site located on the Pacific Flyway, you would expect to encounter a huge population of both resident and migratory birds. You won’t be disappointed. But the wilderness feel of the place is unexpected. The Feather River is broad and unfettered here, weaving through sandbars and deposits of river rock and skimmed by blinding-white great egrets and clusters of diving ducks. The maples sport leaves of prehistoric size, large enough that you could wear one as a mask, completely hiding your face. Fields of sinuous tule crowd sections of the route and erupt from the trailbeds themselves, a bounty that would have kept local Indians well stocked in materials for basket weaving."

"Bobelaine is 430 acres of riparian forest, owned by the National Audubon Society and managed by the Sacramento Audubon Society. Signs warn against the possibility that limbs from trees killed in the 1992 fire may break off with no warning, or even that an entire tree may fall. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Yellowbilled Magpie, Western Bluebird. Summer—Western Wood-Pewee, Ashthroated Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole. Migrants—Willow Flycatcher; Black-throated Gray and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"Rustic paths lead through a wildlife sanctuary on the banks of the Feather River, where you’ll share the trail with foxes, deer, and an Audubon guidebook of birds.

Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary encompasses a linear strip of riparian habitat and oak woodland on the western banks of the Feather River. About 2.5 miles in length, a third of a mile wide, and totaling 430 acres, the ecological preserve is small; but with frontage on the river and a wildlife population of amazing variety, it packs a scenic wallop."

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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
4.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round. Winter, spring, and fall for bird watching; spring for wildflowers; fall for color.
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Sacramento Audubon Society, PO Box 160694, Sacramento 95816-0694; www .sacramentoaudubon .org. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for society officials are available on the website.
Local Contacts
USGS Nicolaus CA; Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary map available at the preserve (when the mailbox next to the interpretive board is stocked) and online at www .sacramentoaudubon .org/ bobelainesanctuary .html
Local Maps