Bufferlands Calendar of Events

2020 Calendar of Events & Activities

Overview

Each year, the Bufferlands plays host to public tours and events that offer unique opportunities to get close to nature.

Click on the links below to get a full description of the adventures that lie in store for you!

PLEASE NOTE: Utilizing COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, and Sacramento County Public Health, we have made the decision to cancel our events for April. Regional San is supportive of social distancing measures, and cancelling these events is one action we are taking to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.

We apologize for any inconvenience. As of right now, we anticipate facilitating these events again in May; however, this continues to be a dynamic and fluid situation.

January 14, 2020 Bufferlands Evening Talk
February 2, 2020 Introduction to Bufferlands Birds
March 14, 2020 Rookery Tour
April 11, 2020 Creek Week – Birds and Blooms Tour—Cancelled
April 15, 2020 Bufferlands Evening Talk—Cancelled
May 16, 2020 Walk on the Wildside
June 6, 2020 Open Trail Day
June 11, 2020 Twilight on the Bufferlands
July 15, 2020 Twilight on the Bufferlands
August 13, 2020 Twilight on the Bufferlands
September 19, 2020 Twilight on the Bufferlands
October 3, 2020 Bufferlands History Tour
October 24, 2020 Open Trail Day
November 7, 2020 Tones of Fall
December 5, 2020 Wetlands and Waterfowl

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Open Trail Day

This walk is through a beautiful old riparian forest with oak trees over 300 years old. Bring a camera or binoculars, as there are always plenty of birds to see this time of year, including the endangered Swainson’s hawks. Many other raptors are typically soaring in the area, as well. In addition, the riparian trees and understory are in full foliage and beauty.

Each person will be required to sign in with a Bufferlands biologist on  arrival to receive maps and other information.

Directions: From Sacramento, take I-5 or Highway 99 to Cosumnes River Blvd. Drive west to Freeport Blvd (at the Sacramento river). Drive south on Freeport Blvd, past the small town of Freeport and past the Bartley Cavanaugh golf course. Turn left exactly opposite Cliff’s Marina. Follow signs down gravel road to parking area. Walk to sign-in area for maps and other information.

For more information, please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour, participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com to confirm your reservation and meeting location. Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour, participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com to confirm your reservation and meeting location. Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Please contact Chris Conard at conardc@sacsewer.com to confirm your reservation and meeting location.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Please contact Chris Conard at conardc@sacsewer.com to confirm your reservation and meeting location. Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Bufferlands History Tour

Join us as we tour the historic properties on the Bufferlands. We will visit the gold-rush era Sims Ranch, one of the pioneering homesteads in the Elk Grove area. We will also visit the restored Nicolaus Dairy, with the 2-story farmhouse, milk barn, chicken house and display gardens.

To confirm your reservation and meeting location, please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com . Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Open Trail Day

Come enjoy the Upper Beach Lake wildlife area at your own pace. Over five miles of trails will be marked and open to stroll around the wetlands, lakes, and riparian forests in this beautiful part of the Sacramento area. Bring a camera and binoculars, as there are always plenty of birds to see this time of year and many plants will be showing fall colors. A time of transition, waterfowl and other wintering birds will be arriving, while summer residents may still be present. Mammal sightings could range from jack rabbits and deer to beavers and river otters.

Each person will be required to sign in with a Bufferlands biologist on  arrival to receive maps and other information. Access will be the same as for Walk on the Wildside, via Freeport Boulevard into Beach Lake Park (directions here).

Please check back here for updates and details.

For more information, please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Tones of Fall

Each fall, the riparian forests and wetlands change colors from lush greens to the familiar shades of autumn. Many species of wildlife leave the area, while many others come into the valley to spend the winter. Come see and listen as our biologists explain the physiological and ecological reasons behind these changes.

The meeting location is weather-dependent, so please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com to confirm your reservation and meeting location. Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Wetlands and Waterfowl

Come visit our Fishhead Lake mitigation wetlands as we look for waterfowl and other wetland birds and mammals. Hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks and geese fly into the Sacramento region each fall. Our small wetland is an important place for waterfowl to rest and forage. We typically see northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, mallards, northern shovelers, gadwall, and a host of other water birds.

The meeting location is weather-dependent, so please contact Roger Jones at jonesro@sacsewer.com to confirm your reservation and meeting location. Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

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