The fall is a great time in the Sacramento Valley. Surrounded by rivers, lakes, and farmland, it makes a wonderful place for migrating birds. There are a variety of habitats including woodland, marshes, grasslands, and chaparral. Depending on the weather, we’ll do some short hikes and/or car trips through some of the numerous wildlife areas and farm roads. Some of the birds you might discover are the yellow billed magpie, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk, American kestrel, snow goose, tundra swan, northern harrier, western meadowlark, large flocks of black birds, great and snowy egrets, bald eagle, horned larks, great blue heron, white-faced Ibis, sandhill crane, savannah and white-crowned sparrow, short-eared owl, and many types of swallows, to name a few! Click here for more information about Sacramento birding.
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Sacramento.
Live With a Local
- One or two ambassadors will be hosted in each home in the greater Sacramento area.
- We'll be concentrating on birding and the natural environment, but will also share some of the local history and politics (Sacramento is the state capital).
- You'll have at least one free day to explore the local area which includes gold rush history, great museums, wine tasting (or breweries), and more.
- State Capitol
- Old Town Sacramento
- Local wineries
- Wildlife preserves
- American River
- Local birding sites
As a stopover, we stayed at Sacramento for three nights. The program they prepared was superb...We stayed only short time at Sacramento, but everyone thought we should have planned to have one whole week stay at the club. Wonderful! - Previous ambassador from Japan
Northern California Birding
8 Days / 7 Nights Program and Itinerary:
October 11, 2019 – October 18, 2019
Coordinator: Chris Smith, FF Sacramento
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Oct. 11, 2019
Ambassadors arrive at various times
Oct. 12, 2019
Morning free with hosts
Welcome lunch – Sacramento Spaghetti Factory
Visit State Capitol and Old Sacramento
Yolo Bypass birding then evening bat migration viewing
Pizza for dinner
Oct. 13, 2019
Morning free – possibility of attending church
Lunch and wine tasting at Bogle Vineyards
Cosumnes River Preserve birding in afternoon
Sunset trip to see Sandhill Cranes (snacks, late dinner with hosts)
Oct. 14, 2019
Morning drive to Sutter and Colusa Wildlife Refuge
Lunch at Colusa Indian Casino
Afternoon drive to Delevan and Sacramento Wildlife Refuge
Late dinner with home hosts
Oct. 15, 2019
This would be a good day for ambassadors to take hosts to dinner
Oct. 16, 2019
Early morning at American River
Lake Natoma – Bald Eagle
Dinner with other club members (home-hosted dinners)
Oct. 17, 2019
Back in afternoon, dinner with host families
Oct. 18, 2019
Departure of ambassadors at various times
Know before you go
- Journey number 14272.
- The weather could be cold and rainy, or beautiful in October. Ambassadors should prepare for the rain just in case.
- We'll have some days of hiking on uneven surfaces to see various birds, but mostly it will be in automobiles and hard-packed trails.
- Ambassadors should plan to fly into Sacramento Airport or drive to Sacramento. Anyone flying into San Francisco will need to pay for their own transportation to Sacramento (we can help organize it).
- If you have a spouse or significant other that will be joining you, please let them know they may be “on their own” if they prefer not to join us for the outings.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.