Bodega Bay Birding

Friday, September 21, 2018

9:00am to 4:00pm

Sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute

 Bodega Bay and nearby habitats are one of the most popular birding sites in the Bay Area. The tidal mudflats here are habitat for an excellent variety of godwits, smaller sandpipers, plovers and other species. Shorebirds will be the main focus of the day, but we will also enjoy the great variety of loons, grebes, ducks, raptors and land birds.

Fall Migration Immersion

at the Point

Tues., Sept. 25, 2018 - 9:00am to Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 - 3:00pm

Sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute

This special class on bird migration will take place at the Point Reyes Headlands and other sites in the National Seashore. On the first day, a series of short walks may take us to the Lighthouse, the Chimney Rock area, and Drakes Beach. Depending on weather patterns, many migrant warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and other passerines concentrate in the cypress groves and willow thickets in this part of the National Seashore. Ranch ponds and marsh habitat can hold shorebirds, while scoters, loons, grebes and other water birds rest on Drakes Bay. Exploring Point Reyes on weekdays allows us to sample these unique landscapes without many other visitors. We will spend the night in this dramatic setting and watch a digital presentation on the birds of Point Reyes. Tuesday morning could find us visiting some of the same locations, however, we may also take a walk at Abbots Lagoon or another wetland area. The variety of sandpipers, ducks, terns, and other water birds can be dramatic. Many raptors migrate through this rich area as well at this season. Expect to take several hikes throughout the weekend. Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station.

Hamilton Field Wetlands Birding

Friday, September 28, 2018

9:00am to 4:00pm

Sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute

This tidal marsh adjacent to San Francisco Bay it is an especially good habitat for viewing large numbers of migrant and resident shorebirds. Nesting avocets and stilts share the area with migratory godwits, peeps and plovers. Some species here are different from the coastal areas visited previously. Although the focus will be on the identification of shorebirds, we will not ignore the herons, terns, raptors and other birds here. Other nearby sites may be visited as well.

Hidden Habitats of East Marin

Sunday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute

 Many people enjoy birds at Limantour Beach, Drakes Estero and other west Marin sites.  However, there are many less publicized, hidden bird habitats in the eastern part of the county. This class will visit several of them including Bel Marin Keys, Pickleweed Marsh and the newly restored Hamilton Wetlands, focusing on bird identification and distribution.







Down For the Count: Exploring Bird Diversity and Rarities

Sunday, December 16, 2018

9:30am to 3:00pm

Sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute

For almost fifty years the Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been an annual tradition monitoring the winter populations of over two hundred species of birds that winter here. The National Seashore and adjoining areas rank in the top ten of over two thousand counts nationwide in terms of species diversity. This remarkable accomplishment is mostly the result of the wide variety of habitats here. The day after the 2018 count we will enjoy some of this amazing avian diversity and also look for any rarities found on the count. This will be a moderately fast paced day aiming to see a lot of birds, but allowing time to learn bird identification by sight and sound. David compiled the CBC for twenty years and will share information on population trends of the birds of Point Reyes. Learn which birds are more common here than in the past and conversely which are less common.

Winter Birds of

Tomales Bay

Saturday, January 12, 2019

9:00am to 4:00pm

Sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute

Tomales Bay is an important wintering area for thousands of loons, grebes, ducks and other waterbirds. The tidal flats, marshes, rocky shores, and beaches provide diverse feeding areas for raptors, shorebirds and waders. We’ll focus on bird identification and behavior during short and easy walks. Our class begins at the bakery in Tomales and then goes to the mouth of the bay, a dramatic ecosystem. After returning to Tomales we visit habitats along the east shore of the bay, including Cypress Grove Preserve, a research center of Aububon Canyon Ranch, which protects nearly 500 acres of important and diverse lands. The class will end with an overlook of the Giacomini wetlands, one of the largest wetland restoration projects on the California coast and a joint effort of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association and the National Park Service.


Birding 101

Saturday, January 20, 2019
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This class covers the basics of field identification of. birds as well as insights into the use of binoculars, scopes, and field guides. Birding is one of the most popular pastimes in the country.  Come discover why. Enjoy the incredible bird diversity of Point Reyes National Seashore. Coastal estuaries such as Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon are rich feeding areas for huge numbers of waterbirds, raptors and other land birds.

Birds of the Delta; A Natural History Cruise
Sunday, February 3, 2019

sponsored by Marin Audubon Society

Come aboard for a wonderful day exploring the rich habitats of the California Delta system. Our trip will begin in Antioch and we’ll cruise the meandering tidal channels in comfort aboard the River Dolphin with its high viewing platform. We’ll search for shorebirds, raptors and thousands of waterfowl, such as Tundra Swan, Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, numerous ducks and stately Sandhill Cranes that spend the winter in the Delta. In previous years Northern Harrier, White-tailed Kite, Peregrine Falcon and Great Horned Owls have been seen and bitterns are always a special treat. Enjoy a specialized look at the rich natural and human history of the California Delta at a time of year when bird life is abundant.