Baja: West Coast and Sea of Cortez
March 26 - April 6, 2019
This is one of my favorite tours and I’ve enjoyed leading it for the Oceanic Society and Wild Wings for over twenty years. Simply put, the Pacific coastal zones of the Baja peninsula and Sea of Cortez are feeding and migratory regions for the greatest variety of whales, dolphins and other cetaceans on the planet. Blue, Humpback, Fin, Sperm and Bryde’s Whales some of the cetaceans we encounter. This tour includes two days in San Ignacio Lagoon, an extraordinry habitat where Gray Whale mothers approach our skiffs with their young calves, often close enough to touch. Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri’s Murrelet, Blue-footed and Brown Booby are some of the many seabirds seen on this expedition. In total over 120 species of birds are usually seen including Reddish Egret, Xantus’ Hummingbird, Gray Thrasher, Black-throated Sparrow and Pyrrhuloxia. Although diverse wildlife, wonderful snorkeling and rocky, desert landscapes are awesome this special tour offers a unique opportunity to escape to tranquil sites far from the stresses of modern civilization.
This cruise is sponsored by Wild Wings.
Mono Lake: Birds and Natural History
July , 2019
sponsored by the Mono Lake Committee
This field seminar will concentrate on the identification and ecology of birds that breed in the Mono Basin and others that migrate by Mono Lake during the summer. In sagebrush meadows and riparian and montane forests, the class will explore a number of sites, mixing short leisurely walks with periods of observation and natural history discussion. Woodpeckers, corvids, flycatchers, warblers, and other passerines display fascinating, varied behaviors. However, a major focus will be Mono Lake and other wetlands where phalaropes and other shorebirds feed.a.
Exploring the Tomales Bay Watershed
Tomales Bay is one of the most productive and dynamic estuaries on the California coast. This class will be a unique opportunity to explore the watershed from its headwaters to the terminus of Lagunitas Creek as it flows into the bay. Our first walk will be on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais. The firs and oaks here are the home of Black-throated Gray Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker and Calypso Orchid. Our second creek walk will be below Alpine Lake through a riparian canyon. Another walk along the creek is near Samuel P Taylor State Park where the creek now flows widely by large alder, willow and maple trees. Redwoods tower above the side canyons here. Our final walk will be to a point overlooking the Giacomini wetlands where Lagunitas Creek flows into Tomales Bay. There are few watersheds such as this where one can travel from the headwaters to its tidal mouth in a relatively small area. Come join us to explore these unique and diverse sites that are joined by the waters flowing through them.
Join David as he takes a small group to explore the birds and other wildlife in Madagascar.