David's excursions on the famous northern California coast are an exceptional introduction to the wonderful world of birding.  In addition to learning about birds, your outings will include an interpretation of the natural and human history of the area, wildflowers, trees, geology and whales. If you have an interest, David will incorporate that into your birding tour.
Many people spend a day with David learning the region and getting a crash course on the area’s natural and human history. With David's advice you can plan the rest of your stay at your favorite spots or areas you did not have time for. Locations visited in the Point Reyes area will be determined by weather, seasonal distribution of bird species and participants' interests. Most birding trips will consist of a series of short walks with little difficulty. Many aspects of bird identification and behavior will be covered. Remember, you don't have to be a "birder" to enjoy an excursion to Point Reyes and other nearby areas.

All day tour(eight hours) - $400.00

Half day tour(four hours) - $200.00

 

Birds and Natural History of San Luis Obispo County: The Coast and Interior

February 2019 $190.00

This special tour is sponsored by the California Naturalist. To register contact David directly at calnatureguide@gmail.com.


San Luis Obispo County is one of the most diverse regions in the state. Over 450 species of birds occur here, but our weekend outing will also focus on seals, sea otters and the varied plant communities both on the coast and in the drier interior habitats. Our adventure will begin at Morro Bay State Park where the salt marsh, eelgrass beds, and tidal waters attract brant, ducks, shorebirds, terns, Brown and White Pelicans. The adjacent trees, chaparral, hillsides and grasslands are also habitat for California Thrasher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a variety of warblers, woodpeckers, finches and many other species. Morro Rock, in addition to being a breeding site for Peregrine Falcon, is an iconic landform that harbors other aerial birds. On Saturday, at Montaña de Oro State Park, we will watch oystercatchers and cormorants feed alongside seals, sea lions, and sea otters in wonderfully dramatic rocky headlands. Later, we’ll visit Coon Creek to explore lush riparian and chaparral communities. A late afternoon visit will be made to the incredible Elephant Seal colony at Piedras Blancas. On Sunday, we will head inland where we will bird in the grasslands, alkali wetlands and saltbush of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. This unique preserve, now protected by the Bureau of Land Management, is a large raptor wintering and feeding area where we will look for Burrowing Owl, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon and Ferruginous Hawk. Roadrunner, Pronghorn Antelope, Tule Elk and Badger are some of the other species we hope to encounter. Join us for this fun adventure in a unique corner of the state. Accommodations are not included, but hotel recommendations are available.

 

 

 

 

Estero Trail Discovery Hike
April , 2019

The peak wildflower bloom is always an excellent time to take a rich, eight-mile walk along the Estero Trail to Drake’s Head overlooking Limantour Estero. Pausing to view the diversity of wildflowers and other plants along the trail will give us an opportunity to rest along the way. Of course, we will also stop to view the many grebes, scoters, shorebirds, and other water birds that are migrating and feeding in the rich estuaries. Many land birds will already be in the midst of nesting activity and we will identify them by voice and sight. Join us for a full day of natural history exploration in a less visited part of Point Reyes National Seashore. Expect to hike all day on uneven trails.


 
 
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