Bird watchers
The unCommon Marin Birdwatcher, seen here in its winter plumage, often gathers in flocks at the sides of local ponds around Marin County. Photo Maggie Rufo

Field Trips

Marin Audubon Field Trips are open to the public. Bring lunch, field guide, and binoculars.

Information & Questions:
Email:
Phone: 559-760-1551

Currently scheduled upcoming field trips are listed here by date in ascending order (i.e., soonest first). For a complete list of all past and currently scheduled field trips click here.

Birding in Marin Third Saturday Field Trip Series:  Jim White and Bob Battagin have graciously offered to lead a trip for Marin Audubon on the third Saturday of every month for 12 months. These trips are included in the list below. Click here for the complete list.

Abbotts Lagoon
Location: Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Rusty Scalf
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Those of you following recent reports on North Bay Birds will have noticed the return of migrant shorebirds to our area. Rusty Scalf will lead this trip to Abbotts Lagoon in search of recent returnees, perhaps a Baird's Sandpiper! Join us and tell your birding friends about this trip since it was not included in our last newsletter. Dress in layers, bring hat, sunscreen, lunch, and water. Bathrooms are available at the Abbotts Lagoon parking lot. Directions: From San Anselmo, take Sir Francis Drake Blvd (SFDB) to Olema. From Olema continue north on Hwy 1 (SFDB), take the second left turn (SFDB west), continue through Inverness, turn right (north) onto Pierce Point Road and keep driving until you come to the Abbotts Lagoon parking lot on the left (west) where our group will gather.

Limantour Beach and Estero, No. 8, Birding in Marin Series
Location: Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Jim White and Bob Battagin
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: August will find Jim and Bob exploring Limantour Beach and Estero. We will meet at the Limantour parking lot in the Point Reyes National Seashore where there are restrooms and ample parking. We intend to hike up the beach until we find Snowy Plovers, Brant and the declining White-winged Scoters. We will walk back on the Estero side expecting to see more shorebirds and ducks. After lunch (bring your own) we intend to walk a ways up the Sky Trail to look for fir forest birds. Directions: Take Sir Francis Drake to Bear Valley Road south of Inverness Park, then take Limantour Road southwest to its end at the parking lot about 7 miles.

Farallon Islands Boat Trip -- Marin Audubon Members Only
Location: From Clipper Yacht Harbor, Sausalito, Calif
Trip Leader(s): David Wimpfheimer
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Description: Join us for our annual day of seabird and marine mammal watching as we head out to the Farallon Islands and offshore waters. This trip will be led by Naturalist David Wimpfheimer aboard Jim Robertson's power catamaran Outer Limits. On past trips we have sighted more than fourteen pelagic bird species, including albatrosses, shearwaters and auklets, as well as many sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and whales. We will get an up close look at the islands and learn about their interesting natural and human history. This is a trip that both experienced and first-time birders and nature lovers will enjoy. The cost will be $120 per person with registration limited to Marin Audubon members. If you are not already a member, you may join at the time you sign up. Online registration for this trip will begin August 1, 2017, so mark this date on your calendar as a reminder to sign up then. You will register at www.marinaudubon.org. Include the name, email address and contact phone number of each participant. There is always a chance the trip may need to be rescheduled at the last minute due to sea conditions, so we need to be able to reach participants. We will send an email to participants a few days before the trip. Please sign up early, as we will limit the number of participants. Be prepared for any kind of weather with layered clothing. A rain jacket and pants are essential no matter what the weather on shore. Take seasick medication if needed. If you get seasick easily, this is not the trip for you. We will be on the boat all day. Bring lunch, snacks, water and plenty of sunscreen. Directions: Take Hwy. 101 to the Marin City/Sausalito exit, head south on Bridgeway, take a left on Harbor Drive and proceed to the parking area at the end. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot to check in before boarding.

Bodega Bay to Cordell Banks Pelagic Trip -- Marin Audubon Members Only
Location: From Port O Bodega, Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Steve Howell & Friends
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Description: Join Steve Howell and his capable team of spotters including Lisa Hug, Keith Hansen, Mark Dettling, and Ryan DiGaudio as we head out to the Cordell Bank in search of seabirds, marine mammals, and other forms of sea life. We will travel on Rick Power's Sea Angler, a 65 foot fishing charter boat suitable for birding. Our plan is to navigate towards the Bodega Canyon and then travel south across the Cordell Bank--one of the best locations along the west coast for finding seabirds and whales. Both experienced and beginning birders are likely to enjoy this trip. The cost will be $140 per person with the trip limited to Marin Audubon members only. If you are not already a member, you may join at the time you sign up. Online registration will begin August 1, 2017, so mark this date on your calendar as a reminder to sign up. We expect all spaces to fill quickly. On August 1st we will post a link here to register. Include the name, email address, and contact phone number of each participant. There is always a chance the trip may need to be rescheduled at the last minute due to sea conditions, so we need to be able to reach participants. As the trip date approaches, we will send an email with additional trip information. Be prepared for any kind of weather with layered clothing. A rain jacket and pants are essential no matter what the weather on shore. Take seasick medication if needed. You will be on the boat all day. Bring lunch, snacks, water, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Directions: Head north on Highway 101 from the town of Bodega Bay. Continue past the fire station and the Tides' Wharf in Bodega Bay. Turn left on Eastshore Road and head downhill to the port.

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