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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:

(415) 299-2514

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

Abbotts Lagoon
Location: Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Jim White and Bob Battagin
Host: Vicky Van Meter,, 415-299-2514
Start Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM
Description: August will find Jim and Bob exploring Abbotts Lagoon. Arctic nesting shorebirds begin arriving here in late July, the adults having left the juveniles to find their own way south. We will search the shores of the outer lagoon and scope the ocean for shearwaters and such. We may be a bit early for juvenile Baird's or Pectoral Sandpipers but a Semipalmated Sandpiper likely lurks with the Western and Least Sandpipers and something may surprise us. Directions: Allowing about an hour and a half travel time from San Rafael follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd (SFDB) to Olema. From Stinson Beach go north on Hwy 1 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 Abbott’s Lagoon parking lot on the left (west) where our group will gather.

Farallon Islands Boat Trip
Location: Depart from Clipper Yacht Harbor, Sausalito
Trip Leader(s): David Wimpfheimer
Host: Vicky Van Meter,, 415-299-2514
Start Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
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. The outing 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 albatross, 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 $110 per person. (No children under 12.) This year you can register online and purchase tickets here.

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