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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 all past and currently scheduled field trips click here.

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.

No. 3, Birding in Marin Series
Location: Carson Ridge/Pine Mountain, Cascade Dam/Kent Lake
Trip Leader(s): Jim White and Bob Battagin
Host: Vicky Van Meter, vicky.vanmeter@gmail.com, 415-299-2514 or Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Join Jim and Bob on the July walk to explore the watershed north of Mt. Tam. The walk will begin at the Carson Ridge trailhead on the Fairfax-Bolinas Road. We will hike up to Pine Mt. and back (3 mi). We may then drive to nearby Bon Tempe Lake or Cascade Dam on Alpine Lake for an additional walk. Bring plenty of water, hat and sunscreen as the Carson Ridge hike can be warm in summer. Directions: Take Hwy 101 to San Rafael, and take Central San Rafael exit. Head west on 4th street to proceed to San Anselmo and then turn right on Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax. Turn left on Pacheco Rd. Take an immediate right on Broadway, then first left on Bolinas Rd. Drive 3.8 miles on Bolinas Rd to the top of the ridge, passing the golf course half way. On the right side is the gated Pine Mountain Rd.; there is a large parking area on the left side of the road.

No. 4, Birding in Marin Series
Location: Abbotts Lagoon, Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Jim White and Bob Battagin
Host: Vicky Van Meter, vicky.vanmeter@gmail.com, 415-299-2514 or Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 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.

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