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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.

Outer Point Vagrants (West Marin)
Location: Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Peter Colasanti
Host: Vicky Van Meter, vicky.vanmeter@gmail.com, 415-299-2514 or Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: We will meet at Whitehouse Pool and bird the area as the group gathers. The first two weeks of June is coastal vagrant season. Peter promises to bring along somebody with great ears who can recognize displaced chip notes. Our itinerary for the day will depend on what has been happening in the area. Directions: From Hwy 101 in Larkspur, take the Sir Francis Drake exit 20.4 miles to Olema. Turn right onto Hwy 1 and go 2 miles. Before the green bridge, turn left (continuing on Sir Francis Drake Blvd) and follow 0.7 mile. Look for the White House Pool sign on the right.

Muddy Hollow Trail - Point Reyes
Location: Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Dan Singer
Host: Vicky Van Meter, vicky.vanmeter@gmail.com, 415-299-2514 or Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM
Description: Join Dan for a walk in West Marin. We will meet in the big lot at the Bear Valley Visitors Center where bathrooms are available and we can arrange carpools. We will then carpool to the Muddy Hollow trailhead. We will bird along the 1.8 mile trail and return back along the same route. Be prepared for any kind of weather and bring lunch and water. Directions to Bear Valley Visitor Center: From Point Reyes Station, continue south on Hwy 1 about 2.5 miles. Look for a brown "Point Reyes National Seashore" sign just beyond the Olema RV Resort & Campground. If you get to a flashing red light, you’ve gone 100 yards too far. Turn right onto Bear Valley Road and head west about ½ mile. Look for a big red barn on the left and a sign for "Visitor Center" on the right. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

No. 2 Birding in Marin Series
Location: Five Brooks and Bear Valley, 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, June 20, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Join Jim and Bob on this trip as part of their year-long series of Marin walks. We will meet at Five Brooks to walk the trail. We have a chance of finding Wood Ducks and other pond-nesting birds at the retired logging pond. We will also look for birds in the Douglas Fir forest. We will then travel to Bear Valley where there is a fine place to picnic under an Acorn Woodpecker granary. Walks on the earthquake trail and to the Miwok village Kule Loku will add to our knowledge of nesting birds. Directions; Meet at the Five Brooks parking area which is 1/4 mi west of Highway 1, 5 miles N of Stinson or 4 mi S of Olema. From US 101 take Sir Francis Drake for about 20 miles. Turn left onto CA 1 and drive about 3 miles to the signed entrance on the right side of the road.

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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