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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:
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.

Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility and Shollenberger Park
Location: Petaluma, CA
Trip Leader(s): Gene Hunn
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: We will start with a close look at the Ellis Creek "Polishing Ponds" (that are "relatively clean but I wouldn't go for a swim in them"), then check the adjacent fields, the riparian corridor along Ellis Creek, and the tide flats towards the Petaluma River. Next we hike over to the Shollenberger dike. The entire area is excellent for wintering waterfowl (possible Blue-winged Teal), rails (four species possible), waders, shorebirds, and sparrows. Expect to hike maybe two or three level miles. DIRECTIONS: Going north on Hwy 101 from Marin, take the second Petaluma exit, which is Route 116 (Lakeville Highway). Go east about one mile to South McDowell Blvd. (4th traffic light) and turn right. At the curve turn right on Cypress and drive straight to the east end. Meet in the parking lot. Bring a lunch. Heavy rains cancels.

Old San Joaquin River, Mountain House Slough, and Clifton Court Forebaty
Location: San Joaquin, Contra Costa, & Alameda Counties
Trip Leader(s): Rich Cimino and Ohlone Audubon Society
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Rich invites us to explore the ponds, river, channels, bay, grassland, and agricultural fields in THREE counties, all in ONE day! Pick up ducks, grebes, swans, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines for your county lists. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Shell service station on Mountain House Parkway at Schulte Road in Tracy. We'll finish up after lunch at 1:00 PM. All are welcome. Contact Rich at yellowbilledtours@gmail.com with questions. WHAT TO BRING: Scopes, lunch, drinks, and a smile! DIRECTIONS: The Shell station is about 30 minutes east of Castro Valley. Take Hwy 580 East, and at the 205 split, stay on Hwy 580 South toward Los Angeles. Shortly after that, take Exit 67, Mountain House Parkway/Patterson Pass Road. Turn left at the end of the ramp to go back over the freeway on Mountain House Parkway to Schulte Road. The Shell station (Subway, snacks, restrooms) will be on your left ahead.

Sacramento Delta Boat Trip
Location: Boat leaves from and returns to the Antioch Marina
Trip Leader(s): David Wimpfheimer
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Start Time: 8:15 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Description: Online signups begin on December 15. Join us aboard Dolphin Charters' River Dolphin for a wonderful day of exploring the richness of the California Delta with naturalist David Wimpfheimer as our guide. Ronn Patterson, a Bay Area historian and naturalist, is captain of the Delphinus and owner of Dolphin Charters. The boat is very comfortable and the outer decks provide views over the levees of the amazing array of birds found in the Delta during the winter. This rich area hosts a wide variety of raptors including Swainson's Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Great Horned Owls. Large numbers of shorebirds, Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans, Snow, Canada and White-fronted Geese, ducks, as well as gulls, terns, bitterns and passerines make the cruise a highlight for birders. Uncommon mammals such as beaver, river otter, and mink often add interest to the cruise. We also will learn about the history, ecology and politics of the levees and the Delta as we travel through its meandering channels. The trip is limited to 25 participants and the cost is $105. Registration and payment for this trip will begin on December 15, 2016, with a final deadline of February 1, 2017. Register on this website, www.marinaudubon.org. Include the name, email address and contact phone number of each participant. TO ASSURE A SPOT FOR YOURSELF, WE RECOMMEND BOOKING YOUR SPACE ON DECEMBER 15 OR SOON THEREAFTER AS THIS IS ALWAYS A POPULAR TRIP. Those confirmed on the trip will receive directions to the Antioch Marina and other instructions the week before the trip.

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