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:
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.

Rodeo Lagoon
Location: Marin Headlands
Trip Leader(s): William Legge and David Wiechers
Host: Jane Medley,, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Join William and David for a morning of birding at Rodeo Lagoon. This is their "patch" and we are likely to see over 60 species. With large numbers of birds moving through the area this time of year, it's sure to be interesting with unusual sightings a definite possibility. We will be targeting Parastic Jaeger, migrating shorebirds, warblers, and other passerines. We will begin the morning with a Sea Watch at 8 AM. Those arriving late may join us at 9 AM for a circuit of the Lagoon. Directions: Five-Minute Tunnel: Head south on Hwy 101 and take the last Sausalito exit just before the Golden Gate Bridge. At the exit stop sign, turn right and go under the freeway, then follow the road down to the left. Within 300 feet you see a left turn signposted to the Marin Headlands (this is the only available left turn before you begin the descent into Sausalito). You should see a tunnel with a five-minute light. Proceed through the tunnel on Bunker Road to the Rodeo Lagoon Parking Lot at the end and meet by the bridge over the channel to the beach.

Farallon Islands Boat Trip
Location: Boat Departs from Clipper Yacht Harbor, Sausalito
Trip Leader(s): David Wimpfheimer
Host: Jane Medley,, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Description: This trip is full. Please contact Jane Medley for waitlist information. 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 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. There is always a chance the trip may need to be rescheduled at the last minute due to sea conditions. We will send an email to participants a few days before the trip.

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