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:
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.

Farallon Islands Boat Trip
Location: From Clipper Yacht Harbor, Sausalito, Calif
Trip Leader(s): David Wimpfheimer
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
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. This trip 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. This trip is open to Marin Audubon members only. (If you are not a member yet, please sign up on our Membership page.) The cost will be $120 per person with online registration available at www.marinaudubon.org. Include the name, email address and contact phone number of each participant. There is always a chance the trip may need to be rescheduled at the last minute due to sea conditions, so we need to be able to reach participants. We will send an email to participants a few days before the trip. Please sign up early, as we will limit the number of participants. Be prepared for any kind of weather with layered clothing. A rain jacket and pants are essential no matter what the weather on shore. Take seasick medication if needed. If you get seasick easily, this is not the trip for you. We will be on the boat all day. Bring lunch, snacks, water and plenty of sunscreen. Directions: Take Hwy. 101 to the Marin City/Sausalito exit, head south on Bridgeway, take a left on Harbor Drive and proceed to the parking area at the end. We will meet on the south side of the parking lot to check in before boarding.
Link: http://marinaudubon.org/events-farallones-boat-trip-tickets.php

Outer Point Vagrants
Location: Point Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Peter Colasanti
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: We will meet Peter at White House Pool and bird the area as the group gathers. Our plan for the day will depend on what birds have been seen in the area. Point Reyes has proven to be one of the greatest migrant traps on our continent with more than half of all North American birds (at least 490 species) seen there. So come help us find something rare and unexpected! This time of year, as Rich Stallcup said, "The Outer Point never gets old. It's never the same. For some of us a year made up of 12 Septembers would be nice." 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 drive 0.7 mile. Look for the White House Pool sign and parking lot on the right.

Cordell Bank Pelagic Trip
Location: From Port O Bodega, Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Steve Howell & Friends
Host: Jane Medley, janermedley@gmail.com, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Description: This trip is full contact Jane Medley for wait list information. How would YOU like to see Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Fulmars, Petrels, Skuas, Jaegers, Murrelets, Auklets, and MORE, plus a variety of marine mammal species ALL ON THE SAME DAY? If that sounds like an opportunity you don't want to miss, sign up now for Marin Audubon's first annual pelagic trip to the Cordell Bank, a rocky undersea bank 22 miles west of the Point Reyes headlands. The combination of ocean conditions and undersea topography in this marine sanctuary creates a rich and diverse marine community that you are able to visit for the day with no extensive, difficult expedition required. Our guide, Steve Howell, and his capable team of spotters including Lisa Hug, Alan Hopkins, Mark Dettling, and Ryan DiGaudio are pelagic experts eager to help participants identify whatever swims or flies by. We will travel on Rick Power's Sea Angler, a 65 foot fishing charter boat suitable for birding. Both experienced and beginning birders are invited to join this trip to one of the west coast's best locations for birds and whales. The cost will be $140 per person with the trip limited to Marin Audubon members. If you are not already a member, you may join at the time you sign up. We expect all spaces to fill quickly. Register online at www.marinaudubon.org. Include the name, email address, and contact phone number of each participant. There is always a chance the trip may need to be rescheduled at the last minute due to sea conditions, so we need to be able to reach participants. As the trip date approaches, we will send an email with additional trip information. Be prepared for any kind of weather with layered clothing. A rain jacket and pants are essential no matter what the weather on shore. Take seasick medication if needed. You will be on the boat all day. Bring lunch, snacks, water, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Directions: Head north on Highway 101 from the town of Bodega Bay. Continue past the fire station and the Tides' Wharf in Bodega Bay. Turn left on Eastshore Road and head downhill to the port.
Link: http://marinaudubon.org/events-bodega-bay-to-cordell-banks-pelagic-trip-tickets.php

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