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.

Big Rock & Las Gallinas , No. 7, Birding in Marin Series
Location: San Rafael, CA
Trip Leader(s): Jim White and Bob Battagin
Host: Jane Medley,, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Trails at Big Rock, while rather steep, allow us to view some of the expansive grasslands and forested ravines in Marin. Some of the grassland nesting birds we will be looking for include Lazuli Buntings, Lark Sparrows, Western Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrows, Horned Larks, and Ash-throated Flycatchers. We will also have a vast amount of sky visible so that swallows, swifts, and raptors may appear with a chance for a Golden Eagle. Plus we will be looking for the rare, brilliantly hued Indigo Bunting, if the colorful male returns again to this area to attempt nesting. At midday we expect to drive Lucas Valley Road to Las Gallinas where we will be looking for American and Least Bitterns, Green Heron, Common Gallinule, and Great-tailed Grackle. Directions: From Highway 101 in San Rafael, exit on Lucas Valley Road and go west approximately 5.5 miles (look for the big rock). We will be walking approximately 3 miles. Since this area can get quite hot in the summer, be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen as well as carry plenty of water.

Limantour Beach and Estero, No. 8, Birding in Marin Series
Location: Pt Reyes National Seashore
Trip Leader(s): Jim White and Bob Battagin
Host: Jane Medley,, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: August will find Jim and Bob exploring Limantour Beach and Estero. We will meet at the Limantour parking lot in the Point Reyes National Seashore where there are restrooms and ample parking. We intend to hike up the beach until we find Snowy Plovers, Brant and the declining White-winged Scoters. We will walk back on the Estero side expecting to see more shorebirds and ducks. After lunch (bring your own) we intend to walk a ways up the Sky Trail to look for fir forest birds. Directions: Take Sir Francis Drake to Bear Valley Road south of Inverness Park, then take Limantour Road southwest to its end at the parking lot about 7 miles.

Bodega Bay to Cordell Banks Pelagic Trip -- Marin Audubon Members Only
Location: From Port O’Bodega, Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Steve Howell & Friends
Host: Jane Medley,, 559-760-1551
Start Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Description: Join Steve Howell and his capable team of spotters including Lisa Hug, Keith Hansen, Mark Dettling, and Ryan DiGaudio as we head out to the Cordell Bank in search of seabirds, marine mammals, and other forms of sea life. We will travel on Rick Power's Sea Angler, a 65 foot fishing charter boat suitable for birding. Our plan is to navigate towards the Bodega Canyon and then travel south across the Cordell Bank--one of the best locations along the west coast for finding seabirds and whales. Both experienced and beginning birders are likely to enjoy this trip. The cost will be $140 per person with the trip limited to Marin Audubon members only. If you are not already a member, you may join at the time you sign up. Online registration will begin August 1, 2017, so mark this date on your calendar as a reminder to sign up. We expect all spaces to fill quickly. On August 1st we will post a link here to register. 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.

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