Field Trips

Field trips Are open to fully vaccinated participants, and are designed to allow for social distancing. Trips will be limited to the number of participants suitable for the location. Registration is required for each trip and will open up 10 days before each event at 8AM.

There will be no waiting lists, and “Drop-ins” will not be allowed at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these complicated “Covid” times!

Our field trips are free to our members and the public, but we greatly appreciate your donations to support our programs and conservation projects! A donation of $35 or more qualifies you for an annual membership at Marin Audubon Society! **New Members Only

Become a Chapter Supporting Member of the Marin Audubon Society starting at $35 a year, or RENEW your membership today! Your membership helps to fund important efforts such as our ongoing habitat restoration projects, the Monarch Rescue Project, our Northern Spotted Owl Outreach program, and of course our monthly field trips and speaker series! We cannot do these important projects, along with our many other efforts, without the support of our dedicated members!

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March 2023

The Ponds at Las Gallinas Sanitary District (LGVSD) – San Rafael

March 2 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Thursday, March 2, 2023
8:30 to 11:30 AM
Birding with Sande and Bob Chilvers

All participants are welcome to join this trip. No registration required.

Beginning birders are especially welcome on the first Thursday of each month for a leisurely walk around the Las Gallinas ponds. Join our friendly leaders as we search for waterfowl, waders, songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds.

Bird enthusiasts of all levels help each other to find and identify the birds, and there are usually several experienced birders to assist. You don’t even have to arrive on time because we spend the first 30 to 60 minutes studying the birds around the first pond and the group is easy to find. Heavy rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101, exit at Smith Ranch Rd. Drive east on Smith Ranch Rd toward McInnis Park. Turn left immediately after crossing the railroad tracks and drive about 0.5 mile through the LGVSD gates and into the parking lot at the end of the road. Meet the group by the bridge just past the parking lot. There is an outhouse in the parking area for public use.

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Birding in Marin – Mt Tam and Corte Madera Marshes

March 4 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Birding in Marin, Season 8 - Trip 3
Saturday, March 4, 2023
8:30 AM to mid-afternoon
Birding with Jim White and Bob Battagin 

CLICK HERE to sign up for this field trip

Registration opens Wednesday, February 22 at 8 AM. Trip limit is 15 fully vaccinated participants. No drop-ins, please. 

Mount Tamalpais, rising like an icon above Marin, hosts some birds uncommonly seen in the rest of the county such as Pileated WoodpeckerRed-breasted NuthatchPurple FinchRed Crossbill, and in the winter, 1 or 2 Townsend’s Solitaire.

About twenty years ago our friend Dave MacKenzie discovered a TOSO feeding on mistletoe berries in some Sargent Cypress trees along the trail to Barth’s retreat and the bird or its children have returned every year since! But the trail, built by the CCC, (California Conservation Corp), back in the 1930s has not withstood the test of time quite as well. So, if you are up for a vigorous though short (3.5 miles) hike, join us to see what we can find.

After our lunch break back at Rock Springs with fine picnic tables and a restroom, we intend to drive down to sea level to look at the Corte Madera marshes. This area is very birdy, so depending on the tidal height, we expect to see a lot of birds there. Wintering shorebirds are gearing up for the return to their arctic nesting grounds, so we may be able to see how Black-bellied Plovers got their name. As the shorebirds molt into their breeding plumage, if we are diligent, we might even be able to tell the two Dowitcher species apart.

DIRECTIONS: Meet at Rock Springs at 8:30 a.m. From Hwy 1 in Stinson Beach or up 3.3 miles from Tam Junction, take Panoramic Dr to its crest then go uphill 1 mile on Pantoll Rd to the Rock Springs parking lot. 

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Rodeo Lagoon – Marin Headlands

March 8 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7:30 AM to noon ** Please note this field trip starts at 7:30 AM not 8:00 AM
Birding with William Legge & David Wiechers 

CLICK HERE to sign up for this field trip

Registration opens February 26 at 8:00 AM. Trip limit is 15. No drop-ins. please.

With early spring migration underway will be looking out for migrant wildfowl, grebes, loons, gulls, and passerines. As usual, the weather will dictate our focus with onshore northwest winds ideal for spring sea watches, while offshore easterly winds promise a good selection of passerine migrants. Join us for a Sea Watch at 7:30 AM or arrive later at 8:30 AM for a circuit of the lagoon.

DIRECTIONS: 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 turn left at the sign to the Marin Headlands; this is the only available left turn before you begin the descent into Sausalito. You should see the tunnel with the five-minute signal 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. 

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Field Trips

Mar 02

The Ponds at Las Gallinas Sanitary District (LGVSD) – San Rafael

MARCH 2 @ 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Thursday, March 2, 2023
8:30 to 11:30 AM
Birding with Sande and Bob Chilvers

All participants are welcome to join this trip. No registration required.

Beginning birders are especially welcome on the first Thursday of each month for a leisurely walk around the Las Gallinas ponds. Join our friendly leaders as we search for waterfowl, waders, songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds.

Bird enthusiasts of all levels help each other to find and identify the birds, and there are usually several experienced birders to assist. You don’t even have to arrive on time because we spend the first 30 to 60 minutes studying the birds around the first pond and the group is easy to find. Heavy rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101, exit at Smith Ranch Rd. Drive east on Smith Ranch Rd toward McInnis Park. Turn left immediately after crossing the railroad tracks and drive about 0.5 mile through the LGVSD gates and into the parking lot at the end of the road. Meet the group by the bridge just past the parking lot. There is an outhouse in the parking area for public use.

Mar 04

Birding in Marin – Mt Tam and Corte Madera Marshes

MARCH 4 @ 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Birding in Marin, Season 8 – Trip 3
Saturday, March 4, 2023
8:30 AM to mid-afternoon
Birding with Jim White and Bob Battagin 

CLICK HERE to sign up for this field trip

Registration opens Wednesday, February 22 at 8 AM. Trip limit is 15 fully vaccinated participants. No drop-ins, please. 

Mount Tamalpais, rising like an icon above Marin, hosts some birds uncommonly seen in the rest of the county such as Pileated WoodpeckerRed-breasted NuthatchPurple FinchRed Crossbill, and in the winter, 1 or 2 Townsend’s Solitaire.

About twenty years ago our friend Dave MacKenzie discovered a TOSO feeding on mistletoe berries in some Sargent Cypress trees along the trail to Barth’s retreat and the bird or its children have returned every year since! But the trail, built by the CCC, (California Conservation Corp), back in the 1930s has not withstood the test of time quite as well. So, if you are up for a vigorous though short (3.5 miles) hike, join us to see what we can find.

After our lunch break back at Rock Springs with fine picnic tables and a restroom, we intend to drive down to sea level to look at the Corte Madera marshes. This area is very birdy, so depending on the tidal height, we expect to see a lot of birds there. Wintering shorebirds are gearing up for the return to their arctic nesting grounds, so we may be able to see how Black-bellied Plovers got their name. As the shorebirds molt into their breeding plumage, if we are diligent, we might even be able to tell the two Dowitcher species apart.

DIRECTIONS: Meet at Rock Springs at 8:30 a.m. From Hwy 1 in Stinson Beach or up 3.3 miles from Tam Junction, take Panoramic Dr to its crest then go uphill 1 mile on Pantoll Rd to the Rock Springs parking lot. 

Mar 08

Rodeo Lagoon – Marin Headlands

MARCH 8 @ 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7:30 AM to noon ** Please note this field trip starts at 7:30 AM not 8:00 AM
Birding with William Legge & David Wiechers 

CLICK HERE to sign up for this field trip

Registration opens February 26 at 8:00 AM. Trip limit is 15. No drop-ins. please.

With early spring migration underway will be looking out for migrant wildfowl, grebes, loons, gulls, and passerines. As usual, the weather will dictate our focus with onshore northwest winds ideal for spring sea watches, while offshore easterly winds promise a good selection of passerine migrants. Join us for a Sea Watch at 7:30 AM or arrive later at 8:30 AM for a circuit of the lagoon.

DIRECTIONS: 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 turn left at the sign to the Marin Headlands; this is the only available left turn before you begin the descent into Sausalito. You should see the tunnel with the five-minute signal 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. 

Field Trips Webinar Recordings Archive

2021

March
Rare Birds of Marin 2020 – by Joseph Zeno, John King, Lucas Corneliuseen and Mark Schulist

February
– GIS Conservation – The Breeding Birds of Marin County – by William Wiskes – CLICK HERE

January
– Marin’s Breeding Birds (How We Know What We Know) by Dave DeSante – CLICK HERE
– 
New Breading Bird Atlas – by Juan Garcia – CLICK HERE

2020

September
– Snowy Plovers: A Natural History, Breeding Biology & Conservation – CLICK HERE
– Pacific Flyway Shorebird Surveys – CLICK HERE

October
– Diurnal Raptors of Marin – CLICK HERE
– The Natural History of Osprey in Marin County – CLICK HERE
– Red-Tales: Hawkish Behaviors and Migratory Stories – CLICK HERE

November
– Improving Habitat for Central Valley Waterbirds – CLICK HERE