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American Canyon Wetlands with Lucas & Mark Stephenson
July 9, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday, May 9, 2020
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Youth Birder Lucas Stephenson will lead this fun trip to the American Canyon Wetlands that hosts species from the unique habitats found in American Canyon: Grassy Fields and Eucalyptus Groves, to the Tidal Mudflats and the Bay. The Wetlands are home to a diverse number of birds from Merlins and Peregrine Falcons, to Burrowing Owls, Marsh Wrens, Sora and Virginia Rails, migrating Black-bellied Plovers, Long-billed Curlews, Barrow’s Golden Eyes, and possibly even a Long-tailed Duck! Last year with Lucas, our group spotted an impressive 88 species! As per usual with Lucas and his Dad, we will be on the lookout for new local species of interest.
This trip will involve a 1½ – 2-mile level, paved walk out to the Bay and back. For those wishing to find Burrowing Owls, we may hike an extra mile around the landfill where Lucas has spotted up to 4 owls at one time. Participants may wish to picnic afterward at tables near the parking lot. The trip will be cancelled only in the event of heavy rain.
Directions: From San Rafael, take Highway 101 North to Highway 37 East, to Highway 29 North. Exit at Rio Del Mar (at the 7-Eleven and opposite the Holiday Inn Express). Take an immediate right before the 7-Eleven onto Eucalyptus Drive and follow it to the end where there is a parking lot for American Canyon Wetlands and the Bay Trail.