Bird-watching in Marin: A Field Exploration  (summer,2019)

Learn to recognize local birds by sight or sound!  This class is a field exploration of birds and birding localities of Marin County. The first class will meet in the classroom for a slide show and lecture, featuring local seasonal birds, to be followed by a bird-watching walk. All other classes will meet at field sites. An itinerary and directions to field sites will be distributed at the first class meeting.

Fee $168  or  $144 members

For information visit: or call 415-485-9305

Early Fall

Tuesday session:
Orientation and short bird walk: Tuesday, September 10, 9:10 am, 
Field Trips: September 17, 24, October 1, 8  @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wednesday session:
Orientation and short bird walk: Wednesday, September 11, 9:10 am
Field Trips:  September 18,25, October 2, 9 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Late Fall:

Tuesday session:
Orientation and short bird walk: Tuesday, October 22, 9:10 am
Field Trips: Tuesdays October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 8:30 am

Wednesday session:

Orientation and short bird walk: Wednesday, October 23, 9:10am
Field Trips: Wdnesdays October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 8:30am 



Shorebirds of the Bay Area

Every August, thousands of shorebirds descend from their northerly Arctic breeding grounds and pass through the marshes of Coastal California. Learn how to recognize Long-billed Curlews, Black Oystercatchers, Least Sandpipers, and many more shorebirds. We even learn how to tell the adult birds from the juvenile birds. Our first class session will be a slide presentation of shorebirds we will be likely to encounter. . Then we will meet every Saturday at different location where we will be sure to find and study these birds! Bring binoculars, field guide, layered clothing, comfortable shoes, water and lunch.

Lectures: Wednesday and Thursday, August 14 and 15.
Field Trips: Saturday August 17; 11:00am to 3:00
Saturday August 24; 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday August 31; 11:00am to 3:00pm

Field trips are at various time to coincide with favorable tides.

Cost: $125 call 707-823-1511


Birds of Sonoma County

This is an exciting exploration of the tremendous diversity of birds in Sonoma County. This first session will be held in the Sebastopol Community Center for an indoor orientation about the parks we will visit and the birds that we are likely to see. We will then look for birds in the Laguna de Santa Rosa area. All other meetings will meet at the various park locations. Please bring many layers of clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, a packed lunch, water, snacks, binoculars (scopes optional and unnecessary for most destinations), and a field guide (book or phone app). We end each session with a group packed picnic lunch and review by making a bird list together of all species seen that day. All Sonoma County regional parks have an entrance fee of $7.00, buying an annual parks pass is recommended.

Five Mondays: September 16th to October 14th 8:30am to 12:30pm call 707-823-1511



Discovering Birds of Sonoma County – Nature  (fall, 2019)

Learn about the birds that inhabit Sonoma County while exploring local areas. Two evening PowerPoint programs with the first featuring local waterbirds and the other featuring local landbirds. We also have four Saturday field trips at which we explore natural areas and discover the local birdlife. This is a fun way to discover the presence of egrets, hawks, sandpipers, ducks and many more types of birds in our area. Bring layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes, water, snacks, lunch, a field guide and binoculars to the field trips. There may be additional park entrance fees for some field trips. (2 in-class meetings; 4 field trips).

session 1:
Two Thursday Evenings: September 12 and 26.  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday Field Trips: September 14,21,28,October 5, 8:30am to 12:30pm

session 2:
Two Thursday Evenings: October 24 and November 7. 7:00 to 9:00pm
Saturday Field Trips: October 26, November 2,9,16 8:30am to 12:30pm

fee: $85″ or call 707 778-4633

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Shorebirds of the Bay Area

Lecture at Richardson Bay Audubon Center  September 5 @
Field Trip at Bodega Bay Sunday morning September 8, 8:30am to 12:30pm

This will be on the Marin Audubon Society website soon.  Cost per session is $15 each or @20 for both.