Field Trips

Field Trips

Listing of Madrone field trips in Sonoma County and the North Bay, plus other upcoming events.

General Information for All Events

The field trips are free, open to the public and suitable for all levels of interest. No sign-up is required. Bring your binoculars, field guide, liquids, plus lunch for full-day trips; wear layered clothing, hats, and sun protection. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots recommended. Heavy rain cancels the walks unless otherwise indicated. Prior notification of attendance is not required. Participants of all experience levels are welcome and may join or leave the group at any time during the day.

For more information, contact Gordon Beebe gdbeebe@earthlink.net 707-583-3115

Field trips are listed by date, starting with the soonest first.

Sonoma County Regional Parks and RROS both have field trips for birders too. For their field trip information, as well as other Bay Area calendars, click here


Willow Creek Rd, Duncan's Mills, Cassini Ranch Saturday, Jun 10 Willow Creek Rd, Duncan's Mills, Cassini Ranch Saturday, Jun 10
Location: Highway 1 and Highway 116 junction near Jenner
Trip Leader(s): Leader: Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Meet at the junction of Highway 1 and 116, at the triangular parking area at the stop sign near the north end of the Russian River Bridge on Highway 1 (Coast Highway). We will carpool to rural Willow Creek Rd, then walk sections of the road, covering riparian and chapparal/grassland habitats. Bring lunch for Duncans Mills, with a final stop at Cassini Ranch for Wood Ducks.

Salmon Creek Rd, Saturday, Jun 17 Salmon Creek Rd, Saturday, Jun 17
Location: Salmon Creek Rd at Bodega Highway
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Another beautiful rural road in Sonoma County, with riparian, grassland, and mixed forest habitats. Meet on Salmon Creek Road at the corner of Bodega Highway, in the town of Bodega (not Bodega Bay). If possible, please carpool before arriving in the town of Bodega, as there is very limited space on Salmon Creek Rd. We will then combine into as few cars as possible. Leader: Gordon Beebe, 583-3115.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Jun 21 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Jun 21
Location: Cypress Day Use Area in Doran County Park at Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Tom McCuller, t.sisyphus@comcast.net 707-546-1812
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Description: To meet the group, take Doran Park Road from Hwy. 1 at the southern end of Bodega Bay harbor, then enter Doran County Park (a Sonoma County park permit or $7 entrance fee is required). Continue 0.5 miles past the park entrance to the parking lot of the Cypress Day Use Area on the left side of the road. After birding Doran Park, the group will search the harbor and adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

Willow Creek Rd, and Goat Rock Saturday, Jul 15 Willow Creek Rd, and Goat Rock Saturday, Jul 15
Location: Junction of Highway 1 and 116 (see details)
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 707 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Meet at the junction of Highway 1 and 116, at the triangular dirt parking area by the stop sign at the north end of the Russian River Bridge on Highway 1 (Coast Highway). We will carpool to Willow Creek Rd, then walk sections of the road, covering riparian and chapparal/grassland habitats. Next, we will visit Goat Rock State Park. Bring lunch.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Jul 19 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Jul 19
Location: Cypress Day Use Area in Doran County Park at Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Tom McCuller, t.sisyphus@comcast.net, 546-1812
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Description: To meet the group, take Doran Park Road from Hwy. 1 at the southern end of Bodega Bay harbor, then enter Doran County Park (a Sonoma County park permit or $7 entrance fee is required). Continue 0.5 miles past the park entrance to the parking lot of the Cypress Day Use Area on the left side of the road. After birding the Doran Park area, the group will search the harbor and adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

Willow Creek Rd, Goat Rock State Park Saturday, Aug 12 Willow Creek Rd, Goat Rock State Park Saturday, Aug 12
Location: Junction of Highway 1 and 116 (see details)
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 707 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Meet at the junction of Highway 1 and 116, at the triangular dirt parking area by the stop sign at the north end of the Russian River Bridge on Highway 1 (Coast Highway). We will carpool to Willow Creek Rd, then walk sections of the road, covering riparian and chapparal/grassland habitats. Next, we will visit Goat Rock State Park. Bring lunch.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Aug 16 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Aug 16
Location: Cypress Day Use Area in Doran County Park at Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Tom McCuller, t.sisyphus@comcast.net, 707-546-1812
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Description: To meet the group, take Doran Park Road from Hwy. 1 at the southern end of Bodega Bay harbor, then enter Doran County Park (a Sonoma County park permit or $7 entrance fee is required). Continue 0.5 miles past the park entrance to the parking lot of the Cypress Day Use Area on the left side of the road. After birding the Doran Park area, the group will search the harbor and adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

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