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

NEW! Map to White House Pool (for Point Reyes field trip).


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


Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Jan 17 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Jan 17
Location: Doran Park - Cypress Day Use Area
Trip Leader(s): Tom McCuller, t.sisyphus@comcast.net, 707-546-1812
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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 and follow signs to 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 nearby seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

Lake Sonoma - Saturday,  Jan 20 Lake Sonoma - Saturday, Jan 20
Location: Lake Sonoma Visitor Center
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Our first Saturday walk of the year. We frequently see a good variety of birds, including Wood Duck, Merganser, riparian species, and more on this trip. Meet at the Lake Sonoma Visitor Center below the dam. From Highway 101 north of Healdsburg, take Canyon Road to Dry Creek Road, then Rockpile Road to the Center. Lunch optional.

Snow Goose Festival, Jan 24-28 (not a Madrone event) Snow Goose Festival, Jan 24-28 (not a Madrone event)
Location: Chico, CA
Trip Leader(s): Jon L. Dunn, author of Nat Geo guide to Birds
Host: Altacal Audubon Society
Start Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
End Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Start Time: [not specified]
End Time: [not specified]
Description: This action-packed 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. Choose from over 70 field trips and workshops that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of interests. Our workshops offer something for everyone! Free nature activities are offered for youth as well as armchair adventures for all. Special Guest & Keynote Speaker: Jon L. Dunn, chief consultant and author of all seven editions of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and a birding tour leader for over 30 years. Register online at the link below.
Link: http://www.snowgoosefestival.org

Bodega Bay, Saturday, Feb 3 Bodega Bay, Saturday, Feb 3
Location: Porto Bodega Harbor, Bodega Bay
Trip Leader(s): Leader: Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: We will explore one of Sonoma County’s richest bird areas, looking for wintering shorebirds, waterfowl, and landbirds. From the center of the town of Bodega Bay, drive north on Highway 1. Turn left at East Shore Road (the Bodega Head turnoff), then go straight at the stop sign at the bottom of the hill to Porto Bodega. We will carpool from the large dirt parking lot.

Hudeman Slough, Saturday, Feb. 17 Hudeman Slough, Saturday, Feb. 17
Location: Hudeman Slough
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: We will walk out on the levees surrounding the ponds to view waterbirds, hawks, and more. Meet at the Sonoma County Water Agency property on the northern edge of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes. From the town of Sonoma, drive south on Highway 12/121. Turn south on Ramal Road and drive approximately 2.4 miles until you reach the entrance to Hudeman Slough. There is a large hay barn on the right. Cross the train tracks and park in the lot in front of the barn. Lunch optional.

Ellis Creek, Saturday, Mar 3 Ellis Creek, Saturday, Mar 3
Location: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility
Trip Leader(s): Janet Bosshard, bosshard@sonic.net
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Ellis Creek always has an assortment of waterbirds and marshland species, with frequent flyovers over hawks and falcons. From Highway 101 in Petaluma, go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), and right on Pine View Way, then left on Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through the gate. We will meet in the parking lot, near the bathroom.

Las Gallinas, Saturday, Mar. 17 Las Gallinas, Saturday, Mar. 17
Location: East end of Smith Ranch Road, north of San Rafael
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: The ponds and surrounding wetlands contain a great variety of birds, from ducks to hawks to rails, and even grackles. Meet at the Las Gallinas Storage Ponds parking lot. From Hwy 101 in northern San Rafael, take the Smith Ranch Road exit, go east to the McInnis Park entrance, turn left immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, and go to the lot at the end of the road. Lunch optional.

Map to White House Pool parking lot

Map for the Point Reyes field trip meeting location. The parking lot is located on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, a little under a mile southwest of Point Reyes Station. This map includes GPS coordinates that can be typed in to a browser: Map.

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