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


Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Sep 20 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Sep 20
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, September 20, 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 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 adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

Rio Lindo Academy - Vaux's Swifts (not a Madrone event) Now through mid-Sep Rio Lindo Academy - Vaux's Swifts (not a Madrone event) Now through mid-Sep
Location: Rio Lindo Academy, Healdsburg
Host: Rio Lindo Academy
Start Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Start Time: [not specified]
End Time: [not specified]
Description: From the Rio Lindo website: We are glad to welcome visitors to our campus to see the swifts. We only ask that you remember this is a boarding high school campus with students present 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which means no smoking or alcohol is allowed on the campus. Please keep dogs on a leash, even friendly ones. Also, please stay in the area of the chimney and do not roam the campus. Keep in mind that we do not know exactly when they will arrive for the evening or when they will begin to enter the chimney. Generally the best time to arrive on the campus is 30 minutes before sundown. We have observed that the time they begin to enter the chimney is sensitive to the air temperature (the colder it is the earlier they enter the chimney), sundown, and the number of birds here entering the chimney (the higher the number the earlier they begin to enter). For directions, go to the website link below.
Link: http://www.riolindo.org/about-rio/vaux-swift-migration/

Point Reyes, Saturday, Sep 30 Point Reyes, Saturday, Sep 30
Location: Whitehouse Pool parking lot, near Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Bear Valley Rd
Trip Leader(s): Leader: Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Start Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Our annual trip to the Point to search for fall migrants. A wind from the southwest, plus overcast skies the night before are the best for rare migrants, but we'll go, wind or no. Meet at the Whitehouse Pool parking lot, just east of the intersection of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Bear Valley Road, at 8:00 AM. We will carpool from there, as parking is limited out on the Point. Bring lunch, liquids and layers of clothing. We will check Mt. Vision Rd, then drive out to the Lighthouse, Chimney Rock (Boat Docks), and Drakes Beach.

Spring Lake, Saturday, Oct 7 Spring Lake, Saturday, Oct 7
Location: Oak Knolls parking area, Newanga Avenue entrance
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: We will walk around the lake and check all of the birdy locations, 2.3 miles round-trip. Parking fee ($7) for non-permit holders. From Summerfield Road in Santa Rosa, go east on Hoen Ave, turn left on Newanga Ave, turn right inside the park entrance gate, and meet in the parking lot near the restrooms at the top of the hill.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Oct 18 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Oct 18
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, October 18, 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 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 adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

Bodega Bay, Saturday, Oct 21 Bodega Bay, Saturday, Oct 21
Location: MEETING LOCATION CHANGE: Porto Bodega; directions below
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 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. Leader: Gordon Beebe, 583-3115.

Delta Pond, Saturday, Nov. 4 Delta Pond, Saturday, Nov. 4
Location: Willowside Rd. at the bridge over Santa Rosa Creek, south of Guerneville Rd
Trip Leader(s): Leader: Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: A very "birdy" walk, in a wonderful place. Delta Pond is not normally open to the public. We are grateful to Denise Cadman, Natural Resources Specialist for the City of Santa Rosa, who arranges entry to this property in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Meet on Willowside Rd. at the bridge over Santa Rosa Creek, mid-way between Hall Rd. and Guerneville Rd. Park off the pavement. We will walk west along the creek trail to Delta Pond, about 1 mile. Add another mile for the walk around the pond.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Nov 15 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Nov 15
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, November 15, 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 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 adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.

Tolay Lake Regional Park, Saturday, Nov 18 Tolay Lake Regional Park, Saturday, Nov 18
Location: See important carpooling and permit instructions, below
Trip Leader(s): Larry Broderick, northcoastraptor@gmail.com, and Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM
Description: An expansive hawk-rich habitat for Madrone Saturday bird walks, Tolay requires at lease three participants to be permit holders. Permits are now easy to obtain online by watching an orientation and completing a quiz at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tolaypermitorientation. CARPOOL: meet at the Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility parking lot at 8:00 AM, or meet us at TOLAY LAKE: at 8:30 AM. Leaders: Larry Broderick, northcoastraptor@gmail.com, and Gordon Beebe, 583-3115.
Link: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Tolay_Lake_Regional_Park.aspx

Central Valley - Gray Lodge - Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday & Sunday, Dec 2-3 Central Valley - Gray Lodge - Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday & Sunday, Dec 2-3
Location: Gray Lodge (see details below)
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
End Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 6:00 PM
Description: Reinstating our annual late fall trip to the Central Valley to enjoy the enormous concentrations of waterfowl, raptors, cranes, geese, and other interesting birds seldom seen in Sonoma County. Directions to Gray Lodge from 5 & 99: From the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 99, take Highway 99 north to Live Oak. Turn west on Pennington (North Butte) Road. Turn right on Almond Orchard Avenue and continue to entrance. The distance from Live Oak is about eight miles. After birding Gray Lodge, we will go to Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge for the afternoon, hopefully enjoying good views of the fly-out at dusk (fee $6). Some of our group will stay overnight in Willows or Yuba City Friday and/or Saturday to visit parts of the nearby Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Call the leader for more information. Leader: Gordon Beebe, 583-3115. Photo courtesy of CA Division of F&W.
Link: http://https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/Gray-Lodge-WA

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