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


Ellis Creek, Saturday, Sep 2 Ellis Creek, Saturday, Sep 2
Location: Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility, Petaluma
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Start Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: We are timing this trip to visit the ponds during their draw-down cycle, so at least one should be almost empty of water, with much bird activity out in the open. Meet at the Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility in the parking lot, near the bathroom. From Highway 101 in Petaluma, go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), turn right (south) on South McDowell, turn right on Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through the gates. Parking is to the left.

Ragle Ranch, Saturday, Sep 16 Ragle Ranch, Saturday, Sep 16
Location: Ragle Ranch Regional Park, Ragle Rd at Covert Lane, Sebastopol
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115
Start Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Join us to look for fall migrants, as well as a wide variety of our familiar county birds. Meet in the parking area near the dog park and Peace Garden (from entry kiosk, the road slowly veers left - continue to the parking lot). Parking fee ($7) for non-permit holders. We will be walking the Blackberry Trail, about 1.5 miles long.

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.

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.

Other Groups' Field Trip Calendars

Sonoma Co. Regional Parks "Winging it Wednesdays"
Winging it Wednesdays

Redwood Region Ornithological Society (RROS)
RROS calendar

Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary Meetup group
Mayacamas group

Bay Area Calendar
Bay Area Calendar