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.
We continue to observe the latest health and safety protocols. Come in good health with no symptoms or exposure to someone else with COVID. Participants must be vaccinated. Masks are required. Sign-ups ahead of each outing are required. Please see contact info below for each Leader. We’re pleased to offer outings free to our members and free to members of the public.
A Note about Thursdays…
Attendance is limited to 12 people. Reservations will be accepted on a first call basis. There will be a waiting list. If you must cancel, please, call asap to make space for someone waiting to join. Starting time will be given when you sign up.
Saturday, February 6, 2022
Ellis Creek Ponds, Petaluma, 3890 Cypress Drive, Petaluma – A winter walkabout. From Hwy 101 heading south, take exit 472B for CA-116 Sonoma/Napa. Then, turn left onto Lakeville Highway. Go to S. McDowell Boulevard and turn right. Then, turn right onto Cypress Drive and continue through gates of the Ellis Creek Wastewater Recycling Center. Go to the end of the lane and park in the lot near restrooms. To reserve a space and receive the meetup time, call Linda Fraley, 559-779-5211.
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Foothill Regional Park, Windsor. Take Hwy 101 to 1351 Arata Lane, turn right, go 1.3 miles. Parking lot is on the left or park on the street. Parking permit is required in the lot. We will walk around the pond and through the Oak woodlands. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. **To reserve a space, please call Janet Bosshard, (707) 526-5883. Please arrive on time. Use this number only on the day of the walk if you are lost or cannot attend: (707) 480-3432.
Thursday, February 24, 2022,
Ragle Ranch Regional Park, Sebastopol. Take Bodega Highway west to Ragle Road. Parking permit is required. We will meet back by the restrooms and dog park. We will explore the park, looking for forest birds. Heavy rain cancels the walk. **To reserve a space, please call Janet Bosshard, (707) 526-5883. Please arrive on time. Use this number only on the day of the walk if you are lost or cannot attend: (707) 480-3432.
Thursday, March 10, 2022,
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, 1600 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa. Meet on the corner of Pacific Ave. and McDonald Ave. (First Presbyterian Church) for street parking. We will then walk north to the entrance of the cemetery. There is always a variety of birds and native plants to see. Please be prompt to walk with the group. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. **To reserve a space, please call Janet Bosshard, (707) 526-5883. Please arrive on time. Use this number only on the day of the walk if you are lost or cannot attend: (707) 480-3432.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa. Meet at the Southeast parking lot (Newanga entrance) near restrooms. We will walk along the south lake edge to Fisherman's Trail and go to the north dam. To reserve a space, call Linda Fraley at (559) 779-5211. Starting time will be given when you sign up. Please arrive on time. If you find you’re unable to come to the walk, please let Linda know (number listed herein) so a waiting lister can join.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Bodega Bay. 1500 Porto Bodega sits at the north end of Bodega Bay. From Highway 1 take Eastshore Road. At the Stop sign, after stopping, go forward for a city block length until you get to the boat launch facilities. Turn right and Janet will meet you in the big parking lot. We will bird around the Bay. Heavy rain cancels. **To reserve a space, please call Janet Bosshard, (707) 526-5883. Please arrive on time. Use this number only on the day of the walk if you are lost or cannot attend: (707) 480-3432.
Out and About
Volunteer Opportunity with California Native Plant Society (CNPS), Milo Baker Chapter
CNPS is beginning the ice plant removal project at Bodega Head State Park. An invitation is extended to Madrone Audubon members to help out. Beginning Sunday, February 13, 2022 and ongoing, volunteers will meet the second Sunday of each month for 3 hours, 10 am to 1 pm. To sign up to help, contact Alynn Kjeldsen (call or text 707-321-1748). The meeting location is the far west parking lot near the restrooms. Volunteers are requested to bring gloves, clippers, knee pads and FRIENDS. If you do not have the supplies, Alynn suggests coming anyway and CNPS will supply volunteer needs. Additional suggestion: Bring binoculars to enjoy sightings and views!
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