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14th Annual Birding & Nature Festival

April 21 2023 - April 23 2023

People with tripods in a field.

Don’t miss the best wildlife and ecology spring festival!

Three days jam packed with field events that take you out into the wild spaces of West Marin for an in depth look at the animals and ecology of this extraordinary coastal ecosystem. It’s so close to home, yet most of us know so little about it.

This is your chance to find out about the amazing bird population in the area — the ones that live here all year as well as the many that migrate. Events range from spotting and identifying birds to painting them!

This annual fundraising event celebrates spring bird and wildlife migrations along the Pacific Flyway in Marin and Sonoma counties. There is something for everyone, with trips and activities for various ages and experience levels.

Proceeds support the EAC’s mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin (coastal Marin County, CA).

Schedule of Field Events by Day

Friday, April 21

Birds of the Outer Point with Dan Singer
Birds & Microhabitats of Inner Marin with Dave MacKenzie
Walking Big Day: Exploring Bird Diversity at Point Reyes with David Wimpfheimer
Coastal Birds of Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Cypress Grove & Tomales Bay with David Lumpkin
River Otter Ramble at Abbotts Lagoon with Megan Isadore
Five Brooks Birding By Ear: Easy & New Techniques to Improve Your Field Skills with Daniel Edelstein
Pelagic Point Reyes: Whales, Seals & Seabirds with Dr. Sarah Allen
Point Reyes Raptor Ramble with Step Wilson
Birding By Ear at Muddy Hollow with Luanna Helfman
Spring Water & Shorebirds of Bodega Bay with Lisa Hug
Exploring the Martin Griffin Preserve with Gwen Heistand & Catie Clune
The Dune Insect Community at Abbotts Lagoon: Important Species and their Environment with Paul da Silva
A Walk in the Woods: Bishop Pine Forest Ecology with Tom Gaman
Abbotts Lagoon Amble with Michael Ellis
Night Owls of Point Reyes with Joe Mueller

Saturday, April 22

Birding to a Fault: The Continental Plate with David Wimpfheimer
Birding to a Fault: The Pacific Plate with Keith Hansen
Spring Migrants of Mount Diablo’s Mitchell Canyon with Juan Pablo Galván MartÍnez
Bolinas Bird Banding Demo & Walk with Mark Dettling
Bird Language at Santa Rosa Creek Trail with Sebastian Schmid
Kingbirds, Sparrows & More: Birding West Marin County Ranches with Jennifer Phillips and Heather Cameron
Birds and Botany of Carson Ridge and Falls with Todd Plummer
Limantour Estero: Birds of Beach, Bay & Beyond with Dave Shuford
Beginning Birding at Bear Valley: Learn How to Observe and Identify Birds with Jerry Coe
Nesting Herons and Egrets of Santa Rosa with Emiko Condeso
Wildlife Tracking & Awareness Modalities at Abbotts Lagoon with Wesley Eagle
Bird Identification: The Sights & Sounds of the Petaluma Wetlands with John Dell’Osso & Dave LaCasse
Birding Drakes Estero Trail with Alan Hopkins
Geology Time Travel at Point Reyes Kehoe Beach with Nicole Myers
Wet & Wild Landscapes: Painting in Plein Air at Drakes Estero with Birgit O’Connor
Newts, Birds & More at Laguna Lake with the Chileno Valley Newt Brigade
Predators & Prey at Drakes Beach with Frank Binney
Charismatic Canines: Getting Wiley in the Wild with Sarah Killingsworth
Saturday Social & Keynote with Keith Hansen

Sunday, April 23

Wildlife Photography at Abbotts Lagoon with Sarah Killingsworth
Sebastopol Birding at Laguna de la Santa Rosa with Scott Carey
Birds & Botany of Mount Burdell with Todd Plummer
A Walk in the Oak Woodlands: Searching for Life Through Sight, Sound & Scat with Jerry Coe
Springtime on the Muddy Hollow Trail to Limantour Beach with Carolyn Longstreth
Birding Stinson Beach & Bolinas Lagoon with Keith Hansen
Birding Las Gallinas Ponds with Bob Atwood
Using POLES for Hiking, Walking & Whole-Body Exercise with Jayah Faye Paley
Wildflowers of Chimney Rock & More with Susan Cochrane Levitsky
Tomales Bay Birding by Kayak with David Wimpfheimer & Liz Wilhelm
Nature Journaling for Naturalists at McClures with John (Jack) Muir Laws
Amphibian Amble with Sharon Barnett & David Herlocker

Find detailed information about the events here.