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


Crane Creek, Saturday, Apr. 1 Crane Creek, Saturday, Apr. 1
Location: Crane Creek Regional Park - Pressley Rd.
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, 583-3115
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Take Rohnert Park Expy east from 101, then turn south onto Petaluma Hill Rd. Turn left (east) onto Roberts Rd. At Lichau Rd, Roberts Rd turns into Pressley Rd. Continue on Pressley Rd to the park entrance. We will meet in the parking lot. There is a $7 entry fee if you do not have a park pass. More information about the park can be found via the parks link, below.
Link: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Crane_Creek_Regional_Park.aspx

Santa Rosa Creek, Saturday, April 15 Santa Rosa Creek, Saturday, April 15
Location: Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside Road
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: A short distance for this walk, but it's one that frequently results in a diverse list of bird species. Meet on the southwest side of the bridge over Santa Rosa Creek, on Willowside Rd., mid-way between Hall Rd., and Guerneville Rd.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Apr. 19 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Apr. 19
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, April 19, 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, then enter 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.

Annadel-Channel Dr., Saturday, April 29 Annadel-Channel Dr., Saturday, April 29
Location: Channel Drive - Trailhead for Cobblestone Trail (see details)
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: There aren't many months that have five Saturdays, but this is one of them! Spring should be in full swing, with lots of singing birds and nesting activity. Meet at the large dirt parking lot on Channel Dr. across from the trailhead to the Cobblestone Trail. We will either walk or carpool from there to the Park's Horse Trailer lot at the very end of Channel Drive. Be prepared for lots of multi-use traffic along Channel Drive, as we'll be sharing it with bicyclists, joggers, and drivers. The park has an entry fee of $8.

Pine Flat Rd, Saturday, May 6 Pine Flat Rd, Saturday, May 6
Location: Pine Flat Road (see details below)
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: A bird-rich outing, through several varied habitats. We will meet before (west of) the first bridge on Pine Flat Rd., just east of its intersection with Hwy 128, northeast of Healdsburg. We will combine into as few cars as possible, head to the top of the ridge, then work our way back down. We will stop for lunch at Little Sulphur Creek. Bring lunch, liquids and layers of clothing.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, May 17 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, May 17
Location: 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, May 17, 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, then enter 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 the Doran Park area, 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.

North Geysers Rd, Saturday, May 20 North Geysers Rd, Saturday, May 20
Location: North Geysers Rd (see details below for carpool location)
Trip Leader(s): Bill Doyle, 483-8773
Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Start Time: 7:15 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: This trip visits a very rich and underappreciated area of Sonoma County.  We expect birds not seen on other trips, with lots of breeding activity.  Meet at the Park and Ride lot adjacent to the PGE substation on River Rd., just west off Hwy 101.  We will need to combine into as few cars as possible, as parking is very limited along the road. We will be making several stops, and walking short distances on the road. Bring lunch, liquids, and layers of clothing.

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