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, Mar 4 Ellis Creek, Saturday, Mar 4
Location: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility
Trip Leader(s): Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115.
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description: Ellis Creek always has an assortment of waterbirds and marshland species, with frequent flyovers of hawks and falcons. With the heavy rains, the front pond is full, a favorite for dabbling ducks. From Highway 101 in Petaluma, head East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), turn right at the light onto S. McDowell Blvd, then right on Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through the gate, then turn left. We will meet in the parking lot, near the bathroom.

Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Mar 15 Bodega Bay, Wednesday, Mar 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, March 15, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Description: Note MEETING PLACE CHANGE. 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.

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Sonoma Co. Regional Parks "Winging it Wednesdays"
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Redwood Region Ornithological Society (RROS)
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