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If you have any questions about the following field trips please contact the leader at the contact information listed.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Field Trip to Bahia & Rush Creek
Time: 8:30 am

Leader: Jim White, eMail: jimwhitebbs@gmail.com

Get your year list growing. Meet at Bahia at 8:30 am to mid-afternoon to view the tidal wetlands, recently restored by the Marin Audubon Society, some oak woodlands, the Horseshoe pond, the Rush Creek area and the airport ponds. Many ducks, including Hooded Mergansers and Barrows Goldeneyes, and shorebirds utilize the area in the winter.

Directions: From 101 in northern Novato take Atherton Avenue East, in about half a mile, left turn onto Bugea which becomes Bahia and follow it parking near it's east end. Sorry no rest rooms or donut shops. Dress well and bring a lunch.

   
 
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Saturday, January 27, 2018
Field Trip to Solano County for Mt Plovers and raptors
Time: 8:00 am

Leader: Will Anderson, phone (707) 889-4724

Meet at Petaluma Park 'n Ride (Lakeville Hwy and Hwy 101) at 8:00 am

   
 
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Saturday, February 03, 2018
Field Trip to Willits Little Lake Valley Mitigation Land
Time: 8:15 am in Santa Rosa or
Time: 10:00 am in Willits

Leader: Marisela De Santa Anna

Meet at 10am at the Willits Library on East Commercial, or to carpool from Santa Rosa, meet at Park n Ride on River Rd near 101, Santa Rosa, at 8:15. The Willits mitigation lands are 2000 acres of flat, riparian crossed, grasslands with wetlands found in the north end. This December there has been a good show of raptors such as Bald and Golden Eagles, Peregrine,Prairie,Merlin, and Kestrel falcons, Sharpies and Coopers, Northern Harriers, and White tailed Kites, as well as Redtailed, Red Shouldered, and Ferruginous Hawks . There has also been many Wood Ducks, Wigeon, Green winged Teal, Shovelers, and Mallards. There are Tule elk, Black tailed deer, Coyote, Fox, and other mammals we could see. It is a work in progress with wetland and riparian rehab going on every day-over 1 million plants have been planted! It is a fun place to walk in. A link to Marisela's blog about the area is: http://mcrcd.org/category/blog. Bring lunch and fluids. Heavy rain cancels.

   
 
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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Field Trip to Las Gallinas Water Treatment Ponds
Time: 8:00 am in Petaluma, Hwy 116 & Lakeville Park'n'Ride or
Time: 8:30 am at Las Gallinas parking lot

Leader: Will Anderson, phone (707) 889-4724

This popular Marin birding spot is just south of Petaluma. We are likely to see a variety of raptors, dabbling and diving ducks, shorebirds, rails, and land birds. Plan to walk. Bring optics, layers of clothes, water, snack and lunch, field guides, hats and sunscreen. Meet at the Petaluma Hwy 116 & Lakeville Park'n'Ride for carpooling at 8 a.m. or at the Las Gallinas parking lot. Trip begins at 8:30 a.m. at Las Gallinas. The Las Gallinas water treatment ponds are located off Smith Ranch Road north of San Rafael. From Highway 101 follow Smith Ranch Road east toward the bay. Turn left just before the entrance to the McInness Park Golf Club. The road will take you directly into the parking area of the water treatment plant. Heavy rain cancels.

   
 
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Field Trip to Santa Rosa Creek Trail and Delta Pond
Time: 8:00 am

Leader: Bill Doyle, eMail: shortbill@comcast.net

Meet at south side of Willowside Bridge, on Willowside Rd, between Guerneville Rd., and Hall Rd., at 8:00 am. Ends at noon. Rain cancels. Trail follows Santa Rosa Creek to a large pond, with many water fowl and raptor species.

   
 
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