Field Trips


Sat. Apr. 1: Shorebird Migration at Elkhorn Slough

By early April the northward shorebord migration is well underway. We’ll explore various spots around the lower Elkhorn Slough in search of sandpipers, dowtichers, knots and plovers. Ducks, gulls, terns and other waterbirds are sure to make their presence known as well. Meet at the junction of Jetty Road and Highway One, just north of Moss Landing at 830AM. RSVP to Blake Matheson by email at or text at 831.596.9990. 

Sat. Apr. 8 - 7:30am: Carmel River mouth

Meet at Starbucks off Rio Road. We'll then will carpool/drive from there to the walk. Leader: Paul Fenwick  

Sun Apr. 23 - 8:30am Pajaro Dunes

We'll explore Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds and Pajaro Dunes South in search of a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines. Time permitting, we'll also take in the West Struve Slough overlook. Please meet at 8:30 a.m. just beyond the Chevron station on Lee Rd. by Hwy. 1's Riverside/129 exit. RSVP to leader Nanci Adams: 831-728-5803 or         

Sat. April. 29 – 8am: Carr Lake, Salinas

Come explore one of Salinas’s birding gems! Carr Lake and surrounding areas are home to wetland species, ducks, raptors and assorted passerines. It also a great spot to hear birds as well. Mild hiking / walking throughout the area. 
Meet: At the parking lot of All Veteran’s Memorial park at 8:00am (In Salinas near E. Laurel Dr. and Constitution Blvd.). RSVP: Recommended. Contact Mike Stake (email preferred) or 831-710-0171 Rain cancels. 

Sat. May 6 and First Saturday of each month – 8:30am: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Bird Walks

Start out your first weekend of every month with a bird walk around the Elkhorn National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Landing. We’ll explore the Elkhorn Slough watershed looking for resident and migrant birds that utilize this dynamic ecosystem.

Meet: 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, CA 95076. Note: Elkhorn Road is currently closed south of the Reserve, an alternate route is available on Elkhorn Road north of the Reserve. The walk starts at 8:30am sharp so plan accordingly. See for more details on directions. No RSVP needed. Contact: Rick Fournier 831-633-0572 or the reserve office at 831-728-2822 for questions.

Sun. May. 7– 7:00am-10:00: Return of the Native Spring Bird Count
You’re invited to Return of the Natives 10th Annual Spring Bird Count! We have been monitoring bird populations at Natividad Creek Park and Upper Carr Lake for 10 year thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! We will observe and count from 7:00am until 9:45am. Volunteers are asked to make their way back to the parking/picnic area for a final bird count at 10am!This year's Spring Bird Count will be parking of Take It Outside, Salinas. We encourage birders and their families to join the party - there will be interesting and fun activity booths, information about community groups, live music, great food, art projects AND MORE!

Meet: We will be meeting at 7am in the parking lot on the Nogal side of the park. Near the restrooms. A good address to use in the GPS is 1395 Nogal Dr. No RSVP required. Contact: Lauren Krohmer, (email preferred):

Sun. May. 7 – 7:30am-Noon: Fort Ord National Monument
Fort Ord National Monument is a local treasure with a rich natural and cultural history. Expert birder and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) volunteer David Styer will lead this driving/light hiking tour exploring BLM's portion of the Fort Ord National Monument searching for birds in habitats such as rare maritime chaparral, oak woodland and native grassland. BLM Botanist Bruce Delgado will help host the trip. Group limited to 15. 

Meet: Corner of 8th Ave and Giggling Rd in Seaside. Then carpool to locations. Late arrivals and early departures not possible due to locked gates. RSVP: Required. Shawn Wagoner, (email preferred): or call 925-487-7335



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