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MDAS Field Trip — Outer Point Reyes

October 1, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm


Outer Point Reyes, Marin coast
Saturday October 1, 8:30am – 1pm

The Outer Point Reyes area is a wonderful place to find fall migrants, many of them Eastern passerine vagrants. Warblers spotted here have included Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, Connecticut, Black-and-white, Magnolia, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, and Black-throated Blue. We have seen Yellow-green, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, Orchard Orioles, Ovenbirds, American Redstarts, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Peregrine Falcons, and Broad-winged Hawks. In the water we usually have Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Cormorants, and Loons. The chance to see migrants is very much dependent on the weather; the absence of winds from the northwest and an overcast night sky will help trap these land birds at the Outer Point.

Meet at 8:30 am at Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema. Weather is unpredictable, bring layers and be prepared for damp wind. Gale cancels. Bring lunch and liquids.

Hike Rating:  Category 2 – Moderate
Elevation change:  Minor
Leader:  Matt Tarlach (925-482-6129), Tracy Farrington
Meet:  Bear Valley Visitor Center, Olema
GPS: 38.04015134873366, -122.79957253617275

Directions: After crossing the San Rafael Bridge, go north on 101 to Lucas Valley Road. Drive toward Nicasio.

After passing the town, turn left on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road for 3 miles to another stop sign.
Turn right across the bridge, go 3 miles to SR 1.
Turn left into Point Reyes Station. Some enjoy stopping at the Bovine Bakery for coffee and pastries.
Continue out of town towards Olema, then turn right onto Bear Valley Road. The Visitor Center is off Bear Valley.

This hike is limited to 15 participants. Register for this event HERE:

All field trips require registration and may have a limit on the total number of participants. Participants must acknowledge the MDAS Liability Waiver (available during registration).


October 1, 2022
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Bear Valley Visitor Center
Inverness, CA 94956 United States
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