Carmel Valley
Birding At Monterey Bay
Discover birding at its best in the region of Monterey Bay, where you’ll learn about local ecology and habitats from experts while spotting thrashers, quail, hummingbirds and more.
Rating (5)
Program No. 11812RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Spend your days searching the world famous Monterey area for birds and your evenings with special guests from Hidden Valley's talented faculty. According to Wildbird magazine, the Monterey Bay is one of the top 10 birding spots, and this field-based class is designed to locate the greatest number of bird species possible at birding spots in the Monterey Bay area. Sighting possibilities include the California Thrasher, California Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Wrentit, Townsend's Warbler, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Brandt's and Pelagic Cormorants, Black Oystercatcher, Marbled Murrelet and Tricolored Blackbird.
Activity Level
Walking up to 1.5 miles with stops. Participants should be able to embark a boat for field trip.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embark on a boat excursion along the Elkhorn Slough, an estuary and protected reserve that is home to more than 340 species of birds.
  • Spot Black-crowned Night-Herons and Black Oystercatchers during a field trip to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
  • Enjoy an afternoon at Garland Park where you can look for White-tailed Kites.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Rick Fournier
Rick Fournier is an avid birder who has lived in Monterey for the past 20 years. He operates a birding-adventure company in central California, leads groups for regional Audubon Societies, at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and conducts avian wetland monitoring for the Moss Landing Marine Labs. He spent 4½ years in the Big Sur Ornithology Lab’s mist net program.
Rick Fournier