11812
Carmel Valley
Birding At Monterey Bay
Discover birding at its best in the Monterey Bay region. Learn about local ecology and habitats from experts while seeking waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, songbirds, seabirds and more.
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Program No. 11812RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 1BR 4 L 5 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Carmel Valley, CA
D
Wright Hall at Hidden Valley Campus

Afternoon: 2:00 – 5:00 pm Check-in at Hidden Valley office 5:00 pm Wine & Cheese Reception. Meet your fellow participants in a wine and cheese reception in the Fireside Room. Drink California wines or juices and savor brie and crackers.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner & Orientation. Like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner is served buffet-style and presents selections from the "salad bowl of the universe" as well as tastefully prepared entrees made in our own kitchen. All baked goods are also prepared here on campus.

DAY
2
Birding at Point Lobos, Monterey Peninsula Natural History
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall at Hidden Valley Campus

Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast is prepared fresh each day in our campus kitchen and served buffet style. Warm from the oven baked goods accompany the normal breakfast offerings of oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, etc.

Morning: Birding Field Trip to Point Lobos

Lunch: 12:00 pm Lunch time and an opportunity to enjoy wonderful soups and sandwich makings . . . all prepared in our kitchen and served by the staff that's been with us for over 20 years.

Afternoon: 2:00 pm Overview of the Natural History of the Monterey Peninsula led by a coastal biologist

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner is served (often accompanied by California wines) and features a buffet with copious greens (many from our own organic gardens) along with the entree.

Evening: 7:00PM Local winemaker introduces wines. Tasting included if you wish.

DAY
3
Birding at Garland Park, Free Time
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall at Hidden Valley Campus

Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Birding Field Trip to Garland Park

Lunch: Sack lunch provided to take on your free afternoon.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore the area.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: Presentation from one of our talented instructors, to be announced.

DAY
4
Day-long Birding Expedition
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall at Hidden Valley Campus

Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Day-long birding expedition. Sites selected at the discretion of the Master Guide based on the interests of the group.

Lunch: Sack lunches provided on field trip.

Afternoon: Field Trip continues.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: Talented pianist, teaching from the keyboard, introduces us to the music of Scott Joplin.

DAY
5
Boat Trip & Birding at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Wright Hall at Hidden Valley Campus

Breakfast: 7:00 am Breakfast

Morning: Elkhorn Slough Expedition: Boat Trip

Lunch: Sack lunches provided for Field Trip

Afternoon: Birds of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve & Shore

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Carmel Valley, CA
B,BR

Breakfast: 7:00 am Continental Breakfast

Morning: Class: Campus Birding & Summing Up

Brunch: 10:30 am Farewell Brunch & Graduation






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