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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.
Rating (4.2)
Program No. 11812RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149
California

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,149
Program No. 11812 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,149
On Campus Upgraded 1,499
Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2021
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,149
On Campus Upgraded 1,499
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
May 8 - May 13, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559

DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,449
 
Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2021
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,449
On Campus Upgraded 1,799
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
May 8 - May 13, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859

At a Glance

Spend your days birding the famous Monterey Bay, one of the world’s top birding spots, and your evenings with special guests from Hidden Valley's talented faculty. This field-based program is designed for seasoned and beginning birders alike, targeting overall avian diversity and abundance throughout this world class birding destination. See local habitats and endemic species, add to or begin your “life list,” learn to recognize birds by their calls and songs and gain valuable skills for an enjoyable lifetime activity. Regional specialties may include the Yellow-billed Magpie, California Thrasher, White-tailed Kite, California Quail, Wrentit, Gold-crowned Sparrow, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hummingbirds, Pacific Wren, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton’s Vireo, Cormorants, Black Oystercatcher and Tricolored Blackbird.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to 2 miles with stops and at Garland Park up to 3 miles with stops. Participants should be able to embark on a boat for a 2 hour cruise.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Embark on a boat excursion along the Elkhorn Slough Estuary, a protected habitat home to over 340 species of birds.
  • Spot egrets, rocky shorebirds, cormorants, passerine and seabirds at Point Lobos Nature Reserve.
  • Enjoy time at Garland Park looking for White-tailed Kites and a variety of oak woodland species.

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. Please note, while we will endeavor to look for all birds described in the program and more, seasonality, weather and birding behavior makes finding birds not guaranteed. The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event.
Featured Expert
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Rick Fournier
Rick Fournier is an avid birder who has lived in Monterey for the past 40 years. He has been operating a birding-adventure company in central California for 24 years, 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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Born and raised in Monterey, Marta Kraftzeck discovered her passion for winemaking while traveling through Europe. A winemaker for more than 20 years, she has worked at a number of vineyards and realized the industrial creativity involved in the process of growing grapes and making wine. Marta earned a bachelor’s in botany from the University of California, Santa Cruz and, later, a master’s in viniculture and enology from the University of California, Davis.
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Rick Yramategui first performed a Joplin rag at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Alamitos, California while in high school in the 70s. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Whitworth College. He serves as pastor of Carmel Valley Community Chapel, performs with the Carmel Piano Trio, and was the pianist for a revival of George Gershwin's musical, “Oh, Kay!” He is passionate about the connection between music and spirituality.
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Rick Fournier View biography
Rick Fournier is an avid birder who has lived in Monterey for the past 40 years. He has been operating a birding-adventure company in central California for 24 years, 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.
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Monterey Birds
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4.2 Average
(5)

This is a great program if you enjoy being outdoors in a variety of environments in beautiful area of California. You can be a serious or casual birder, or also an outdoor photographer. And take advantage of extending your stay at Hidden Valley for a very reasonable rate if space is available.

(5)

This was an excellent program (in November 2017) that I was able to enjoy once again with superb tour leader Rick F. We exceeded 100 species and had top quality photo opportunities . Hidden Valley Music Seminars is a great base location that provided, excellent meals, accommodation and transportation. They also offered enjoyable cultural offerings (including lectures, music, poetry & wine tasting.)

(5)

Rick was a great guide-he put us on lots of birds, taught about field marks and asked us which birds were important for us to see. He was fun to be with in the field, very experienced and accommodating to those of different physical abilities.

(5)

Excellent birding at fantastic location. Observed many new birds to add to my list. Guide (Rick) was expert at identifying and pointing out every sighting ....!!! Bev






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