Behind the Bay: Cruising, Birding and Tasting
Experience the California Delta as few have seen it, discovering unique wildlife, sheltered Reserves, WWII history and the vibrant city of Napa.
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Program No. 13957RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Aboard a comfortable custom vessel, refitted for educational cruises, voyage through the backwaters of the California Delta and learn about the region’s cultural and natural history. From the Napa River to the historic city of Napa, through the Carquinez Strait, past Glen Cove, Port Costa, Benicia and into Suisun Marsh experience a treasure trove of human history and abundant bird life with a highly regarded naturalist.
Activity Level
Walking up to four blocks over flat walkways with some gravel to and from boat docks. Climb a few stairs to enter boat.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the WWII history of the Napa River and the Suisun Bay from Mare Island to the Ready Reserve (“Mothball”) Fleet.
  • Enjoy the remote backwater habitats dominated by red-tailed hawks, egrets and diverse plant species.
  • Gain insight from local experts as you savor fine wine and award-winning olive oil.
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Ronn Patterson
Ronn Patterson is a naturalist, marine biologist, student of whales, professional photographer, teacher and writer. For more than 25 years, he has led natural-history trips to such places as Africa, the Amazon, the Andes, the Galapagos, Baja California and Mexico. He has worked as a wildlife biologist in Alaska and been a member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission. Ronn is a professional skipper and captains his boat, Delphinus, nearly 10,000 miles each year.
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