Getting in/out van; traveling about 40 miles, approximately 5 hours throughout the day. Walking up to 2 miles over the course of the day; varied terrain; packed dirt, gravel, sand, and paved. Note: bring two refillable water bottles on field trip.
In the Quail Room at the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with choices such as hard-boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, waffles, bagels, muffins, English muffins, coffee, juice, tea, water.
We’ll board the van with our naturalist and ride to Bodega Bay—one of the most famous birding areas in California. En route, we’ll start looking for species that typically inhabit this tidal wetland such as various species of ducks, loons, western and horned grebes, sandpipers, surf scoters, and various species of raptors. We’ll drive around the bay and stop at multiple spots to observe different types of birds and habitats; we’ll see the rocky shores on the west, tidal flats on the north, and sand dunes on the south. Each ecosystem attracts different birds and ducks. From Bodega Head, we will be able to see the Pacific. Some of the wildlife we may see include more oystercatchers, murres, both the American white and brown pelican, and migrating gray whales.
In a restaurant overlooking Bodega Harbor, we will have lunch with water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll board the van with our naturalist and ride to the Bodega Headlands. We will look for birds, such as the black oystercatcher, along the rocky shores. We’ll learn how a particular location in the Headlands earned the nickname “Hole in the Head.” After departing the Headlands, we will drive three miles north to the Children’s Bell Tower, a poignant memorial to the tragic ending of a local boy’s life. Songbirds alight on the tower, adding their voices to the chiming of the bells. We’ll learn about the history of the bell tower. After, we will drive through the town of Bodega Bay, observing several spots where Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic movie, “The Birds” was filmed. The fame from this movie helped put Bodega Bay on the map.
At a nearby restaurant, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
In the Heron Room at the hotel, our naturalist will give a presentation on the marvels of Point Reyes. We’ll learn how its landscape changes with the seasons.