Field Trips

Field Trips

Listing of Madrone field trips in Sonoma County and the North Bay, plus other upcoming events.

General Information for All Events

The field trips are free, open to the public and suitable for all levels of interest. No sign-up is required. Bring your binoculars, field guide, liquids, plus lunch for full-day trips; wear layered clothing, hats, and sun protection. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots recommended. Heavy rain cancels the walks unless otherwise indicated. Prior notification of attendance is not required. Participants of all experience levels are welcome and may join or leave the group at any time during the day.

December/January 2021/2022 Outings

We continue to observe health and safety protocols.  Participants must be vaccinated. Masks are required for Saturday outings and Outing Leaders for Thursdays and Saturdays will manage their outings for each group.  Sign-ups ahead of each outing continue to be required.  Please see contact info below for each Leader. We’re pleased to offer free outings and winter months, weather permitting, are times for inspiring sightings and discoveries!

December 2021

Saturday, December 4, Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, via Ellis Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility parking area
Leader:  Larry Broderick.  Over-wintering Birds of Prey walk and general birding outing.  From Highway 101 in Petaluma, go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), and right on South McDowell Blvd. (Starbucks is on the corner).  Continue on South McDowell to Cypress Dr., then right on Cypress Dr. Go to the end of the road, through the gate and to the parking area.  Meet in the parking lot, near the bathroom.  Start time 9:30 a.m.  We’ll walk until 12:30 or 1 p.m.  Our walk will take us from the Ellis Creek facility over to Shollenberger Park, where we’ll focus on Raptor Identification and beginning, novice birding.  Call Larry Broderick at 707-791-0335 to sign up and for more info.

Thursday, December 9, Crane Creek Regional Park, Rohnert Park     
Leader:  Janet Bosshard.  Parking permit required. We’ll look for Oak forest and grassland birds. Take Petaluma Hill Road to Pressley Road. We’ll meet in the parking lot, near the bathroom. Wear warm layers and have some waterproof gear with you. Heavy rains cancel.  **To reserve a space, please call Janet Bosshard, (707) 526-5883.  Starting time will be given when you sign up. Please, arrive on time. We will wait 10 minutes to begin the walk. Use this number only on the day of the walk, if you are lost or cannot attend: (707) 480-3432.

Saturday, December 11, Habitat - Santa Rosa Water’s Laguna Wastewater Treatment Facility, Sebastopol
Leader:  Linda Fraley.  Take Highway 116 to Llano Road, turn onto Llano Road.  The address is 4300, property is on the right.  Meet in the parking area.  We’ll enjoy a leisurely walk in the amazing habitat area created on the property.  This site has been a release site for rehabilitated birds.  We’ll share a 2-hour outing.  Starting time will be given when you sign up.  Heavy rain cancels.  Call Linda Fraley at 559-779-5211 to sign up and for more details.

**There will be no outing on Thursday, December 23.  Happy Holidays.

January 2022

Saturday, January 8, Dickson/Baylands [aka Sears Point Wetlands] wetland education walk and Birds of Prey tour.
Leader:  Larry Broderick.  At the stoplight and intersection of SR 37 and Lakeville Highway/Reclamation Road, turn onto Reclamation Road, go approximately 1/4 mile south to the parking lot on your left.  We’ll meet at Sears Point Trail head on Reclamation Road at 9:30 a.m.  Follow signs from the parking lot to the Trail head. We’ll walk and tour the area until 12:30 to 1 p.m., depending on what we see.  We'll walk Dickson trail, Elliot trail and possibly the Baylands trail.  We'll discuss the wetlands restoration project in detail and the overall importance of wetlands as we look for raptors, other birds and wildlife.  Focus on Raptor Identification and beginning, novice birding. Call Larry Broderick at 707-791-0335 to sign up and for more info.

Thursday, January 13, 2022, Ellis Creek ponds, Petaluma.
Leader:  Janet Bosshard.  We’ll search the ponds for water birds, the tules for the bittern, and the skies for some raptors. From Highway 101 in Petaluma, go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), and right on South McDowell Blvd., where Starbuck’s is on the corner.  Continue on South McDowell to Cypress Dr., then right on Cypress Dr.  Go to the end of the road and through the gate. We’ll meet in the parking lot, near the bathroom. Wear warm layers and have some waterproof gear with you. Heavy rains cancel. **To reserve a space, please call Janet Bosshard, 526-5883

Thursday, January 27, 2022, Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa.
Leader:  Janet Bosshard.  Parking permit is required. Channel Drive entrance; meet in the large parking lot on the right, across from the swimming lagoon. ** To reserve a space, please, call Janet Bosshard (707) 526-5883. Please, arrive on time. We’ll wait 10 minutes to begin the walk. Use this number only on the day of the walk, if you are lost or cannot attend: (707) 480-3432.

Out and About Naturalist Education Series, Winter 2022.  “Become an Osborn Naturalist.”  Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry hosts this series, covering many topics, including amphibians, birds, ethnobotany and more.  The Series is appropriate for students, teachers and community members.  “We will explore the 8 ecological communities of the Osborn preserve with SSU faculty or local experts to experience first hand how these topics connect with concepts relating to watersheds, adaptations, scientific inquiry and more. Along the way, we will learn games to play with children to teach key concepts about our connections with Nature.”  A wonderful opportunity to deepen connections to Nature and to the Fairfield Osborn Preserve.  More info: Julie Wittmann:  julie.wittmann@sonoma.edu , 707-888-9545.  First event is January 30; registration deadline for series is February 5.  https://cei.sonoma.edu/naturalist-ed-series.

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