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Outings Styles

Explore

General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands.

Discover

Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field.

Experience

Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape.

Level Ratings

  1. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails
  2. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails
  3. Some steep inclines and/or no trails
  4. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

 

On the Land Outings

Winter Outings 2018

Presentations

Member Outings

Public Outings

Docents at the Baylands 

Presentations

Raptor Identification with Larry Broderick (public)
Thursday, January 25, 7–9pm

Join Larry Broderick for this educational and engaging slideshow to get some expert tips on raptor identification and behavior before heading out into the field.

Sonoma County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan with Caerleon Safford (public)
Thursday, February 22, 7–9pm

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In September of 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the Sonoma County Wildfire Protection Plan. This plan was written by Fire Safe Sonoma and involved input from a wide range of stakeholders. Join Caerleon Safford of Fire Safe Sonoma to learn about this plan and what proactive steps you can take to protect your home.

When the World Rode In with Martha Vallejo McGettigan (members)
Thursday, March 8, 7–8:30pm

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Martha Valleho McGettigan, historian and descendant of General Vallejo, will entertain us with stories of the fascinating history of early California.

Shorebirds and Waterfowl at the Baylands with Dave Barry (members)
Saturday, March 10, 2–3pm followed by a walk, 3–5pm

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Join naturalist Dave Barry to learn about the waterfowl of the Pacific Flyway of San Francisco Bay and discover that these beautiful birds are actually very tough survivors. The slideshow presentation at the Benson Center will be followed by a walk along the Bay Trail.

Member Outings

Kayak up Tolay Creek
Thursday, February 15, 9am–2pm
Level 4

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Join project manager Julian Meisler as we paddle from the Sears Point tidal marsh to follow the rising tide up Tolay Creek to discover the beauty of this rarely traveled waterway. We have a few kayaks to provide for those without boats.

Forest Fuel Load Reduction at Be Here Conservation Easement in the Mayacamas
Sunday, February 25, 1–4pm
Level 4

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Explore the 300 acres and 100-foot waterfall of this conservation easement at the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek and learn about the work being done to improve forest health and connect people to the land.

Raptors with Larry Broderick at Skaggs Island
Sunday, March 4, 9am–1pm
Level 2

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Join our expert guide Larry Broderick to learn about raptor identification and behavior at Skaggs Island on the edge of San Pablo Bay.

Shorebirds and Waterfowl with Dave Barry at the Baylands
Saturday, March 10, 3–5pm
Level 2

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Join naturalist Dave Barry for this walk along the Bay Trail to learn about the waterfowl of the Pacific Flyway of San Francisco Bay and discover that these beautiful birds are actually very tough survivors. This walk is preceded by a presentation at 2pm, which is included.

Public Outings

Raptors with Larry Broderick at Skaggs Island
Sunday, January 28, 10am–2pm
Level 2

Join our expert guide Larry Broderick to learn about raptor identification and behavior at Skaggs Island on the edge of San Pablo Bay.

Flyway Festival Raptors with Larry Broderick at the Baylands
Saturday, February 10, 9:30–11am and 11:30–1pm
Level 2

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Great numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl mean birds of prey are watching and waiting. Join raptor expert Larry Broderick in understanding the dynamics of bird behavior at the tidal marsh at Sears Point.

Intro to Nature Photography at White Rock with Corby Hines
Saturday, February 17, 3–6pm
Level 3

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Experience the tranquil beauty and verdant winter green of the White Rock Preserve near Healdsburg and learn the essentials of composition, lighting and camera settings to improve your nature photography.

Raptors with Larry Broderick at Skaggs Island
Sunday, March 18, 10am–2pm
Level 2

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Join our expert guide Larry Broderick to learn about raptor identification and behavior at Skaggs Island on the edge of San Pablo Bay.

Docents at the Baylands

Level 2
Join our skilled docents the third Saturday of each month for a guided bird walk and opportunity to learn about the natural history of this growing tidal marsh ecosystem.
February 17
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March 17
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Level 1: Easy access on level ground
Level 2: Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less-developed trails
Level 3: Some inclines and/or no trails
Level 4: Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders


Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 110 for more information.

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