Natural World

Natural World

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Freeman

Come enjoy a wonderful interactive day learning about the Monarch’s remarkable life history, the perils they face, and how you can help save them by sowing seed balls of their nectar and host plants which we’ll make in class. During the Fall, the magnificent Monarchs...

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Explore the wild seascapes of San Francisco on this one-way hike along the Coastal Trail. Discover sandstones at the Cliff House, mélange at Lands End, serpentinite at the Presidio as well as beach, dune, and landslide deposits that sculpt this scenic shoreline....

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Binney

Explore the elk range with Frank Binney, a nature writer who has assisted park biologists with tule elk studies for 20 years. With scores of large-antlered bull elk actively competing for females in the annual rut, we’ll have many opportunities to observe breeding...

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Walla-Murphy

This class will teach the foundations of wildlife tracking. We will look through the broad lens of habitat patterns as well as the detailed lens of tracks, sign, and scat to better understand our animal neighbors and how they survive around us.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Many people enjoy the abundance and bird diversity at Limantour Estero, Bolinas Lagoon, and other West Marin sites, but some of the rich habitats that can be found in the eastern side of the county are less appreciated. On this class we will focus on the nearly...

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Campbell

Spend a wild and woodsy weekend in the forests of Point Reyes at the height of our local mushroom season. David will guide beginning and intermediate mushroom enthusiasts on a series of forays into the rich and diverse wild mushroom habitats of the Seashore.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Hug

Many birders find looking at gulls to be an intimidating process, yet it doesn’t need to be! Simple strategies are available to eliminate the frustration of gull identification. You may not become an expert overnight, but you may become more courageous about practicing...

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Campbell

Explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms in Point Reyes. We'll learn basic mushroom terminology, collecting techniques, spore prints, ID keys, and much more, including a fresh wild mushroom specimen display provided by the instructor.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Wimpfheimer

For more than forty years, the Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count has monitored winter populations of over two hundred species of birds in the National Seashore and adjoining areas. Join David in exploring the area's rich bird diversity during this annual event!

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Tomales Bay is a wintering area for thousands of waterbirds. The tidal flats, marshes, rocky shores, and beaches provide diverse feeding areas for raptors, shorebirds, and waders. We’ll focus on bird identification and behavior during our short walks. Our car-caravan...

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Campbell

Explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms in Point Reyes. We'll learn basic mushroom terminology, collecting techniques, spore prints, ID keys, and much more, including a fresh wild mushroom specimen display provided by the instructor.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Discover the incredible bird diversity of Point Reyes. This ecosystem is a richfeeding area for many water birds, raptors, warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, andother land birds. This class covers the basics of field identification as well as insights into the use of...

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Plummer

The app world offers options for recording observations, looking up species, joining naturalist communities, and much more. Bring your device and/or camera to class and learn about apps for exploring the natural world and adding to the world’s knowledge of where the...

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

This class expands on concepts and skills covered in Birding 101, but anyone interested in birds or birding is welcome. We will learn about ecological associations, why certain birds are found in specific habitats, bird behaviors, various calls, and much more!

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Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

 

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Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

By mid-April, almost all of the migratory nesting birds have returned to the Point Reyes Peninsula. This class will explore Bear Valley, Drakes Estero, the Giacomini wetlands, and other habitats to observe them. Identification of raptors, flycatchers, warblers,...

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Peak wildflower bloom is an excellent time for an eight-mile walk along the Estero Trail to witness the diversity of wildflowers. We will stop to view grebes, scoters, shorebirds, and other water birds migrating and feeding in the rich estuaries. Expect to hike all day...

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Plummer

Point Reyes offers a deep, rich underworld of life and bird-talk awaiting the patient listener, and birding by ear can be accelerated with simple techniques and awareness training. Participants will practice deep listening in the field and learn to understand baseline...