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Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, the site of a former air force base, is one of the largest restoration projects in California. In just a short amount of time it has also become one of the most successful. Even though some work is still ongoing, the number of shorebirds that use the restored tidal wetlands is truly dramatic. Thousands of plover, peeps, and small shorebirds feed here while an impressive number of larger waders including avocets, godwits and curlew also use the wetlands. One a two mile walk we will focus on the identifaction and behavior of these and many other birds. The wetlands and adjacent habitats are also good feeding areas for a good variety of raptors. This class will also visit the Las Gallinas ponds to view additional birds.
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
What to Bring
Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
Hat and sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
Lunch, snacks, and water for the day
Binoculars (a must)
Field guide (recommended)
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