Photo credit, PRBO
Bird Watching and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory

Point Reyes is an excellent location for bird lovers. Situated under the Pacific Flyway, both land and seabirds shelter in this protected environment. Tomales Bay is one of the most productive and varied wildlife habitats on the Pacific Flyway. The Christmas bird counts are among the highest in the nation.*  A spring guest at the Abalone Inn reported seeing close to 50 species in a day, including Great Horned Owl nestlings and the theatened Snowy Plover. Point Reyes is also home to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) in Palomarin and the Audobon Ranch (Bolinas Lagoon) and an Audubon Research Facility.

Best Birding Areas

Point Reyes Bird Watching Abbotts Lagoon
Trail: 3 miles, 100' elevation change
Point Reyes Bird Watching Kehoe Beach
Trail: 1 mile, 100' elevation change
Point Reyes Bird Watching Muddy Hollow
Trail: 4.8 miles, 200' elevation change
Point Reyes Bird Watching Greenpicker Trail
Trail: 7.5 miles, 1300' elevation change
Point Reyes Bird Watching Audubon Canyon Ranch
One of the west coast's major nesting colonies of Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, and Great Egrets.
Open mid-March to early July on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Point Reyes Bird Watching

Further Information

Located on the Point Reyes National Seashore, Palomarin provides an excellent opportunity to observe a research program at work. PRBO's Palomarin Field Station and nature trail are open to the public, dawn to dusk, seven days a week. PRBO's Palomarin Field Station, located at the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore, and PRBO's Farallon Islands Field Station, located 28 miles west of San Francisco's Golden Gate, are recognized as two of the premier field biology training programs in the United States. Call for information on bird walks, mist-netting/banding demonstrations and other environmental education activities. All walks led by PRBO biologists. All ages welcome. Call 415-868-1221 ext. 40 for more information. $5 donation requested from participants who are not members of PRBO; members and their guests attend free of charge.

Point Reyes Bird Observatory Palomarin Field Station

* Source: "Saving the Marin -Sonoma Coast" by L. Martin Griffin, M. D.


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