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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 Public Outings

Discover Raptors Who Winter in the Baylands

Come join raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick in the Baylands for a look at migratory and resident birds of prey. Possible “overwintering” raptors include ferruginous hawks, merlins, cooper’s hawks and sharp-shinned hawks. Resident birds we may see include red-tailed hawks, kestrels, harriers, kites, red-shouldered hawks, and maybe even a golden eagle or two. Join us as we focus on where to look for raptors, what their habits are, how to know what you’re looking at and how to compare the characteristics of species.

Raptors at Haire Ranch/Skaggs Island
Sunday, March 1, 10am—1pm
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Sunday, March 15, 10am-1pm
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This area is rife with raptors, both resident and migratory. Join San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager Don Brubaker and birder extraordinaire Larry Broderick for a raptor walk and tour of Skaggs Island and Haire Ranch. Learn about the history of the island along with plans for the restoration of Skaggs Island to marsh as we scan the sky for the abundant displays of raptors above. We will drive to various locations on the 4,400-acre island, taking walks at scenic locations.

Discover
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field.
Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails

Spring Equinox Open Day at Sears Point
Saturday, March 21, open from 9am2pm
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The winter rains have temporarily filled the newly-constructed 1,000-acre tidal marsh basin with water and it’s stunning! Celebrate the first day of spring by taking an easy stroll along the levee to get a glimpse of shorebirds and restored tidal marsh on one side, and waterfowl and future tidal marsh on the other. Sonoma Land Trust staff will be on hand for orientation and to answer questions, and birder expert Larry Broderick will assist with bird identification. Dogs on leash are welcome! Stop by anytime between 9am–2pm. Park on Reclamation Road (off Hwy 37 across from Lakeville Hwy intersection). Pre-registration encouraged but not required.

Discover
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field.
Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails

Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 114 for more information.

For more unique opportunties to get on the land, check out our volunteer workdays.

For more than 35 years, the Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America.

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Volunteer with Sonoma Land Trust
You will enjoy:

  • Access to diverse and beautiful properties
  • Educational and skill building opportunities
  • Great community
  • Annual Volunteer Celebration

Become a Member
You will receive:

  • quarterly announcements of upcoming members-only hikes
  • monthly eNews and quarterly newsletters
  • seasonal invitations to members-only open days at Glen Oaks Ranch
  • annual holiday open house and other special events
  • ongoing satisfaction of helping preserve what we all love most about Sonoma County

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