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Natural History of Coastal Monterey

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 - Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013
9:00 AM  - 2:30 PM

David Wimpfheimer, Instructor¿

The coastal portions of Monterey County are wonderfully scenic and diverse. Over 400 species of birds have been found here and the botanical diversity is also remarkably rich. On Friday, explore the justly famous Point Lobos State Reserve, peering into coves for breeding cormorants and watching oystercatchers feed in the tidal zone. Not far beyond the cypress bluffs and kelp forests, migrating grey whales can often be seen and sea lions are always present. You will continue exploring this dramatic coast to the south towards Big Sur, visiting a surprise canyon where a redwood and fern-lined stream flows out to a dramatic headland. The grasslands, oak woodland and riparian habitats of Carmel Valley will be the focus on Saturday, traveling from cottonwood-sycamore stands along the Carmel River, by oak woodlands to dramatic vistas. A special feature will be a visit to Hastings Preserve, a unique University of California reserve not open to the public, where you will learn about the natural history of lizards, gophers, Acorn Woodpeckers, magpies and many other birds that breed locally. Sunday will be the time to explore Elkhorn Slough by pontoon boat, offering an excellent platform from which to see and photograph the thousands of godwits, willets, dunlin and other shorebirds. The boat also provides a perfect opportunity for close viewing of sea otters and harbor seals. Grebes, loons, pelicans, ducks and many other water birds are almost constantly in view. In addition to the boat trip, you will walk a trail through lichen-draped oaks and salt marshes at the National Estuarine Preserve, affording even more birding opportunities. Includes access to Hastings Preserve and boat trip on the Elkhorn Slough. Logging accommodations are not included.

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