Tomales Bay is an important wintering area for thousands of loons, grebes, ducks and other 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 short and easy walks. Our trip begins in the town of Tomales and we’ll car-caravan to several sites along the east shore of the bay, including Lawson’s Landing and Cypress Grove Preserve. The latter is a research center of Aububon Canyon Ranch, which protects nearly 500 acres of important and diverse lands on Tomales Bay. The class will end with an overlook of the Giacomini wetlands, one of the largest wetland restoration projects on the California coast and a joint effort of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association and the National Park Service.