Altacal Audubon to Host Pt. Reyes Program, Table Mountain Trip in March – Red Bluff Daily News

Altacal Audubon has the following activities scheduled for March. Programs are conducted via Zoom. All programs and activities are free, unless otherwise stated, and are open to the public.

Bird observation point. Reyes Through the Years with Mary Muchowski will be on the program, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

Take a tour of the birding hotspots in Pt. Reyes: there are such diverse habitats, from grasslands, estuaries and sandy beaches, from lagoons to coastal chaparrals and hardwood/coniferous forests, which leads to a wide variety of bird species. This program will highlight many past Altacal trips and all the rare migratory and other cool birds that have been seen at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Altacal has organized camping trips to Pt. Reyes for decades, and members have seen some really interesting birds and other wildlife over the years. During fall migration, some eastern warblers and other birds get lost and eventually migrate south along the west coast, and Pt. Reyes is the perfect staging point. Mary will introduce the main birding sites with maps and photos and share stories about them. If you’ve never joined Altacal on one of these trips, you’ll want to after watching this presentation.

Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84887056612?pwd=L1UvRWRETkhRRmlyYmR3OHc4NDZadz09. Meeting ID: 848 8705 6612 Passcode: 367710

A beginner birding outing is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Table Mountain.

Table Mountain is a favorite of wildlife and wildflower enthusiasts. This year should be excellent due to the rains. Walk on trails and over rough, rocky terrain that can be muddy, so wear good hiking shoes. Walking sticks are optional. The group can see Rock Wren, Horned Larks and other low range mountain birds and beautiful blooming wildflowers. Bring snacks, water and binoculars.

This tour is beginner-oriented, but all experience levels 18+ are welcome. Meet at the Table Mountain entrance gate at 8:00 AM. A CDFW land pass, $4.89, is required for entry to Table Mountain – a fishing or hunting license waives the need for a land pass. Land passes can be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass. Allow plenty of time to park if it’s busy. Email Karen at [email protected] to RSVP and for directions.

Ryan H. Bowman