The 4th Annual Waterbird Festival is a FREE community and family-friendly event that includes naturalist-led bird walks, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, interactive educational activities, and expert speaker sessions. There will also be fee-based field trips available both on- and off-site. A food truck will be on site to provide sustenance during your visit!
You will need to register: click on green TICKETS button above right to register for the general event as well as for individual field trips--free or paid.
See our website also.
Click here for directions and location of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary (RBACS).
(Photo, above: Double-crested Cormorants fly out over Richardson Bay, © Robert Hinz)
SCHEDULE (subject to change):
* = offsite field trip; (RSVP) = requires registration; ($) = event requires paid registration
OFF-SITE FIELD TRIPS:
8:00am - 9:30am: Piper Park (Larkspur) w/ Rich Cimino * (RSVP)
9:00am - 12:00pm: MLK Regional Shoreline (East Bay) w/Golden Gate Audubon Society * (RSVP)
9:00am - 12:00pm: Peña Adobe/Lagoon Valley Park (Vacaville) birding w/ Napa-Solano Audubon Society * (RSVP)
10:00am - 12:00pm: BYO Kayak/paddleboard trip * (RSVP)
11:00am - 2:00pm: Bay Boat Cruise on the Outer Limits * (RSVP) ($)
AUDUBON CENTER EVENTS:
10:00am - 4:00pm: Spotting scopes on Lyford House patio
10:15am - 11:30am: Bird walk on RBACS grounds (RSVP)
10:30am – 12:00pm: Bird walk on RBACS grounds (RSVP)
10:30am - 12:00pm: Bird walk at Blackie's (RSVP)
10:30am - 12:00pm: Birding Basics w/ Rich Cimino (RSVP)
10:30am - 3:30pm: Photo exhibit: winners of 2016 Audubon Photography Awards
10:30am - 3:30pm: Lyford House open house
10:30am - 12:00pm: John Muir "Jack" Laws sketching Class (RSVP)
10:45am - 12:15pm: Bird walk at Blackie's (RSVP)
10:45am - 12:15pm: Bird walk on RBACS grounds (RSVP)
11:00am - 2:00pm: Children's activities
11:00am - 12:30pm: Bilingual (English/Español) bird walk/ observación de aves, con WildCare (RSVP)
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Gull identification walk w/ Peter Pyle (RSVP) ($)
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Speaker Series (RBACS Blue Classroom)
-- 1:00pm Wendy Schackwitz (Napa-Solano Audubon Society): "My Big Year"
-- 2:00pm John Kelly, PhD. (Audubon Canyon Ranch): "Waterbirds of Tomales Bay"
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Beach cleanup with Audubon Youth Leaders
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Help in our native plant nursery
* - Offsite field trip.
(RSVP) - requires registration
($) - Event requires paid registration
(Willet in foreground, Greater & Lesser Scaup in background, © Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary)
Do I need to register for free events?
Please register for general event even if you don't plan to attend specific field trips. And, yes--some free sub-events have limited space, and require registration. See TICKETS for details on individual events.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
General event is open to all ages. Some sub-events/field trips have minimum age requirements; see TICKETS for details.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is plentiful parking in gravel parking lots and on the street adjacent to the Audubon Center. Golden Gate Transit bus routes # 8 and # 219 stop on Tiburon Blvd near the Center (376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon). Blue & Gold Ferry has service to Tiburon, leaving Pier 41 in San Francisco. It is about 3 miles from the Tiburon ferry terminal to the Audubon Center, easily walked or biked on a mostly bayside public trail.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring layers, binoculars & scopes (if you have them--we will have a limited number to borrow), and curiosity.
Are pets allowed at the festival?
No pets are allowed on the Audubon Center & Sanctuary grounds during the festival.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Not necessarily, but it will make it easier for us to idenitify your registration, especially for pre-paid events.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes, but please have original registrant contact us about any changes.
(Gulls feast on Pacific herring roe (eggs) which piled up on the Center's shoreline after a spawn event. © Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.)