by Ingrid Spetz
A dream and many moons ago, a vision was born to return the subsided land on the edge of San Pablo Bay back to tidal marshland. When the tides filled the marsh for the first time in over 100 years last October, thousands of birds flocked to it within a few hours — and Sears Point revealed itself to be a destination for some great bird watching, especially when birds come to stay for the winter.
Starting in December and continuing through February, on the first and third Saturdays of each month, our volunteer docents will be leading bird walks along the Dickson Trail at Sears Point, which passes between new and old tidal marshlands.
These docents have been out at Sears Point for months now, setting up spotting scopes and observing the birds and other wildlife and watching the change of the seasons. We are excited to have them share their observations with you — and for you to share yours as well. Whether you are a seasoned birder looking to connect with others with a shared interest, or just someone who has always wondered about all those birds that come spend the winter, we invite you to come along and explore with us.
Pre-registration for these free walks is encouraged.
Ingrid Spetz is Sonoma Land Trust's outings manager.
Sonoma Land Trust is a local nonprofit based in Santa Rosa, CA, that conserves scenic, natural, agricultural and open lands in Sonoma County for the benefit of the community and future generations. This blog focuses on SLT's stewardship team, whose members do hands-on work to directly protect, restore, and safeguard the land for generations to come.