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Natural History of the Estero Trail

Natural History of the Estero Trail

Sun, April 14
This eight mile hike takes us to a dramatic meeting of land and estuary for a full day of natural history exploration!

The peak of wildflower bloom should be an excellent time to take an exciting, eight-mile walk along the Estero trail to Drake’s Head overlooking Limantour Estero. Drakes Estero is the only officially designated marine wilderness area in the state and is a special site indeed.

Pausing to view the diversity of wildflowers and other plants along the trail will give us an opportunity to rest along the way. We will also stop to view the many grebes, scoters, shorebirds and other waterbirds that are migrating through and feeding in the rich estuaries we will visit. Woodpeckers, warblers, flycatchers other birds will be in the midst of nesting activity and we will identify them by voice and sight.

Join us for a full day of natural history exploration in a less visited part of the National Seashore. This hike will start at the Estero trailhead parking lot.

David Wimpfheimer is a professional naturalist and biologist. For almost forty years David has pursed his passion, natural history of the American West. He enthusiastically shares his extensive knowledge about all aspects of the natural world with many groups including Smithsonian Institution, California Academy of Sciences, Road Scholar and Oceanic Society.

P hoto Credit: Bill Helsel

Details

-We will be meeting at the Estero Trail trailhead/parking lot

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring

Binoculars are helpful

Day Pack

Lunch

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Notebook and Pen/Field Journal

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

· Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

· Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

· Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

· Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

· Masks are optional at your discretion

· Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.