Natural History of the Estero Trail

Natural History of the Estero Trail

Fri, 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 is an excellent time to take an exciting, eight-mile walk along the Estero trail to Drake’s Head overlooking Limantour Estero. The diversity of wildflowers and other plants, birds, elk and other species can be quite special. Pausing to view wildflowers and other plants along the trail will give us an opportunity to rest as well.

Of course we will also stop to view the many grebes, scoters, shorebirds and other waterbirds that are migrating by and feeding in the rich estuaries we will visit. Wilson”s warblers and other land 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. We will be hiking by the only official wilderness area on the Pacific Coast and Drakes Estero truly is a wild place.

David Wimpfheimer is a professional naturalist and biologist. For thirty-five years David has pursed his passion, natural history of the America 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.

Photo 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 essential

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

In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we ask all participants to 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, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness

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

• Masks are optional but are strongly recommended when indoors or if gathered closely outside

• Please bring your own food and water

NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

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