Photo by Edward Kent
Photo by Tom Reynolds
Sonoma County offers some of the best birding in the region, thanks to its diverse landscapes and location on the Pacific Flyway. Here are a few popular parks for bird-watching. Go to Find a Park for a complete list.
Sightings at this Santa Rosa park are remarkably diverse, especially during migration. You may see geese, egrets, herons, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, jays, warblers, sparrows, and other birds while enjoying a walk around the lake. Use this checklist(PDF: 757 kB) in combination with a bird field guide to track your observations.
This trail near Sebastopol is a birding hot spot, due to the unique and complex habitat of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland. More than 200 species of birds are known to reside in, feed or rest in the Laguna.
On Bodega Bay, Doran Beach and the Bird Walk and Pinnacle Gulch coastal access trails are where you may spot pelagic birds on the water, shorebirds in the mudflats and waterfowl on the harbor. Use this checklist (PDF: 503 kB) in combination with a bird field guide to track your observations.
Spring Lake Regional Park, Violetti Road entranceEntertained by birds? Enjoy kayaking? Why not mix the two? Birdwatching is a great way to observe animals in their natural habitat, and being on the water allows you to see a wide variety of birds, and other wildlife.
Hunter Creek TrailEnjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of the month. These outings led by parks staff and volunteers are designed especially for older adults to enjoy nature and each other’s company.
Doran Regional Park, Jetty Day UseEntertained by birds? Enjoy kayaking? Why not mix the two? Birdwatching is a great way to observe animals in their natural habitat, and being on the water allows you to see a wide variety of birds, and other wildlife.
Bird Walk Coastal Trail Beginning birding workshops for all ages.