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WildCare Family Adventures

Enjoy a day of discovery and learning out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of our planet.

To achieve this, WildCare’s Family Adventures groups will be visiting some sites that work to preserve wildlife and our natural environment. Whenever possible, family nature hikes will be incorporated into each adventure to enjoy the local flora and fauna. 

These programs are in English and Spanish, and free to the public. WildCare strongly encourages carpooling. Contact Marco by calling (415) 453 1000 ext. 17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org for more information or to reserve space on our free shuttle service from the Canal area of San Rafael.

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At the Bay Model

Join us for a Tour of the Bay Model Center

Saturday December 13, 2014  10:am - 12:30pm

Come with the whole family to The Bay Model Visitor Center, a fully accessible education center provides you a unique opportunity to view the complete bay-delta system at a glance. The Center gives an introduction and provides an overview of the system. We will be given  a one hour tour followed by a short walk along the bay and lunch in the park.

Directions to the Bay Model:

Coming South on Highway 101 take the Sausalito-Marin City exit and take a left at the stop light. Continue under the freeway overpass and take a right at the following stop light on Bridgeway. There will be small brown and white Bay Model direction signs along the way. Turn left on Harbor, then almost immediately turn right on Marinship Way and follow the signs to the Bay Model.

Coming North on Highway 101
take the Sausalito-Marin City exit and continue straight at the stop light, you are on Bridgeway. There will be small brown and white Bay Model direction signs along the way. Turn left on Harbor, then almost immediately turn right on Marinship Way and follow the signs to the Bay Model.

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Boy with binoculars. Photo by Jen Maiser

Family and Youth Winter Bird Count

Saturday, January 10, 2105 10am - 12:30pm

WildCare Family Adventures and Richardson Bay Audubon team up for this  annual favorite at Pickleweed Park.  Groups work together and look for as many numbers of various species as they can, and tally up the results.  In the past, groups have spotted a Burrowing Owl, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets, Northern Harrier, Widgeons, Scaups, and many more. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be distributed, and refreshments will be served.
Meet at Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St, San Rafael, CA 94901

Directions: From US-101 S  Take the Interstate 580 . Francisco Blvd. exit, Keep right, follow signs for Bellam Blvd/Francisco Boulevard; Turn onto Bellam, Take a left on Kerner Blvd to Canal St Destination will be on the left. We meet at the front entrance at 9AM.

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Great Blue Heron at Las Gallinas ponds, photo by Trish Carney

Bird Watching at Las Gallinas

Sunday, January 25, 2015 10am - 12:30pm

Enjoy a day of nature exploration and education. We will be joined by Marin County Parks Naturalist David Herlocker who will share his amazing knowledge and expertise. Las Gallinas is a fantastic place for new birders to see a variety of birds. The water treatment ponds here are a magnet for ducks in colorful breeding plumage, hawks soar over the surrounding fields, and songbirds flit about the bushes along the levees. We’ll have spotting scopes, but bring binoculars if you have them! Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 7am on the morning of the event for a recorded message to see if the walk is cancelled. Questions: Contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or DHerlocker@marincounty.org or Marco (415) 453 1000 Ext 17 or by email to marco@wildcarebayarea.org

Meet at the Las Gallinas Sanitary District water treatment ponds in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Road).

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take the exit for Smith Ranch Rd east approximately 0.7 miles. Drive over the railroad tracks and immediately turn left to stay on Smith Ranch Rd. (If you go through the park entrance, you have gone too far). Follow Smith Ranch Rd 0.8 miles to treatment facility. Park on the left.

Programs offered in collaboration with the Canal Alliance, San Rafael, CA. Visit them online at www.canalalliance.org.


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