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California Coastal National Monument – Black Oystercatchers and Birding

California Coastal National Monument – Black Oystercatchers and Birding

The California Coastal National Monument offshore rocks are home to many nesting and migrating shorebirds. One of the most unusual is the Black Oystercatcher. In 2011, Audubon California in conjunction with Mendocino Coast Audubon (MCAS) and California State Parks enlisted volunteers to count and map existing Black Oystercatcher (BLOY) nests along the Mendocino Coast. This partnership continues in mid-May as 20 MCAS volunteers in teams of 2-3 begin weekly survey visits to nine pre-assigned survey areas. The majority of the…

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Boy Scout Tree Trail

Boy Scout Tree Trail

This trail is part of the larger complex of Redwood National and State Parks, which spans Del Norte and Humboldt counties, and includes 44,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest and 37 miles of pristine coastline. You can find more information on all our trails and other recreational opportunities at www.nps.gov/redw. Allow at least half a day to enjoy this outstanding trail, which leads you deep into the old-growth forest before concluding at Fern Falls. Slight changes in elevation give a…

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Bolinas Ridge Trail

Bolinas Ridge Trail

The Bolinas Ridge Trail, popular with hikers and mountain bikers alike, begins on the ridgeline east of the Olema Valley on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. about one-mile from the intersection of Highway One. The trail crosses rolling coastal pastureland, enters redwood groves, and passes through chapparal before its southern trailhead at Alpine Road on Mt. Tamalpais. From the top of the ridge one has a bird-eye views up and down the San Andreas Rift Zone. In fact, the fault divides…

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Blue Waters Kayaking

Blue Waters Kayaking

Every year Blue Waters Kayaking has the honor of introducing people of all ages and abilities to the natural wonders of kayaking. We see people delight at the thrill of their first paddle, rejoice with wonder as they serenely cross the Bay under the glow of the full moon and beam with excitement as they load their kayak for a camping trip on a secluded beach. We also have the privilege of organizing wedding parties and family reunions; teaching novice…

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Bird Watching in Lake County

Bird Watching in Lake County

Lake County is one of Northern California’s premiere bird watching destinations. Up close and personal views of a wide variety of species make it a necessary stop on your bird watching adventure. Just some of the bird species that visitors can see are Great Blue Herons, Clark’s and Western Grebes, Ospreys, Green Herons, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Black Crowned Night Herons. The best viewing time is before 10:00 am, when the birds are collecting food. A pair of binoculars and the…

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Big River Nurseries

Big River Nurseries

Big River Nurseries is on the site of the Historic China Gardens that provided produce and fruit to early loggers. The site, on the south side of Big River, across from Mendocino Village, was first settled by Nate Smith after he sold his “claim” to lumbermen to the north side of Big River- the area that became known as the Mendocino Headlands and the redwood forests to the east. After Nate moved-on to hunt and fish providing meat for the…

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Big River Interpretive Walks

Big River Interpretive Walks

Big River Interpretive Walks introduce participants to many interesting facts about Big River and the Mendocino area. Led by volunteer docents along the Big River Main Haul Road, participants are treated to a walk along the river, beautiful views of the estuary and the redwoods, and the chance to learn about the cultural history of Mendocino, local plants and animals, the estuary, redwood ecology and local folklore. The Big River estuary is one of the longest undeveloped estuaries in California…

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Belinda Point Trail

Belinda Point Trail

This 0.6-mile trail (one way distance) travels from Ocean Drive in Fort Bragg, to a small cove and bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ocean Drive is located off of Highway One immediately south of the Botanical Gardens. The route to Belinda Point has been walked for generations, and in October 2004 Mendocino Land Trust opened a public trail in an Offer-to-Dedicate easement. The trail winds through Monterey and Mendocino cypress groves, eucalyptus, shore pine, and coastal bluff scrub. Beautiful coastal…

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Bartlett Springs Road

Bartlett Springs Road

The Bartlett Springs Road leads to Bear Valley through some of the most remote country in our region, a good trip for those that like a slow and potentially adventurous back road drive. Thanks to vulcanism, Clear Lake early on earned a reputation as a premier mineral water destination. Starting in 1852, Victorian spas in the European style quickly sprang up around various mineral springs in the hills around the lake�Bartlett Springs, Harbin Springs, Highland Springs, Witter Springs, Saratoga Springs…

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Artisan Cheese Tour of Marin & Sonoma Counties

Artisan Cheese Tour of Marin & Sonoma Counties

Tour the heart of farmstead cheesemakers in Marin and Sonoma counties—the Normandy of North California. You can start at the Marin French Cheese right outside of Novato. Take a tour, picnic, and taste their award winning Rouge et Noir brie. Traveling west from there, make a quick detour to the quaint village of Nicasio. There you’ll find Nicasio Valley Cheese Company. The Lafranchi family produces fantastic farmstead cheeses in the artisanal tradition of their Swiss-Italian cousins in Northern Italy.Then travel…

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