Mendocino Coast Audubon Society sponsors all-day and (morning) 3-½ hour trips to view seabirds and ocean-going mammals aboard a charter boat out of Noyo Harbor. They search for seabirds about 20 miles out in the open ocean. The all day trips are generally 7 hours long, returning to Fort Bragg about 3 p.m. Birders should bring their own lunches and water, and take precautions to avoid seasickness. Several seabird experts will be on board to act as guides. Beginning birders are welcome and binoculars will be available for those who don’t have their own. These trips usually produce a great variety of pelagic species (birds who spend all or most of their life in the open ocean, coming to shore only to nest), including albatrosses, shearwaters, fulmars, auklets, and an occasional puffin. Possible non-bird sightings include sunfish, seals, dolphins and whales. The charge is always a bargain for what one out-of-area leader describes as the ‘hot new pelagic mega-rarities birding destination’. Payment should be received at least 5 days in advance of the trip, if at all possible. Space is limited, so you should call early to reserve your spot.
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: fall and spring
ADA Accessibility Notes
The boats are not ADA accessible.
For More Information, Contact:
Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
P.O. Box 2297, Fort Bragg, CA 95437