Tomales Bay is a 6,800-acre estuary located just east of Point Reyes National Seashore and one of David’s favorite places to explore. The bay is 12 miles long and relatively shallow, occupying the seaward end of a rift valley created by the San Andreas Fault. Its clean water supports productive eel grass beds, which provide a nursery habitat for many species of fish and invertebrates. The pristine waters of the bay also support harbor seals, shorebirds, and cormorants. Osprey, kingfishers, loons, grebes, and pelicans, both brown and white can be plentiful.
Kayaking the Wetlands
Sunday, February 12
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here in the Point Reyes area, making it one of the best bird watching havens in the country. Fall and winter are great times to bird watch from a kayak in Tomales Bay. Abundant food and mild weather conditions bring in thousands of birds. This tour will focus on the shallow, eastern end of the bay and the restored Giacomini wetlands. This is the largest and most ambitious restoration project at Point Reyes and judging by the thousand of birds that utilize the area, one of the most successful. You will see and learn about migrating birds, marine animals and other species which live below and above the water's surface. This tour is for those who love to watch and identify birds as well as those with a curiosity for what makes Tomales Bay such a unique ecosystem.
Tomales Bay Wildlife Exploration
March 19, 2017 (rescheduled from January 22)
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
We will launch at Miller Park (next to the restaurant at Nick’s Cove) and paddle through tide channels to the remote beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore. As we paddle along we will discover the myriad and diverse animals which inhabit the Bay and its shores. Over 250 Tule Elk inhabit the northern part of the peninsula and may be seen from the kayaks. In addition to Tule Elk, there is a chance to see harbor seals, bat rays, leopard sharks, osprey and sea lions. River otters and bald eagles are some of the uncommon species we see occasionally. The area around Hog Island is rich in scenic beauty and over a hundred cormorants nest there. Late winter is an especially good times to see numerous scoters, brant, loons, grebes, shorebirds and other waterbirds that migrate through this rich estuary. On this outing we will explore the outer part of the bay near Hog Island, Tom's Point and the mouth of Walker Creek.
The above two tours kayaking tours are sponsored by Blue Waters Kayaking Please contact them for details on registering. See you on the water!
Some of the kayaking trips that David leads are sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute. Tomales Bay and Drakes Estero are often the dynamic estuaries that are visited on these tours. Harbor Seals, otters and many, many birds are usually enjoyed at close range on these paddles.
The Natural History of Mono Lake class, also sponsored by PRFI, includes a half day of kayaking on one of the most dramatic places on the planet. Yes, I’m bias, having spent over a quarter century helping to protect and educate groups about this unique gem in the Eastern Sierra. Join us on July 15 - 17, 2016