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Mist Netting Songbirds Fieldtrip

September 24, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Nature Journal Club for an early morning bird banding demonstration and meet Jack’s bird drawing mentor.

Wake up with the birds and join us at the bird lab at Point Blue’s Palomarin Field Station.  We are scheduled for two 1.5 hour bird banding tours and demonstrations Registration is required and each tour is only open to 20 people.  We suggest a donation to Point Blue of $3.00 per person). You will see birds in the hand (perhaps your own) and learn how scientists study bird populations. Learn more about bird banding here. Sign up for the tour you want below. The early tour will probably get the most birds but you will have to wake up early to get that worm. If you miss the tours, you can still join us at 10am for a day of journaling and nature study. After our tours we will search for birds in the Palomarin Area before heading to Bolinas for lunch. We will enjoy our customary Nature Journal Club Potluck lunch (bring something to share and your own bowl and spoon).  After lunch we will visit bird artist Keith Hansen in his studio and head to Bolinas beach to explore and journal together.

If rain is forecasted for the day of the field trip, the trip may be canceled or relocated to an indoor venue. Check this program description Sunday morning before leaving for updates and changes.

The program is open to all ages and ability levels. No registration necessary. $20 suggested donation.

Morning Bird Tour Registration

7:00 am- 8:30 am Early-Bird Banding Tour Register here.

8:30 am- 10:00 am Bird Banding Tour Register here.


  • Nature journaling supplies
  • Binoculars/ Spotting Scope
  • Drinking Water (none is available on site)
  • A potluck treat to share and bowl/ spoon (does not need to be in a backpack as we will be back at our cars for lunch).

Other Information

Be prepared for curvy roads and sometimes carsickness (~ 1 hour or more from many Marin and Sonoma County cities; ask Diana for specific driving time).

 Wear layered clothing – we are near the coast and weather can change in a few hours from foggy to sunny (or vice versa).

 Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a 20-minute hike on somewhat uneven terrain with one short, steep climb on the trail to check the mist-nets with biologists.

 Hats and sunscreen are always a good idea.

 There is poison oak in the area! Please ask people in your group to wear long pants.

 There is a bathroom and a port-o-potty onsite

 Bring plenty of drinking water; we do not have potable water onsite for visitors.

 If park rangers are guiding or blocking traffic, this is for a popular trailhead nearby; tell them you are headed out to the “Bird Observatory” to see bird banding and they will send you through.


September 24, 2017
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Nature Journal Club
(415) 310-7592

6 thoughts on “Mist Netting Songbirds Fieldtrip

  1. Brian David King says:

    Every time my students and I go to the Point Blue’s Palomarin Field Station we learn something. If I could be there would, the synergy of their staff, the birds caught in the mist nets and Jake Laws wisdom will be great.

    • John Laws says:

      Hi there, We may schedule a visit at some point in the future but it would be in a few years. In the meantime you can schedule your own visit on their website. That would be smaller crowds, better views, and the experience is wonderful.

  2. Tracey says:

    I just realized the Eventbrite tickets for the second banding tour is has the event listed in the evening from 8:30 PM-10 PM. I’d like to confirm, is 8:30-10 AM the correct time? Thank you!

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