Field Trips


Monterey Audubon's volunteer-lead field trips are open to birders of all levels. Most field trips occur in spring and fall during the height of migration and breeding season, though we occaisonally offer other trips at other times of year. Check back here and in our digital newsletter for updates. 

Saturday September 10: South Bank Trail, Carmel River
Recently the Monterey Regional Park District and the Big Sur Land Trust formed a new access trail to the east side of Palo Corona Regional Park that runs adjacent to the Carmel River from its trailhead off of Rancho San Carlos Rd. in Carmel Valley. We will explore this access trail as it winds its way from the Quail Lodge Golf Course area to the east entrance of the park, birding in a variety of habitats from riparian to oak woodland, grassland, and golf park environments. Group limited to 12, carpooling a must as parking is limited. Meet: 8am Wild Bird Haven. RSVP: Bill Hill 831-624-3300. NOTE: If you wish to continue birding inside the Park after the field trip, a permit is required and can be obtained at the Regional Park website:

Saturday October 8
: Frog Pond Preserve & Wetlands
Fall migration can be productive here especially if the pond has water. It is harder to see the birds than it is to hear them so we will practice ear training with the resident species. Since the path is narrow and parking is limited, the group is limited to 6 participants. Contact leader to reserve time and place: Rita Carratello 831-375-0794 or

Saturday October 15: Carr Lake, Salinas
Carr Lake is the site of one of the Central Coast's great restoration success stories. Thanks to ongoing efforts by Return of the Natives, Carr has become a bird haven in the center of urban Salinas. Contact leader, Mike Stake, to RSVP and for more details:

Saturday October 22- 7:30 AM to 2 PM: Andrew Molera State Park
Located approximately 20 miles south of Carmel and considered by many birders to be one of the best locations in our county for birding, we will explore this local treasure for its often exhilarating vagrant warblers as well as the local species such as California Condors , Peregrine Falcons and many more. Meet at the Whole Foods parking area in Del Monte  Center, Monterey at 7:30 AM for carpooling. Bring a lunch and water: Robert Horn 831-372-4608 email:

Saturday November 5: Moonglow Dairy, Elkhorn Sough
Moonglow Dairy boasts some of the highest species diveristy of any location in Monterey County. We will bird the grassy fields off Dolan Road, the working dairy around the cattlepens, the passerine rich Eucalytpus groves as well as the rarity-famous pond levies. Note Moonglow is a working commercial dairy farm, not open to the general public, and those sensitive to strong smells or agribusiness should avoid this trip. Carpool from Wild Bird Haven at 7:30AM or convene at Surf City Coffee off Highway 1 at 800AM. RSVP to Blake Matheson at   


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