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Goat Rock Beach to Harbor Seal Nursery Professional Review and Guide
"Goat Rock Beach is located along a sand spit that is formed where the Russian River empties into the sea. The low, northpointing sandy peninsula is wedged between the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean, ending at the mouth of the river below the town of Jenner. The north end of the strand is home to a colony of harbor seals that number in the hundreds. It is the largest seal rookery in Sonoma County. Seal pups are born from March through June. This hike begins just north of Goat Rock, a towering, flattopped promontory connected to the mainland by a manmade causeway. The path to Goat Rock Beach crosses the sandspit to the harbor seal nursery, where the seals bask on the sand. During the pupping season, adult seals can be protective. Safely stay at least 50 yards from the pups to avoid disturbing the seals and their habitat. From March through August, docents are at the site with binoculars and spotting scopes to offer information about the harbor seals."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
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