Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Mill Valley, California

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The center and sanctuary, owned and operated by National Audubon Society—California, has a magnificent setting on the edge of Richardson Bay, with a charming old Victorian home called the Lyford House. The sanctuary has 11 acres of land and 900 acres of tidal bay waters. A nature trail (about 0.5 mile) winds up over a hill and back near a small pond. The Audubon Nature Store features an extensive selection of books on natural history. The santuary has been classified as a Nationally Important Bird Area because it provides habitat for nationally significant numbers of California Gulls and Western Grebes, plus large numbers of migrating and wintering waterfowl. Specialty birds: Resident—Anna’s Hummingbird; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Wrentit; Spotted and California Towhees; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacificslope Flycatcher, Bullock’s Oriole. Winter—Pacific Loon; Western and Clark’s Grebes; Long-billed Curlew; Black Turnstone; Mew, Thayer’s, and Glaucous-winged Gulls. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary Professional Review and Guide

"The center and sanctuary, owned and operated by National Audubon Society—California, has a magnificent setting on the edge of Richardson Bay, with a charming old Victorian home called the Lyford House. The sanctuary has 11 acres of land and 900 acres of tidal bay waters. A nature trail (about 0.5 mile) winds up over a hill and back near a small pond. The Audubon Nature Store features an extensive selection of books on natural history. The santuary has been classified as a Nationally Important Bird Area because it provides habitat for nationally significant numbers of California Gulls and Western Grebes, plus large numbers of migrating and wintering waterfowl. Specialty birds: Resident—Anna’s Hummingbird; Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Wrentit; Spotted and California Towhees; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacificslope Flycatcher, Bullock’s Oriole. Winter—Pacific Loon; Western and Clark’s Grebes; Long-billed Curlew; Black Turnstone; Mew, Thayer’s, and Glaucous-winged Gulls. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Mill Valley
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best September through April for most water birds.
Local Contacts: Richardson Bay Audubon Center.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary

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May 2018