This is a two-week advance notice that the Martin Griffin Preserve at the Audubon Canyon Ranch in Stinson Beach opens for its four-month season on Saturday, March 19th at 10 a.m. It should be a spectacular opportunity to observe the return of the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons to one of their largest nesting grounds on the West Coast.
For most of the year, this preserve is closed to the public to protect the habitat, although school groups are allowed to visit. So Saturday is a date that many of us bird lovers (and, living along Corte Madera Creek – these birds are two of my favorites) have been anticipating. I don’t often see Great Blue Herons and am looking forward to seeing a number of them. Great Egrets I see almost everyday, but they’re so elegant it’s impossible to see them too often.
In addition to viewing the nesting site, there are eight miles of hiking trails, three ponds, a nature bookstore, a bird display, a display hall and picnic tables. They don’t sell any food there, but you can bring your own and use their tables.
By the way, some of you may know this preserve by the name “Bolinas Lagoon Preserve”, but last July it was officially renamed to honor a long-time member who worked successful to permanently protect this section of California’s coastline.
No dogs (except service animals) and no smoking allowed.
Where: 4900 Shoreline Highway One, Stinson Beach (map)
Open Season: March 19 – July 10
Tues – Fri by appointment only / Weekends & Holidays 10-4 / Closed Mondays