The goal of the Environmental Action Committee in hosting the festival is to help you learn and appreciate as much as possible the abundant birds, wildlife, native wildflowers and natural history of West Marin. Our region has one of the highest bird species counts in the United States, thanks to our mild weather, diverse habitats, the Pacific Flyway, and the excellent work by conservationists and local, state and federal agencies have done to protect the West Marin environment.
Thank you to our 2018 Friends of the Festival!
Your support is helping us reach our $10k, which supports the
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin's mission
to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters and biodiversity of West Marin.
Participants will check in at their meeting location, and should arrive 10-15 minutes before their scheduled event to fill in their liability forms. Participants or the public can also visit us on the festival weekend (April 27th-29th) at our bird hub, aka the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center in Point Reyes Station to receive festival info, register for any open classes, or pick up merchandise.
You can order shirts, Birding by Ear cds, and tote bags online during registration. We will have very limited sizes and quantities at the bird hub.
If your class meets at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, you may have the option to carpool with others, otherwise you should expect to meet at your meeting location (found in your email confirmation) at the scheduled time of your event.
Carpools: Parking at trailheads are often very limited and trails are difficult to find. We are not able to coordinate the carpools, but we can assist with participants grouping together if your meeting location is at the Dance Palace. Carpools are not guaranteed, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from events.
Festival Headquarters: The Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, or location for registration, carpool meetups, vendors, festival retail and educational workshops.
Parking: Parking at festival headquarters and in downtown Point Reyes Station is limited. If you can walk, or carpool with other attendees, please do.
Paths and Trails: Please stay on the paths and trails to avoid damaging habitats. Please be respectful of park and local housing, and do not disturb residents.
Clothing: Weather is highly variable at Point Reyes in the spring. Be prepared: wear layers, good hiking shoes, and bring a sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, an extra pair of socks, rain gear, water and snacks or a lunch. Field events are rain or shine.
Children: Ages 10 and older are encouraged on most outings with a ticket and an accompanying adult, otherwise it will be noted. Evening programs are not suitable for children. Some Saturday or Sunday events will be earmarked as special youth programming.
Food and Beverages: Participants should plan to bring water, snacks, or sack lunches on field trips. There are grocery stores in Point Reyes Station, Inverness and Marshall. Important to note once you pass Inverness headed out to the Seashore, there are no amenities.
Pets: Sorry, no pets allowed on field trips or at festival headquarters, unless an approved companion/assistant dog. Assistant dogs must be properly identified, and any accompanying paperwork brought to share in case of law enforcement questions. If you have brought a pet, you can board her or him at the Point Reyes Animal Hospital (415) 663-1533, just across the bridge at the south end of Point Reyes, or Murphy Ranch (415) 669-1059 (They will tell you how to get there). Do not leave your pet in your car.
Waste: Please use the proper receptacles to dispose of trash and recyclables. Whenever possible, utilize reusable containers for food and drinks to reduce the impact on the environment.
Birdsong Audio: The use of audio or mechanical devices to playback bird vocalizations to attract birds are not allowed at the festival. Use of these devices will stress and disrupt mating/nesting activities of wildlife. Additionally, Federal Regulations prohibit use in National Parks and California Law prohibits broadcasting vocalizations of endangered species.
Birds First: When observing birds, pay attention to their posture and position. If birds are alarmed, step back and allow the birds to relax. Do not approach nests, roosts or display areas. Please do not feed the birds.
Field Trip Etiquette: 1) When on field events, place your phone on airplane mode or turn off, 2) Do not wander away from the group, 3) Keep conversations at a low volume so participants may hear the guide and listen for birds, and 4) Avoid pointing cameras and optics at houses or people.
Reporting Inappropriate Behavior: The festival works to provide one of the best birding and nature festival experiences. If you observe a fellow festival attendee acting in an unethical or inappropriate birding behavior, please report to your field guide or to firstname.lastname@example.org.