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.
All participants need to check-in at the registration table at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, aka festival headquarters in downtown Point Reyes Station. Participants should arrive 10-15 minutes before their scheduled event carpool or with enough time to meet at their scheduled meeting location.
- Volunteers will verify your attendance.
- You will need to complete a liability waiver (one waiver for the entire festival).
- Volunteers will provide you with a name badge (grants you access to festival events, discounts at local shops, and allows for the field guides to learn your name). Please wear your badge at all festival events.
- Pick up the festival program and merchandise, bird check-list, and directions to events.
Carpools: Parking at trailheads are often very limited and trails are difficult to find. We offer the option for participants to tell us if they want to carpool from festival headquarters to their field event. We are not able to coordinate the carpools, but we can assist with participants grouping together. When registering, let us know if you want to carpool. Carpools are not guaranteed, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from events.
Directions and Trailheads: Printed directions and trailhead listings for field events are available at festival headquarters and are emailed to confirmed attendees the week of the festival. We do not publish the trailhead information online.
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. 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 events (@) eacmarin.org.