We would like to thank the following cosponsors for their generous support of past Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festivals. Interested in sponsoring the 2015 festival? Contact us at events[at]eacmarin.org for more information!
American Birding Association (ABA)
The American Birding Association (ABA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that welcomes and provides leadership to all birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding. The ABA provides a community, forum, and resources for every birder, bird watcher, and bird enthusiast. ABA’s members enjoy the benefits of belonging to the only organization in North America that specifically represents the interests of recreational birders.
Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR)
The mission of Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) is to protect the natural resources of its sanctuaries while fostering an understanding and appreciation of these environments. Through ACR’s preservation, education, and research programs, Audubon Canyon Ranch educates children and adults, promotes ecological literacy that is grounded in direct experience, and conducts research and restoration that advances conservation science. Audubon Canyon Ranch properties include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma and the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach, which is home to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most significant and most studied Great Egret and Great Blue Heron nesting sites. ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses.
Benziger, is about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years they’ve searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyards. Once found, they’ve tended these sites using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary was established in 1989 to protect and preserve the extraordinary marine ecosystem surrounding the Cordell Bank. Surrounded by soft sediments of the continental shelf seafloor, Cordell Bank emerges with a rocky habitat, providing home to colorful and abundant invertebrates, algae, and fishes. The productive waters attract migratory seabirds and marine mammals from all around the Pacific Ocean to feed in this dynamic food web.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is an extremely productive marine area off the west coast of United States in northern California, just north of the Gulf of the Farallones. With its southern-most boundary located 42 miles north of San Francisco, the sanctuary is entirely offshore, with the eastern boundary six miles from shore and the western boundary 30 miles offshore. In total, the sanctuary protects an area of 529 square miles.
Winemaking is cooking without a flame. The winemaking philosophy at Elyse in Napa Valley is similar to the approach of a great chef who carefully prepares artisan grown ingredients to bring each layer of flavor to the table. Long term alliances with their growers form the cornerstone to their portfolio of vineyard driven wines that possess an unfaltering affinity for pairing with food.
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC)
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin is a grass-roots group dedicated to the protection and appreciation of West Marin’s natural environment and rural character. EAC works for clean air, pure waters, healthy ecosystems, a diverse and thriving native flora and fauna, and the preservation of a rural, community spirit. EAC does this by: Monitoring, publicizing, and campaigning against threats to West Marin’s natural environment; Educating the public and policy-makers about the environmental issues facing West Marin; Providing reliable information about controversial issues in order to create a common ground of understanding and promote informed debate; and encouraging and facilitating productive resolutions to land-use conflicts by working closely with those who own, manage, and use West Marin’s lands.
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO)
The mission of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is to study migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast and to promote public awareness of the state of raptor populations. The GGRO is dedicated to the conservation of raptors and to community involvement in wildlife research. GGRO’s studies of the movements of hawks through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area demonstrate that biological boundaries extend far beyond political boundaries. The GGRO is a project of the Golden Gate National Parks Association and the National Park Service, is made up of 250+ community volunteers and a small staff, and turns 25 this year. For a quarter century, GGRO volunteers have been tabulating the annual fall migration of birds of prey over the Marin Headlands. This migration—the most significant of its kind in the western United States—soars over Hawk Hill in the southern Headlands, a critical place from which to monitor eagles, vultures, falcons, hawks, and kites of more than 19 species, and to track long-term changes in their populations.g
GreenInfo Network – Information and Mapping in the Public Interest
GreenInfo Network is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that assists others in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related information technologies. Created in 1996, GreenInfo works as a consultant for 80-100 public interest clients annually, in California and the United States generally. Since its founding, GreenInfo has assisted over 300 public interest groups and agencies with mapping, data, analysis and other information technology projects. In addition to direct support of these groups, GreenInfo also connect them into a network of relationships, fostering collaboration and sharing whenever possible. As a consulting organization, GreenInfo Network works mostly on a fee for service basis – its outstanding staff is highly responsive and dedicated to meeting your needs. Focusing on projects that address issues from a public perspective, they have worked for small neighborhood organizations, special governmental districts and large national groups. Much of GreenInfo’s work is in California and the West, but they work all over the United States and sometimes on other continents. Some projects costs less than $1,000, others have much larger budgets – they focus on getting the right solution for any type of client. The map for the 2011 Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival which appears on this website in the Maps link, and which we have printed as a hand-out available at the festival registration desk, was generously designed and donated by GreenInfo Network.
Institute for Bird Populations (IBP)
The Institute for Bird Populations is a tax-exempt, 501 (c (3) California nonprofit corporation dedicated to research and dissemination of information on the abundance, distribution, and ecology of birds, and to facilitating scientifically informed conservation of birds and their habitats. The primary goals of IBP are: To develop, facilitate, coordinate, and conduct scientific research and standardized monitoring of birds and their environments. The Institute focuses especially on programs that can be applied on a global scale, can provide for the long-term monitoring of avian vital rates and population trends, can help identify causes of avian population change, and can aid in formulating management actions to reverse population declines and maintain stable or increasing populations; To educate and train individuals, organizations, and agencies, here and abroad, in avian research and monitoring methods that can elucidate the ecological effects of environmental change and can lead to scientifically defensible strategies for avian and ecosystem conservation; and To serve as a global forum for disseminating information on regional and global changes in the abundance, distribution, and ecology of birds, and the causes of such changes. IBP presents its findings in scientific and lay publications, and publishes Bird Populations, a scientific journal of global avian demography and biogeography.
Marin Audubon Society
Marin Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. We carry out our mission by advocating for protection of wildlife habitat during environmental review for development projects and planning process, and by permanently protecting and restoring wetland habitats. Marin Audubon has been instrumental in the acquisition and permanent protection of more than 1,000 acres along San Francisco Bay, has restored more than 600 acres to tidal marsh habitat, and currently owns more than 500 acres of wetland and related habitats. We offer field trips to habitats throughout the Bay Area and beyond and Speaker Series presented by experienced naturalists, a monthly newsletter, opportunities to participate in habitat restoration, and citizen science activities such as Christmas Bird Counts. Marin Audubon is an all-volunteer, non-profit 502 (c) (3) organization.
Madrone Audubon Society (Madrone AS)
The Madrone Audubon Society, a Sonoma County Chapter of the National Audubon Society, is a non-profit organization which promotes education, enjoyment, and protection of the natural world, especially birds. Madrone Audubon Society recognizes its responsibility to influence decisions affecting all wildlife and natural resources. Its interests are worldwide; its focus is on the local community, the State of California, the West Coast, and the high-priority campaigns of the National Audubon Society. The Madrone Audubon Society’s members, volunteers, and board seek to involve the community in these endeavors.
The Old Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound
You are invited to share in the rich cultural history and spectacular surroundings of Point Reyes from your own historic country retreat: The Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound in Pt. Reyes Station, California. Situated in the heart of Marin County ranchlands, a national center for organic farming on the Northern California coast, Schoolhouse guests can be a part of the local scene with just a five minute walk to town for the farmer’s market and local art galleries, or a five minute drive to the headquarters for the Point Reyes National Seashore. Come home to cook for each other in the kitchen or patio, then retreat to the seclusion of your library and gardens. Rates range from $235-$485 for two each night. $100 fee to bring a perfectly behaved dog. Inquire regarding rates for full use of compound for Weddings, Family Reunions, Board Retreats and Staff Meetings. Kitchens, Private Baths, Fireplaces, Laundry, Pets, BBQ, Private Gardens, WIFY.
PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO)
PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965 as Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and is dedicated to conserving birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach. PRBO does bird ecology research, creates management tools, leads field science training programs, and develops and delivers bird science education programs to advance biodiversity conservation in the west on land and at sea. Its scientists study birds because they are excellent indicators of environmental health: they are top predators, relatively inexpensive to monitor and widely distributed. PRBO has catalyzed the development of some of the most innovative conservation partnerships and decision support tools in the nation. Major conservation initiatives are achieving more effective outcomes as a result of PRBO’s innovative science, training and outreach. Working in partnership with wildlife and habitat management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, private landowners, fisheries and others, PRBO’s award-winning science advances win-win solutions to today’s conservation challenges.
Perotti and Carrade
Perotti and Carrade is a full-service CPA firm. They are more than just accountants. They get involved with their clients, acting as their financial partners; non-profit organizations as well as very profit-oriented companies. If you would like a CPA firm who gets involved, give them a call.
Point Reyes Books
In 2001, Kate Levinson and Steve Costa realized a long time dream of owning a community-serving business. They purchased the Brown Study Bookshop, a sleepy, used bookstore in Point Reyes Station, a small coastal village about an hour north of San Francisco, and opened Point Reyes Books. They see themselves as more than a bookstore—they’re part of a growing movement of independent businesses across the nation creating local, “living economies” and seeking a “living return”—one partially paid by the benefits of living and working in a vibrant community and taking part in sustaining community vitality, the local economy, and the natural environment.
By such measurements of success, Point Reyes Books is doing quite well. In the last year alone, it sponsored more than fifty events that brought the town together and drew visitors to its midst. It hosted an array of authors, artists, workshops, and festivities, including the Wild Book Show, benefiting Artists in the Schools; The Geography of Hope, a conference featuring world-renowned authors to benefit Writers in the Schools.It co-founded the West Marin Review, a homegrown literary and arts journal that celebrates the abundance and traditions of their corner of the world.
Next time you find yourself on Main Street in Point Reyes Station they hope you’ll stop by Point Reyes Books. And they hope you’ll support your favorite independent bookstore and locally owned businesses wherever you may live.
Sierra Club Marin Group
The Sierra Club Marin Group consists of the approximately 7,000 Club members who live in Marin County. All Club members who live here are also automatically members of the Marin Group, a regional group of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our activities include: Organizing hikes and outings to visit and learn about Marin’s natural beauty and resources: Point Reyes Seashore, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mount Tamalpais State Park, China Camp State Park, Tomales Bay, and San Pablo Bay; presenting informative, entertaining programs about interesting places to travel, local hikes, and environmental issues; studying issues of importance to Marin’s environment; speaking out on issues that affect Marin’s environment: land development proposals, water supply, transportation, agriculture, parks, recreation, trails, wildlife protection, toxics, environmental justice; lobbying City, County, and other officials on these issues; and interviewing candidates for elected office, researching ballot measures, and providing voting guides for our members.
SonomaBirding.com is a conservation organization founded in 2004 by Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie and based in Sonoma, CA. It sustains the two annual Sonoma Valley Audubon Christmas Bird Counts for adults and kids, bird camps, seasonal bird lists, a nature lecture series, classes, and other bird-and nature-related educational collaborations for all ages. For more information call 707-939-8007.
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is an award-winning, science-based watershed protection organization that engages community members to take action in order to help the salmon recover and thrive. We hope that you will join our efforts to protect this majestic, endangered species!
T & B Sports
T & B Sports is a premier teams sporting goods dealer. They have proudly provided Northern California athletes and organizations with the finest products and professional service for nearly 60 years. Family owned and operated since inception, their knowledgeable and experienced staff is dedicated to continuing the high standards established when they first opened their doors in 1946. “Your satisfaction is our guarantee”
Dancing Coyote Beach Bed & Breakfast
You won’t forget the time you spend at Dancing Coyote Beach in Inverness. Located on a private beach alongside Tomales Bay, a peaceful sanctuary only an hour from San Francisco. Situated in the midst of the Point Reyes National Seashore – a home-base for kayaking, bicycling, hiking, bird-watching, whale-watching, beachcombing, wild-flower walks, great local dining and whatever adventures come your way. The graceful curve of the Tomales Bay shoreline, the sheltering pines and cedars, and relaxing by a fire crackling in the fireplace – will call you back again and again. Features include secluded and comfortable two-story architecturally unique cottages with kitchens, fireplaces and private entrances; Perfect for a romantic holiday or a quiet vacation watching the tides or reading a book in front of a fireplace; In-room massage available; Cook in your own kitchen or choose from many nearby restaurants; Pet-friendly cottage available; Free Wi-Fi wireless internet connection for your laptop.
12794 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, 800-210-1692 or 415-669-7200
Featuring its own deck overlooking the Salt Marsh of Tomales Bay, Kitchenette & two bedrooms each with a Queen Bed. On Tomales Bay at the Point Reyes National Seashore, it’s surrounded on three sides by wildlife preserves and the splendor of Tomales Bay’s salt marshes. Enjoy them from the deck and you’ll understand why Frommer’s call them “the perfect place to hole up” while exploring the Point Reyes National Seashore. Visit the gardens and you’ll find enchantment. Take a stroll down the observation walkway and you’ll know why birds flock there year round – it’s too peaceful to leave. Spend a perfect day hiking the many trails of Point Reyes, kayaking secret coves, or spotting more birds than you even imagined — and come home to a roaring fire and a waiting pool table in the redwood lodge. Relax in a stress-releasing rocker, play a game of scrabble — or share stories of a perfect day with fellow travelers. The only hard part is leaving. But that’s okay. They know you’ll be back.
12718 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, 866-453-3839 or 415-236-1967 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olema Cottages is a one-acre lodging farmstead located an hour north of San Francisco and an hour south of the Napa-Sonoma wine country. Nestled in the town of Olema, just 1/2 mile from the Point Reyes National Seashore park entrance, we are the ideal spot for convenient access to all the area’s best beaching, hiking, cycling, kayaking, whale watching, birding, dining, and gallery browsing.
9970 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Olema, CA 94950, 800-410-8373 or 415-663-1288 or email@example.com
The Olema Inn is your gateway for simple indulgences and small luxuries. Where you can dream away your cares, and escape your troubles. Once on the grounds, you’ll leave behind the rush of city life to experience the pastoral beauty and rural charm of the Nothern California coast. Lush gardens, an elegant outdoor patio and exquisite fine dining allow you to experience the best of the Olema Valley’s days and nights.
10,000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Olema, CA 94950, 415-663-9559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bovine Bakery
The Bovine Bakery has been a must-stop destination in Point Reyes Station for the last 20 years, and recently opened their second location in downtown Petaluma! The Bovine Bakery specializes in fresh, hand-made pastries and strong drip coffee. Nearly all of their products are organic and local. Some of their most popular items include the gooey Morning Bun, the huge Blueberry Buttermilk scone, and the savory Ham & Cheese Croissant. They also have delicious cookies, fresh fruit pies, and several lunch options (pizza, soup, quiche, etc.). The Bovine Bakery currently also has a handful of options for “alternative diets” and are striving to develop more recipes for people who eat vegan only or try to avoid wheat or sugar. In honor of the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, The Bovine Bakery is generously donating cookies for the Friday night desert reception AND is offering a special 20% discount at their downtown Point Reyes Station store to bird festival participants displaying their festival badge.”
Cazadero Winery is proud to announce that both their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Coast Bei Ranch and 2011 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Bei Ranch won coveted awards this year! This is the second year in a row that Cazadero Winery has “double-medaled”!
11275 State Route One, Point Reyes Station. Home, Garden and Gift Store in downtown Point Reyes Station.
Lucky Drive Tattoos
2228 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901, (415) 457-5825
The wild world we love is fast disappearing. At Patagonia, they think that business can inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. This means that what they make and how they make it must cause the least harm to the environment. Patagonia evaluates raw materials, invests in innovative technologies, and rigorously polices their waste. Take a look at the Common Threads Initiative, bluesign Standard, the Footprint Chronicles and more. Patagonia also uses a portion of their sales to support grassroots groups working to make a real difference (their “Earth Tax,” to mitigate the damage they do). See Environmental Grants. And also, check out 1% for the Planet.
Located on the west side of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness Park on the way to the many birds on Point Reyes. Best freshly made sandwiches in West Marin and everything else you might need for a picnic lunch. Fully stocked deli. Open 7 AM to 8 PM daily. Show your festival ID and get a 15% discount on all purchases during the festival weekend.
Quality residential construction for 30 years.
Stevens Creek Software
Stevens Creek Software has developed and published a wide variety of software applications since 1988 for Macintosh, Windows, Palm and iPhone, concentrating for more than a decade on handheld applications for business and personal productivity.
Well, they seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun they bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what they’re all about. Oh yeah, they’re a mission-driven company too. If you are interested in learning about their business practices and what makes them tick, check out their Core Values, Quality Standards, Declaration of Interdependence, and more.
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The Point Reyes Birding Festival is a project of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, a dedicated and hard-working grassroots group founded in 1971 to protect West Marin’s natural environment and rural character. Please join us by supporting EAC.
Greening the Festival. To help save important bird habitat on the wintering grounds of neotropical migrants as well as to offset the energy used by people driving to the festival, we are making a donation to the reforestation program of the nonprofit Monteverde Conservation League in Costa Rica. Read about them and make your own additional donation if you wish.