Because of its rich biological diversity, Sonoma County is a popular destination for bird watching. For a park dedicated to birding, visit Bodega Bay's Bird Walk. Lots of other suggested spots are listed below, including advice from the local chapter of the Audobon Society.
Keep track of your progress with a Sonoma County Bird Watching Site's County Field List, or attend one of the area's many birding events.
Bird Watching Spots
Goat Rock State Beach is home to a colony of harbor seals.
You are asked to stay at least 50 yards from the seals, especially during pupping season (March - August.) Due to the protected status of the seals, dogs are not allowed on Goat Rock Beach.
The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Seal Watch Public Education Program volunteers safeguard the seal habitat in four hour shifts. Docents are often available on the weekends during the pupping season and private tours can be arranged.
Witness the annual migration of the Pacific Gray whale as they make their way from their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to their calving lagoons in Mexico.
Whale watching season along the Sonoma coast starts in late November and peaks in December and January.
The migration starts with the pregnant whales, with the rest courting and mating as they follow. After reaching coastal Baja, they stay for a month or two, while birthing takes place.
The whales make their way back up the coast from February to April.
Great Whale-Watching Spots
whale watching excursions
Bodega Bay Sport Fishing
Fish On Bait, Tackle and Charters
Miss Anita Fishing Charters