In Marin / CURRENTS
BALTIMORE CANYON This shady walk provides
glimpses of screech owls and even the occasional fox.
BOLINAS LAGOON “This is absolutely the best place
to see harbor seals at any time of the year,” says
Hermance, who advises scanning the sandbars.
LAKE LAGUNITAS Waterfowl like pelicans, cormorants, egrets, gulls and herons share this body of water
with the woodpecker and the western pond turtle.
LAS GALLINAS PONDS In addition to waterfowl and
a family of black-shouldered kites — which Hermance
describes as “truly beautiful raptors” — visitors will see
kestrels, river otters, and barn owls at dusk.
MARIN HEADLANDS The Headlands are ideal for
spotting great horned owls — there’s a nest near Rodeo
Beach, Hermance says — as well as hawks. Rodeo
Lagoon is also home to waterfowl and river otters.
RING MOUNTAIN Ring Mountain’s varied landscape
attracts myriad birds: red-tailed and red-shouldered
hawks circle overhead, as do turkey vultures. Wrens,
warblers and spotted towhees inhabit the scrub areas.
TENNESSEE VALLEY “Tennessee Valley is the best
place to get a glimpse of a bobcat — the population here
is just not as nervous around humans,” says Hermance.
Coyotes also appear on the paths from time to time.
TOMALES POINT In addition to sauntering coyotes,
a large population of tule elk reside directly off-trail.
Hermance suggests visiting during mating season (late
August and early September) for an impressive display.
From foxes and bobcats to seals and owls —
here’s where to find Marin’s animal nature. C.V.P.
If you spend more than five minutes in one of Marin’s many outdoor settings, it is immediately evident that a very
special animal community also calls the county home. Looking out for this unique population is San Rafael’s
WildCare, an organization advocating for wildlife protection, caring for sick and injured creatures (more than
3,000 per year) and helping Marin residents coexist with our untamed neighbors. Here, WildCare communications manager Alison Hermance shares some of the best places to view local nonhumans in their natural habitat.
But first, a few quick tips. “Summer viewing is always a bit more challenging, as animals tend to hide during
the heat of the day,” says Hermance. “For more frequent sighting of four-leggeds and songbirds alike, head out in
the early morning or evening. And for a day of guaranteed animal encounters, there’s no place like West Marin.”
SMOKE The Marin
County Fire Department,
in partnership with Firesafe
Marin (one of California’s
first fire safety councils) and
stalled fire de-
eras that monitor smoke and
fire danger on Mount Tamal-
pais, Mount Barnabe, Big Rock
Ridge and Point Reyes Hill last
fall. The images are updated
every 10 to 15 minutes online
for the public. Here are the
specs for our county’s cams.
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