From the issue Perfectly Petaluma
Wings 'n' Wheels
Whether you fancy herons, egrets, or black-necked stilts, feast your eyes on a flock while pedaling around one of the Bay Area’s most vibrant birding sites, Shollenberger Park. For easy viewing, bike the 2.2-mile loop around the 165 acres of wide-open wetlands bordering the Petaluma River. The flat terrain makes for a smooth ride. Some 20 avian species inhabit the area, with more than 150 migratory types visiting throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the resident American avocet, which are abundant this time of year, and the American white pelican, which stops by while heading south to warmer climes. Extend your trip 4 or 5 miles by continuing along Shollenberger’s adjacent trails to the nearby Ellis Creek or Petaluma Marina.
TIP: Check out Mike’s Bikes in downtown Petaluma for bike rentals.
For directions to Shollenberger Park visit their Web site. The park offers free parking and is open daily from dawn until dusk. Dog-friendly!