Wetland Wanders

Enjoy a little mellow time this May: Wetland preserves are a nice way to be outdoors, wander waterside, and listen to birdsong while trying to spot a few feathered favorites. Here are three worth flocking to!

Week 05.05.2021
Regions Northern CA

Feather Fanfare

Birdwatch at Ravenswood Preserve in the South Bay

Feathery birds swing and swoop on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains. See it all from a levee in serene Ravenswood Preserve.
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Outdoor Zen in Sonoma County

Sonoma County Wellness and Outdoors

Sonoma County’s abundant natural beauty is good for your mind, body, and spirit. From redwoods and rhododendron walks, to yoga in a vineyard, here are five ways to soothe your soul in Sonoma County.
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Mellow in the Marsh

Hike Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve on the San Mateo Coast

Beach, birds, ice plant popping purple flowers: That’s a hiking slam dunk! Hike about 2 miles at Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve using their fully reopened and well-signed Sequoia Audubon Trail.
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Watershed Moment

Take an easy 2-mile hike that traces the Presidio's largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow

The Presidio in San Francisco offers some of the best urban hiking in the country! And the new marsh bridges under Presidio Parkway offer more habitat for plants, fish, and bird life... and trails for us!
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