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Discover birding at its best in the Monterey Bay region. Learn about local ecology and habitats from experts while seeking waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, songbirds, seabirds and more.
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Program No. 11812RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199
California

Birding At Monterey Bay

Discover birding at its best in the Monterey Bay region. Learn about local ecology and habitats from experts while seeking waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, songbirds, seabirds and more.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199
Program No. 11812 RJ

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DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
May 8 - May 13, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,199
On Campus Upgraded 1,559
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
May 15 - May 20, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899
Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,599
On Campus Upgraded 1,899

DATES & PRICES

On Campus Private Bath On Campus Upgraded
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Accommodation Details

Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.

Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
May 8 - May 13, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
SOLD OUT
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,499
On Campus Upgraded 1,859
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219
Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219
May 15 - May 20, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219
Itinerary Note

This departure starts on a Monday.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219
Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2023
On Campus Private Bath 1,919
On Campus Upgraded 2,219

At a Glance

Spend your days birding the famous Monterey Bay, one of the world’s top birding spots, and your evenings with special guests from Hidden Valley's talented faculty. This field-based program is designed for seasoned and beginning birders alike, targeting overall avian diversity and abundance throughout this world class birding destination. See local habitats and endemic species, add to or begin your “life list,” learn to recognize birds by their calls and songs and gain valuable skills for an enjoyable lifetime activity. Regional specialties may include the Yellow-billed Magpie, California Thrasher, White-tailed Kite, California Quail, Wrentit, Gold-crowned Sparrow, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hummingbirds, Pacific Wren, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton’s Vireo, Cormorants, Black Oystercatcher and Tricolored Blackbird.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to 2 miles with stops and at Garland Park up to 3 miles with stops. Participants should be able to embark on a boat for a 2 hour cruise.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Embark on a boat excursion along the Elkhorn Slough Estuary, a protected habitat home to over 340 species of birds.
  • Spot egrets, rocky shorebirds, cormorants, passerine and seabirds at Point Lobos Nature Reserve.
  • Enjoy time at Garland Park looking for White-tailed Kites and a variety of oak woodland species.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html. Please note, while we will endeavor to look for all birds described in the program and more, seasonality, weather and birding behavior makes finding birds not guaranteed. The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event.
Featured Expert
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Rick Fournier
Rick Fournier is an avid birder who has lived in Monterey for the past 40 years. He has been operating a birding-adventure company in central California for 24 years, leads groups for regional Audubon Societies, at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and conducts avian wetland monitoring for the Moss Landing Marine Labs. He spent 4½ years in the Big Sur Ornithology Lab’s mist net program.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Rick Yramategui first performed a Joplin rag at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Los Alamitos, California while in high school in the 70s. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Whitworth College. He serves as pastor of Carmel Valley Community Chapel, performs with the Carmel Piano Trio, and was the pianist for a revival of George Gershwin's musical, “Oh, Kay!” He is passionate about the connection between music and spirituality.
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Rick Fournier View biography
Rick Fournier is an avid birder who has lived in Monterey for the past 40 years. He has been operating a birding-adventure company in central California for 24 years, leads groups for regional Audubon Societies, at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and conducts avian wetland monitoring for the Moss Landing Marine Labs. He spent 4½ years in the Big Sur Ornithology Lab’s mist net program.
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Matthew Shea View biography
Matthew Shea’s roots in the Carmel Valley go back two generations. The son of a master gardener, Matthew grew up with an inherent understanding of the valley, its horticulture, and ecology. After graduating from Oregon State University and successfully managing 1000’s of acres of vineyards in Oregon, he returned to focus on the Estate Vineyards of Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley. Using his background in organic, sustainable agriculture, Matt has brought a balance to the vineyard through increasing diversity, composting, and water and soil management.
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Peter Meckel is the founder and General Director of Hidden Valley Music Seminars. Born and raised in the Midwest, he attended university at Rockford University in Illinois, and Occidental College in California. His leadership of Hidden Valley has resulted in one of the most respected opera training centers in America and a major contributor of arts education programs for vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers. Students from throughout the world come to study with master teachers from many of America’s most prestigious orchestras and opera companies.
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Jim Covel recently retired as Director of Training & Interpretation for the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he trained and managed hundreds of volunteers. He has worked as a park ranger and interpreter, leading environmental education programs for the Southgate Recreation and Park District in Sacramento and the East Bay Regional Park District in the SF Bay Area. Jim has also served as a visiting lecturer at UC Davis, CSU Sacramento and CSU Monterey Bay, teaching courses from resource management to outdoor recreation and ecotourism.
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Steve Johnston was born and raised in New England. His earliest memories involve birds. Adult life took him to Vermont, the Chicago area, Buffalo, and finally San Jose — bird heaven! He started volunteering at Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1995 and began working there in 2001. It was amazing to have a job where he learned more about birds, sharing that knowledge with volunteers. He retired in 2018 and spends most of his time at Elkhorn Slough, the Hollister hills, or the National Wildlife Refuge complex.
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