What do you call a winter wonderland for birds? A wetland! An abundance of different waterfowl migrate for the winter to the Laguna de Santa Rosa, where they can find protective shelter and plenty of open water for feeding. Some of our notable winter migrants include Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, and Green-winged Teals, and we may also spot resident waterfowl such as Great Blue Herons, American White Pelicans and Snowy Egrets. Join naturalist and educator Jasmine Dingler of Point Reyes National Seashore Association and Allison Titus, Laguna Community Education Manager, for a leisurely walk and drive along the Laguna spotting some of our seasonal visitors by eye and ear. Beginning birdwatchers are welcome! We will return to Heron Hall to eat our packed lunches together and make a list of the birds we encountered to round out the day.
Jasmine Dingler is the Nature & Science Educator for Point Reyes National Seashore Association. She is passionate about avian conservation, and has spent her career working in wildlife health and public education. Jasmine holds a M.S. from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she conducted research on how birds contribute to the ecology of Lyme disease. She has been banding at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for nearly a decade, and has worked with avian conservation organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, California Waterfowl Association, Island Conservation, International Bird Rescue Center, and Seabird Protection Network.