Spring migrants are finished nesting in the park. Officially for birders fall migration is now in full motion. The Fall migrants will begin arriving in the park as they fly south by mid-September. Our next bird walk is Saturday March 25th. starting at 9AM. Wintering birds should have arrived such as the Red-breasted Sapsucker. Watch for our next scheduled bird walk.
The 2022 The Marin Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas survey has completed its second year of a five-year project. The Olompali team has recorded 44 Species to date.
Dede Bag- Hi Rich, it was a great day, and I enjoyed seeing you and that rich habitat again. It was great to see the restored areas too. It’s hard, never-ending work! We had a beautiful day for our adventure!
Dede B., Sonoma, Ca.
Thanks, Rich! This was one of the best birding days I’ve had in awhile – and so close to home too. Hope there will be more field trips like this one. Barbara Nathan
Thanks for the comprehensive list and links to pictures. It was a beautiful day!
Regards Anne Todd
The 2021 Christmas Bird Count was attended by 6 birders resulting in 44 species being recorded.
The Olompali State Park is for five years now an Audubon Christmas Bird Count section of the Cheep Thrill count. We enlisted birders with all levels of skills. Currently three of the five birders are The Olompali People Board members (TOP a non-profit which advocate for the park needs). We show up regardless of weather. During one of the biggest rain storms of the year 2016, dressed in our best water proof clothing, we counted about 25 % of the park. Thirty species were recorded. In 2017 we counted 42 species in nice weather. The 2020 CBC was held without sponsorship of Marin Audubon. The count was held in “good” winter seasonal weather 38 species.
Plan to attend the Bat Night 2022, an annual event which will happen August 13, 2022, a Saturday night. This free event draws many families to an evening of education and fun for all, P.S. Bring the Grandparents. There is a $8.00 parking fee to be collected by the State Parks staff.
Bullocks Oriole – nest in Olompali State Park
Rich and Janet have completed the California State Parks training and are approved to lead field trips into northern California state parks. Our next no charge bird walk will be on August 27th 2022 a Saturday, starting at 9 AM to 12 PM. Meet in front of the visitor center. Children of all ages are welcomed. Bring binoculars. Olompali Bird Walk. Rain cancels.
Olompali State Historic Park
Celebrate the season with the birds of Olompali! Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali’s diverse avian residents as we walk the old ranch road past the park’s reservoir. Expect to see some migrating species, as well as a wide variety of species who thrive in the park’s oak savanna and open grasslands: raptors, warblers, nuthatches, thrushes and, of course, many woodpeckers. Sharpen your bird identification skills, gain a deeper appreciation for our local ecology and have a lot of fun along the way. Families are welcome!
Meet in the Olompali parking lot at 10:45 am. Wear layered clothing and bring binoculars, lunch, plenty of water and a birding field guide if you have one.
History of Olompali over the last 200 years: YBT – Olompali – The History of Olompali State Park California
New Park Entrance Driving Directions:
If you are coming from the North on Highway 101, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit, turn right at the stop light and follow the signs to the frontage road that leads to the park.
If you are coming from the South on Highway 101, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit, turn left at the stop light, cross the overpass and follow the signs to the frontage road that leads to the park.
$8 per car for parking – event is free.
More information on the park itself: (707) 762-9715 or www.Olompali.org