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Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary - Site # 176
Richardson Bay has been named an Important Bird Area due to its importance as a stopover and over-wintering site for diving ducks and other waterfowl
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Background: This private bay sanctuary includes 8 habitats that draw everything from hummingbirds and deer to a full range of shorebirds and waterfowl. Stairs lead to the beach and tidepools and cliffs offer stunning bay views.More than 200 bird species.
There is an historic Victorian mansion on site with links to Marin's agricultural past and the fight to preserve natural resources.

The Habitat: Oak woodland tops the preserve (20%), coastal scrub is abundant througout (25%), mixed grasslands are composed of mostly non-native species with some patches of healthy natives (25%), a seasonal riparian cooridor stands adjacent to an old plum thicket, remnant of historical plantings by residents (30%)

The Experience: The 11 acres of uplands are composed of typical habitats found in the coastal Bay Area while the 900 acres of subtidal waters provide a rare private sanctuary for migratory fowl and shorebirds.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: This small Richardson Bay sanctuary encompasses eight habitats explored by a self-guiding trail. Trails Overlooks and beach viewing.

Viewing Tips: Birding is best fall through spring. Need at least 1 hour.

Site Notes: The demonstration garden near the historic Lyford House attracts Anna's hummingbirds year-round and migratory Allen's hummingbirds from February to July. Resident black-tailed deer browse in grasslands. Bay herring runs lure wintering mergansers, scaups, loons, brown pelicans, even harbor seals. Returning along the bluff, stop at a permanent pond visited by egrets, herons and mallards.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Mount Tamalpais State Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Ring Mountain

Festivals & Events: 

Visitor Information: Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau - (415) 499-5000 - http://www.visitmarin.org/
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur ,Fri, Sat
Hours: 9-5
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: no
 Number of Parking Spaces: 25
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:100m
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: 

How to Get There: Located 12 miles north of San Francisco. Take the Tiburon Blvd./Highway 131 exit.?Drive 1 mile and turn right on Greenwood Beach Drive.?Continue .25 mile to entrance.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: National Audubon Society
Agency Site URL: www.tiburonaudubon.org
Physical Address:376 Greenwood Beach Rd
Tiburon, CA 94920
Agency 2:376 Greenwood Beach Rd
Tiburon, CA 94920
Manager Phone:415-388-2524 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:415-388-2524
County: Marin
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