A personal guided tour of some of the best birding spots in this rich region. I can help you find target birds or just lead you to birdy county locations. Sonoma County has great diversity--mountains, woods, chaparral, farm ponds, substantial riparian corridors, wetlands, coastal mudflats, rugged coastline, and sandy beaches. Half day tours. Full-day tours can be arranged for $65 per person plus lunch.
Sonoma County is one hour north of San Francisco.
We can arrange to bring bagged lunches on full-day tours. If you prefer to dine out, I appreciate lunch being covered by the guest. Lower per-person rates may be negotiable for groups of four or more.
I'm originally from New York, but I spent much of my youth in Ohio and later moved to Japan after spending a year in that country as a high school exchange student. After getting an undergraduate degree in Japanese and a master's degree in modern Japanese literature at Ohio State University, I moved back to Japan more or less permanently, living there until 2000 when I relocated with my family to Santa Rosa. My parents were bird watchers. Although many of my early birding memories are unpleasant ones (my brother and I, being children, acted like children and too often scared away the birds--to the annoyance of my father), I seem to have learned something and came back to bird watching of my own volition as an adult. Today I enjoy photographing birds, in particular. When not looking for birds, I work as a Japanese to English translator, but I am also an artist. I am self-taught and active in a range of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and, of course, photography. My work is in private collections in the US and Japan. My photography has been shown at The Canvas Gallery, in San Francisco. Photographic works have been published Germany. I am also the creator of Serendipitous Art, a blog that collects examples of unintended art I find on a daily basis. Other interests include wine and winemaking and beekeeping. Full profile
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