Explore the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge with others in our walking club. It’s a great way to meet new people and see wildlife while getting physically fit. Once a month from March to October, we will gather at designated times and locations on the Don Edwards Refuge (or areas adjacent to the refuge) to walk the trails together. Staff or a volunteer will be present to greet the group, check off trail passports and walk the trail. These walks will range from 1.5 - 9 miles and will be located in Fremont, Alviso, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and Mountain View. These walks are self-paced. Take your time to enjoy the outdoors, discover nature, and meet fellow nature-lovers. People of all ages are welcome.Becoming a Refuge Rambler is easy and free. You are under no obligation. Complete the registration form (pdf) and mail it to Carmen Minch, 1 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA 94555. In a couple of weeks, you will receive a Refuge Rambler patch, a trail passport, and a schedule with trail descriptions of the trails featured for 2013. Registration ends June 30 but you can always join in on the walks. The trail passport helps keep track of all the trails you completed. If you complete 7 out of the 8 trails featured, you become a Refuge Rambler All-Star! Submit your passport in person at the Visitor Center on October 19 and receive your 2013 t-shirt. Or, you can mail your passport to the refuge by October 31 and the t-shirt will be mailed to you. All passports will be returned. Want to join in on the fun but don’t want to be a member? No problem. All trails will be advertised in Tideline and on our web site. Choose the trails you want to walk and show up at the designated location and time. No reservations needed. Bring your friends! There are over 30 miles of hiking trails on the refuge just waiting to be explored.
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The migration is in full swing. This little brown job can be distinguished from other sparrows in the Bay Area by its dark back, spotted breast and one conspicuous spot on its breast. Look for them on the ground scratching for seeds.