Skaggs Island Raptor Tours

Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19 & Feb 26

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join our guided bird tour on January 29 and every Tuesday in February 2019 at Skaggs Island – part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Skaggs Island, a former Naval Communication Station, is located near California State Route 37 between Novato and Vallejo. The 4,400-acre Skaggs Island supports deer, birds of prey, coyote, egrets, herons, and assorted other wildlife that use the various grasslands, shrub stands, ephemeral pools, old drainage channels, and nonnative eucalyptus trees as habitat.                                  

This tour will focus on the many raptors that winter on Skaggs Island. Possible sightings could include:  white-tailed kites, Northern harriers, rough-legged hawks, merlins, American kestrels, golden eagle, peregrine falcons, ferruginous hawks, and several species of owls. 

Join Tim Behr of Golden Gate Raptor Observatory on this raptor/bird tour in an area normally closed to the public. This tour will take approximately 3 hours. We will be primarily driving in personal vehicles to tour the area with a little walking.  Wear layers and sturdy shoes, and bring binoculars, spotting scopes, sunscreen, water and snacks. A portable toilet will be available on site.  

Rain cancels.  Cancellation due to inclement weather such as fog or drizzle will be made on-site the day of the tour.   


Meet at the big white gate at Skaggs Island Road and State Route 37. This is the first gate you'll pass through. Do not stop your vehicle on the bridge!  Click here for map.

There are no restroom facilities on site.  Because of gates, participants must stay for the entire tour.