3/13 Member Meet-Up: Birding at Struve Slough

Saturday, March 13 | 9-11 a.m.
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Member Meet-Ups are small group get-togethers for Museum Members where we learn from each other while exploring Santa Cruz’s diverse natural spaces. Not yet a Member? Join today!

Watsonville’s wetlands are among the best birding locations in the state — many local birders might chime in with, “Nay! The World!” From migratory teals and buffleheads, to stilts, shorebirds, and swallows, Struve Slough is a must see for anyone interested in spotting birds.

For this month’s Member Meet-Up, we invite you to join us for a morning of birding along the Upper Struve Trail as we try to spot as many of the roughly 400 species that reside or migrate through our County as we can (we will not get close, but we’ll see plenty). Your guides will be our Education Coordinator Spencer Klinefelter (avid birder extraordinaire) and Public Programs Manager Marisa Gomez (development of birding prowess in progress).

Please review the following details prior to registering:


  • Wear a mask at all times
  • If you feel sick, stay home
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance from others
  • We are limiting the number of Members who can join us to 12 individuals


  • Location details and further instructions will be shared upon registration.
  • Member Meet-Ups are more focused on shared exploration and less on downloading a bunch of information. We promise friendly (masked) faces, an abundance of enthusiasm, resources to aid in identifications, and a fun morning jaunt through the redwoods.
  • As is the case with most ornithological, botanic, and geologic explorations, we will likely not travel very far due to constant distractions and pauses. That being said, be prepared to traipse through the woods on uneven terrain.

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