Reap the Sights at Bahia Marsh

Strolling through the Marin Audubon Society's gift to Novato.

The gift-giving holidays are over, but there are still gifts to be discovered.

Here are two that can be combined into one: Time and the Bahia Marsh.

Time is the best gift one can give a loved one. Spend some time together, strolling through Novato's Bahia Marsh. It's is one of the best gifts one can truly share with family and friends, young and old.

The Marin Audubon Society purchased 632 acres from the Bahia Residential Development in 2003 to restore the once-navigable lagoon, which is now silted over. The Audubon Society donated 208 wooded acres to Marin County Open Space, 362 to the state Department of Fish and Game. The remaining 62 acres were restored to tidal and seasonal wetlands. The Audubon Society is still working on the restoration, and you can view it via the levee trails.

Now enjoy the Marin Audubon Society's gift. Park at the end of the Bahia Drive or Topaz Drive to access the Bahia Marsh levee walk. The levee trails are short, dry and level, making the navigation of strollers easy.

Note: If you bring along your four-legged friend/s, they need to be leashed at all times. Make sure to bring your binoculars, cameras to catch a closer glimpse of the many species of shore birds. See how many different species of birds you can count and think about signing up for the Marin Audubon Society's annual Bird Count on Christmas Day 2012.

Marie December 30, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Maybe I am misunderstanding the location suggested in this article, but the information in this article seems to be in direct contradiction with the signs posted at the Bahia Marsh indicating that the land is NOT open to the public.
Sylvia Barry December 30, 2011 at 05:57 PM
So glad you showcase Bahia, Sue. Bahia, with it's diverse natural surroundings, is really a very beautiful place to live. My friends that live there are nature lovers and enjoy the neighborhood tremendously, and I can see why. People can also park behind the bus stop at Atherton/101 and hike from there. A gentle but breathtaking hike. Thanks for finding all these treasures. I look forward to your column every week.
Sue McQuinn December 30, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Hi Marie, Please look at photo number 7. The photo is of the Bahia Marsh Restoration map. It designates the areas "for public access for your enjoyment" and the areas "for wildlife desginated areas to keep off". The Marin Audobun Society encourages you to enjoy the area. Happy Holidays!
Marie December 30, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Sue, thanks for the clarification! I can't see photo number 7 (it shows up blank on my browser--Internet Explorer). Is the format different for photo 7? I can see the other photos you posted--they are amazing!
Steve Pollock January 01, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Love it. I run there most days when I am home. We need some rain though...


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