Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary is ground zero for waterbirds and Pacific herring in San Francisco Bay. Our 10-acre center adjacent to the bay consists of trails and gardens that are open year round, hosting summer camp, our youth conservation leadership program, and numerous volunteer opportunities.

It overlooks 900 acres of open water that is closed from October 1st to March 31st each year to serve as a sanctuary for migrating waterbirds. It is visited by researchers focused on protecting and restoring the eelgrass ecosystem.

Sanctuary Boat Closure

Sanctuary Boat Closure

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary waters are closed to boats from October 1 to March 31 every year.

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Audubon Adventure Camp Summer 2023

Audubon Adventure Summer Camp 2023

Registration is open! Our inclusive programming is perfect for nature-lovers between the ages of 4 and 7.

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Surf Scoter

Latin:  Melanitta perspicillata

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Ruddy Duck

Latin:  Oxyura jamaicensis

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American Coot

Latin:  Fulica americana

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Greater Scaup

Latin:  Aythya marila

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Lesser Scaup

Latin:  Aythya affinis

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White-crowned Sparrow

Latin:  Zonotrichia leucophrys

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Golden-crowned Sparrow

Latin:  Zonotrichia atricapilla

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Black Phoebe

Latin:  Sayornis nigricans

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