Visit Our Sanctuary

in beautiful Richardson Bay

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary helps protect the ecosystem in northern San Francisco Bay for future generations.

We invite you to visit our Center 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday. 

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
376 Greenwood Beach Road
Tiburon, CA 94920
p: 415.388.2524

Visitors can wander around our Center, observe the shorebirds and other wildlife, and hike our half-mile oak woodlands trail. Please leave no trace and pack out anything you pack in. Because our site is a wildlife sanctuary, pets are not allowed. Our Sanctuary is private property, and entering the site when our gates are locked is trespassing.

Shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl are visible on and around our 900-acre subtidal Sanctuary by walking or bicycling the historic Richardson Bay Rail Trail. Leashed pets are allowed on the historic trail. Our Sanctuary is closed to boat traffic and in-water activities, including kayaking and paddle boarding, from October 1st to March 31st each year to provide respite and shelter for migrating waterbirds.

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Map, Directions & Parking

Map, Directions & Parking

Find out how to navigate to and around Richardson Bay Audubon Center.

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Center & Sanctuary!

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Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Come see the beauty of Richardson Bay for yourself! Explore our native plant gardens, take a stroll on the beach, have a picnic to the tune of sparrow song or stop by for a guided bird walk.

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Birds at Our Center

Black Oystercatcher

Latin:  Haematopus bachmani

Illustration for Black Oystercatcher

Elegant Tern

Latin:  Thalasseus elegans

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Latin:  Poecile rufescens

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Oak Titmouse

Latin:  Baeolophus inornatus

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Double-crested Cormorant

Latin:  Nannopterum auritum

Illustration for Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Latin:  Pelecanus occidentalis

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Wilson's Warbler

Latin:  Cardellina pusilla

Illustration for Wilson's Warbler

Long-billed Curlew

Latin:  Numenius americanus

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Least Sandpiper

Latin:  Calidris minutilla

Illustration for Least Sandpiper

American Coot

Latin:  Fulica americana

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Yellow Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga petechia

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Latin:  Psaltriparus minimus

Illustration for Bushtit

Contact Us

Have questions about your visit? Please call us at 415.388.2524 or email with general questions.

For questions related to biology, use extension 104.

For questions related to visiting, volunteering, or events, use extension 113.

For other questions, use extension 111.

Richardson Bay at sunset.
Richardson Bay at sunset. Photo: Haymar Lin / Audubon

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