- Elkhorn Slough Tours
- - SUP The Elkhorn Slough
- - Full Moon Paddle for Families
- - Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
- - Starlight Bioluminesence Tour
- - SPECIAL: ES Photography Workshops
- - SPECIAL: We Paddle; You Photo
- - 3-hour Tour
- - Ride the Tide
- - Birdwatching Tour
- - Sunrise Paddle
- - Sunset Paddle
- - Full Moon Paddle
- - Private Tours
- - Family Adventure
- - Birthday Party Packages
- Santa Cruz Harbor Tours
- Education/Team Building
- Local Open Coast Paddling Tours
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Birdwatching TourELKHORN SLOUGH
In the fall and winter the Elkhorn Slough virtually vibrates with birds-- flocks of sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers and other shorebirds visit the Slough on their annual migration, some traveling thousands of miles. Some of the birds seen are included on the rare and endangered species lists such as the snowy plover and the peregrine falcon. These flocks of birds put on a captivatingly powerful show of nature as they fly overhead, diving and turning.
In a kayak, one can view this stunning show in an intimate and unobtrusive manner. The Slough has even held the record for the highest number of bird species (116) observed from a fixed point in one day!
Tour participants will be exposed to birds in many of the Slough's different habitats including the main channel, tidal creeks, grasslands, oak woodlands and more. This tour is four hours long and takes place at low tide for the best viewing scenario.
Comments from a recent customer:
"....I was soon at ease in my little kayak and we were off to see the birds. I was spellbound. This was the most natural way I had even entered into the realm of birds and animals. I did not feel like an intrusive observer-- I felt like I was part of the whole."
When: October through March
Duration: 4 hours, start time varies (based on month). See registration calendar.
Cost: $75 per person
An introductory tour: No kayaking experience necessary