Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 26, 2022

Feeding Frenzy in Richardson Bay

from Audubon California

The annual herring spawning event in Richardson Bay is on! Hundreds of birds are in a feeding frenzy within Pacific herring spawning areas and large eelgrass beds. Through the spotting scope, watch Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and Western Gulls enjoying the nutritious feast.

What makes Richardson Bay such a rich ecosystem for waterbirds? Learn more about Audubon’s waterfowl sanctuary and the eelgrass beds that create the perfect habitat for herring spawning events in the stories and videos below.


Keep an eye out for these extraordinary herring runs between now and late March. If you are in the Bay Area, great places to watch are the shorelines of Richardson Bay in Sausalito and Tiburon as well as Richardson and Point Pinole. Please note that the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary is closed to boaters until March 31st. We encourage viewing from shore!

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