Tera Mitchel Shooting Bodega Bay

Tera Mitchel photographs Bodega Bay California. Cindy Jenkins edited and compiled images into this slide show. Waking up to another beautiful day on the Sonoma Coast.

Public Tours of “The Birds” Schoolhouse in Bodega, California

Photo by Elaine with Grey Cats

Public tours of the “Birds Schoolhouse” in Bodega, California, will be offered on May 24 and September 6, 2015, at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets are $25.00, with all proceeds to benefit the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. Tickets may be purchased on line @ www.seb.org or by phone (707) 823-1511.

Historic Potter School, used by Hitchcock in “The Birds” is a Sonoma County Historic Landmark. The School was built in 1873 and held classes until fall of 1961. In 1962 Hitchcock used the condemned school as set for his classic thriller, “The Birds”. The Italianate structure sat vacant until 1966, when Taylors’ parents purchased the building to use as a home and art gallery.

Owner and resident Mary Leah Taylor, will host the hour-long tour. The viewing will include the downstairs classroom used in the movie and the upstairs living room once used as the community hall.

Taylor, who has lived in the old school off and on since 1970, will chronicle the history of the school, the filming of “The Birds” and personal experiences of documented paranormal phenomena.

For More Information Contact: Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (707)823-1511.

42nd Annual Fisherman’s Festival


BVFD Polenta and Beef Stew Dinner


Blind Tasting at Chowder Day 2015




12th Annual Bodega Bay Chowder Day

Chowder2015Saturday, January 31, 2015

Chowder Day in Bodega Bay will take you on a culinary tour of town.  You’ll spend the day tasting chowder and meeting chefs.  Visit all the stops and you’re eligible for an entry in a prize drawing!  Trust us, you won’t leave Bodega Bay hungry!


Tickets are $10 and go on sale at 10AM on the day of the event.  Follow the signs as you enter town.  This year tickets will be sold in a drive thru booth in the Harbor View Neighborhood just north of the Visitor Center and gas station.

We will sell up to 1000 tickets.  We stop selling tickets at 2PM (or earlier if we sell out).  The competitors serve till they run out of chowder or 3PM – whichever comes first.  It can take 3-4 hours to taste all the chowder.

The ticket you purchase is also a map and a ballot.  Parking can be a challenge, so plan your route to maximize the number of locations.  Utilize street parking where available.

Mystery of Bodega Bay proposal solved

BodegaProposalFollowing last week’s storms, the clouds cleared just enough to create an artistic painting of color in the sky. This is what called Edward Kent, an amateur Sonoma County photographer, and Louise Kent, his wife of 44 years, to the Sonoma Coast on Dec. 12.

It was Edward’s intention to capture the sunset with his camera at Salmon Creek in Bodega Bay that evening. But it was the image of a man on bended knee in front of his girlfriend that stopped Edward and Louise in their tracks.

The complete article by Crissi Langwell of The Press Democrate can be found HERE.

Newest Segment of Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail Opens to Public

BodegaTrailParks officials and community members gathered Thursday in Bodega Bay to open the newest segment of a larger pedestrian and bicycle route planned for the coastal village. The path dedicated by Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and others is a .47-mile connection between the Bodega Dunes campground and the Bodega Bay Community Center and Children’s Bell Tower.

Referred to as the Coastal Prairie segment, the path features an aggregate surface, 320 feet of boardwalk over sensitive wetlands, and improved accessibility to the Community Center and Bell Tower. The segment is part of the long-term Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail project, which will give residents and tourists a safe and scenic alternative for traveling Highway 1 between Salmon Creek to Doran Beach. The larger project will include 3.4 miles of bike and pedestrian path – including a boardwalk with access to shops and restaurants along Bodega Harbor – and 4 miles of bike lanes along Highway 1. Secondary bike and pedestrian routes will connect to nearby parks and marinas.

The recently completed trail segment cost approximately $425,000 to build and was funded by Regional Parks, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Future segments of the Bodega Bay Trail project will be constructed as funding becomes available. Funding is currently being sought to extend the Coastal Prairie Trail .63-miles north from the Bodega Dunes driveway to Keefe Avenue, improving access to the Salmon Creek neighborhood and South Salmon Creek Beach. (The first trail section to be completed was the Cheney Creek crossing, which linked Doran Beach to the Birdwalk Coastal Access Trail in 2008.)

The entire Bodega Bay Trail project is part of the California Coastal Trail, a network of public trails along the 1,200-mile California coastline that is more than half complete.

A ray of hope for our Sonoma sea stars (SR Press Democrat)

StarfishThe sea stars (starfish) along the Sonoma Coast have mostly died off from sea star wasting disease.

This sickness has killed off most of the sea stars in areas from Mexico into Canada. Modern epidemiologists have not been able to determine what is causing the die off.

Some specialists believe that sea star wasting disease is caused by two agents attacking the sea stars at once. It could be like AIDs, where a virus attacks and weakens the immunity of the individual, then a bacterial infection kills them off. Scientists believe that this disease is caused by a combination of a bacteria, a virus or pollution.

Molecular sampling of samples of sick sea stars is now being done at Cornell University under Professor Drew Harwell. Researchers are working to determine if the main cause of sea star wasting disease is a virus or a bacteria. There is no evidence that this disease is caused by radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Read more of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat article HERE.

“Hole in the Head” exhibition at Sonoma State University

pit-main-imageThe exhibition Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement presents the dramatic story that involved a remarkable array of people, including scientists, students, atomic energy commissioners, communists, libertarians, ranchers, a museum director, Pacific Gas and Electric, government officials from the state and local level, the Sierra Club and the leadership of the University of California—to name a few.


Exhibition runs from November 2, 2014 – February 9, 2015 at the Sonoma State University Library.

Sonoma State University Library at the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue • Rohnert Park, CA 94928