Marine Biology Station

Marine Biology Station

Newport Bay Conservancy traces its heritage back to 1967 when a group of citizens, including Frank and Frances Robinson, founded the Friends of Newport Bay to call attention to the ecological importance of the Bay and to enlist broad support for the retention and protection of the Bay in its relatively natural state. This group was at the forefront of environmental education, conducting monthly nature tours at the Bay starting in late 1968. More than 40 years later Friends Tours are still given by us on the second Saturday morning of each month from October to March.

This 90-minute tour is free. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Vista Point lookout at the corner of Eastbluff and Back Bay Drive where you will join a Naturalist who will lead you on a tour between outdoor “classrooms” set up along Back Bay Drive. Tours depart from the lookout  at approximately 9:00, 9:15 and 9:30 AM. Round-trip distance in a little under a mile.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • February 11, 2017
  • March 11, 2017
  • October 14, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017

Reservations are not required, but if there is a group larger than 10 people, we ask that you give us a call, 949-923-2269, so that we are ready for your group.

The tour provides an easily understandable overview of the ecology and history of Upper Newport Bay for the general public. The current tour also serves as a useful adjunct to life science, marine biology and earth science classes. Tour stations and topics include:

The escorting tour guide provides additional commentary during the walk between stations.

The escorting tour guide provides additional commentary during the walk between stations.

Orientation
The Bay
The Watershed
Birds
Migration
Feeding Adaptations
Bird Identification
Plants
Coastal Sage Scrub
Riparian and Freshwater Marsh
Saltmarsh
Marine Biology
Fish Species and Adaptation
Invertebrates
Plankton and Algae
Geology
Rock Formation at the Bay
Changes Since the Last Ice Age
Major Geologic Structures

friends tour-lane

Naturalist talking about the daily life of Native Americas who lived around the Bay