Sign up for the Christmas Bird Count!


Join us for the Christmas Bird Count, the biggest and longest-running citizen science project in the world!

Oakland count: Sunday December 20

San Francisco count: Tuesday December 29

Both experienced and beginning birders are invited to join us. This is the 116th year of this nationwide Audubon tradition, and the 75th year of our Oakland count. Enjoy a fun day of birding, while contributing to our understanding of bird populations. Then come share results at the festive compilation dinner after each count!

For information and registration for each count, see

Registration deadline is December 4 for the Oakland count, and December 11 for SAan Francisco. This year the Oakland count is looking to expand the number of people participating as feeder watchers. Do you have friends in the East Bay with backyard bird feeders? Click here for a flyer you can print and share with them about the count.


What's New?


Lani’s Big Year: California Dreaming

Note: This is the ninth in a series of occasional blog posts by GGAS member George Peyton about his other half Lani Rumbaoa’s effort to see over 600 bird species in the Lower 48 states in 2015.

By George Peyton

When Lani and I returned from Arizona in early August, we knew that was the last place where she could expect to see a …

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Holiday gifts for birders, 2015 edition

By Ilana DeBare

Looking for holiday gifts that will tickle the tail feathers of the birders in your life? Here are some ideas that go beyond the usual binoculars, bird feeders, and field guides. We admit a bias toward buying locally, so we’ve included items by Bay Area artisans wherever possible.

For the field


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Talking turkey (the wild kind) in Oakland

This article is reprinted from CityLab, an online journalism site affiliated with The Atlantic magazine.

By John Metcalfe

Walking out my front door a little while ago ago I came face-to-leathery face with a massive bird. It was squatting on the sidewalk like it owned the space, while a child sketched it from a few feet away. …

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Manage your GGAS membership online!

Now you can manage all your GGAS business online — renew your membership, update your contact information, view past donations, or sign up for events such as classes, Birdathon or the Christmas Bird Count. Click here to access your account. (You’ll need to create a login name and password if you don’t have one already. If you forget your password, click on the “forgot your password” link.)