Improve your birding skills — or get started in bird-watching with some friendly, expert help! Golden Gate Audubon offers classes for all levels of birding experience. Please register for our classes online (easy and fast). If you don’t have access to a computer, call our office at (510) 843-2222 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

CANCELLATION POLICY: As a small organization with limited office staff, it is challenging for us to handle last-minute cancellations. If you need to cancel, we will refund your registration fee if :

(1) You withdraw more than two weeks before the start of the class, AND
(2) We can fill your spot with someone from the class waiting list.

Please note that there will be a $5 cancellation fee to cover the credit card transaction costs for your sign-up and cancellation.


Birds of the Bay Area 

October 13 through November 17, plus field trips

Shorebirds are back, winter residents arrive in the regional parks, and the Central Valley fills with geese, swans and cranes. Raptors cross the skies. Join a very fun group of birders as we explore places to bird in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • Six TUESDAY evening classes, October 13 through November 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five three-hour field trips either Saturday or Sunday morning (your choice) following the class, times to be announced. The sixth field trip is weekend-long, November 21-22.
  • Instructors: Rusty Scalf and Bob Lewis
  • Limited to 40 people.
  • $120 for GGAS members, $140 for non-members
  • Location: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, directly across the street from Ashby BART in Berkeley. Free parking in the lot behind the center.
  • This class is now FULL. You may click here to be placed on the waiting list.


Waterbirds in Fall 

November 4 through December 2, plus field trips


In autumn, the Bay Area’s astounding array of resident shore and water birds are joined by over half a million birds who have bred in the north, some stopping to rest and refuel on their way further south, others coming to spend the winter here. This class will assist beginners and advanced beginners in sharpening their ID skills. Learning about what the birds eat, how they feed and their travel patterns will enhance your appreciation and your ID of both our residents and our winter visitors. Many locations in the Bay Area provide great opportunities to see these birds close up and study their behavior.

  • Four Wednesday evenings, November 4, 11, 18,  and December 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no class Thanksgiving week.
  • Four Sunday morning field trips: Nov. 8, 15, 22, December 6.  Locations to be announced.   (The last trip may have options for ¾ day.)
  • Instructors: Linda Carloni and Maureen Lahiff
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • $90 for GGAS members, $110 for non-members
  • Location: Rhythmix Cultural Center, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda.  Click here for map and directions.
  • Click here to sign up. When the class is full, you may sign up for the waiting list.


San Francisco Classes with Joe Morlan

Evening bird classes taught by Joe Morlan and endorsed by Golden Gate Audubon Society will be starting September 8 and 9, 2015. All classes meet 7-9:15 p.m. in room 218 at City College of San Francisco, John Adams Center. Free parking is in the school lot adjacent to the building at 1860 Hayes Street. If the lot is full, additional parking may be available. See class calendars for details.

The instructor is coauthor of “Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area” and “Birds of Northern California.” He is also coordinator of the recorded “Northern California Birdbox,” Chair of the California Bird Records Committee, and winner of the 2010 Ludlow Griscom Award for contributions to regional ornithology. Slides illustrate all lectures, and the text for all classes is “A Field Guide to Birds of North America,” sixth edition, by the National Geographic Society. “The Sibley Guide to Birds” is recommended as an adjunct text for both classes. Ornithology I will not be offered this semester.

  • Field Ornithology II (EA110) meets on Wednesdays September 9 through December 16 (No class 9/30, 11/4, 11/11). It is an in-depth study of North American Raptors including vultures, kites, hawks, eagles and falcons. .
  • Field Ornithology III EA120) meets on Tuesdays September 8 through December 15 (No class 9/29, 11/3, 11/10). It is a continuing in-depth study of North American land birds including larks, swallows, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, kinglets and gnatcatchers.

The instructor may arrange optional field trips on weekends. Please bring binoculars and field guides to class if you have them. Fees are $265 for each twelve week class but there is a $15 discount for each class if you pre-register at least a week early. For further information call (415) 561-1860. You can register online, or mail or fax this registration form.

For additional information see the official City College Continuing Education site. Schedule and details for Fall 2014 are available here.

What’s even more fun than taking one of our birding classes?

Taking it with a friend! Invite a birding buddy to register with you.