Field Trips

July 14th, 2014
 
Corona Heights, San Francisco
Friday, September 19, 8 – 10 a.m.
Brian Fitch; Dominik Mosur, polskatata@yahoo.com (Leaders vary by month.) 

Meet in front of the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, at the end of Museum Way off Roosevelt. We will enjoy views of the city and bay as we circle Corona Heights, checking the east canyon woodland and north forest for residents and migrants, as well as monitoring the hilltop scrub and south cliff. Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/CZNlr

 

Coyote Point, San Mateo County
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Martha Wessitsh, (415)681-8059: cell: (415)533-4470, martha@wessitsh.com

Take Hwy. 101 south to San Mateo. Take the Poplar Ave. Exit. Turn right on Humboldt to Peninsula. Turn right on Peninsula. Go over the freeway, stay straight at the light and you will be on Coyote Point Drive. There is a $ 5:00 entrance fee but if you get there early, or tell the attendant that you are going to the yacht harbor you may not have to pay.

Alternate route (the way I go): South on 280 to Trousdale, left on Trousdale to El Camino Real, right on El Camino to Peninsula then left and straight on as stated above.

Meet at the parking lot next to the CuriOdyssea museum. We should see incoming shore birds and land birds also. Restrooms are available. Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/nWDEA

 

Aquatic Park and Waterfront, San Francisco
Saturday, September 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Carol Kiser, 415.447.5000 

On this walk for children and beginners, and all others, we will look for resident and migrating birds. Meet at the entrance to the Hyde Street Pier at Hyde and Jefferson on the western border of Fisherman’s Wharf. Nearby parking is at the foot of Van Ness Ave. (free for 4 hours), Ghirardelli Square, and the Anchorage. Dress in layers, wear wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, and bring binoculars and guide books if you have them.  (We can provide binoculars and books if you don’t). 

 

Berkeley Waterfront and Bay – FAMILY BIRD WALK
Sunday September 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Anthony DeCicco, adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org

This is part of a series of GGAS Summer 2014 bird walks geared to families with children and led by our expert Eco-Education staff.  This  walk is suitable for all ages of children. .For details and directions, please see goldengateaudubon.org/kidsbirdwalks.

 

Birds and Bats at Lake Chabot (East Bay) – FAMILY BIRD WALK
Tuesday September 23, 6 p.m.
Marissa Ortega-Welch, mortegawelch@goldengateaudubon.org
PLEASE NOTE the change of location and date.

This is part of a series of GGAS Summer 2014 bird walks geared to families with children and led by our expert Eco-Education staff.  We will explore the birds that are most active at dusk and then look and listen for bats as they come out to hunt at night. A naturalist from East Bay Regional Parks will join us to teach us about our local bats. This walk is suitable for children aged 8 and up. Advance RSVP required; registered participants will be e-mailed the exact meeting location. Please note there is a $5 parking fee at Lake Chabot. For details and directions, please see goldengateaudubon.org/kidsbirdwalks.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline—Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland
Wednesday, September 24, 9:00 am -11:30 am
Gary and Chris Bard, chrisbalameda@gmail.com, 510.301.2987 

The shoreline offers excellent views of shorebirds, waders, and dabblers. Arrowhead Marsh is the home of numerous Clapper Rails. In winter large rafts of scaup and goldeneye float offshore. Occasionally, raptors soar overhead. The walking is on flat ground. Please bring a scope if you have one. Dress in layers. Rain cancels trip. Restroom is available near parking lot.

From I-880 south in Oakland, exit at Hegenberger Rd. Turn right onto Hegenberger, continue .7 mile across a small bridge over a channel, and turn right on Pardee Dr. Continue to Swan Way and turn left, then turn right into the park. Meet at the parking lot at the end of road.

 

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland, Alameda County
Wednesday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Ruth Tobey, 510.528.2093, ruthtobey@gmail.com. (Hilary will return next month.) 

The first of the winter migrants may be arriving this month, so come see what’s new at the lake! Meet at the large spherical cage near the Nature Center at Perkins and Bellevue. We will bird around there, then go up the garden path toward Children’s Fairyland or walk down the lake toward Embarcadero, after which we will cover what we missed.

Take the 12, N, or NL bus to Grand and Perkins, and walk into the park on Perkins. Best parking is at the boathouse lot near the spherical cage. Entry, via Bellevue near Children’s Fairyland, is $2 if the kiosk is occupied when you arrive (which it probably will be). Buy a 2-hour ticket and try to park in the boathouse lot, where no one checks how long cars are parked.

 

October 2014

 

Orinda Connector Trail, Contra Costa County
Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 – Noon
Tim Howe, 510-435-6654, timgh88@yahoo.com 

Let’s walk the Orinda Connector Trail and find what birds we can. Meet at the parking area of San Pablo Dam Rd. and Bear Creek Rd. north of Orinda. We’ll walk along the trail to the lake and back. It should take about 4 hours plus. Bring fluids, snacks, lunch. No bathrooms. Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/84Utf 

 

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 5, 8 – 10:30 a.m.
Dominik Mosur, polskatata@yahoo.com; Allan Ridley, allanrid@pacbell.net; Helen McKenna, 415.566.3241; Ginny Marshall, ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net; Kimberly Jannarone, kmj@ucsc.edu; Robert Cullison, robbo50@sbcglobal.net. (Leaders vary by month.) 

Meet at the front gate of the garden in Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way.

The garden has several micro-habitats that attract an array of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds. This monthly trip is oriented toward helping beginning birders develop their skills. Entry is free before 9:00 AM.

 

Corona Heights, San Francisco
Friday, October 17, 8 – 10 a.m.
Brian Fitch; Dominik Mosur, polskatata@yahoo.com (Leaders vary by month.) 

Meet in front of the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, at the end of Museum Way off Roosevelt. We will enjoy views of the city and bay as we circle Corona Heights, checking the east canyon woodland and north forest for residents and migrants, as well as monitoring the hilltop scrub and south cliff. Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/CZNlr

 

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland, Alameda County
Wednesday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Hilary Powers, 510.834.1066, hilary@powersedit.com; Ruth Tobey, 510.528.2093, ruthtobey@gmail.com 

The first of the winter migrants may be arriving this month, so come see what’s new at the lake! Meet at the large spherical cage near the Nature Center at Perkins and Bellevue. We will bird around there, then go up the garden path toward Children’s Fairyland or walk down the lake toward Embarcadero, after which we will cover what we missed.

Take the 12, N, or NL bus to Grand and Perkins, and walk into the park on Perkins. Best parking is at the boathouse lot near the spherical cage. Entry, via Bellevue near Children’s Fairyland, is $2 if the kiosk is occupied when you arrive (which it probably will be). Buy a 2-hour ticket and try to park in the boathouse lot, where no one checks how long cars are parked.

 

 

Pelagic Trips

See birds of the open water! (And maybe some marine mammals.) Shearwater Journeys, Alvaro’s Adventures, and the Oceanic Society all offer discounts to GGAS members. Register in advance since these trips often fill up.

Shearwater Journeys Pelagic Trips

Shearwater Journeys has offered GGAS members discounted pelagic trips for more than a decade. Our annual trip from Sausalito to the Farallon Islands to observe the largest breeding seabird colony south of Alaska on the West Coast will be held on August 3. Departing from Sausalito at 7 am, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, we head to the islands to see nesting tufted puffins, other seabirds, seals and whales. This trip sells out every year. Please book early. Rate: $177; GGAS members: $142. Parking $2/person.

Departures from Half Moon Bay:  August 2, 16, 17, 23; September 7. 8. 15, 21, 24; October 5, 12. Rate: $196; GGAS members: $161. Parking is free.

Departures from Bodega Bay: September 1 & 19. Rate: $218; GGAS members: $183. Parking is free.

Departures from Monterey Bay: August 1, 8, 15, 22; September 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27, 28; October 4, 11. Save $10 on parking with our vouchers.

RESERVATIONS: Please send payment (personal check or money order), name, address, phone, email for each person booking, to Debi Shearwater; POB 190, Hollister, CA 95024; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com. All discounted reservations are non-refundable, non-transferable. A return confirmation will be sent to you. All trips are accompanied by experienced, friendly and knowledgable leaders.

 

Alvaro’s Adventures Pelagic Trips

Led by Alvaro Jaramillo. Check the website for descriptions, pricing, and availability: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

Oceanic Society Pelagic Trips

The Oceanic Society offers guided whale-watching and seabird-watching trips to the Farallon Islands every Saturday and Sunday from May through November.  The cost is normally $125 per person, but GGAS members are eligible for a reduced rate of $105. To reserve at the discounted rate, call their office during business hours at (800) 326-7491 or (415) 256-9604 and ask for Donna Redstone or other staff. Want to charter an entire boat? They can also offer a GGAS discount for that.

For details on their trips, see www.oceanicsociety.org.

Oceanic Society guides with particular expertise in birding will be guiding the following trips:

Susan Sherman – September 21, October 4, November 9, 29

David Wimpfheimer – October 11 and November 1

Roger Harris – September 20, October 5, November 2

 

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Carpooling 

If you are going on a field trip, would you welcome company? Do you have room in your car to take other birders? To help find a ride or offer a ride, sign up with GGA’s carpool group at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/GGACarPool. When you sign up, you answer a few simple questions, then receive a confirming e-mail. Once you are a member, you post messages under “Need Ride” or “Offer Ride,” along with the destination and date. The more birders who sign up, the more useful the group will be. Birders are encouraged to help the driver with expenses by contributing to the cost of fuel and bridge tolls.

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Field Trip E-newsletter and Meetups

Would you like to get a list of field trips sent to your email Inbox each month? Contact the Golden Gate Audubon office at ggas@goldengateaudubon.org and ask to receive the Field Trips e-newsletter. Include your name, preferred email address, plus (for our records) your postal address.

Our Field Trips are also listed on Meetup, a web site that helps people find local events that interest them. If you join Meetup, you can get individual email reminders for each GGAS field trip, or download the schedule to your Outlook or Google calendar. See www.meetup.com/Golden-Gate-Audubon-Society/.

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Other Bay Area Bird Walks

Mike Simms compiles a quarterly list of bird walks throughout the Bay Area, including walks by other Audubon chapters. For his current calendar, click here. There is also a Meetup page that lists birding walks and events throughout the Bay Area: www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Birding/.