Birdathon is almost here!


But don’t worry: There’s still plenty of time to sign up for a trip and join the fun! Birdathon, which runs throughout the month of April, is our biggest fundraiser and FUN raiser of the year, with 23 special field trips and behind-the-scene tours.

Trips that still have openings include:

  • Birds & wine tasting in Livermore Valley
  • Big Six Hours in Oakland, Alameda County or Contra Costa County
  • Birding the Peninsula with Murphy’s Mob
  • Better Birding in SF
  • Chocolate tasting & birding in Alameda
  • Experience bird banding!
  • Behind the gates at Hayward Shoreline
  • Birding the island of Alameda
  • And more!!

Sign up for a trip. Then raise money from friends like a walkathon — or make a tax-deductible contribution yourself. It’s a great way to enjoy spring birding, while helping protect the Bay Area birds you love. Info at Questions? Email Ilana at

What's New?


Field journaling – not for artists only

Editor’s Note: Natasha Lowery is the instructor for our newest class, a five-week workshop in Appreciating Birds: Journaling and Field Sketching that starts on April 11. A 2016 graduate of Tulane University in environmental biology, Natasha may be our youngest instructor ever! Her enthusiasm and welcoming attitude

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Prizes, prizes, prizes

By Ilana DeBare

Okay, we know why you take part in Birdathon: You love Bay Area birds. You support Golden Gate Audubon. And, last but not least, Birdathon is a lot of fun!

But hey. There are prizes too.  🙂

We wanted to take two minutes to share this year’s prizes for top Birdathon fundraisers. Volunteer Daryl Anne Goldman…

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The secretive Sora

By Miya Lucas

Sora is the name of a fictional character in a Japanese video game.  Sometimes trying to view a Sora rail is so challenging that you may feel like it is a fictional character as well.

Soras are secretive and stealthy. I enjoy hearing the Sora’s call and song, and occasionally seeing the actual bird, at Las Gallinas

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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.)