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Albany Bulb

Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

The Albany Waterfront is one of the most exciting and diverse areas for birds in the East Bay, situated directly across the Bay from the Golden Gate, giving great views and also making it an important stopover and wintering spot for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. The waterfront boasts several different habitats, including open Bay waters, rocky shoreline, sandy beach, coastal mudflats, saltwater/brackish marsh, grassland, and patches of fennel, willow, cypress, pine, and eucalyptus. Corresponding this wealth of habitats is an incredibly diverse community of birds, ever-changing with the turn of the seasons.

Join us at 7 a.m. to explore this underrated hotspot: The walk will last between 2 and 4.5 hours. (Depending on time of year and how many birds are present!) Fall is best for rare migrant songbirds. Late winter and early spring are most diverse overall and the area can host around 70 species. Late spring and summer tend to be overall the least diverse seasons, but there can be good swallow diversity, and this time of year will give us the opportunity to see shorebirds in breeding plumages, to watch for the breeding behavior of a variety of birds, and to study juvenile plumages. Public restroom available.

Leader: Alex Henry, awhenry@umich.edu

This trip is free but advance registration is required. Registration will open two weeks before the trip and close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.  Directions for registered participants are below.

Please note the public health guidelines for this trip, as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Trip is limited to 25 participants, plus the leaders. There will not be a waiting list.
  • Participants must register online and acknowledge acceptance of our liability waiver. Each person must register separately. No “drop ins,” please.

Thank you for your flexibility in helping us ensure that everyone remains healthy!


Meet at the bird sculpture near the Parking lot at the end of Buchanan Street. Parking and access are free (the parking lots are often full in the afternoon and evening, but always have available spaces in the early morning), and there is a public restroom available.

Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/MchJqXttdZJUMziE7


Sunday, September 26, 2021
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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Registrations are closed due to registration deadline or maximum capacity