Evening Bat Walk Lake Chabot Marina (Castro Valley)

Susan will lead us out and back on a 3-mile round trip walk to watch and hear (she’ll bring her “bat detector”) the bats foraging over the lake. Lake Chabot hosts several species of bats, both residents and migrants. Come out and join the fun. The trail is paved with some moderate up-and-down. Bring appropriate ... Read more

Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve (San Francisco)

Meet at the Aldea Community Center, 155 Johnstone Dr at 8:00 AM. We’ll walk about two miles, with significant climbing on mostly well-graded trails, but there are rocky spots and exposed roots. We’ll look and listen for birds. Just past mid Aug, we should see summer and resident birds—mostly done breeding or with nearly mature ... Read more

Valle Vista EBMUD Watershed (Moraga)

Birding in the Moraga area on level trails and fire roads owned by East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). This area features a variety of habitats: chaparral and scrub, grassland, pine-oak woodland, marsh, and the top of the reservoir. Likely birds include raptors, sparrows, California Thrasher, nuthatches, wrens, and the shy Wood Ducks. We will ... Read more

Abbott’s Lagoon Pt Reyes National Seashore (Marin)

We will bird the coastal scrub, lagoons, and ocean. We hope to find migrant shorebirds and resident Snowy Plovers. Abbott's Lagoon has historically been good for Baird's Sandpiper and we may get lucky. Meet at 9 am at the Abbott's Lagoon parking lot (bathrooms but no water). Bring scope, liquids, lunch.  Plan on walking 4 ... Read more

Fort Mason (SF)

Meet in front of the Community Garden to explore several different habitats in this compact part of GGNRA. The focus will be looking for early migrants.  The garden and the battery could have Orioles, Warblers, Tanagers and Flycatchers. We'll also scan Aquatic Park for shorebirds and water birds.   Restroom in meadow, ample parking if there ... Read more

Aquatic Park (Berkeley)

All shapes and sizes are welcome though LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folks are especially invited to this participatory field trip. We all benefit when anyone shares their observations, knowledge and enthusiasm! We should expect to see water and land birds by sight and ear. Binoculars help, so let Rachel know in advance if you’d like a ... Read more

Hilltop Lake Park (Richmond)

Join me for an easy, flat stroll (about a mile) around Hilltop Lake in Richmond to look for seasonal (e.g. Hooded Orioles) and resident passerines, woodpeckers, raptors and more. Freshwater pond surrounded by willows, cattails, and native and ornamental trees and shrubs.The trail is paved and there are cement block benches in 2 places. We’ve ... Read more

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park (Oakland)

August is the quietest month at Lake Merritt, but there's always something interesting to see here - and the low variety makes this an ideal trip for new birders. Having a relatively few kinds of relatively large birds relatively close makes it much easier to turn observation into memory. So come make new friends to ... Read more

Elsie Roemer and Crab Cove (Alameda)

The millions of shorebirds that winter on San Francisco Bay make it a state and global Important Bird Area. It is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and is also designated as a Wetland of International Importance under UNESCO’s Ramsar Convention. We’ll start at the viewing platform at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary. After ... Read more

Miller-Knox Shoreline Park (Richmond)

Miller/Knox is truly one of the gems of the East Bay parks, and fall migration is the most exciting time to explore it. Miller/Knox is one of very few parks in the East Bay where there are wooded hills immediately along the Bay, and the result is a wide variety of terrestrial habitats which serve ... Read more

Elsie Roemer and Crab Cove (Alameda)

The millions of shorebirds that winter on San Francisco Bay make it a state and global Important Bird Area. It is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and is also designated as a Wetland of International Importance under UNESCO’s Ramsar Convention. We’ll start at the viewing platform at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary. After ... Read more