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September 2021

Valle Vista (Moraga) Field Trip

September 4 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Birding in the Moraga area on level trails and fire roads owned by 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. Walking is on hard-packed trails, with some ... Read more

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Elsie Roemer & Crab Cove (Alameda)

September 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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. This time of year, we’ll have a chance to see shorebirds that ... Read more

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SF Botanical Garden Bird Walk

September 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a slow stroll around the S.F. Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, exploring the many birds that thrive amidst several micro-habitats with more than 8,000 kinds of plants. This trip is oriented towards helping beginning birders develop their skills, and recurs on the first Sunday of each month. Entry to the Garden ... Read more

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Lafayette Community Park Bird Walk

September 5 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

This trail features a variety of mature trees and grassy hillsides alongside a stretch of riparian habitat. Raptors, nuthatches, and woodpeckers are sighted regularly, along with a variety of sparrows. This is a dirt trail, wide in most areas, mostly level although there are some elevation changes. There are no areas to sit along this ... Read more

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Elsie Roemer & Crab Cove (Alameda)

September 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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. This time of year, we’ll have a chance to see shorebirds that ... Read more

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Hayward Regional Shoreline

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We'll meet at the very end of Winton Avenue in Hayward, walk out to the Bay Trail, and head north. We should arrive at Frank’s Dump, a major high tide roost for shorebirds, when the tide has been coming in for about 4  hours. We’ll walk about 3 miles on flat, unpaved trails. Because it ... Read more

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West County Wastewater Loop (Richmond)

September 12 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

September is a great time to bird the West County Wastewater District--Landfill Loop Trail.  There will be a mixture of waterfowl and shorebirds along with the opportunity to practice gull identification.  This is also a good location for finding vagrant fall migrants. The trip will consist of a 3 mile hike along a flat sandy/dirt ... Read more

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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (Oakland)

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a walk along the Oakland shoreline focusing on shorebirds returning from their summer breeding grounds up north. We will begin at low tide. Walking is mostly on paved paths with a short section of sand. Scopes are very beneficial at this location and appreciated. Leader: Megan Jankowski, mindfuldocumentation@gmail.com, cell (415) 515-0732 This ... Read more

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Mount Sutro Bird Walk (S.F.)

September 18 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve is a 61-acre remnant of more than 2000 acres of eucalyptus trees planted by Adolf Sutro. UCSF has instituted a long term management plan for the OSP with the initial phase focused on removing dead and dying trees to improve fire safety. Some tree replacement planting is evident, ... Read more

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Vollmer Peak (Berkeley)

September 19 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

Let’s look for fall migrants and winter residents in beautiful Tilden Park along the Vollmer Peak trail, enjoying the varied forest and scrub habitats and scenic vistas along the way. We’ll walk 2 to 3 miles (depending on our pace) along a paved trail with a rise of about 1,500 feet. We’ll do a fair ... Read more

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Fort Mason (San Francisco)

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Meet in front of the Fort Mason Community Garden to explore several different habitats in this compact part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The focus will be looking for 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 ... Read more

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Albany Shoreline Bird Walk

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Migration is in full swing along the Pacific Coast Flyway, so come to the Albany shoreline to see who's showing up or passing through.  Novices, advanced birders, and everyone in between are welcome as we visit the Albany mudflats, McLaughlin Shoreline State Park, and the Albany Bulb.  For a sense of how this walk goes, ... Read more

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