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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (Oakland)

Explore the Oakland shoreline with a focus on wintering shorebirds, ducks, grebes and gulls. The trip will mostly take place on flat surfaced paths. Children are welcome. Please, no dogs. Results from our observations will be reported on eBird (an online database for bird observations). Include your email when you sign in on-site if you ... Read more

North Lake, Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park, North Lake Chain of Lakes Dr E & John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA

In partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, volunteers support habitat for local and migrating birds at North Lake in Golden Gate Park. Remove invasive plants and maintain gardens. Long term goal is to add more local SF native plants that provide food and cover for the many birds at this site. Advance registration ... Read more

Alameda Creek-Coyote Hills Bike Ride

Ride with us along Alameda Creek to Coyote Hills looking for waterbirds, raptors and passerines.  Due to drought the creek and main marsh may be drier and waterbird numbers lower than usual, but we also usually see a good assortment of passerines and raptors on this trip. We'll cycle a maximum of 20 mostly flat ... Read more

Albany Bulb

Explore one of the most exciting and diverse areas for birds in the East Bay on a 2 to 4.5 hour tour (depending on time of year and how many birds are present!) of the Albany Bulb. Situated directly across the Bay from the Golden Gate, the waterfront gives great views of an important stopover ... Read more

Berkeley Aquatic Park

All are welcome but LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folks are especially invited to a participatory field trip. Everyone can help the group spot birds, and thus will contribute to our knowledge. There should be large birds that can be seen without binoculars, including migratory and winter water birds. We will likely discover land birds by sight ... Read more

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park (Oakland)

This is the real start of the winter season at Lake Merritt and we have a good chance of seeing most of the arctic and subarctic migrant ducks and grebes, plus assorted warblers and sparrows. There'll be enough repetition for newcomers to develop solid understanding of the regular avian residents, along with enough to see ... Read more

Treasure Island, with LEJ Native Plant Nursery

Treasure Island, San Francisco Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Volunteers will help with a variety of native plant nursery activities at the LEJ (Literacy for Environmental Justice) Native Plant Nursery on Treasure Island, San Francisco, including re-planting native plants to larger pots, pruning plants which are being propagated for San Francisco native plant and natural areas sites and removing invasive plants from nursery site. ... Read more

Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve (San Francisco)

We’ll cover about two miles with significant climbing on mostly well-graded trails with some rocky spots and exposed roots (sutrostewards.org/trail-map) in the UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve. The preserve is a 61-acre remnant of more than 2000 acres of eucalyptus trees planted by Adolf Sutro. We will be looking and listening for birds and ... Read more

Middle Harbor Shoreline (Oakland)

Join us for a walk along the Oakland shoreline focusing on wintering shorebirds, ducks, grebes and gulls. We will begin a bit after high 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

Heron’s Head Park, San Francisco

Heron’s Head Park, San Francisco Cargo Way & Jennings Street, San Francisco, CA

Volunteers will help with a variety of activities at Heron’s Head Park in southeast SF including removing invasive non-native plants along the Wetlands shoreline, picking up trash, and planting native plants/maintaining native plant habitat. Volunteers should meet at the EcoCenter just beyond the parking lot. Advance registration required. We also require all participants to read ... Read more

Pier 94, San Francisco eastern waterfront

Pier 94, San Francisco 480 Amador Way, San Francisco, CA

Volunteers will help with a variety of activities at Pier 94 on San Francisco's eastern waterfront, including planting native plants and removing invasive non-native plants along the Wetlands shoreline and Uplands. Detailed meeting spot and directions will be emailed to registered participants. Wear closed-toe shoes, and bring and wear Covid mask. Bring your own gloves ... Read more

SF San Pablo Bay Boat Trip

San Francisco Bay, the largest and one of the most important estuaries along the Pacific Flyway, is right in our own backyard.  Join us as we cruise from Berkeley toward the Golden Gate Bridge and north into San Pablo Bay, hugging the shorelines and waters that are home to thousands of wintering birds. Leaving from ... Read more