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Salesforce Park

Sitting above the new Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco, Salesforce Park is an oasis for humans and urban birds alike. Join this meditative and educational stroll, which will focus on observing resident and migrant birds. This trip recurs on the first Wednesday of each month. Observant kids of all ages are welcome with adults. ... 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

Tilden Nature Area (Berkeley)

A gentle stroll to Jewel Lake and back on a wide dirt trail past the ponds in the meadow. A few benches along the way. Come along for a short while or the whole time. Leader: Alan Kaplan:, landline (510) 526-7609 for messages This trip is free but advance registration is required. Registration will ... Read more

Arrowhead Marsh and Alameda Bike Ride: Bart to Bart

The highlight of the day is a high tide of 7.8 ft at 12:40 at Arrowhead that should be good for Rails. But first we’ll ride from Fruitvale BART to Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, a shorebird hot spot. We will also be looking for other wintering and resident birds, ducks, hawks and passerines. If we ... 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 Botanical Garden

Slowly 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 is free before 9 ... Read more

Lafayette Community Center

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

Alvarado/Wildcat Canyon Regional Park (Richmond)

In anticipation of a Christmas Bird Count in Richmond this year, come explore one of its original parks, Alvarado/Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. This is the original homeland of the Ohlone’s Huchiun tribe that extended from Temescal Creek to the San Pablo Creek and Wildcat Canyon drainages. In 1772 the arrival of Spanish troops marked the ... Read more

Hilltop Lake Park (Richmond)

Join me for an easy, flat 0.75 mile stroll around Hilltop Lake in Richmond to look at ducks, woodpeckers, passerines, and maybe raptors and a wader or two. Freshwater pond surrounded by willows, cattails, and native and ornamental trees and shrubs. Check out ebird bar chart for this location at Please bring binoculars. There ... Read more

SF San Pablo Bay Boat Trip (SOLD OUT)

This trip is now FULL but you may register to be on the waiting list in case of cancellations. 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 ... Read more

Albany Shoreline

Come out to the Albany shoreline to see what waterbirds and shorebirds are overwintering, and hopefully find a Burrowing Owl too! Returning birders, newcomers and all levels of experience welcome! For a sense of how this walk goes, here's a blog from 2019: We'll meet 2 hours after (a fairly high) high tide for ... Read more

Berkeley Aquatic Park

All are welcome and LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folks are especially invited to a participatory field trip. We all benefit when anyone shares their observations, knowledge and enthusiasm. 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 and ear too. ... Read more