Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park (Oakland)

Come see what's happening at Lake Merritt as spring winds toward summer. Most of the winter migrants will be gone, but we have a chance to see some laggards, plus some local residents in the family-growth business.... MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS WALK.  Leader: Hilary Powers, hilary@salamanderfeltworks.com, Lyla Arum, lyla.arum@gmail.com This trip is free but advance ... 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

Jewel Lake (Berkeley)

All shapes, 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!  Binoculars help, so let Rachel know in advance if you’d like a loaner pair. We'll explore 1-2 miles on flat terrain from the parking lot to ... 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

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park (Stream Trail)

This is a shorter trip with less walking than our usual field trips at this location.  We will enjoy quality time, what Malcolm Margolis calls “deep hanging out,” but will finish before it gets really hot and the park gets very crowded on Memorial Day Weekend. Special target birds include California Quail, Wilson’s Warbler, Pacific-slope ... Read more

Salesforce Park

Please join us in Salesforce Park. We will take a leisurely birdwalk through the park and encounter common and not so common year round residents and migrant birds throughout the year. This trip is especially good for beginners as we often have very close views of the birds and can really closely study their distinguishing ... 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

Heron’s Head Park (SF)

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, Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley)

Today’s theme: Features of Nests, Eggs, and Incubation. Why are eggs “the most perfect thing”? How do cigarette butts benefit baby birds? Is nest building all instinct? Meet at the Tilden Nature Area parking lot at the entrance to the Environmental Education Center/Little Farm. We’ll walk a wide path to Jewel Lake and back. Restrooms ... Read more

Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve (San Francisco)

The UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve is a 61-acre remnant of more than 2000 acres of eucalyptus trees planted by Adolf Sutro in the late 1800s. 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 ... Read more

Briones Regional Park (Lafayette)

We will walk a relatively flat 2 miles, round trip, up the Abrigo Trail from Bear Creek Staging area through oak woodland and grassland to Maud Whalen campground.  Hope to see Bullock’s Orioles, Lazuli Bunting, Ash-throated Flycatchers, nesting Barn Swallows, Western Kingbird plus various woodland species.    Restrooms or portapotty at the start and supposedly ... Read more

Pier 94 (SF, 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