Alcatraz Rookery Tour

Alcatraz is one of the most important waterbird nesting sites in northern California, with nine species breeding on the island. Alcatraz Waterbird Docent Corny Foster will share an informative look at the natural history of the island and the variety of birds and their life histories. We’ll see the birds up close on their nests, ... Read more

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park (Oakland)

It's the beginning of summer and so the beginning of the quiet season at the lake - but there's always something to see here. It's swallow season, and we'll have pelicans and bluebirds and terns and lots of others, all close enough for long, satisfying looks.... MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS WALK.  Leader: Hilary Powers, hilary@salamanderfeltworks.com, ... 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

CANCELLED North Lake, Golden Gate Park

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

CANCELLED 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 ... Read more

Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley)

Today is Canada Day, eh? Do we have any birds who have “come from away”, from their "home and native land?" Meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Tilden Nature Area Environmental Education Center/Little Farm for a walk down a wide road to Jewel Lake and back again. Water and restrooms at ... Read more

CANCELLED Pier 94 (SF, Eastern Waterfront)

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

CANCELLED for Holiday  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 ... Read more

San Francisco 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

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

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

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center (Hayward)

July is the start of southbound shorebird migration, so early shorebirds should be coming through. The Least and Forster’s Tern colonies should still be active, and teenage American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts should be hanging around with their parents. We’ll walk from the interpretive center to the tern colonies and return—about 3 miles on wide, ... Read more

Shorebirds at San Leandro Marina (San Leandro)

Fall starts early along the East Bay shoreline, and by late June and early July, fall shorebird migration is already in full swing. Although diversity doesn’t peak until August and September, July is a great time to look for peeps, Wilson’s Phalaropes, and other early migrants such as Willets, Long-billed Curlews, and yellowlegs. San Leandro ... Read more

Blake Garden (Kensington)

Summer has arrived and the Blake Garden is full of fledglings. Come observe the interactions between parents and fledglings around the garden. On Tuesday we’ll continue with bird phenology in Blake Garden on our monthly walk. We’ll be looking for the summer resident birds and listen to their chatter. Some species may even be trying ... Read more