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VALLE VISTA EBMUD WATERSHED

Birding in the Moraga area on level trails and fire roads owned by East Bay Municipal Utility District (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. We will ... Read more

Meeker Slough and Hoffman Marsh (Richmond)

Walk up to 2.5 miles along the Bay Trail from Meeker Slough to dog park along tidal marshes to look for ducks, shorebirds, waders, passerines, raptors, and Ridgway Rail on a 4 to 2+ foot tide.  Bring binoculars.  Heavy rain cancels.  There are restrooms only at dog park but you go to Shimada Park before ... Read more

Lake Merritt (Oakland)

All are welcome but 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

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (Gridley)

Here’s another chance to experience the incredible spectacle of millions of waterfowl convening every winter to turn the Central Valley into a veritable avian Serengeti.  Join GGAS on a day trip to Gray Lodge, a California State Wildlife Area on the north side of the Sutter Buttes, “the world’s smallest mountain range”, in the center ... 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 https://ebird.org/barchart?r=L1405454&yr=all&m=. Please bring binoculars. There ... Read more

Bort Meadow (Oakland)

This trail features a variety of mature trees and grassy hillsides alongside a stretch of riparian habitat, plus a very large open meadow surrounded by trees and chaparral. Varied thrush winter here, and are seen regularly. Raptors, nuthatches, California Thrashers, and woodpeckers are also sighted regularly, along with a variety of sparrows and Pine Siskin. ... Read more

Miller-Knox Shoreline Park (Richmond)

Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline is truly one of the gems of the East Bay. Along the shoreline, beautiful views of the Bay complement the opportunity to see a variety of waterbirds. As you head inland, you pass through open fields, dense scrub, and then up into the rolling hills, some of which are blanketed in forest. ... Read more

Bison Paddock, Golden Gate Park

Bison Paddock, Golden Gate Park 1237 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA

Restore White-crowned Sparrow habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon Society at the paddock perimeter native plant gardens. See the Bison and the birds! Advance registration required. We also require all participants to read and accept Golden Gate Audubon’s VOLUNTEER LIABILITY WAIVER. By registering for this event, you acknowledge your acceptance ... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, Oakland

Arrowhead Marsh - MLK Regional Shoreline Park Oakland, CA

Join us to restore shoreline habitat for endangered Ridgway's Rails and other waterfront birds in this lovely, popular Oakland park. Our work sessions always include some time looking for and learning about local bird life! Wear closed-toe shoes, and bring and wear a Covid mask. You may bring your own gloves, or we can provide ... Read more

Fort Mason (San Francisco)

Meet in front of the Community Garden to explore several different habitats in this compact part of GGNRA. This will be the beginning of winter, which means all our wintering species should be present, and the species count can be as high as 50.  We'll explore Aquatic Park for Red-Breasted Mergansers and other ducks, grebes ... Read more

Elsie Roemer to Arrowhead Marsh Bike ride

Winter high tides are a good time to see rails, and if there has been enough rain, lots of ducks and shorebirds in the seasonal wetlands on this ~12 mile roundtrip bike ride visiting Elsie Roemer and Arrowhead marsh from the Frutivale Bart station. Leader: Kathy Jarrett, (510) 547-1233, kathy_jarrett@yahoo.com This trip is free but ... Read more

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park (Oakland)

December is the absolute peak month for birds at Lake Merritt: everybody likely to come is probably here, and nobody has left yet. Goldeneyes . . . maybe Barrow's Goldeneyes . . . and who knows, maybe that Tufted Duck reported in October and seen at least once since then.... MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS FIELD ... Read more