Livermore and Patterson Pass (Alameda County)

We’ll explore the area around Livermore and Brushy Peak for raptors and other specialties, then head up Patterson Pass Rd. looking for Mountain Bluebirds, raptors, and other grassland birds. It’s a good area for many raptors including Ferruginous Hawks and Golden Eagles. We’ll take the opportunity to discuss GGAS’s important work in regulating the Altamont ... Read more

Recurring Event Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, Oakland

Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, Oakland

Arrowhead Marsh - MLK Regional Shoreline Park 81 Swan Way, 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

Alameda Creek-Coyote Hills Bike Ride

Ride with us along Alameda Creek to Coyote Hills looking for waterbirds, raptors and passerines. We'll cycle about 15 mostly flat miles, including a short distance on urban streets and possibly some packed dirt/gravel paths at Coyote Hills.  Bring binoculars and water, and wear layers.  Please bring snacks AND lunch, since there is no food ... 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

Hilltop Lake Park (Richmond)

Join me for an easy stroll (about a mile) around Hilltop Lake in Richmond to look for ducks and woodpeckers, passerines and raptors.. 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 is no bathroom at this ... Read more

Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park (Oakland)

Come see the winter migrants before the high season starts to wind down! Perhaps the second Tufted Duck of the year, reported in the lake's Laney Channel, will drift over for a visit.... MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS FIELD TRIP Leader: Ruth Tobey,, (510) 717-3264; Hilary Powers, This trip is free but advance registration ... Read more

Albany Shoreline

As winter closes and migration stirring begins, let's see who's still hanging out or stopping in on the Albany shoreline!  Waterbirds and shorebirds may already be in breeding plumage, and there's still hope for that adorable but elusive Burrowing Owl!  Returning birders, newcomers and all levels of experience welcome!  For a sense of how this ... Read more

Salesforce Park

Please join us in Salesforce Park.  We will take a leisurely stroll 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

Tilden Nature Area (Berkeley)

Today’s topic: Nice to Sparrows!: Margaret Morse Nice and Song Sparrow Studies. She was the first woman president of a major American ornithologist society, and the Wilson Ornithological Society’s award for “lifetime contributions to ornithology” is named for her. She studied song development in birds and language development in her own children. And she introduced ... Read more

Bike and Bird, Coyote Point Park to Foster City

Join us for a ride from Coyote Point Recreation Area southward on the Bay Trail. We will bike ~ 15 miles on a flat, paved trail along open water, marshes, sloughs, small sandy beaches and some residential streets. We’ll look for ducks and passerines, shorebirds, Black Skimmers, possibly Red Knots, and raptors. See e-Bird list: ... 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

Blake Garden (Kensington)

Spring has sprung! The Magnolia trees in Blake Garden are blooming. Come bird the garden with us to observe bird species arriving from their wintering grounds. The garden is full of bird chatter now as birds stake out their claim for the coming breeding season. If you are a regular visitor to the garden you ... Read more