Upcoming Field Trips

Golden Gate Audubon offers more than 100 field trips annually for birders of all levels. Our trips explore local areas from Golden Gate Park to the East Bay shoreline and hills, as well as such wildlife-rich destinations as California’s Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada.

We also sponsor trips to other parts of the U.S. and to international destinations, including Latin America, Africa, and Australia. Field trips are led by experienced birders who are passionate in sharing their knowledge of birds and their habitats. See our Travel with GGAS page for upcoming travel opportunities.  

Local trips are free, except for any park entrance fees. Advance reservations may be necessary. It is advisable to confirm with the trip leader that a trip will take place as planned, especially if inclement weather is expected. Reports of recent and past field trips are on these pages.

For questions about individual field trips, contact the leaders. If you cannot reach a leader, contact 510-843-2222 or email volunteer@goldengateaudubon.org.

We encourage people to share rides to field trips! See the bottom of this page for information about our friendly, easy-to-use GGAS carpool group.


Field Trips

February 1st, 2017
Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
GGAS Centennial bird walk
Sunday, April 30, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Mitch Youngman (mitchyoungman@gmail.com) and Bonnie Brown (bbswimgirl@yahoo.com)

This easy ‘walk through the park’ will be on mostly paved trails.  We’ll be looking for our year-round residents and our winter visitors. We’ll also be keeping our eyes peeled for the unusual migrant trying to slip through unobserved. This is a learning-through-birding walk and all levels are welcome. As part of the GGAS Centennial, we’ll talk a little about the chapter’s involvement in various conservation issues in the park over the years.

Restrooms and water fountain located near North Lake.  Heavy rain cancels.

Meet at the parking lot adjacent to South Lake across the street from Bercut Equestrian Field; enter Chain of Lakes Drive in Golden Gate Park at 41st off of Lincoln Way or 43rd off of Fulton St.


Birding by Ear Along the Stream Trail, Redwood Regional Park
Friday, May 5, 7:00 — 9:00 a.m. (repeated May 12; sign up for only one)
Bob Power, rcpower@sbcglobal.net 

Seasonal ear tune-up. We’ll walk on wide, relatively flat paved and unpaved paths listening to the early spring birds. The walks are limited to eight people. Please sign up for only one walk to give others a chance. Email the leader to enroll. People that were wait-listed on these March walks will be prioritized. Trip details and directions will be provided to confirmed participants. Note that as of 4/25 both Canyon Rd. outside Moraga and Redwood Rd. outside Castro Valley are closed. The only access to the park is via Oakland.


Dawn Chorus, Big Leaf Picnic Site, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
Friday, May 5, 5:30 — 7:30 a.m.
(First Friday special dawn bird walk)
Alan Kaplan, LNKPLN67@gmail.com or (510) 526-7609 for messages.

The Dawn Chorus is our theme for this early-bird trip. Meet in Tilden Regional Park at Big Leaf Picnic site (turn right at the foot of Canon Drive, look for the stone restroom). We’ll walk around to the Blue Gum Gate entrance to Tilden Nature Area, and along the Loop Road. Western Wood-pewee, Olive-sided Flycatcher and other returnees are likely songsters. Restrooms may not be open this early. Water along the way.


Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
Friday, May 5, 8:30 — 11:00 a.m.
(First Friday regular bird walk)
Alan Kaplan, LNKPLN67@gmail.com or (510) 526-7609 for messages.

Birdsongs and how they are sung: Brain and Syrinx is the theme for this walk at our regular time. Meet at the Tilden Nature Area parking lot near the Little Farm and EEC. Gentle walk to Jewel Lake and back again. Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak and other stars of the bird opera stage are likely to perform. Restrooms and water at the start and mid-way.


Leona Canyon Regional Open Space, Oakland
Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. — Noon
Rusty Scalf, rscalf@sonic.net

Riparian and chaparral habitats. It’s an easy hike up the canyon towards Merritt College, 1.4 miles one way with a gentle slope.

From the 580 Frwy take the Keller Ave exit and go east (uphill). At ~0.75 miles turn left onto Campus Dr., then take the first right onto Canyon Oaks Dr. (this feels like you’re entering a private parking lot for a condominium complex, but there’s an EBRPD easement so you’re OK). Turn left and go to the end, to a small EBRPD parking lot.

For Mapquest or Google Maps, use 770 Canyon Oaks Dr., Oakland, CA 94605


Willow Bottoms at Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
Sunday, May 7, 8 — 11 a.m.
Clayton Anderson 510-779-7639, naturalartt@gmail.com

Lake Chabot is a focal point for birds. While people have been walking and fishing this lake for decades, the birds have been thoroughly enjoying this large body of water even longer. Regulars seen at this oasis are: Mallard, a number of swallow species, Double-crested Cormorant, White-crowned Sparrow, Pied-billed Grebe, and Great Blue Heron. But there are other, less common jewels as well: Wilson’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Western Grebe, Caspian Tern, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and Merlin, just to name a few. Come learn their songs and calls as we walk on an easy paved pathway, 3.5 miles total, to and from some rare willow river bottom habitat. Totally enchanting.

We will meet in the little “Cove” picnic area to the right of the playground/exercise yard. Which is to the right again, of the “Marina Café,” boathouse, and bathrooms. You can park on Lake Chabot Rd. for free, or you can park in the parking lot for a $5.00 fee. Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/fSohgrYrmL72. As of 4/25, Redwood Rd. is closed north of Castro Valley, so don’t try to come this way. https://www.acpwa.org/news/redwood-road-use-caution


San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sunday, May 7, 8:00 — 10:30 a.m.
(First Sunday bird walk)
Dominik Mosur, polskatata@yahoo.com; Allan Ridley, allanrid@pacbell.net; Helen McKenna; Ginny Marshall, ginnybirder@sbcglobal.net; Robert Cullison, robbo50@sbcglobal.net; Angie Geiger, acgeig@sbcglobal.net; Kimberly Janarone,kmj@ucsc.edu (Leaders vary by month.)

Meet at the front gate of the garden in Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way.

The garden has several micro-habitats that attract an array of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds. This monthly trip is oriented toward helping beginning birders develop their skills. Entry is free before 9:00 AM.


Napa River: Birding By Boat
Sunday, May 7 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dolphin Charters; Pamela Llewellyn

This trip is now FULL! You may sign up to be on the waiting list in case of cancellations.


Depart and return: Vallejo Marina. Registered participants will be sent directions to the marina plus other logistical information about a week before the trip. Limited to 27 people.

Cost: $80 for Golden Gate Audubon members; $90 for non-members. Click here to register for the waiting list.

NOTE: Dolphin Charters is donating all the proceeds from this trip to Golden Gate Audubon as one of our Birdathon corporate sponsors! Their generosity is only exceeded by their expert guiding.  🙂 


Birding by Ear Along the Stream Trail, Redwood Regional Park
Friday, May 12, 7:00 — 9:00 a.m.
Bob Power, rcpower@sbcglobal.net 

Seasonal ear tune-up. We’ll walk on wide, relatively flat paved and unpaved paths listening to the early spring birds. The walks are limited to eight people. Please sign up for only one walk to give others a chance. Email the leader to enroll. People that were wait-listed on these March walks will be prioritized. Trip details and directions will be provided to confirmed participants. Note that as of 4/25 both Canyon Rd. outside Moraga and Redwood Rd. outside Castro Valley are closed. The only access to the park is via Oakland. 


Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
Friday, May 12, 8:30 — 11:00 a.m.
(Second Friday bird walk; leaders vary by month)
Alan Kaplan, LNKPLN67@gmail.com or (510) 526-7609 for messages.

Meet at the Inspiration Point parking lot off of Wildcat Canyon Road (this is the road in the park that goes past the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and on towards Orinda). We’ll bird a bit of the EBMUD Inspiration Trail (could be muddy)— permit required; I have a Group Permit, and others with Group Permits are encouraged to attend. Then, we’ll go on the paved Nimitz Way- maybe the MacGillivray’s Warbler will be back. Restrooms at the start. Bring water.


Briones East Bay Regional Park, Lafayette
Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Cathy Bleier, csbleier@sbcglobal.net 

We will walk 2.5 to 3 miles in oak woodland and oak savannah. Hope to see Lazuli Bunting, Chipping Sparrow, and Lark Sparrow, among other species.  It’s Global Big Day, so our birds will count! Enter from Bear Creek Road (Bear Creek Staging Area on the map); Bear Creek Rd. can be reached from San Pablo Dam Road or Alhambra Valley Road. Drive past the entrance kiosk to the farthest parking lot (gravel).  Parking fee may apply. Water and restrooms at the start. Please bring binoculars; you may want to bring water and a hat, too.   Heavy rain cancels.  Email or call my cell (510-414-5719) if you have questions.



Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton
Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. — Noon
Maureen Lahiff, MLahiff@aol.com, 510.484.6529

There’s great “parking lot birding” here. On the trail, we’ll hear and see warblers – Orange-crowned and Wilsons and possibly Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Hermit, and MacGillivray’s. Good chances for Lazuli Bunting, Warbling vireos, Hutton’s vireo, and flycatchers: Olive-sided and Ash-throated easier to find than Empidonax. We’re likely to hear, if not see, Western (Pacific-slope) Flycatchers.

We’ll walk out and back, about 4 miles maximum, on the Mitchell Canyon Nature Trail and some side trails, with a bit of gentle up and down. Our hike begins in oak savannah and soon enters the riparian community along Mitchell Creek. This time of year, the trail is famous for wildflowers, including the rare endemic Mount Diablo globe lily (also called fairy lantern) and great butterflies.

Meet in the parking lot at the end of Mitchell Canyon Road in Clayton. Google Maps link http://goo.gl/maps/iBbWz. Take CA 24 or I-680 to Ygnacio Valley Road.  After about 8 miles, turn right on Clayton Road. Turn right again on Mitchell Canyon Road and continue to the end. Contact Maureen if you have questions.

Parking fee at Mitchell Canyon is $6 per vehicle; $5 if you’re at least 62 years old. Restrooms and water are available at the Staging Area. There is a nice visitor’s center staffed by MDIA volunteers. Please bring water to carry on the trail.


Vollmer Peak Trail, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
Tuesday May 16, 7:30 — 11:00 a.m.
Emilie Strauss, desertpeach@earthlink.net

We will search for late migrants; Lazuli Bunting, MacGillivray’s Warbler, and California Thrasher. Expect to walk about 3-4 miles including some elevation change and rocky fire roads. Bring snacks and water. Insanely awesome views of Mighty Mt. Diablo if fog allows. Blooming mule ears. Get yourself to the Redwood Valley Railway (Tilden steam trains) parking lot at Grizzly Peak Blvd/Lomas Contadas in south Tilden. Turn left off Lomas Contadas toward the steam trains parking lot, but continue past the main parking lot and turn left into the “steam trains overflow/trailhead parking lot” (brown wooden sign). Portapotty but no water at parking lot. EBRPD Map: http://www.ebparks.org/Assets/_Nav_Categories/Parks/Maps/Tilden+map.pdf 


Hilltop Lake Park, Richmond
Wednesday, May 17, 9:00 — 10:45 a.m.
Cathy Bleier, 510-414-5719 (cell); 

Easy, flat 0.75 mile walk around Hilltop Lake in Richmond.   Freshwater pond surrounded by willows, cattails, and native and ornamental trees and shrubs.   We commonly see woodland, grassland and wetland species such as chestnut-backed chickadee,  towhees, swallows, oak titmouse, one to several woodpecker species, Anna’s and maybe nesting Allen’s, belted kingfisher, maybe orioles and perhaps baby Coots, if we’re lucky.  Check out ebird bar chart for this location at: http://ebird.org/ebird/barchart?byr=1900&eyr=2017&bmo=1&emo=12&r=L1405454.

If you’re coming from Highway 80, take Richmond Parkway exit west off highway 80  (east from San Pablo Ave.), turn on to Lakeside Drive and then your immediate first left into the YMCA parking lot. Follow the arrows (parts of the lot are one-way) to the left down to lower parking lot and then up again and turn left to the far end of the lot at the entrance to the park. Carpool if you can since most of the lot belongs to the Y. Please bring binoculars. Heavy rain cancels. Feel free to call or email any questions. 


Corona Heights, San Francisco
Friday, May 19, 8 — 10 a.m.
(Third Friday bird walk)
Brian Fitch, fogeggs@gmail.com (Leaders vary by month.)                           

We will enjoy views of the city and bay as we circle Corona Heights, checking the east canyon woodland and north forest for residents and migrants, as well as monitoring the hilltop scrub and south cliff. Change due to parking lot closure: Meet on Museum Way, outside of the closed Randall Museum parking area.  Those who drive to the event should park on Roosevelt Way and walk the short distance down Museum Way. Although the Randall has temporarily moved to new quarters during renovation, this monthly walk will continue to meet at the Museum Way location. Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/nji7XAvpnbM2


UCSF Mt Sutro Open Space Reserve. San Francisco
Saturday, May 20, 8:30 – ~11:30 a.m.
Pat Greene, cell (415) 481-5469, pjgreene@sonic.net

Meet at the Woods Lot, 100 Medical Center Way (https://goo.gl/maps/uT2euLpCTwp), at 8:30. The UCSF Mt Sutro Open Space is a 61 acre fragment of the more than 2000 acres of trees planted by Adolf Sutro in the late 19th century (https://www.sutrostewards.org/trail-map). We’ll walk ~2 miles, with gradual climbs and descents on mostly well-graded trails (with a few rocky spots) starting at ~450’, eventually reaching the summit at just over 900′. If it has been rainy, be prepared for muddy trails. We’ll look and listen for birds. Summer birds, including Pacific Wren and Wilson’s Warbler, are breeding, but there may still be a few migrants. The Open Space is the focus of a new push to manage the ‘forest’ for greater habitat diversity in the future. The Sutro Stewards are already utilizing openings in the forest for conservation planting. Heavy Rain and/or strong wind cancels.

Driving directions to the Woods Lot: from Clarendon, turn on Johnstone Drive into UCSF Aldea Housing, turn R on Medical Center Way Drive, and continue downhill to a wooden shelter for the UCSF Shuttle Stop; turn right into Woods Lot. You will pass a restroom at Aldea Community Center, 155 Johnstone Way(at the Johnstone/Medical Center Way intersection) (https://goo.gl/maps/gQPhocaFZmx). Woods Lot is also usually accessible from Parnassus; however, recently UCSF has been closing this entrance on short notice for work projects. UCSF can be reached by PUBLIC TRANSIT: N Judah light rail stops on Irving, but you can take a campus elevator from Irving to Parnassus–(found inside the main Irving St entrance). The 43, 6 and 66 buses stop on Parnassus. It is about a 10′ uphill walk to the Woods Lot.

Please email Pat Greene, pjgreene@sonic.net, for last minute updates or changes, or for additional directions.


Note: This is Bay to Breakers Day in San Francisco. Plan around race traffic!

Fort Mason Community Garden, San Francisco
Sunday, May 21, 8:00 — 10:00 a.m.
(Third Sunday bird walk)
David Assmann, david_assmann@yahoo.com

Meet in front of the Community Garden to explore several different habitats in this compact part of GGNRA. The focus will be looking for late migrants. May can bring a surprise migrant, and there should still be migrating flycatchers, vireos and warblers moving through. Nesting birds could include Downy Woodpeckers and Hooded Oriole. We’ll also check out the Black Point Battery for flycatchers and warblers, and scan Aquatic Park for water birds. May 21st is also the day for Bay to Breakers so keep that in mind when coming across town to Fort Mason. Restroom in meadow, ample parking if there is no race on the waterfront (also easily accessible by transit).

Google Maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/RKZwU 


Valle Vista Staging Area, Upper San Leandro Reservoir, Moraga
Sunday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. — noon
Maureen Lahiff, MLahiff@aol.com, 510.484.6529

This EBMUD watershed land features a great variety of habitats: chaparral and scrub, grassland, pine-oak woodland, marsh, and, this year, seasonal flooding as well as some open water on the reservoir. Late spring possibilities: raptors, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, California Thrasher, nuthatches, wrens, hummingbirds, bluebirds, swallows, and the shy Wood Ducks.

Walking is on hard-packed trails, with some gentle up and down hill. There is a portable toilet at the staging area, but no drinking water.

As of 4/25, road closures near Castro Valley and Moraga make Valle Vista accessible only from the west (Oakland). Take Redwood Road and/or Pinehurst from Oakland. Turn west on Canyon Road. The Valle Vista Staging Area is on the right immediately before the “Road Closed” signs and barricade. Please contact Maureen for more detailed directions.

Roads info:

Canyon Rd., Moraga: https://local.nixle.com/alert/5910913/
Redwood Rd. near Castro Valley: https://www.acpwa.org/news/redwood-road-use-caution
Google Maps link to Valle Vista: https://goo.gl/maps/yW19ZoGysho


Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland
Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. – noon
(Fourth Wednesday bird walk)
Hilary Powers, 510.834.1066, hilary@powersedit.com; Ruth Tobey, 510.717.3264, ruthtobey@gmail.com

Summer is a-comin’ in and the birds are a-goin’ out – but at least in May, we might have a few Eared and Horned Grebes in breeding plumage. The cormorant rookery will be in full swing, and the lake and surrounding park will surely have other delights to offer.

Meet at the large spherical cage near the Nature Center at Perkins and Bellevue. We will bird around there, then go up the garden path toward Children’s Fairyland or walk down the lake toward Embarcadero, after which we will cover what we missed. Public transit: Take the 12, N, or NL bus to Grand and Perkins, and walk into the park on Perkins. Driving: The boathouse lot near the spherical cage is the best spot to park, but there’s plenty of parking along Bellevue between the boathouse and the nature center. Enter via Bellevue near Children’s Fairyland; the $2 “two hour” pass is probably OK even though the trip is about three hours, as the dashboard cards don’t have a start time on them.


Las Gallinas Storage Pond, San Rafael
Saturday, May 27, 8:00 — 11:00 a.m.
Miya Lucas, wunds4me@gmail.com; Wendy Beers, docwlb@gmail.com

We’ll plan on walking around the settling ponds, as well as walking out to the marshes in hopes of hearing and even possibly seeing the Ridgway’s Rails.  One never knows what you might see or hear, but it’s also a good place to find Green Herons and look for the Least Bittern, which has been spotted again this year.  There are usually Northern Harriers and White Tailed Kites working the meadows or flying over the ponds.  Ospreys have been spotted flying overhead as well.   It’s nesting time, hopefully we’ll see some nests or hopefully some fledglings.  It can be foggy or sunny and hot, so wear sunscreen and a hat and have some water with you just in case it gets really warm.  It will be a leisurely and level stroll, suitable for all levels.  Port-a-potty at the parking lot. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael. Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/mZER5pfeUk82. Rain cancels.


Stream Trail, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland
Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day), 7:30 — 10:30 a.m.
Maureen Lahiff, MLahiff@aol.com, 510.484.6529

Plan A: Park along Redwood Road near the Redwood Gate Road and walk in; meet just beyond the kiosk. The park opens at 5:00 a.m., but the gate may not be open until 8:00 a.m.

Plan B: If the gate is open, drive back to the Wayside Overflow parking lot (first large lot on the left). If you don’t have an EB Regional Parks Foundation membership, the parking fee is $5 if the gate is open.

Highlights: We’ll look and listen for House and Pacific Wrens that nest along Redwood Creek, as well as vireos, Pacific Slope Flycatchers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers.

We’ll be walking through varied habitat on a mostly level trail, which is paved or hard-packed. The creek is burbling! Please bring a water bottle. There are restrooms and water at several points along the trail.

The Redwood Gate is on Redwood Road about 2 miles east of Syline Boulevard in Oakland. Take the Redwood Road exit from Highway 13 and head east (uphill). Go straight at the intersection with Skyline Blvd. Short URL for Redwood Gate is https://goo.gl/maps/EbfzufBTtLo

As of 4/25, road closures near Moraga (Canyon Rd.) and Castro Valley (Redwood Rd.) make the park accessible only from the west (Oakland).

Road closure info:

Canyon Rd. near Moraga: https://local.nixle.com/alert/5910913/
Redwood Rd. near Castro Valley: https://www.acpwa.org/news/redwood-road-use-caution


Further Out


Yosemite’s Bird Life, Yosemite National Park
Friday — Sunday, June 2 – 4, 2017
Dave Quady, (510) 704-9353 or davequady@att.net, and Dave Cornman.

This trip is now FULL and the waiting list is full too. 

The lower and middle elevations of Yosemite National Park are alive with singing birds in late May/early June. Varied habitats on the west side of the park support a rich diversity of bird life, typically including seven flycatchers (three Empidonax), seven warblers, three vireos, and many other species in full song and breeding plumage. How did the two 2014 fires that swept through Foresta, and 2013’s Rim Fire affect the area’s bird life? Let’s see what we can learn.

Participants should bring warm clothes, rainwear, and waterproof boots for wet meadows. Bring lunches for Saturday and Sunday and be prepared to walk about three miles each day.


Mono Lake (Eastern Sierra)
GGAS Centennial Field Trip
Thursday evening June 22 – Sunday afternoon June 25
George Peyton & Bob Lewis

This trip is now FULL but you may register to be on the waiting list.

Golden Gate Audubon played a lead role in the successful battle to save Mono Lake from excessive water diversions in the 1980s. Learn about that inspiring history, along with the iconic geography and natural history of the area, while viewing the bird life. (Mono Lake is a crucial refueling stop for hundreds of thousands of phalaropes and other shorebirds during migration, and home to North America’s largest nesting population of California Gulls.)

Logistics: Arrive by Thursday evening. On Friday we’ll bird areas around the lake for species including Green-tailed Towhee, Sagebrush Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and nesting Cliff Swallows. On Saturday, we’ll bird higher elevations in the nearby eastern Sierra. On Sunday, we’ll do a half-day trip to Bodie State Historical Park, a great spot to see Sage Grouse.

Friday evening dinner will be a potluck on the grounds of the Lake View Lodge, with wine provided by George. (Bring your contribution in a cooler). We’ll eat dinner at the Mobil Cafe on Saturday, with George again hosting the wine. Thursday night dinner is on your own.

Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, meals, and transportation. Once you register, we will provide a list of local lodging options.  Meet each morning in the parking lot of Nicely’s restaurant, where participants may purchase breakfast. About a month before the trip, George will provide details on logistics and on the potluck.

Limited to 15 people. Click here to register for the waiting list.


Lassen Volcanic National Park
Friday-Sunday, June 23, 24, 25
Dan and Joan Murphy, (415) 564-0074, Preferred means of communicating is by e-mail to  murphsf@comcast.net

Join Dan and Joan on the annual GGAS family camping excursion to Lassen.  In past years we have seen Black Swift, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-backed Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker and many of the flycatchers, warblers and finches that breed in the mountains. Given near record snowfall last winter please be prepared to hike for short distances on snow. Access to much of the park will be determined by the amount of snow melt.

FRIDAY AND SUNDAY MORNINGS we will meet at the Manzanita Lake Campground store at 7:00 a.m.  We will bird around the lake for 2-3 hours, return to camp for breakfast, then rendezvous again at the store at 10:45 a.m. for another outing.
FRIDAY we will take a leisurely hike of 3 to 5 miles on one of Lassen’s beautiful trails.  We may climb as much as 700′.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch and liquids.  Suntan lotion, a hat, mosquito repellent and warm clothing may also be necessary.
SUNDAY we will drive through the park, making frequent stops for birding.  We usually stop birding and head for home or camp after lunch at Summit Lake Campground.

On SATURDAY, campers will meet by the camp store at 7:30 a.m. and caravan north to Burney Falls, Fall River Valley and Baum Lake. Those staying at the Hat Creek Resort can meet us at around 8:00 a.m. at the Vista Point about 12 miles north of Lassen on Hwys. 44 & 89.  Bring lunch and liquids.  Since this is a long and tiring day we suggest joining us for dinner at JJ’s Restaurant in Old Station.
Please contact us by e-mail or phone to let us know if you are planning to attend. We need your e-mail and cell #. We will know our campsite number by then, so we’ll let you know. We may have to cut off attendance if the group is larger than in past years.
DIRECTIONS:  From the Bay Area drive north on I-5 to its junction with Hwy. 44 in Redding.  Go east on Hwy. 44 to the northwest entrance of Lassen.  Camping facilities are available at the Manzanita Lake Campground. Loops A and C by reservation only, loops B and D on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877.444.6777.

Lodging is available about 15 mi. north of the park at Hat Creek Resort, Old Station [530] 335-7121.  Other information can be obtained from the park headquarters, Mineral, CA 96063.   [$ at Lassen and Burney Falls]


Pelagic Trips

See birds of the open water! (And maybe some marine mammals.) Shearwater Journeys, Alvaro’s Adventures, and the Oceanic Society all offer discounts to GGAS members. Register in advance since these trips often fill up. Never tried a pelagic (ocean) birding trip? Read our blog post on Pelagic Birding for Beginners!

Shearwater Journeys Pelagic Trips

Shearwater Journeys has offered GGAS members discounted pelagic trips for more than a decade. RESERVATIONS: Please send payment (personal check or money order), name, address, phone, email for each person booking, to Debi Shearwater; POB 190, Hollister, CA 95024; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com. All discounted reservations are non-refundable, non-transferable. A return confirmation will be sent to you. All trips are accompanied by experienced, friendly and knowledgable leaders.

Alvaro’s Adventures Pelagic Trips

Led by Alvaro Jaramillo. Check the website for descriptions, pricing, and availability: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

Oceanic Society Pelagic Trips

The Oceanic Society offers guided Gray Whale watching trips from Half Moon Bay. Some of their guides have particular expertise in birds; ask their office for dates of trips with bird experts. The cost is normally $125 per person, but GGAS members are eligible for a reduced rate of $105. To reserve at the discounted rate, call their office during business hours at (800) 326-7491 or (415) 256-9604 and ask for Donna Redstone or other staff. Want to charter an entire boat? They can also offer a GGAS discount for that. For details on their trips, see www.oceanicsociety.org.



If you are going on a field trip, would you welcome company? Do you have room in your car to take other birders? To help find a ride or offer a ride, sign up with GGA’s carpool group at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/GGACarPool. When you sign up, you answer a few simple questions, then receive a confirming e-mail. Once you are a member, you post messages under “Need Ride” or “Offer Ride,” along with the destination and date. The more birders who sign up, the more useful the group will be. Birders are encouraged to help the driver with expenses by contributing to the cost of fuel and bridge tolls.

Field Trip E-newsletter and Meetups

Would you like to get a list of field trips sent to your email Inbox each month? Contact the Golden Gate Audubon office at ggas@goldengateaudubon.org and ask to receive the Field Trips e-newsletter. Include your name, preferred email address, plus (for our records) your postal address.

We also post all our field trips on Meetup.com, which can be a convenient way to get reminders of each upcoming trip via email. See www.meetup.com/Golden-Gate-Audubon-Society/.


Other Bay Area Bird Walks

Mike Simms compiles a quarterly list of bird walks throughout the Bay Area, including walks by other Audubon chapters. His current list can be found through the Ohlone Audubon web site.