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Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland with Hilary Powers & Ruth Tobey
Fourth Wednesday Bird Walk June is one of our quieter months, but the cormorant rookery will still be in full swing, and with any luck, Hank-the-rescue-pelican will have friends to keep him company. There's never a bad time to see Lake Merritt.... 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. 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. Public transit: Take the 12, N, or NL bus to Grand and Perkins, and walk into the park on Perkins. Leaders: Hilary Powers and Ruth Tobey Field Trip Report Archive

Lake Merritt Nature Center

Corner Bellevue Ave and Perkins Street · Oakland, CA

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Golden Gate Audubon runs free bird-watching field trips in the Bay Area and beyond. Beginners are welcome. Come join us to learn about birds as well as our conservation programs and volunteer opportunities.

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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 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.

Local trips are free (with some limited exceptions), 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.

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

Golden Gate Audubon engages people to experience the wonder of birds and translate that wonder into action; and protect native bird populations and their habitats.

We have played leadership roles in the preservation of Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland and Audubon Canyon Ranch in Bolinas, protection of raptors at the Altamont Pass wind farm, and are currently working to protect endangered California Least Terns in Alameda and Snowy Plovers in San Francisco. Our Eco-Education program introduces 700 low-income elementary school students and their families to wildlife and ecosystems each year.

For other birding opportunities in the Bay Area, please refer to these other organizations:

Bay Area Birding (Meetup group based in the East Bay)

Marin Audubon (Marin County)

Mount Diablo Audubon (Central Contra Costa County)

Napa-Solano Audubon (Napa & Solano Counties)

Ohlone Audubon(Southern & Eastern Alameda County)

Santa Clara Valley Audubon (Santa Clara County)

Sequoia Audubon (San Mateo County)

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