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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.

Check our our field trip schedule at http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/fieldtrips/

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 volunteer@goldengateaudubon.org .

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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Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, Oakland

Lake Merritt Nature Center

Lake Merritt is always worth a visit with a revolving cast migrants mixed in with local year round residents. Each month's special topic may appear in the comments. January is the middle of the winter high season—come see who's visiting Club Bird this year, and who's fluttering around our temperate woods. We'll begin birding at the large spherical cage and then go up to garden path toward Children's Fairyland or walk further 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

Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley

Little Farm at Tilden Park

Each month throughout the year presents a new topic for discussion as well as new feathered friends to study and appreciate. Young people who would enjoy the companionship of adult birders are welcome. Restrooms and water at the start and midway. Leader: Alan Kaplan For additional free bird walks https://goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/fieldtrips/ For archives of previous bird walks https://goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/trip-reports-archives/

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

First Sunday Bird Walk This monthly trip is oriented toward helping beginning birders develop their skills. The garden has several micro-habitats that attract an array of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds. Meet at 7:45am at the front gate of the garden in Golden Gate Park. Look for several groups of folks with binoculars and scopes. Groups will disperse into the park at 8:00am and be difficult to find, so make sure you're an early bird. Parents, please respect the other birders and leave the walk if your child becomes a distraction. Entry into the arboretum is free before 9:00 AM. Group Leaders (vary by month): Dominik Mosur, Allan Ridley, Helen McKenna, Ginny Marshall, Angie Geiger, Robert Cullison, Kimberly Janarone For additional free bird walks https://goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/fieldtrips/ For archives of previous bird walks https://goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/trip-reports-archives/

Lafayette Community Park, Lafayette

Lafayette Community Center

This level trail behind the Community Center features a variety of mature trees and grassy hillsides, alongside a stretch of riparian habitat. Raptors, nuthatches, and woodpeckers are sited regularly, along with a variety of sparrows. If the trail is muddy, we can walk the paved bike path across the street. Anticipate about a 2 mile walk either way. Meet at the Lafayette Community Center parking lot. Community Center restrooms may be open at the end of our walk. Leaders: Madeline Brane and Johan Langewis

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Fort Mason Community Garden, San Francisco

Fort Mason Community Garden

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