Keep Learning

Our classes range from Beginning Birding to Birding By Ear to more intensive courses for advanced birders. Experts help you name your usual backyard visitors, and find and ID more unusual species.

Protect Habitat

To protect birds, we must defend the places in which they live. Help us support campaigns to preserve wildlands, wetlands and parklands. Join our Community Science bird count projects, and meet fellow enthusiasts!

Go Birding

Field trips are free and range from half-day local destinations, to longer-distance weekend trips to various birding hotspots. Open to members and non-members alike; enjoy a relaxed and informative stroll with our knowledgeable volunteers.

Keep Learning

Our classes range from Beginning Birding to Birding By Ear to more intensive courses for advanced birders. Experts help you name your usual backyard visitors, and find and ID more unusual species.

Protect Habitat

To protect birds, we must defend the places in which they live. Help us support campaigns to preserve wildlands, wetlands and parklands. Join our Community Science bird count projects, and meet fellow enthusiasts!

Go Birding

Field trips are free and range from half-day local destinations, to longer-distance weekend trips to various birding hotspots. Open to members and non-members alike; enjoy a relaxed and informative stroll with our knowledgeable volunteers.

Connecting People with Birds

The Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is committed to protecting birds and  preserving their habitat, and to connecting people of all ages to the fascinating world of birds, with monthly meetings, field trips, classes, and conservation and advocacy programs. The chapter serves the San Francisco Bay Area’s central and eastern Contra Costa County, a bountiful birding territory in which roughly 350 species have been spotted – 150 of them nesting. We welcome everyone interested in any degree of participation, and at all levels of experience.

Spotlight: Birding Trips

Connecting People with Birds

Wild Birds Unlimited is restarting Bird Walks! Sign up at their store in Pleasant Hill.

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society has resumed field trips after a year-and-a-half hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to Birding Field Trips page for more information.

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Get Involved

Connecting People with Birds

Take a class, or join our popular monthly programs. Take part in a bird count, or mix with legislators and fellow birders on Advocacy Day. Go on a field trip, or volunteer at a conservation event. Whatever your interests, MDAS can help deepen your connection to local birds and birders.

Volunteers Needed

MDAS has the following positions available for anyone with an interest in supporting our mission of Connecting People with Birds.

Outreach Coordinator is responsible for coordinating volunteers to staff MDAS booths and tables, etc at local festivals and other public events at which MDAS has a presence. This is an MDAS Board position.

The Quail Editor is responsible for the publication of the monthly chapter email newsletter. This is an MDAS Board position.

Field Trip Chair organizes Field Trips – engaging trip leaders, setting schedules, providing trip descriptions, working with Web Editor to publish Field Trips on Web Calendar and Registration website. This is an MDAS Board position.

If you or someone you know is interested in any of these positions, please send an email to MDAS President Jerry Britten at . For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, click HERE.

Upcoming Events

Jun 04

MDAS Field Trip — Outer Point Reyes

JUNE 4 @ 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Outer Point Reyes Saturday, June 4, 8:30 AM to 3 PM Leaders:  Hugh Harvey and Beth Branthaver This is a trip to see some spring birds, and visit some of the migrant traps.  We will stop at the lighthouse overlook and spend some time above the fish docks.  Bring water and lunch. Rating: Category 1 — […]

Jun 11

MDAS Field Trip — Yuba Pass (2-day outing)

JUNE 11 @ 7:00 AM - JUNE 12 @ 1:00 PM

Yuba Pass Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, 7 AM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday Leaders: Hugh and Rosita Harvey This is always a productive and well-favored weekend trip to the northern Sierra which requires driving and walking, some of it over rough terrain. Saturday we will bird in the Sierra Valley for basin birds.  Sunday we will […]

Aug 20

MDAS Field Trip — Bodega Bay

AUGUST 20 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bodega Bay Saturday, August 20, 9 AM to 3 PM Leader:  Hugh Harvey, 925-935-2979 The last trip of our field trip calendar, but sometimes considered the first trip for fall birding.  At Bodega Bay are flocks of shorebirds including Black Oystercatcher, Wandering Tattler, Marbled Godwit, as well as tern, gulls, cormorants, near-shore pelagics and more.  […]

Oct 08

MDAS/SMD Field Trip—Curry Canyon

OCTOBER 8 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mount Diablo Audubon Society and Save Mount Diablo are partnering up for a hike on Save Mount Diablo’s gorgeous Curry Canyon Ranch. This portion of Curry Canyon Ranch showcases beautiful rangeland ecosystems and valley oak and riparian habitat. We’ll be looking for fall migrants, arriving wintering birds, and raptors. You might even see a golden […]