Birding

Birding Trips

Mt. Diablo Audubon offers over 45 field trips annually for birders of all levels. In a recent year, birders helped to identify 260 species. From an overnight stay in Mt. Lassen to an easygoing amble around Contra Loma Reservoir, chances are we have a trip that’s right for you.

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Young Birders

Are you 9-17 years old (or a parent of someone this age)? Want to get outside and see new places? Want to meet people your age who like birds and nature? Join the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Young Birders Club!

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Grayson Creek Birders

Do you like the idea of birding that serves a larger purpose? Would you enjoy revisiting local sites regularly to see how bird populations shift through seasons and evolve over time? Join the Grayson Creek Birders team.

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East Bay Birding Email Groups

Mt. Diablo Audubon sponsors two East Bay Birding email groups: East Bay Birding-Sightings, which reports the sightings of migrating and unusual birds in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, and the companion East Bay Birding-Discussion, which is for talking about birding topics of a more general nature on the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Birding Resources

Find copies of local birding checklists, order the Breeding Bird Atlas, get guidance on what to do with an injured bird, and access other information related to birding.

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Upcoming Field Trips

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 — […]

Inverness CA
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 […]

Calpine CA
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.  […]

Bodega Bay CA
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 […]