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

Oct 05

MDAS Field Trip — Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary

OCTOBER 5 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Alameda Wednesday October 5, 9am – 1pm A visit to the Alameda shoreline as the tide rises should produce good views of shorebirds. A viewing platform and trails will give us excellent opportunities to study these birds at close range. We may drive to other nearby locations for additional birding. Hike Rating:  Category 1 – Easy […]

Alameda 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 […]

Oct 15

MDAS Field Trip — Five Brooks & Bear Valley

OCTOBER 15 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Five Brooks/Bear Valley, West Marin County Saturday October 15, 9:00am – 1pm This trip visits two inland areas near Point Reyes, environments of trees and meadows that are miles from the windswept dunes. Five Brooks is a reliable location for California Quail. All sorts of interesting birds show up around the pond at Five Brooks: […]

Bolinas CA
Nov 05

MDAS Field Trip — Palo Alto Baylands/Charleston Slough

NOVEMBER 5 @ 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Palo Alto Baylands/Charleston Slough Saturday November 5, 8:30am – 2pm We see a variety of birds on the water on this trip. Locations might include Charleston Slough, Shoreline Lake, Palo Alto Baylands, Alviso and Redwood Shores. Hike Rating: Category 2 – Moderate. We do some walking, but drive from one location to the next. Elevation […]

Mountain View CA
Nov 15

MDAS Field Trip — Shadow Cliffs Regional Park

NOVEMBER 15 @ 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Shadow Cliffs Regional Park Tuesday, November 15, 8:15am – Noon Expect to see a good variety of different birds. In years past Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Kingfishers, various ducks; Owls, Hawks, Grackle and many smaller birds have all been seen here. Hike rating: 1 – Easy Elevation change: Minor Leader: Steve Taylor, 925-828-8810 Meet: at […]

Pleasanton CA