Birding Resources

Breeding Bird Atlas

The Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County by Steven Glover is available for purchase. For each of the 161 species of the birds that breed in Contra Costa County, the book includes current and historical status, life history information, conservation  concerns, and range maps. The book also contains 56 beautiful drawings by Dana Gardner. This is a terrific book and a must have for birders.

This book is available for download in PDF format HERE.

You can also order your own personal hardcopy.
Price: $18.31 (includes shipping & taxes)

Click here to order online »

Order by Mail
Make your check payable to MDAS and mail to:

Steve Buffi
Treasurer
1564 Pyrenees Place
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Please make sure to indicate “For Atlas”.

Injured Bird Guidance

If you find an injured bird, you should not necessarily pick it up. Please follow these guidelines, provided by Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which offers care and rehabilitation facilities for native California wildlife brought to its hospital in Walnut Creek. For more information, call Lindsay’s Wildlife Hotline at (925) 935-1978.

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society proudly offers financial support to Lindsay Wildlife Experience, as well as other groups that help injured birds, including WildCare, which serves Marin County, and International Bird Rescue, which takes on global projects, such as rehabilitating seabirds impacted by oil spills. 

Bird Banding

Banded birds can be occasionally seen upon close examination. These birds are being tracked for scientific purposes by a variety of sources. These two links include information about how to report banded birds.

Birding Northern California by Jean Richmond

The book Birding Northern California was written by the late Jean Richmond and published in 1985. This book is a guide to birding areas in northern California, many within 100 miles of the San Francisco Bay area. As a service to the birding community, Mt. Diablo Audubon scanned this book, see Birding Northern California by Jean Richmond Requires PDF reader

Note that the contents of Birding Northern California have not been revised since the book was published in 1985. This means that the road names and numbers, area codes, park names, etc. have not been updated. Validate all information from other sources prior to traveling to any site mentioned in this book.

Bay Area Audubon Chapters:

State and National Audubon Chapters

Partners

Organizations

Birding Websites

Backyard Gardening for Birds

Specialized Bird Groups

Rare Bird Reports

Bird Sounds

Birding Ethics

Birding Guides and Equipment

Bats

Information on West Nile Virus

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 […]