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
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



Birding Websites

Backyard Gardening for Birds

Specialized Bird Groups

Rare Bird Reports

Bird Sounds

Birding Ethics

Birding Guides and Equipment


Information on West Nile Virus

Upcoming Field Trips

Feb 05

MDAS Field Trip—Thornton Area/Cosumnes Preserve

FEBRUARY 5 @ 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Thornton Area/Cosumnes Preserve Saturday, February 5, 8:45 AM-1 PM Leader: Ethan Chickering, 925-890-3833 The major portion of the birding is done along Woodbridge Road and the Isenberg Crane Reserve,  and at the Cosumnes River Preserve.  In winter these areas are thick with Sandhill Cranes, Snow, Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese.  Also present will be many […]

Terminous CA
Feb 12

MDAS Field Trip—Bodega Bay

FEBRUARY 12 @ 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM

Bodega Bay Saturday, February 12, 9:15 AM-2 PM Leader: Hugh Harvey, 925-935-2979 Many opportunities for spotting great birds are available on this trip.  Wintering shorebirds and waterfowl sometimes number in the 1000s.  We will not be attacked by any of The Birds in Hitchcock’s famous movie.  After meeting at The Tides Restaurant, we will stop […]

Bodega Bay CA
Feb 23

MDAS Field Trip—Walnut Creek City Parks

FEBRUARY 23 @ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Walnut Creek City Parks Wednesday, February 23, 8:30 AM-1 PM Leader: Hugh Harvey, 925-935-2979 Starting in Heather Farm Park, we will walk around the large, mostly natural pond, birding along the way.  We will visit one or two other parks within the city, to be determined the day of the trip. Rating: Category 2-Moderate Elevation change: N/A […]

Walnut Creek CA
Feb 26

MDAS Field Trip—Los Banos/Panoche Valley

FEBRUARY 26 @ 8:00 AM - FEBRUARY 27 @ 3:00 PM

Los Banos/Panoche Valley Saturday/Sunday, February 26-27, two full days Leaders:  Beth Branthaver and Hugh Harvey On Saturday this trip takes us through marshy areas of the Central Valley, where we should see large numbers of waterfowl, raptors and waders.  Sunday will be a visit to the Panoche Valley, which may have more raptors and other […]

Gustine CA
May 05

MDAS/SMD Field Trip—Curry Canyon

MAY 5 @ 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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 spring migrants (Warblers and Western Tanager), Bullock’s Oriole, and possible nesting Warbling and […]