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.

For additional rehabilitation center options, the Wildlife Rescue Directory is a free resource that allows anyone in the U.S. to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator nearby simply entering their ZIP or city/state. You can check out the directory here: https://www.onthefeeder.com/wildlife-rescue-directory/.

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

Feb 04

MDAS Field Trip — Thornton Area/Cosumnes Preserve

FEBRUARY 4 @ 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Birding Cosumnes Preserve and the Thornton Area Saturday, February 4, 8:45 AM-2 PM Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, hawks and grassland birds. Trip will go in light rain. Bring lunch and a beverage. If questions, call the leader. Hike rating: 1 – Easy. Elevation change: Minor Distance: Depending on the route decided. Co-Leaders: Ethan Chickering, 925-890-3833 […]

Terminous CA
Feb 11

MDAS Field Trip — Shollenberger Park/Ellis Creek — Rescheduled!

FEBRUARY 11 @ 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Shollenberger Park/Ellis Creek, Petaluma Saturday, February 11, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Rescheduled from January 14) Both sites are good for wintering waders, shorebirds, waterfowl and a few raptors. Hike rating: 2 – moderate Elevation change: minor Meet: Access point to Shollenberger Park behind the Point Blue parking lot. Leader: Sandy Ritchie (925) 381-2514 Directions: […]

Petaluma CA
Feb 18

MDAS Field Trip — Bodega Bay

FEBRUARY 18 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Bodega Bay Saturday, February 18, 9:30-3:00 Both sites are good for wintering waders, shorebirds, waterfowl and a few raptors. Hike rating: 1-Easy Elevation change: N/A Meet: Porto Bodega Marina, https://goo.gl/maps/SxWebctFy9ZDyUqP6 Leader: Maureen Lahiff, , 510-484-6529 Directions: Take US 101 north to Petaluma. Exit at Washington and head SW. Washington becomes Bodega Ave, which becomes Petaluma-Valley Ford Rd, […]

Bodega Bay CA
Feb 21

MDAS Field Trip — Sunol Regional Park — CANCELLED

FEBRUARY 21 @ 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2023 due to potentially hazardous road and trail conditions after the recent torrential rains. We hope to go birding at Sunol next year. Sunol Regional Park Tuesday, February 21 8:30 AM -12:30 PMGolden Eagles and other raptors, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Dipper, and Canyon and Rock Wrens are possible. NOTE: The […]

Sunol CA
Feb 22

MDAS Field Trip — Walnut Creek Parks

FEBRUARY 22 @ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Walnut Creek Parks Wednesday, February 22, 8:30 AM-1 PM 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: None Leader: Hugh Harvey Meet: The […]

Walnut Creek CA