Young Birders

What’s the Young Birders Club?

The purpose of the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Young Birders Club is to give young people about 9-17 years old who like birds and the outdoors a chance to meet others their age with similar interests, while getting outside and, of course, seeing birds! We want participants to learn about birds and their habitats, come away with an appreciation of nature, develop birding skills, and most importantly, have fun! By doing that, we can get young birders thinking about how birding can contribute to science, protect birds and their habitats, and even be the start of a future career!

What Does the YBC Do?

The YBC takes monthly Saturday morning field trips (breaks for December and summer) to easy-to-access locations known for their bird activity and natural beauty. These trips remain within about an hour’s drive of Walnut Creek. If participants are interested, we also arrange special trips such as bird-banding demonstrations or behind-the-scenes visits to bird rehab centers and science labs.

What Do I Need To Do to Participate?

The only requirement is that each young birder is accompanied by at least one parent or responsible adult. There’s no fee and no official sign-up process. By participating, you’re in! You don’t have to have previous birding experience, or even a pair of binoculars. We can lend you a pair! The most important thing is to want to see and learn about birds and the other creatures that make up their homes.

Sign Me Up!

Email to join the YBC email list. You should also “like” the YBC Facebook page to get updates and details on YBC events. YBC field trips are also posted on the main Mt. Diablo Audubon Society calendar.

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August 2019

Young Birders Club @ Elsie Roemer Sanctuary

August 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Shore Line Drive, Broadway
Alameda, CA 94501 United States
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Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary SHORELINE Dr, Alameda, California 94501 Our first MDAS Young Birder's Club field trip of Fall 2019 will be to Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary in Alameda, where we'll catch the start of the annual southbound shorebird migration. Thousands of shorebirds come to the Bay Area to rest and refuel as they make their way further south on their migration. You'll also see what has become a rare habitat in California, mudflats and salt marsh, which have been…

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September 2019

Hawk Hill Raptor Migration

September 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hawk Hill Conzelman Road, Sausalito, California 94965, Conzelman Road
Sausalito, 94965 United States
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Hosted by Mount Diablo Audubon Society Young Birders Club

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October 2019

Young Birders Club – Mist Netting & Bird Banding at Palomarin Field Station

October 19, 2019 @ 7:40 am - 1:00 pm
Lafayette BART Station, 3601 Deer Hill Rd
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
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We're heading to the Palomarin Field Station (run by Point Blue Conservation Science, link below), the longest-running avian ecology field station west of the Mississippi River! Even though it's more than an hour from the Diablo area (so we need to leave earlier than usual), the payoff is huge. Staff and interns will give us a behind the scenes mist netting and bird banding tour, so join us to get face-to-face with birds and learn from professional bird researchers! We'll…

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January 2020

Cranes & Geese at Staten Island – 1st YBC field trip of 2020

January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pittsburg Bay Point Bart Station, 2393+2V
Pittsburg, CA 94565 United States
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The first MDAS Young Birders field trip of the New Year will be to the well known crane and waterfowl wintering site of Staten Island, in the center of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, on Saturday January 25th. If we're lucky we'll be able to see hundreds, and maybe even thousands of cranes, geese and other birds. Because it's an hour away and can be tricky to get to, and some of the road is narrow and unpaved, we'll carpool there.…

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February 2020

YBC Eagle Quest at Brushy Peak

February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Brushy Peak Preserve, 2234 Laughlin Rd
Livermore, 94550 United States
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Our next field trip will be to Brushy Peak Regional Preserve near Livermore, where we'll look for, among other things, golden eagles. This area has one of the highest concentrations of golden eagles in the world, and when we feel the wind and see all the squirrels out there, you'll know why. But, the wind also makes it a great place to put wind turbines for renewable energy, which can impact birds like eagles, hawks and others. We'll see and…

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March 2020

YBC Visit to Martinez Regional Shoreline CANCELLED

March 21, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Martinez Regional Shoreline, 2VF5+XF
Martinez, CA 94553 United States
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This event is cancelled due to shelter-in-place directives to contain the Coronavirus.  Please go birding on your own!

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October 2020

2020 World Migratory Bird Day Live Online

October 8, 2020 - October 10, 2020

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global event that celebrates the phenomenon of bird migrations and serves as a call to action to protect the birds we share. Environment for the Americas organizes WMBD in the Americas, connecting people to bird conservation from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean. WMBD is officially celebrated on the second Saturday in May (May 9, 2020) and the second Saturday in October each year (October 10, 2020). Because of the nature of bird…

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