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Birding Trips:

These area activities are scheduled on various weekends and usually on a Wednesday or Thursday during the week. The field trips range from half-day outings to weekend trips to birding hot spots. Field trips are open to MDAS members and nonmembers alike. You do not have to be a birding expert: only one who enjoys nature.

Birding Trips -

Physical Difficulty
All our field trips are rated for physical difficulty:
Category 1: Easy, little or no walking, smooth paths.
Category 2: Moderate, 1 mile or more, possibly rough terrain.
Category 3: Difficult, extensive walking on rough terrain.

What to Bring?
It’s a good idea to bring a small backpack with rain gear, hat, sunscreen, field guide, and binoculars. We have a limited number of loaner binoculars available by calling the trip leader at least 7 days in advance. Some people like to take a drink and a snack to keep them going. Wear suitable shoes. Subdued colored clothing is preferable but not essential.

For full day outings take your lunch. Ask whether you will be returning to the cars for lunch. Many people also take a drink and a snack to have at the end of the walk.

What about Bad Weather?
Weather or the vailability of leaders may require changes. Trips go in light rain or drizzle. If in doubt, call the leader up to 1/2 hour before departure. If you are coming from some distance, call the leader and confirm departure point and time.

Birding Trips - White-tailed Kite

What about Transportation?
You can drive to the meeting point and carpool with the leader or other birders. Carpool expense are shared among driver and riders at the rate of 20 cents per mile; tolls and entry fees are shared equally by driver and riders.

In the directions, the term “carpool time” refers to the actual time that the participants depart from the meeting site.

Looking for the Field Trip Schedule or Trip Descriptions?

Our Field Trips page has our trip schedule with pull-down descriptions for the year..

For the year schedule, download our September 2018 - August 2019 Field Trip Schedule Requires Acrobat Reader. This schedule was published in August and is subject to change. The Field Trips page and the MDAS Online Calendar will have the most up to date information for upcoming trips as the season progresses.

The year's Field Trip Descriptions Requires Acrobat Reader are not always updated during the season.

East Bay Birding Email Groups:

Do you want to share your bird sightings with other Contra Costa birders? Would you like to know where birds are currently located?

You can now do both by joining the MDAS East Bay Bird Sightings mailing list group dealing with birding in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and the San Francisco Bay area.

Bird Sightings Click to return to our home page and instructions for joining the group.

East Bay Birding - Discussion is a new email group for the broader topic of birding our region. It is hosted through, and requires no logins or password, only a valid email address to participate.

Birding Trips - Raptor
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Local Check Lists:

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 Ethics:

Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area. Proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance can be minimized, and permission has been obtained from landowners. The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to proper conservation authorities. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first.

Birding Northern California by Jean Richmond

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