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State of California

Californian Quail Lophortyx californica ©Don Des Jardin Website

California, longer than Italy, is really at least two countries masquerading as one state - to the south of San Francisco old Spanish California, to the north old Russian California, each divided within itself as well to present state-wide some 9 big natural regions of coast and valley and desert and mountain, with bio-regions (such as watersheds) in turn within each of them. Besides its famous extremes - the highest and (remarkably nearby) the lowest points in the contiguous states - California boasts a staggering array of natural habitats: the largest mountain mass (Cascade-Sierra) in the U.S., 5,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of river and stream, 40 million acres of forest, the huge Mohave Desert, 1340 miles of coastline, the superlatives go on.

Almost half the state's 158,000 square miles are publicly owned. As Arnold Small (1994) notes, California includes 8 national parks, a national seashore, 4 national recreation areas, 7 national monuments, 21 national forests, 3 national marine sanctuaries, federally protected wilderness areas, desert conservation areas, and national wildlife refuges, as well as state parks, state refuges, and wildlife management areas.

The great majority of California's 33 million human inhabitants jam into just two coastal agglomerations - San Diego to Los Angeles in the south, and the San Francisco Bay area at the state's waist. (SF may claim to lie in northern California, but it barely does: half the state still lies north of it.) There are other big cities - Santa Barbara on the coast between SF and LA, Sacramento (the state's capitol) in the vast Central Valley, agricultural centres, tourist attraction concentrations, and towns all over, of course; but beyond the reach of the coastal San San corridor (itself spottily if intensively settled); one senses one is in the provinces of this immense (and, to be honest, immensely provincial) state.

619 bird species had been officially recorded in California. Several counties have lists of over 450 species and growing numbers of birders in their own 400 Clubs. Two counties, LA and San Diego have topped the 500 mark! The state Big Day record stands at 231 species! In some places one can encounter over 100 species in a day of vigorous birding anytime in the year.

So how can I describe this place for general visiting birders, without knowing their plans and hopes? I can't. It would be better, perhaps, to recommend what books may help in different places, and to suggest some ways to get a birding visit under control at least in anticipation.

Contributor

Todd Newberry

Santa Cruz CA

taxa@biology.ucsc.edu

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 664

As at July 2016

Endemics

Number of endemics: 2

Island Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma insularis Yellow-billed Magpie Pica nuttalli but one other, California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum is only found here and into Baja California

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Birder's Guide to Southern California

Series: ABA/LANE BIRDFINDING GUIDES Brad Schram 432 pages, illus, maps, graphs. American Birding Association

ISBN: 171354

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An Introduction to Northern California Birds

Herbert Clarke Paperback - 200 pages (March 1995) Mountain Press Publishing Company

ISBN: 0878423125

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An Introduction to Southern California Birds

H Clarke 160 pages, col photos. Mountain Press Publishing Company 1989

ISBN: 0878422331

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Bird Songs of California CDs

Bird Songs of California Series: MACAULAY LIBRARY OF NATURAL SOUNDS Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology 2003

ISBN: 138805

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Birding Northern California

John Kemper Paperback - 408 pages (April 1999) Falcon Publishing Company.

ISBN: 1560448326

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Birds of California: A Guide to Viewing Different Varieties

R Stallcup 48 pages, col photos throughout, 1 map. Renaissaince House Publishers 1993

ISBN: 1558381325

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Birds of Los Angeles

- Including Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange Counties Chris C. Fisher, Herbert Clarke Paperback - 160 pages (September 1997) Lone Pine Publishing

ISBN: 1551051044

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Birds of Northern California

A Bezener and D Fix 384 pages, col illus, maps. Lone Pine Publishing 2000

ISBN: 155105227X

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Birds of the Southwest

Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Nevada (W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series, No. 30) John H. Rappole Hardcover (October 2000) Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 0890969574

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Breeding Birds of Napa County, California

Edited by Ann Smith 199 pages, b/w illus. Napa-Solano Audubon Society 2003

ISBN: 0615122906

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California Birds

An Introduction to Familiar Species James Kavanagh 12 pages, concertina style laminated, col illus. Waterford Press 2001

ISBN: 1583551018

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Important Bird Areas of California

DS Cooper 286 pages, photos. Audubon California 2004

ISBN: 0974727709

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Introduction to the California Condor

Noel FR Snyder and Helen A Snyder Series: CALIFORNIA NATURAL HISTORY GUIDES 81 271 pages, 81 col and 12 b/w photos, 5 maps. California University Press 2005

ISBN: 0520239245

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National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: California

Mel Baughman Series: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STATE FIELD GUIDES TO BIRDS 272 pages, maps, photos, drawings. National Geographic Society 2005

ISBN: 0792294653

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Peterson Field Guide to California and Pacific Northwest Forests

A Field Guide to Birds, Mammals, Trees, Flowers, and More John C Kricher Series: PETERSON NORTH AMERICAN FIELD GUIDES 378 pages, col photos, col illus, b/w illus. Houghton Mifflin 1998

ISBN: 0395928966

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San Francisco Birds

An Introduction to Familiar Species James Kavanagh Waterford Press

ISBN: 1889903779

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Watchable Birds of California

Mary Taylor Gray 486 pages Mountain Press Publishing Company 2000

ISBN: 0878423893

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Wild Birds of California

David Lukas 135 pages, 150 col photos. Companion Press 2000

ISBN: 0944197620

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Useful Information

California has 8 National Parks

They are:
Redwoods, Lassen, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree

State Bird

California Valley Quail Lophortyx californica

Forums & Mailing Lists

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

California Target Birds

Tour Operator

My goal is to share the love of birding and nature with others. Southern California, with its varied geography and wide variety of habitats, has recorded over 555 bird species. Close to 200 species are "specialty birds", and several other species are near endemics. I will use my extensive field knowledge and experience to help my clients maximize the enjoyment of their birding trip and make it as pleasant and comfortable as possible….

Daniel Edelstein Birding Tours

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On both weekdays and weekends, I enjoy leading individuals and groups on freelance birding tours in California and elsewhere…

Focus on Nature

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Fowlerope Birding Tours

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Fowlerope Birding Tours is a local company based in Humboldt County, California and specializes in guiding birders in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties in Northwestern California and other areas in the Golden State…

Monterey Seabirds - Pelagics

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Monterey Seabirds features year-round pelagic trips for observing seabirds and marine mammals of Monterey Bay. Our experienced trip leaders and skipper, boat, and policies will all contribute to your enjoyment of a safe, comfortable and rewarding trip.

Searcher Offshore birding - Pelagics

Tour Operator

Searcher Natural History Tours offers some exciting options for those eager to bird the offshore waters of Southern California on multi-day trips from San Diego…

Shearwater Journeys - Pelagics

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Thanks for stopping by to visit the Shearwater Journeys home page! This page is for anybody interested in gaining information about Shearwater Journeys including Upcoming Trips and Dates, Past Trip Reports, Registration Information, Helpful Hints and Pelagic Bird and Mammal Guides. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, and start planning your next northern California pelagic adventure!

SoCA Birding Guides

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Welcome to the joys of birding in Southern California. Each of our coastal counties has checklists of more than 400 species. Our inland counties get great desert and Mexican species difficult to find elsewhere. The ABA/Lane Birdfinding Guide A Birder's Guide to Southern California by Brad Schram lists more than 200 specialties, of which 182 are visible either on or from land. This book is highly recommended as a first resource for planning your birding in SoCA…

SoCal Birding

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Pelagic Trips And Deep Water Seabirding Expeditions From Southern California…

Southwest Birders

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [01 January] - Scott Bowers

Report

This includes all visits within the San Francisco City Limits for 2007…

2007 [08 August] - Sue Bryan

Report

This bird and cetacean watching holiday was organised by me using resources from the internet. It was primarily a holiday to California with the sole purpose of seeing a Blue Whale. However as with most of my holidays, I am always keen to add to my world bird list. Having been to California once before and failing dismally to see Blue Whale, I spoke to Debbie Shearwater of Shearwater Journeys (www.shearwaterjourneys.com) at the 2005 Birdfair and asked her advice as to the best time of year to see a Blue Whale. Having established that August was a good time I booked two pelagic trips with her. The first from Bodega Bay was at the end of July and one from Fort Bragg in mid August…

2007 [09 September] - James Smith & Peter Basterfield

Report

Well, it didn’t get off to the most promising start for me, with my first episode of air sickness on the plane followed by a long wait at Los Angeles airport for the vans to arrive, but bird-wise I have to say this trip was right up there among the juiciest I’ve done. The schedule is demanding but the rewards are many and varied – and not just in terms of the birds…

2007 [12 December] - Bob Miller - Imperial Sand Dunes

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Walked the last point set in the Algodones Dunes on Saturday. Walked a total of 120.22 miles for the month which is six miles short of what it took for each of the previous two count periods. Shaving two miles off a point set is an important issue when you are heading back to your vehicle…

2008 [02 February] - Henry Detwiler - Salton Sea, Imperial Valley, & Laguna Mts

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Four visits to this area in February produced a smorgasbord of great birds…

2008 [06 June] - Henry Detwiler - Sequoia National Monument

Report

On Thursday after work we drove from Yuma to Mojave. The next morning we drove north to Porterville, and then east to Pierpont, where we checked into our cabin. After a quick lunch we headed up the hill to the Freeman Trail and Quaking Aspen Meadow, and enjoyed the intensely green meadows, forest, and the purple shooting stars. Birds included singing Fox Sparrows in the brush, House Wrens in the forest, and Lincoln's Sparrows in the meadows…

2009 [08 August] - Josh Engel & Iain Campbell

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…the Sierras allowed us access to high-elevation birds ( Sooty Grouse, White-headed Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak) and cooler temperatures (and black bear); and along the coast we saw a wide array of coastal species (Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Elegant Tern). We finished the trip on a high note with breaching humpback whales and birds like Tufted Puffin, Xantus's Murrelet, and Black-footed Albatross aboard a Monterey Bay pelagic trip…

2011 [01 January] - Brad Weinert & Lynn Ferguson-Weinert - Salton Sea

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I have really been blessed to be able to call Southern California my home and have some may great places to go to within a few hours of my house. The number of environments are staggering and the diversity of wildlife is impressive…

2012 [07 July] - Pete Aley

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This report outlines a two-week family trip to California, undertaken by Pete Aley, Alison Rowntree and Jake Aley (age 16) – all birders and wildlife enthusiasts…

2012 [09 September] - Chris Benesh

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This year's Slice of California trip once again proved to be a fine outing and introduction to the bird life of the west. We started off with a bang birding the lower end of the bay, building up an impressive list of ducks, shorebirds, and other waterbirds…

2012 [10 October] - Brad Weinert - San Diego Pelagic

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I had the opportunity to take a 13 hour pelagic bird watching trip out of San Diego on Saturday, October 6th, 2012. I, along with 75 other passengers departed Point Loma at 6:00 AM and headed out of San Diego harbor to a beautiful pre-dawn red-orange sky heading to the 9 mile bank and 30 mile bank, mainly in San Diego waters…

2013 [01 January] - Barry Zimmer

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Incredible weather, a record setting list of birds that included virtually all of our targets, and several rarities to boot—this year’s Winter California tour had it all! We began in San Diego with two full days to bird that species-rich region. Our first stop was a patch of chaparral that produced excellent views of the highly sought California Gnatcatcher, in addition to a displaying male Allen’s Hummingbird, a male Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Cassin’s Kingbird, several close Wrentits, scope views of California Thrasher, a somewhat unexpected Golden-crowned Sparrow, and numerous California Towhees…

2013 [01 January] - Mark Hows

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With the wife going to San Francisco for weeks work it was an ideal opportunity to visit Northern California cheaply, while good for wintering birds, January is not the best time for mammals and of course some of the amazing scenic places to visit both natural and man made…

2013 [08 August] - Jeri M. Langham

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This GRAND CALIFORNIA FIELD LIST includes the most up-to-date, com- plete list of all birds accepted by the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC). It follows the American Ornithologists Union's (AOU's) most current (1998, 7th edition) nomenclature changes and taxonomic order, plus changes through the most recent 54th Supplement…

2013 [10 October] - Bruce Wedderburn - California & Arizona

Report

…This was a month-long trip to California and Arizona in the USA. Whilst I have travelled to the USA many times, this was my first holiday there and it was also Yvonne’s first visit…

2013 [12 December] - Kevin Zimmer

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…Our first day afield was spent mostly around the estuary of Morro Bay, one of the most important sites for wintering and migratory waterfowl and shorebirds on the entire Pacific Coast. We sorted through throngs of Long-billed Curlews, Marbled Godwits, and Willets, and studied the field marks that differentiate basic-plumaged loons, grebes, and peeps. Among the masses of waterfowl were hundreds of Brant, several coppery-colored male Cinnamon Teal, and a lone male Eurasian Wigeon….

2014 [01 January] - Barry Zimmer

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…Our two days in San Diego began with a visit to an area of chaparral. Almost immediately we were greeted by a singing California Thrasher that allowed prolonged scope studies. In short order, a California Towhee hopped under our vans, two Wrentits came in somewhat furtively, but close, and a stunning male Allen’s Hummingbird teed up on a nearby Manzanita…

2015 [03 March] - Erik Hirschfeld - Southern California

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Annotated list

2015 [06 June] - Simon Colenutt - California & Arizona

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Photo rich report

2015 [06 June] - Yosemite & the Coast - E. Paul Rogers

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...Surrounded by tall trees it is an ideal habitat for this shy species. Chestnut-backed Chickadees fed in the willows and a pair of Californian Quails demanded to be photographed by Geoff. A Swainson's Thrush was singing from a conifer but we could not locate the songster.

2015 [07 July] - Petri Hottola - Santa Cruz Island

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...Hardly anybody else on board showed any interest in the birds and other animals at the sea, unless told to do so by the captain. We stopped for few minutes, to observe two Humpback Whales and 110 Common Dolphins. A close-by Grey Whale was missed (or dismissed) by the captain.

2015 [09 September] - Chris Benesh

Report

...The following day, we headed over Sonora Pass birding in the morning at Clark's Fork, before heading over the pass. We made a brief stop at Bridgeport Reservoir before heading to Lee Vining for the night. The next morning we were out exploring the South Tufa at first light. We spent much of the rest the morning exploring the Jeffrey Pine Forest along Highway 120. That was productive, with lots of Pinyon Jays and Clark's Nutcrackers. In the afternoon, we headed to the historic ghost town of Bodie. We had a terrific historical tour guided by Terri Geissinger, and then we set out for Greater Sage-Grouse. After a bit of searching, we found seven birds in the sagebrush near the parking area.

2015 [10 October] - Anders Hangaard

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Annotated site list

2015 [11 November] - Mike Neale

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Highlights included the fantastic drive along Highway 1 coastal road between Monterey and Morro Bay; Spectacular scenery in Death Valley; Fantastic Redwood trees; Close observations of Bears, Coyotes and Sea Mammals; Watching the Migrating Monarch Butterflies and flocks of waders, pelicans and other birds on the way south...

2016 [01 January] - Brennan Mulrooney - Southern California

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... California Gnatcatchers are found only in CSS, and with the disappearance of the majority of their habitat, they have found themselves listed as a Federally Threatened species. Though the gnatcatcher was our main quarry on this first morning, we certainly found a lot of other birds to distract us from our mission! Right out of the gate we had Western ScrubJays on the wires, California Quail scurrying across the trail, and a herd of Bushtits filtering through while a pair of Wrentits did circles around us. Allen’s Hummingbirds competed with Anna’s Hummingbirds for our attention while California Thrashers belted out their rollicking songs from exposed perches. Spotted and California towhees showed well for us while Nuttall’s Woodpecker forced us to work a little harder for our first looks...

2016 [01 January] - Eileen Stuart

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2016 [03 March] - Brent Steury - San Francisco

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2016 [03 March] - David Wimpfheimer

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Most of the group arrived from the United Kingdom the previous evening and were happy to arrive in warm and sunny San Diego. Today a small group joined David Wimpfheimer for a birding tour in the varied habitats of San Diego and nearby regions. A low tide at the mouth of the San Diego River showed us many waders including Marbled Godwit, Willet and Long-billed Curlew. A group of over seventy Black Skimmers was noteworthy and the very close Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal were wonderful for the photographers....

2016 [07 July] - Wilton Family

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...As is typical of a family holiday, birding time is at a premium and restricted. In general I would try and get an hours birding in first thing in the morning, before everyone gets up, and try and push for stops that suit birding along the way. Visits were also made to national and state parks which also provided opportunities to bird. However it is frustrating to also have to drive by good birding habitat eg grasslands or coastal marsh, which are not of interest to the family!...

2017 [01 January] - Brendan Mulrooney

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In San Diego we visited the coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats of the coast, finding such specialties as California Quail, California Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher, and California Towhee. We scored rarities from Mexico like Thick-billed Kingbird and Painted Redstart....

2017 [03 March] - Jon Feenstra

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...Our first call was to Mile Square Park where we picked up Nuttal’s Woodpecker but missed the Cackling Goose recently reported. The next stop was very brief. We drove up Mojesco Canyon Road to the sight of a recently reported Lewis’s Woodpecker, as we arrived the bird alighted on a power pole directly in front of us....

2017 [03 March] - David Wimpfheimer & Scot Anderson - Baja California & The Sea of Cortez

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...We saw the near endemic California Thrasher and Wrentit as well as Nuttall’s Woodpecker and a stunning White-tailed Kite that circle close above the group. Santee Lakes was a great lunch spot, but also provided close views of Great-tailed Grackle, Wood and Ring-necked Ducks....

Places to Stay

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Wikiup B&B

Accommodation

Guests can watch for wildlife, including many varieties of birds, small animals and deer…

Organisations

Altacal Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Butte, Glenn, and Tehama Counties, Northern California.

Audubon California

Website

The mission of Audubon - California is to work in California to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. We provide leadership on state conservation and environmental education programs; we develop and strengthen local conservation action through our chapter network; and we participate as a division of the National Audubon Society on national and international campaigns to protect and restore wildlife habitats…

Buena Vista Audubon Society

Website

Information about our local chapter, our Nature Center or membership in the National Audubon Society. San Diego county list is 480! The most of any county in the US of A. This site for the local chapter gives info on birding and bird sightings from the area.

California Bird Records Committee

Website

The official site, which outlines the aims of the organization and also hosts the official lists for California.

California Parrot Project

Website

The Purpose of the California Parrot Project is to: Determine the geographical distribution of parrots in California. Determine the ecological parameters associated with successful colonization. Identify species present and determine their population sizes. Establish the extent of interbreeding between closely related congeners. Educate the public about naturalized parrots. Encourage public participation in the process of the scientific study of urban parrots…

California Partners in Flight

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The goals of Partners in Flight are to stop the declines of bird populations and to keep common birds common. We know that birds contribute immeasurably to our quality of life and that we must take action today to ensure that they are always with us.

Central Sierra Audubon Society

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You have reached the Website for the Central Sierra Audubon Society, which includes both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society and affiliated with Audubon of California. Central Sierra Audubon supports the mission of the National Audubon Society which is: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biodiversity…

Central Valley Bird Club

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The Central Valley Bird Club is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study of the distribution, status, ecology and conservation of birds in the Central Valley of California…

Conejo Valley Audubon Society

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Conejo Valley Audubon Society (CVAS); founded in 1968, is an active Chapter of the National Audubon Society. It's 700+ members are from southeastern Ventura County and northwestern Los Angeles County. The chapter's membership is primarily from the cities of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark and Camarillo…

Cooper Ornithological Society

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The Cooper Ornithological Society (COS) was organized in 1893 and incorporated in 1934. The name of the Society commemorates an early California naturalist, Dr. James G. Cooper. Today the Society numbers over 3000 professional and amateur ornithologists from around the world. The purpose of the organization is to advance our knowledge of birds and their habitat.

Eagle Lake Audubon Society

Serving eastern Modoc and northern Lassen Counties. P.O. Box 1774, Susanville, CA 96130

Eastern Sierra Audubon Society

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The Eastern Sierra is a relatively unspoiled place. Though blessed with spectacular beauty and a mild climate, it is sparsely settled, due to the fact that most of the land is owned by government agencies. Lovers of the outdoors enjoy here a very special region nearly 200 miles from the nearest freeway.

El Dorado Audubon

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A California Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the communities of Artesia, Avalon, Bellflower, Carson, Cypress, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Paramount, Rossmoor, San Pedro, Seal Beach, Signal Hill, Sunset Beach, and Wilmington…

Fresno Audubon Society

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The Fresno Audubon Society, founded in 1966, is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the central San Joaquin Valley of California. Its mission is to promote the conservation of Earth`s biological diversity by encouraging an appreciation of birds and other wildlife.

Friends of Sausal Creek

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Formed in 1996, the Friends of Sausal Creek is a group of community members protecting Sausal Creek at a grassroots level. The Friends recognize that citizen participation, from residents to decision-makers, teachers, and students, is critical for building long-term commitment to protecting Sausal Creek as a natural resource for the greater Oakland community. We invite you to learn more about our growing, changing, and diverse group by reading the following materials…

Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

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Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society is a transboundary, marine-estuarine, watershed stewardship group. We are project-focused, working in the Boundary Bay Area ecosystem and within the greater context of both the Fraser River Estuary and the Georgia Strait-Puget Sound…

Golden Gate Audubon Society

Website

Just about the most comprehensive website for a local chapter of the state Audubon society anywhere. Lots of information on conservation and birding… even down to political lobbying and news of local listers. A fun place to visit and a must before a trip to this area.

Kern Audubon Society

Website

This is the new web location for the Kern Audubon Society. We serve the southern San Joaquin Valley and mountain communities of Kern County, California. Members and non-members alike are welcome to join us at any of our activities…

Kerncrest Audubon Society

Website

The Kerncrest Chapter of the National Audubon Society is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization supporting activities which provide opportunities to learn about local wildlife, especially birds, and our natural surroundings. We have monthly meetings and field trips, and sponsor several community activities.

La Purisima Audubon Society

Website

The La Purisima Audubon Society (LPAS) is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization focusing on conservation and preservation of natural habitats, with an emphasis on birds, birding, and green tourism. LPAS serves the north Santa Barbara county communities of Lompoc, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, and Buellton…

Laguna Hills Audubon Society

Information

Los Angeles Audubon Society

Website

The Los Angeles Audubon Society is people dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of the natural world. Through birding, education and conservation activities in our community, we raise awareness and promote the cause of global environmental protection. Their HQ and bookshop are on Santa Monica Boulevard…

Madrone Audubon Society

Website

The Madrone Audubon Society, Inc., a Sonoma County Chapter of the National Audubon Society is a non-profit organization which promotes public education, enjoyment, study and protection of the natural world, especially birds.

Marin Audubon Society

Website

The Marin Audubon Society (MAS) was founded in 1956 to prevent development of Richardson Bay tidelands. Large portions would have been filled to provide housing. Today, a protected wildlife sanctuary covers 900 acres of this bay. Marin Audubon has a tradition of active participation in environmental conservation and education, as well as marsh restoration projects. Bothin Marsh in Mill Valley, the Corte Madera Ecological Reserve, Redwood High School Marsh, and the Gallinas Creek restoration are samples of Marin Audubon Society's leadership in using public fine monies to create improved habitats for wildlife. We were instrumental in the acquisition of the Marin Islands for a National Wildlife Refuge and for the preservation of its heronry.

Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

Website

The area comprising Virgin Creek Beach and Ten Mile Beach and Dunes qualified as a …Nationally Significant Important Bird Area, due to the habitat it provides for wintering Western Snowy Plover, a threatened species, with high counts there totalling over 1% of the population. There is a strong potential that this area might become again an important breeding area for the species. In addition to the plover, several watch listed species make use of the area regularly; these include Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and Short-billed Dowitcher…

Mono Lake Committee

Website

The Mono Lake Committee is a non-profit citizen's group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Mono Basin Ecosystem; educating the public about Mono Lake and the impacts on the environment of excessive water use; and promoting cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs without transferring environmental problems to other areas…

Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society List

Website

To foster a culture of conservation through research and advocacy, with a focus on birds and their habitats within Monterey County…

Morro Coast Audubon Society

Website

Our mission is to protect biological diversity for the benefit of all life on Earth through Education, Support and Advocacy, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitat…

Mount Diablo Audubon Society

Website

Mount Diablo Audubon Society is committed to the sustainable balance of our community's people, birds, other wildlife, and habitat through conservation, education, and advocacy.

Mount Shasta Area Audubon

Website

Local Membership in the Mt. Shasta Area Audubon Society includes a subscription to the local newsletter. Annual dues ($15) exclusively support local activities…

Napa-Solano Audubon Society

Website

Napa-Solano Audubon Society is Chapter C-28 of the National Audubon Society. Our area covers all of Napa and Solano Counties (California) which are located north and northeast of San Francisco Bay. The two county area is known for its wide diversity of natural habitat including tidal salt and fresh water marshes, vernal pools, grasslands dotted with valley oaks, chaparral foothills with live oak, chamise, and manzanita, riparian corridors with willows and Fremont cottonwoods, mixed broad-leafed and conifer forests, and redwoods. In addition over 50,000 acres are cultivated vineyards…

Nature Conservancy California

Website

There's no place like California. This state is a feast for lovers of nature and the outdoors, with its spectacular coastline, Alpine peaks, rugged foothills, shimmering deserts, riverside forests, vast grasslands, rambling oak woodlands, teeming marshes and sloughs, and more. These many varied landscapes support an amazing array of native species of plants and animals. Protecting them is our calling…

Ohlone Audubon Society

Website

A chapter of the National Audubon Society Serving Southern Alameda County, California. Our members work to preserve the natural world through education, conservation, and advocacy.

Palomar Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Inland North San Diego County, including Escondido, Ramona, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Valley Center, Borrego Springs, and surrounding locales.

Palos Verdes & South Bay Audubon Society

Website

When it comes to rare plants and animals, disappearing habitats and pressing environmental concerns, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, from tidepools to hilltop, is one of the most remarkable and vulnerable places in California. For most of its million-year existence, what is now the Palos Verdes Peninsula was one of the Channel Islands…

Pasadena Audubon Society

Website

A California Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1904 - 1750 North Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 Phone: (626) 355-9412

Peregrine Audubon Society

Website

Covering interior Mendocino County, California from Hopland north through the Sanel and Ukiah valleys to the Mendocino National Forest and including Boonville, Philo, Comptche, Potter Valley, Laytonville, and Covelo.

Plumas Audubon Society

Website

Meetings are generally held the first Wednesday of March, April, May, October, November, and December, unless noted otherwise, and consists of an invited speaker or an outing…

Pomona Valley Audubon Society.

Website

The Pomona Valley Chapter is active in providing assistance for bird related questions (hotline), supporting our local wildlife rehabilitation center, Wild Wings of California, educating the public and members of the community about wildlife, and politically representing the issues of environmentalism and conservation…

Redbud Audubon

Website

The Redbud Audubon Society was founded in 1975 by a group of conservation minded Lake County Citizens. We are a nonprofit California corporation and operate under the umbrella of the National Audubon Society, one of the biggest and most successful conservation organizations in the Nation. When you join Redbud Audubon Society, you receive our monthly newsletter, the Western Grebe, which describes programs and field trips and provides other conservation news. Your dues help fund our organization`s local programs. We also hold several fund raisers throughout the year. A separate membership to National will be needed in order to receive the National Audubon Society Magazine…

Redwood Region Audubon Society

Website

The Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) was founded in 1969 and is the Northwest California chapter of the National Audubon Society. This energetic community of conservation-minded people is active in many ways. Redwood Region Audubon is a volunteer, non-profit organization with approximately 550 members. The chapter relies on the energy and commitment of its members to keep Redwood Region Audubon Society a strong and effective local conservation organization.

Sacramento Audubon Society

Website

Local chapter that also manages a reserve: Bobelaine sanctuary is owned by the National Audubon Society and managed by the Sacramento Audubon Society. It is a rare remnant of the river forests that once projected two to five miles on either side of the Great Central Valley rivers of California. The sanctuary is also registered as a State Ecological Reserve. Size: 430 acres Location: Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary is located about 18 miles north of Sacramento, California on the Feather River east of highway 99 at the east end of Laurel Avenue.

San Joaquin Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Escalon, Ripon, and Lathrop--All of San Joaquin County.

San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society

Website

The San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society covers communities with Zip codes 922-, 923-, 924-, and 925- in San Bernardino & Riverside counties in Southern California EXCEPT for extreme eastern San Bernardino County (e.g. Needles, Nipton). Members from outside these areas are welcome.

San Diego Audubon Society

Website

Welcome To The San Diego Audubon Society Homepage…

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

Website

Membership in San Fernando Valley Audubon automatically gives you membership in National Audubon Society, a subscription to Audubon magazine, a national publication, and to our chapter newsletter, which describes the local activities.

San Francisco Field Ornithologists

Website

The SFFO is an organization of birders in and around San Francisco who are interested in advancing birding within the city and county of San Francisco…

Santa Barbara Audubon Society

Website

The Santa Barbara Audubon Society is a non profit organization whose volunteers organize conservation projects, birding field trips, educational programs, and avian research. We are now entering our fourth decade with a strong and focused Board and membership. saudubon@silcom.com

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Website

Another very attractive website with good information about the Santa Clara valley area and its birds and birders.

Santa Cruz Bird Club

Website

The Santa Cruz Bird Club was founded in 1956. The Club sponsors walks in and around the county of Santa Cruz, boat trips on Monterey Bay, summer picnics and annual dinners, meetings September through May featuring informative, illustrated talks on wild birds and related topics.

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society

Website

We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our territory goes along the Pacific Coast of Los Angeles County through Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Malibu…

Sea & Sage Audubon Society

Website

Conservation of our natural resources, especially here in Orange County, has been and will remain at the forefront of Sea & Sage. Our Conservation Committee has been working very hard to minimize the loss of our remaining open spaces…

Sequoia Audubon Society

Website

The mission of Sequoia Audubon Society is to participate actively in environmental education and conservation, and in the restoration, preservation, protection and enjoyment of our native natural resources with emphasis on birds and their habitats.

Sierra Club

Website

The Sierra Club has over 600,000 members. Our mission statement: Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth`s ecosystems and resources; Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

Website

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society is located in Grass Valley, California. Our membership area includes Nevada County and Placer County. It is the mission of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society to educate ourselves and others to the variety and the beauty of our natural environment and to protect our wildlife and natural places…

Sonoma Birding

Website

Sonoma Birding was founded in 2004 in Sonoma Valley, CA. as a volunteer "citizen science" based conservation organization that has established sustainable bird and nature related activities and programs for all ages through a variety of partnerships in the United States and Canada.

Stanislaus Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the Stanislaus Audubon Society is to help people appreciate and enjoy wild birds; to monitor and document wild bird populations; and to promote the conservation of wild birds and their habitats for future generations through education, research, publication, and active citizenship.

Tulare County Audubon Society

Website

In the Heart of California's San Joaquin Valley. Gateway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Protecting our precious environment and the humans, birds and other animals therein…

Ventana Wildlife Society

Website

Beginning in 1986, Ventana Wildlife Society released bald eagles into Big Sur, California, completely restoring our national symbol to the region…

Ventura Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the Ventura Audubon Society is to promote at the local level, by education and action, the protection and restoration of bird populations and wildlife habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth`s biodiversity.

Western Field Ornithologists

Website

WFO is an organization committed to field-oriented descriptive ornithology, with appeal for both amateur and professional. The region of interest encompasses the Rocky Mountain and Pacific states and provinces, including Alaska and Hawai'i, western Texas, northwestern Mexico, and the northeastern Pacific Ocean.

Whittier Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Southeast Los Angeles County

Wintu Audubon Society

Website

The Wintu Audubon Society, founded in 1975, is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the Redding and the Shasta County area. Its mission is to promote conservation of the earth`s resources by encouraging appreciation of birds and other wildlife. The mailing address is P.O. Box 994533, Redding, CA 96099-4533…

Yolo Audubon Society

Website

The Yolo Audubon Society (YAS) is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. The Yolo Audubon Society is an organization made up of environmentalists, birders, and other people who care about nature. YAS engages in political action, environmental education, and citizen science to benefit the environment of Yolo County and the world.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Mariposa County, Eastern Madera County and Yosemite National Park.

Festivals

Annual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival

Festival

The 22nd Annual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival will be held April 19-25, 2017, along the Pacific Flyway in Northern California’s majestic redwood coastal region, is as diverse as our hundreds of shorebird species and famous redwood forest inhabitants (Marbled Murrelet anyone?) One of our guest speakers is Noah Strycker. Our keynote is 'birding detective', Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, migratory songbird scientific researcher from York University. We think our festival will excite everyone from continent-jumping listers to the casual birder and nature enthusiast.

Birds on the Bay - Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

http://www.birdsonthebay.ca

…we have been offering the Birds onthe Bay program since 2003 in the lower mainland. Birds on the Bay is an annual celebration focused on raising public awareness and knowledge of Boundary Bay's international designation as an Important Bird Area. This program identifies, protects and monitors a network of vital habitats for the conservation of bird populations and biodiversity around the world. In 2005 Boundary Bay was designated a Western Hemispheric Reserve by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network…

Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival

Website

Long before Lodi existed, Sandhill Cranes descended into the rich delta wetlands at the end of a long migratory journey, some from nesting grounds as far away as Siberia. As they greeted California’s earliest explorers, these magnificent birds darkened the skies over winter marshes. In awe-inspiring numbers, and with a prehistoric call, stately gait, and elegant choreography, the Sandhill Crane continues to attract and inspire visitors...

Observatories

Big Sur Ornithological Laboratory

Observatory

The ornithology lab bands landbirds to identify migration routes, breeding and wintering areas, and mortality factors of common western birds. Band encounters as depicted on the map of band encounter locations indicate that some birds may breed as far north as Alaska and winter as far south as southern Mexico…

Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

Observatory Website

Satellite View

Every autumn, thousands of migrating birds of prey appear over the Golden Gate near San Francisco, California. Why are they here? How are they doing? Where do they go?

Point Reys Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

Satellite View

The Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) is a non-profit, membership organization founded in 1965. Our mission is to conserve birds and the environment using science to understand and find solutions to problems threatening wildlife populations and ecosystems.

San Fransico Bay Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

Satellite View

The SFBBO is a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of birds and their habitats through original research, monitoring, and educational activities. Results of our scientific investigations are provided to governmental agencies, industry, and the public to support informed natural resource management decisions for the San Francisco Bay area. The SFBBO was founded in 1981.

Museums

Berkeley - California

http://www.mip.berkeley.edu/mvz/collections/BirdCollection.html

The MVZ Bird Collection has 174,000 specimens, placing it as one of the largest in the US. The majority of the specimens are preserved as study skins but the collection also contains skeletons, skins associated with skeletal material, and fluid-preserved specimens. In addition it contains 14,000 sets of nests and/or EGG sets. In the last 15 years special effort has been made to preserve an array of materials in conjunction with each specimen…

Kimball Natural History Museum

Information

The Kimball Natural History Museum is an embodiment of the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. While featuring immersive exhibits that illustrate the patterns and processes of evolution, it also explores ways we can help to protect that diversity.…

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Website

Ornithology, the study of birds, is one of the founding disciplines of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. At the core of the program is a research collection of 115,000 bird specimens, representing over 5,400 species. Our collections are particularly strong for North America, Africa, South America, and the Pacific Ocean. The bird skeleton collection, representing over 14,000 individuals, is among the three largest in western North American and is an important resource for the Museum’s well-known studies of fossil birds. Dr. Campbell has been a Curator at the Natural History Museum since 1977 and, having served as Collections Manager since 1982, Kimball Garrett is responsible for the care, use, and growth of the ornithological collections as well as the databases associated with the collections…

San Diego Natural History Museum

http://www.sdnhm.org/

The San Diego Natural History Museum is dedicated to interpreting the natural world through research, education, and exhibits; to promoting understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspiring in all people respect for the environment.

Reserves

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Webpage

Satellite View

The best things about this site are the excellent photographs including the stunning vermilion flycatcher. Worth a visit for this alone!

Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary

Webpage

Satellite View

This is a 430 acre wildlife sanctuary owned by the National Audubon Society and managed by volunteers of the Sacramento Audubon Society.

California State Parks

Website

Not exclusively for birders this site lists the Parks of the State and gives useful information on each that will be of use to the visiting birder.

Chanslor Wetlands Wildlife Project

Facebook Page

Satellite View

2660 Highway One, Box 1510, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 - The Chanslor Wetlands Wildlife Project protects 250 acres of crucial habitat adjoining the historic fishing community of Bodega Bay just 1.25 hours north of the Golden Gate. Dedicated in 1993, the Chanslor Wetlands encompasses a rare brackish marsh as well as freshwater marshes, vernal pools, and ponds, bordered by Salmon Creek, a breeding stream for threatened Coho salmon, steelhead trout, the endangered tidewater goby and California freshwater shrimp. Located on the Pacific Flyway, this varied ecosystem attracts a myriad of migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors.

Cosumnes River Preserve

Website

Satellite View

Cosumnes River country holds a very special place among California landscapes. The Cosumnes is a small river whose headwaters rise at only 8,000ft above sea level and whose course from the Sierra Nevada to the San Joaquin Delta is just 80 miles long. But the Cosumnes is far more important than its size would indicate. It is the only undammed river on the west slope of the Sierra, and in its lower reaches it flows through one of the biologically richest regions in California's Central Valley on its way to its confluence with the Mokelumne River and the San Joaquin Delta. The Cosumnes River Preserve was created to safeguard much of that landscape.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR

Webpage

Satellite View

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complex made up of 6 other wildlife refuges in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1974 and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge exists to preserve wildlife habitat, protect threatened and endangered species, protect migratory birds, and provide opportunities for nature study…

Eagle Lake

Information

Satellite View

The waterbirds of Eagle Lake have been studied since the early 1900s, with major investigations in the 1970s (Gould 1974) and the late 1990s (Shaw 1998). It supports California’s largest nesting colonies of Western and Clark’s grebes (4-5000 pr., fide D. Anderson) and possibly Eared Grebe (>3000 pr. in 1997), and was identified by Shuford (1998) as one of 10 key breeding sites for Black Tern in California, supporting over 100 pr. in 1997 (but see Shaw 1998, who found fewer)…

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Website

Satellite View

This is the official website of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR)and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation - partners working for conservation.

Humboldt Bay NWR

Webpage

Satellite View

The Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge protects land at both ends of the bay. The area is an important staging site for the Pacific black brant and other migratory waterfowl. The area also provides a wintering area for shorebirds…

Imperial NWR

Webpage

Satellite View

Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects wildlife habitat along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last unchannelized section before the river enters Mexico…

James Reserve Wildlife Observatory

Website

Satellite View

Welcome to the James Reserve Wildlife Observatory - We are exploring a variety of technologies for delivering video directly from robotically controlled video cameras situated at the James Reserve. Throughout the year our cameras will focus on wildlife observations at feeding stations, in artificial roosting and nesting boxes, and in their natural habitats…

Kern NWR

Webpage

Satellite View

Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of 2 national wildlife refuges, Kern, and Pixley which total 16,810 acres of habitat in the Central Valley of California…

Kern River Preserve

Website

Satellite View

A whole lot of birding available in a relatively small area. The the Kern River Valley and environs offer riparian exclusive birds, desert exclusive birds, grassland, montane, chaparral, and even some pelagic species.

National Wildlife Refuge Sites in California

Webpage

A useful map, list of sites and addresses with directions for finding these nature preserves; a useful addition for visiting birders.

New River Wetlands Project

Webpage

Satellite View

The New River was formed in the early 1900s when the Colorado River flooded. An international river, it originates 20 miles south of the Mexican border meanderingthrough agricultural fields until reaching its destination, the Salton Sea…

Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary

Webpage

Satellite View

The unswerving purpose of Silverwood is to preserve, in as complete and natural a state as possible, a prime swath of one of the country's most critically endangered ecosystems: California's coastal chaparrel. Central to the long- term success of this preservation effort is education. At Silverwood the earth and its creatures are our teachers.

Blogs

A Brit Abroad

Blog

R J Hall's birding BLOG with some excellent photographs… seems to have come to a halt in 2009

A Misty Midnight's Avalanche of Tornadic Madness

Blog

A little of this and a little of that, but it often features photos and slide-shows of my favorite things… mostly of this natural world… landscapes, plants, flowers, wild animals and pets…

Because Birds

Blog

Because Birds is a website and blog all about birds and birding. You will find lots of helpful articles if you are a new birdwatcher…

Behind the Bins

Blog

Beverly Robertson's musing…

Bird Sightings by Ann French

Blog

It seems that this BLOG from orange county to have petered out early in 2004 but there are some archived photos of interest…

Brad & Lynn's Field Photography

Blog

The following is my current life-list of field-observed bird species. Please click on underlined links to view pictures…

Greenbirding

Blog

Jim Royer's attempt to bird in as environmentally friendly fashion as possible - he will walk, bike, run, canoe, or otherwise travel from home [Los Osos] or his regular work place without using any gas, and at the same time record (and try to photograph) the birds he sees in an attempt to get 300 birds in 2010. He will also organize and participate in green birding events such as the local "Big Sit".

JournOwl

Blog

JournOwl began as an online record to log my daily activities as an intern at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum; a requirement bestowed upon me by the university environmental science program. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum incorporates a wildlife hospital that treats more than 6,000 native California animals every year, and provided invaluable experience in regards to nurturing and rehabilitating a variety of species including raptors, foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, reptiles, and amphibians…

LA Birding

Blog

Not updated in 2005 but a lot from 2004

Luv2Bird

Blog

Life and times of a Californian birder whose mantra is: 'watch the birdie'…

O C Warbler

Blog

Birding (Mis)Adventures in Orange County, California and Beyond…

OC Birder Girl

Blog

This blog is about birding or bird watching in Orange County, California. It includes bird profiles, birding hot spots, and other Orange County birding information…

Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography Blog

Blog

Thanks for visiting Pat Ulrich Wildlife & Nature Photography. I hope you enjoy looking through my galleries. I'm a full time graduate student and spare time nature photographer enjoying life in Northern California. I'm passionately dedicated to the conservation of our environment, and I think my love of all things natural comes through in my images. In addition to conservation actions we can all take, I believe that a conservation message spreads through education and inspiration -- and I hope to connect my viewers with the subjects I photograph and inspire them to get out and enjoy nature and to protect our beautiful planet…

San Diego Bird Spot

BLOG

I hope you will find this site helpful when you come to bird in San Diego county. This site features local birds that live and nest here as well as birds that migrate through each year.

San Diego Birding

Blog

Birding California and beyond with Gary Nunn…

The BIO Technician

Blog

Amateurish travels through the world of top shelf bird watching…

The Birder's Report

Blog

I feel so fortunate to live where I live, out in the country in rural Northern California…

The Egret's Nest

Blog

My life & birds…

The Green Big Day

Blog

Scott Smithson, Santa Cruz County, promoting greener birding races etc…

Too Photos A Day

Blog

A blog, posting 2 photos, every day, of birds, wildlife, and my travels….

Two Birders To go

Blog

Bob & Cynthia Kaufman's birding/bird-photography adventures in California and beyond…

Warbler Watch

Blog

Got wood-warbler questions? If so, I have answers for you. I'm Daniel Edelstein -- biologist, birding guide, birding instructor (www.warblerwatch.com and edelstein@earthlink.net) -- who ponders: Are there any wonders in our world more fascinating than the elegant beauty of wood-warblers?

Warbler Watch

Blog

Free, printer-friendly birding information, including a) 200+ bird song memory phrase; b) CA bird arrival times; c) Nature Watch Phenology Calendar; d) wood-warbler tips identification chart…

Other Links

Adirondack Birding Tools & Maps

Website

Looking for specific Adirondack birds? Use our Adirondack bird search tool to find out where you're most likely to get a sighting. Results of your search can be displayed on an interactive birding map or in a list….

Birding California’s Central Coast

Information

When I first drove the coast route from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, I couldn’t believe my eyes: mile after mile of undeveloped coastline giving way to redwood groves and towering hillsides, lush river mouths, and rocky gorges...

Birding Depot

Website

Whether you're watching birds in your yard or planning a bird watching vacation, Birding Depot has everything you need to attract and view wild birds. We carry a large variety of bird feeders, houses, and baths for backyard birders. In addition, we have an extensive line of optics, binoculars, and field guides for bird identification. Biriding Depot is family run business located in California…

Birding in Yolo County

Website

There's not much original habitat left around here - all ag fields, channelized rivers, and a whole lot of non-native vegetation. Four of the historically prominant riparian breeders (Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Yellow Warbler) are extirpated or only pass through as migrants. And finding rarities can be like getting water from rock…

Birds of Orange County

Website

With a total species list of more than 450 birds, Orange County California is one of the best birding spots in the West. In all seasons there are a variety of birds to see in many different habitats- grassland, scrub, oak forest, riparian, suburban along with numerous fresh and saltwater habitats stretching from the county`s central lowlands to the coastal and Northern foothills. Consider this variety of habitats, its compact size, and the coastal location which places the county on the migration path of many birds and its easy to understand why Orange County is such a premier place for birding.

California County Birding

Website

California County Birding Pages - An interactive map of California with birding statistics, sites and other birding resources for all 58 California counties. We welcome additional contributions from those with special knowledge of the birds of any county.

Chris Otahal - Bird Conservation

Facebook Page

Greetings from my little corner of cyberspace! My name is Chris Otahal and I have studied birds using riparian (creek-side) habitat along the lower stretch of Coyote Creek where it enters the southern end of San Francisco Bay, California, United States. These studies were initiated by the Coyote Creek Riparian Station and are continued by the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. I have since moved on to work for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (implementing the Endangered Species Act) but thought some of you may be interested in this AVIAN RESEARCH…

Creagrus

Website

My Creagrus site has two primary features: (1) Bird Families of the World - introductory pages with my photos (mostly; a few from others) for all 202 families in the world, and (2) lots of information about birds, birders, and birding in Monterey County, California (where I live).

Daniel Edelstein - Warblerwatch

Website

As a Consulting Biologist (and as a birding guide since 1981), Daniel Edelstein works full-time in the environmental consulting field. Concurrently, he often leads San Francisco Bay Area birding tours and California bird watching trips. Daniel teaches diverse college-level bird classes — “Fundamentals of Ornithology,” “Bird Song Ecology/Birding By Ear, (see his “Top Ten Tips For Improving Your Birding By Ear,”) “Waterbirds,” “Raptors,” “Wood-Warblers on the West Coast (& Midwest/East Coast),” and “The Miracle of Migration: The Amazing Nomadic Lives of Birds & Other Animals” at Merritt College (where he is an Adjunct Faculty member in its Biology Dept.) and at other adult education settings…

Heritage Oak Winery

Website

...On your right is our wildlife sanctuary. The list of animals that live here is a long one. Some of the larger ones are mule deer, fox, mink, skunks, raccoons, opossum, wild turkey and coyote. To add to this list, beaver and otter are common in the river....

Joe Morlan's California Birding Pages

Website

Tips and info from this ornithology instructor…

Monterey Seabirds - Pelagics

Website

Monterey Seabirds features year-round pelagic trips for observing seabirds and marine mammals of Monterey Bay. Our experienced trip leaders and skipper, boat, and policies will all contribute to your enjoyment of a safe, comfortable and rewarding trip…

Nature Alley

Website

Discovering the natural beauty of Kern County is not difficult, the geological formations throughout the county have always fascinated me. Looking at the Temblor Range on the western slopes and the interesting sedimentary rock sculptures of the uplifted ocean floor with its Mojave Desert vegetation seems strangely familiar yet out of place…

Near the Fast Water

Website

Near the Fast Water website is about Bird Watching and habitat conservation with Stories & Fine Art by Bethi J. Carver. The stories are an illustrated collection of near fiction tales of native Wild Birds and other Wildlife in the Northern California Delta, especially Bethel Island and East Contra Costa County, California. Background photo is of a Long-billed Curlew…

Optics4birding - Orange County

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Optics4birding.com is your one-stop source for quality binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods and related products. Our site features comprehensive binocular reviews, spotting scope reviews and other product reviews. Informative sections tell you how to choose binoculars, how binoculars and spotting scopes work, about digiscoping, caring for your optics, about night vision and much more…

Pacific NW Backyard Birder

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Enjoying and learning about common birds in British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and northern California…

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots

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Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots A practical guide to birding in Sonoma County. Detailed maps, GPS data, species lists, and notes on sightings for more than 30 recommendations and nearby non-birding activities. Maintained by photographer and birder Colin Talcroft….

South Bay Birders Unlimited

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An excellent site with good links around the state and country as well as information on the local area, bird lists, articles etc. etc.

Towhee

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Dependable advice on birding California and Europe. History of US ornithology. Photo gallery. Birding tours in San Francisco area…

Virtual Birder - California Birding

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The Californian entry for the virtual birding pages.

Vocalizations of birds in Douglas-fir forests of northwestern California

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Vocalizations of birds in Douglas-fir forests of northwestern California … with extensive descriptions of obscure and undescribed bird call…

Where to bird in Kern County

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Kern County birding can be extremely rewarding. Five of California`s six ecological bioregions occur in Kern County making this region one of the most ecologically diverse counties in the state. The county comprises the southernmost section of the San Joaquin Valley, the southern Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi`s, and the westernmost Mojave Desert. It has an area of 8,186 square miles. The following are some of the county`s better birding spots.

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Dana Gardner

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I am an artist who has illustrated over 2 dozen books since 1977 on birds and natural history, including field guides to Costa Rica, Singapore, and Wallacea. My time overseas includes 6 years in the New World Tropics and 3 years in Southeast Asia. I have illustrated many of the books of the renowned ornithologist, Alexander Skutch. There are more than 180 images for you to enjoy.

Artist - David Tomb

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Current exhibition: Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, September 12 - November 9, 2008

Artist - Keith Hansen

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Bird art site, depicting prints, books, t-shirts and tours by Keith Hansen, bird artist…

Artist - Linda Parkinson

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A native of California, Linda J. Parkinson has been painting animals and portraits since childhood. She is an honors graduate in animal sciences from the University of Maryland. Her post-graduate studies in wildlife at Humboldt State University involved Linda in wildlife rehabilitation and education, which inspired her transition to wildlife art…

Artist - Rita Sklar

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…Watercolor Paintings Inspired by the Colors of Birds…

Photographer - Barry Langdon-Lassagne

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Some excellent photographs handily catalogued by species order or site…

Photographer - Brad & Lynn's Field Photography

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The following is my current life-list of field-observed bird species. Please click on underlined links to view pictures…

Photographer - Don DesJardin

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An excellent US photographer with some brilliant bird photographs.

Photographer - Douglas Herr

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Another excellent site.

Photographer - Jerry Ting

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Some brilliant shots - local birds and in the zoo…

Photographer - Michael Daniel Ho

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Fine art images of birds and wildlife on premium photographic paper…

Photographer - Mike Danzenbaker

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This site contains photographs of birds by Mike Danzenbaker. It is believed to be the most extensive single-photographer exhibit of bird photos on the internet. Current coverage is primarily North America, but will eventually include all of the regions and categories in the following table. Photos of other wildlife and general nature will also be added in time.

Photographer - Nick Chill

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Nick Chill is an avid bird photographer in the San Diego area. San Diego, California provides an ample variety of subjects. From the small Anna's Hummingbird, to the beautiful Snowy Egret and the majestic Pelican. A great variety of species can be found in the gallery…

Photographer - Phillip Colla

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Phillip Colla is a natural history photographer, videographer and writer specializing in wild marine mammals (whales, dolphins, seals); remote islands of the eastern Pacific and the California kelp forest. This site displays several hundred examples of his work.

Photographer - Scott Bowers

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Planet Scott Slideshow - images from around the world - 500 bird photos and growing…

Photographer - Tom Merigan

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These 237 bird species were encountered on walks in our region or seen on trips elsewhere in the world. I recently started photographing birds in a wide variety of natural settings to better identify what I was seeing even at distances. Now I am trying also to capture their great beauty,intelligence and dignity as well…

Photographer - Will James Sooter

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Images of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus), Birds of Prey and shorebirds along the California coastline…

Webcam - Hummingbird Nest Cam

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Channel Island Allen's Hummingbird nest webcam…