Tours and Excursions
Want to go out birding with a group? Need a local guide to show you around? Here are a few resources that can help you find the right outing.
- Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society: SCVAS runs multiple group outings every month at many of the popular and interesting birding locations in the county, as well as excursions to interesting birding locations elsewhere in the region.
- Los Gatos Birdwatcher: Los Gatos Birdwatcher is a locally owned store in Los Gatos that specializes in bird feeding and bird watching supplies from feeders and seed to binoculars and field guides. They also offer a regular series of events and outings including a free guided Saturday Morning Bird Walk to various locations around the county
- Norcal Birding: Ryan Phillips is a long-time biologist and researcher and an avid birder in the area, who now is offering guided tours to interesting birding locations in the county.
- Alvaro’s Adventures: Alvaro Jaramillo is a senior biologist for SFBBO and a researcher doing field work in South America. Alvaro’s Adventures runs pelagic tours out of Half Moon Bay and also does birding tours to locations around the world with an emphasis on the birds of South America.
- Cheeseman’s Ecology Safaris: Cheesman’s Ecology Safaris is a Los Gatos based company has for 40 years been organizing nature and birding tours to locations around the globe from Yellowstone to Antartica.
- Palo Alto Adult School Birding Classes: Palo Alto Schools runs a series of 6-8 week long birding classes in their adult education program. There are three levels, for beginner, intermediate and advanced birders.
Nearby Audubon and Birding Chapters
Local Audubon Chapters in nearby counties
- Sequoia Audubon (San Mateo)
- Golden Gate Audubon (San Francisco)
- Ohlone Audubon (Alameda)
- Stanislaus Audubon Society (Stanislaus, Merced)
- Monterey Audubon Society (Monterey, parts San Benito and Santa Cruz)
- Santa Cruz Bird Club (Santa Cruz)
- Central Valley Bird Club
Birding Mailing Lists
- Sialia Birding List Digest: Sialia collects postings from many birding lists across the country and compiles them into a single archive. It shows postings from these lists for the previous 30 days.
- ABA Birding News: Another collection of messages from mailing lists across the country
- Calbirds: Statewide discussion list
- Peninsula-Birding: San Mateo County
- Monterey Bay Birders
- San Francisco Birds
- SJ Birds: San Joaquin Birds
- Central Valley Birds
Santa Clara County is blessed with lots of protected open and green spaces we can visit for enjoyment. This doesn’t happen without a lot of work, and there are a number of organizations in the area that work to protect and expand these spaces. If you want to learn more about these groups and the work they do, or are interested in getting involved and helping them, go take a look at the web sites of these organizations:
- Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society: SCVAS is involved in many conservation advocacy projects around the county and has hired a full time advocate to work with governments and agencies in the county to promote bird-safe laws and protect sensitive bird areas.
- San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory: is an organization dedicated to conservation of birds in the region through science and outreach. They run educational events on a regular basis, and are involved in a number of projects including Snowy Plover habitat management and shorebird studies along the edge of the bay.
- Peninsula Open Space Trust: POST is an organization dedicated to raising funds to acquire key at risk properties and preserve them as open space and working with other organizations to make them accessible for use by the public. They have recently been instrumental in protecting key properties at risk for development in Coyote Valley.
- Bay Nature: Bay Nature is an organization that works to protect San Francisco Bay and help connect people with it through advocacy and education.
- Save the Bay: Save the Bay is an advocacy group that works to protect San Francisco Bay from development and abuse, and works to restore the Bay for future generations.
- All About Birds: All about birds is a site by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology designed to help you learn more about the birds you watch. It’s a great information resource if you’re trying to ID birds, learn more about their behavior or become a better birder.
- Santa Clara County Cumulative Year Lists: Every year we collect a list of the species found in the county and when they were first seen. These lists go back to 1996 and can be quite useful to understand migration patterns when trying to find specific species.
- San Francisco Bay Trail: Maps and Information
- San Francisco Bay Birders Unlimited: Historical Archives for South Bay Birds
- San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
- South Bay Salt Pond Map: Good resource for the numbering of the various salt ponds.
- Historic South Bay Birds Archives: This is the email archives for the South Bay Birds mailing list from 1997 to 2002.