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August Birding Walk

August 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Attention birdbrains! Allow us to introduce two year-round natives in our park that we hope to see during our August birding hike: the brown creeper and the white-breasted nuthatch. Both hop vertically along tree trunks in search of tasty insect morsels hidden among the bark. Creepers are tiny with curved beaks and beautiful feathers striped with brown, black, and tan. White-breasted nuthatches have a blue-gray back and a bright white belly. Look for these species on tree trunks and large branches in Miwok Meadows and in Back Ranch Meadows Campground. 

On this month’s birding walk, we’ll hone in on our observation skills and try to spot these and other forest-dwelling songbirds. Naturalist Jerry Coe will show us how to identify birds by shape, flight patterns, calls, and habitat. Also, we will learn how to effectively use binoculars and bird guides. 

Jerry Coe has  over eight years of intensive training in ornithological field identification. He spent 15 years as a volunteer in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park, using bird activities to assess the health of habitats. Jerry has also guided outdoor expeditions all over the world.


Date: Saturday, August 21

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Details emailed to you when you register. 

Walking difficulty: Easy; 1.5 miles 




Space is limited; reservations required. 

Free (donations appreciated).

Cancellations notified via email.

Questions? Email programs@friendsofchinacamp.org or call (415) 456-0766.

 Photo credit: Brown Creeper by ©Scott Martin/ Macaulay Library


August 21, 2021
8:00 am - 10:00 am

NOTICE: Some sites at the Back Ranch Meadows Campground will be closed Sunday through Thursday from November 14, 2022 until May 13, 2023 due to construction. The group site will remain open during the week. Go to reservecalifornia.com for available reservations.

ADVISORY: December 3, 2023, 8am-2pm. Footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows. Expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail, Oak Ridge Trail, and Bayview trail. Plan your trip to the park accordingly. See calendar for details.