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Spring Birding Hike

May 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Our spring avian migrants have once again made a pit stop at China Camp while racking up frequent flier miles along the North American Pacific flyway. Some of these park guests include Vaux’s swifts, Swainson’s thrushes, and yellow warblers.

How do these species so quickly adapt to survive among drastically different environments on their flightpath? How does their presence affect year-round resident species in the bay area?  During our spring birding hikes we will address these and other questions as we explore four distinct habitats in the park: oak woodland; open grassland; and salt marshes. Each habitat attracts different species, both for feeding and nesting. 

Additionally, we will review the four keys to identifying birds in the field, and learn about tools such as checklists, field guides, binoculars, and telescopes. Participants will also learn how to identify birds by observing flight patterns, noting body shapes and sizes, hearing songs, and watching behaviors. Bring binoculars, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle.   


Date: Saturday, May 20

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Turtle Back Trailhead

Difficulty: Easy; 1½ miles 




Space is limited; reservations required. 

Free (donations appreciated).

Cancellations notified via email.

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


Photo: North American Flyway by US Fish & Wildlife Service/ fws.gov


May 20, 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 am