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Summer Birding Hike

July 23 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Mourning dove by Nancy Christensen/Macaulay Library

From backyards to woodlands to across the continent, chances are that you’ll hear the soothing coo cooing of mourning doves. These year-round residents at China Camp can be identified by their gray-brownish backs and creamy light ochre to pinkish chest with highlights of iridescent pink and purple. The slender pointed tail distinguishes it from the non-native Eurasian collared dove, also found in Marin County. 

Join naturalist Jerry Coe, as we take a relaxing hike through an oak woodland in search of these and other birds. Jerry will show us how to identify birds by overall shape and size, overall color, behavior, and habitat. He’ll also share tips on how to effectively use binoculars and bird guides. Jerry 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, July 23

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Turtle Back Trailhead

Walking 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: Mourning dove by Nancy Christensen/Macaulay Library


July 23
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.