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Winter Birding Hike

December 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

White-faced ibis by Michael Brown/Macaulay Library

December is a great time to spot winter migrants, particularly waterfowl. One species of interest at China Camp is the white-faced ibis. These crow-sized birds use their long curving bills to seek out crunchy invertebrates among China Camp’s vast wetlands. The adult ibis has beautiful iridescent purple, green, and rust-colored plumage, with a white mask and a distinctive ruby eye.  

Naturalist Jerry Coe will discuss these migratory birds and other species that we may spot on this month’s birding hike. He will show us how to identify birds by shape, flight patterns, calls, and habitat. He’ll also give tips on 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, December 11

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Details emailed to you when you register. 

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.


December 11, 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.