Bird watching is an incredibly rewarding new skill to learn! When I travel I'm not only excited to learn about local culture or try local food, but super excited to see what types of new wildlife I might see aswell. And birds are at the top of the list. They are diverse, gorgeous and interesting and can be found almost everywhere! We will meet at the trailhead and begin by searching for interesting birdlife. I will help familiarize you with some birding basics and talk about the interesting habits of the birds we are seeing. The experience is a great introduction to birding. We typically walk around 2.5 miles round trip and the pace is very easy. We often see hawks, owls, vultures, hummingbirds, thrashers and warblers. Birding can help you more deeply appreciate any place you visit and provide a lifetime of enjoyment!
I've worked as a wildlife guide and biologist all over the American West: In Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Channel Islands National Parks. I've helped run citizen science programs, wildlife population studies, nest monitoring and wildlife tracking programs. I'm passionate about conservation and ecology and love sharing my specialized knowledge with both children and adults.
We will spend time in several different California habitats. We start by talking about how to use binoculars and then familiarizing ourselves with a bird book & birding apps. Then we explore a small marsh looking for ducks and other waterbirds. We also explore a eucalyptus grove and a small California oak wood. We typically end up walking about 2 miles total and gain maybe about 100 feet in elevation.
Bird-watching for beginners