Golden Gate Audubon Field Trip with Oliver James

Saturday Feb 17 2018   9:00 AM
Aquatic Park  , Berkeley, CA  map

This field trip celebrates the release of Oliver James’s book Birds of Berkeley. It also celebrates the Year of the Bird 2018, and the Great Backyard Bird Count. Signed copies of Oliver’s brand new book will be available for sale to participants. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Join Oliver James for an easy stroll in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park. This field trip is planned to coincide with the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a citizen-science project organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon that gives scientists an annual “snapshot” of global bird populations. Be one of the 160,000 people around the world who will submit their observations to benefit science and conservation!

Our morning will focus on the identification of water birds (e.g. ducks, herons, and gulls) but we will stop to admire any and all birds that may be present. In addition to answering questions about Birds of Berkeley, Oliver will introduce and discuss the online checklist program eBird and participants will have the chance to upload the morning’s sightings to the GBBC database.

Family-friendly (ages 8+). Limited to 20 participants. Open to all skill levels. Level, paved path with restrooms. Rain or shine!

Please bring binoculars and a scope if you have optics. If you are interested in learning how to use the eBird app for your iPhone or Android please download the app prior to the start of the field trip.

Click here to register. Trip details will be provided to confirmed participants. For more information, visit GGAS’s website.

Oliver JamesOliver James was born in Berkeley in 1991. He started watching birds in his backyard on Colusa Avenue at age five and never turned back. Since then he has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in biology and environmental studies. James is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).