Discover the
Beauty of Birds

Birding and natural history classes, field reports, essays and tours around the Bay Area, California and the West with Ted Pierce.

Birding & Natural History Links Bay Nature is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the intelligent and joyful exploration of the natural places, plants, and wildlife of the San Francisco Bay Area. It contains writing, photography, art, and cartography about the natural history of the land and waters of the nine counties ringing the Bay, as well as significant nearby areas (such as the Delta and Monterey Bay). Cal Academy of Sciences
The academy’s website gives you a quick preview of research, expeditions and exhibits at the academy, and stories on science the world over. Fun to navigate, visually exciting and with great links. A virtual encyclopedia of current scientific research. PRBO Conservation Science
This is the Bay Area’s premier avian research organization, formerly of Pt. Reyes, now located in Petaluma. The website has information on birds near and far, educational resources, research projects and many links to other bird groups. Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
A great website for all things raptorial in the Bay Area and northern California; research information, hawk-spotting training programs, hawk migration counts over Hawk Hill and great
links to other raptor and bird groups. BirdLife International
This website gives a comprehensive and fascinating view of participating bird conservation organizations, programs and links throughout the world.
Upcoming Tours 2019 NEW!
Bolinas Tour
Sat. Nov. 2,  9am-12pm 
Las Gallinas Wetlands, San Rafael

At Las Gallinas hundreds of acres of grasslands, ponds and marshes extend around a small water treatment facility. In the distance, the marshes are surrounded by the beautiful hills of Marin. ..... Read more

Bolinas Tour
Sat. Dec. 14, 10am-4pm
Birds of Bodega Bay and Sonoma Coast

Scenic Bodega Bay, nestled on the Sonoma coast west of Sebastopol, is one of our most exciting Bay Area birding locations in the winter. In recognition of its migration hot-spot status, it has been designated as an IBA (Important Bird Area) by the American Bird Conservancy. .... Read more

Fri-Sunday, Nov. 8-10
A Birder’s Tour of Santa Cruz: Beaches to Redwoods, Shorebirds to Songbirds

Santa Cruz, located just south of San Jose, is known for its beaches, amusement park, surfers and university. But with its dramatic coastline and many parks, this college town is also known for its great birding, especially in the fall and winter. Among the ocean headlands, beaches and forests you can find many ducks, raptors, shorebirds, grebes, pelicans and songbirds. .... Read more