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Beauty of Birds

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

Local Bay Area: Half Day Trips

These trips are set up to visit beautiful local parks for a pleasant morning outing. They have minimal amounts of walking at a relaxed pace over mostly level trails. Directions to the site will be sent at the time of payment. Registration per trip is $55, or with the Frequent Flyer Plan, $125 for a series of four, your choice. Register Today!!

Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont Sat. Feb. 5, 10am-1pm

Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto Sat. Mar. 5, 10am-1pm

Sunol: Alameda’s Hidden Wilderness Sat. Apr. 2, 10am-1pm 

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All-Day Birding Excursions

California has some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife in the country. Day trips allow us to search further afield for greater wildlife diversity. Trips begin at 9am and end at 4pm, generally with 1-2 hours of driving each way. We stop mid-day to relax and have lunch. (Bring lunch and drinks with you, unless a local spot is noted and available.) The fee is $95 per person. Directions to the site will be sent after payment has been received. Species totals for these trips are typically 40-60. They usually involve 1-2 miles of easy walking. Earn a 10% discount by registering with a friend! All tours and trips require prior registration.

The Birds of Lake Solano, Winters & Putah Creek Sat. Jan. 29, 10am-4pm

Bolinas Lagoon and Marin Coast Tour Sat. Feb. 12, 10am-4pm

Birds of Pescadero Village & San Mateo Coast Sat. March 12, 10am-4pm

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Northern California Weekend Birding Tours

These weekend tours sample extraordinary wildlife and birding areas in California (and Oregon). A typical day will include visits to several great birding spots and a break for lunch. We gather later for dinner and discussion of the day’s sightings. Cost per person is $225 for the weekend, not including transportation, lodging and food. Lodging options, directions and other info will be sent at the time of registration. Discounts (20%) are available with joint registrations (two or more). All tours require prior registration.

Birds of the Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego Desert Preserve Mon-Thursday, Dec. 27-30

Monterey Birds, Beaches & Heritage Tour Fri-Sunday, Jan. 21-23

Steinbeck Country, the Pinnacles & Old San Benito Tour Fri-Sunday, Feb. 25-27

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Plan Your Tour of California

Use our Your Tour Program to create your guided trip around California!

• See California’s wildlife & historic sites with an expert guide
• Schedule a trip with family, friends, club or professional organization
• Pick a day, weekend or week-long trip anywhere in California
• Free consultation to plan your trip, with up to 10 children/adults
• Make this an educational tour for your kids and grand-kids!
• Tour transportation by van and camping options
• Available year-round, book in advance!

Learn More About "Plan Your Tour of California" Birding Tour



Morning Birding Trips: $55 per person
All-Day Birding Excursions: $95 per person
Weekend Tours, $245 per person

Checks should be made out to Birding With Ted Tours and mailed to Birding With Ted Tours, POB 7031, Berkeley, CA 94707
Payment is due at least two weeks before the date of the tour.

Payment can also be made directly below by using Paypal.

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Tour Information
What to Expect

All trips and tours are at a relaxed pace and usually involve minimal walking on mostly flat terrain; where slopes may be involved, it is indicated. The safety and comfort of tour participants are always first priority. There are no rain dates; if trips are cancelled, fees will be returned or may be applied to future outings.

What to Bring

In general, for shorter trips and tours (up to four days) bring binoculars and whatever snacks, lunch and drinks you wish. If you desire to carpool, I will try to put you in contact with other trip participants, but I cannot guarantee transportation to the site. We will wait 15 minutes after the trip starting time for everyone to assemble and then head out, but it is the responsibility of the client to reach the starting location on time. Refunds will be made, minus a $25 processing fee, up to two weeks prior to the date of the trip. After this time any refund will be at the discretion of the tour operator (Ted Pierce), or may be applied to a future trip or tour. If minimum group tour size is not reached, a trip or tour may be cancelled, or an additional fee charged. Directions and any other necessary information will be sent by email at the time of registration and payment.

Additional Information

For longer tours (up to fourteen days), an itinerary and release form will be sent prior to registration that will provide helpful information and will summarize all terms and conditions. Please contact me for any additional questions about trips or tours you may have, and I will be happy to answer them.