Join this Christmas Bird Count (CBC) training trip and be sure that some of Josiah Clark’s boundless enthusiasm for birds and Christmas Bird Counts in particular will rub off on you! This trip is well suited for CBC Area Leaders interested in improving their methods of coverage and ultimately finding more species on upcoming counts. However, anyone interested in becoming a better birder, making every moment count in birding, and becoming a more informed conservation advocate will find this trip worthwhile and enjoyable.
We will meet on the pier at Fort Baker and begin our exploration of nearby habitats including rocky shoreline, sheltered coves, open water, coastal scrub, coast live oak woodlands, exotic woodlands, hilltop areas, and more. Josiah will share a variety of strategies developed for birding Big Days to help leaders explore the anatomy of a route, improve methods of coverage, allocate their time in various locations, and compare and contrast different birding methods and styles. He will demonstrate that how one looks is at least as important as where one looks.
We may visit additional, nearby areas such as Kirby Cove and Hawk Hill, so please be willing to carpool to locations with limited parking. There are portable restrooms at Fort Baker. Bring warm clothing, scopes, binoculars, water, and lunch.
Directions: Exit Highway 101 at Alexander Avenue. Continue on Alexander Avenue 0.3 mile. Turn left on Bunker Road and then turn right following the signs to Fort Baker. Park in the large lot along Center Drive at the Bay Area Discovery Museum or at the waterfront along Sommerville Road. Meet at the pier.