Ohlone Audubon Society

Serving Southern and Eastern Alameda County

Bird Watching Classes


Bird Watching Classes and Workshops

Field Identification, lifestyles and ecology of local birds, Alice Hoch
Birds of the Bay Area, Phil Gordon
Livermore Valley, Mountains and Coastal Birding Classes, Rich Cimino


Alice Hoch's Birding Field Trips Class

Field identification, life styles, and ecology of local birds


Alice‚Äôs next Birding Field Trips Class will be held on four alternate Tuesdays. The class meetings will be on 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, and 3/14. 


The class will bird a different, excellent birding site on those 4 Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00PM. 


As always, the field trips will concentrate on the field identification, life styles, and ecology of local birds. Alice's birding class is different because it consists of tutoring during actual birding.


Alice has been teaching Birding Field Trips for over 41 yrs. and is a member of Ohlone Audubon Society. Her classes are filled with friendly, helpful people at all levels from absolute beginner to very experienced.


They would love to have you join them! 


Class fee: $120.


Class size is limited, so register early. Register by mailing a check to Alice Hoch.


Questions about the class and registration information? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by clicking on her name. 


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Birds of the Bay Area


Phil Gordon regularly teaches a class through Castro Valley Adult School on birds of the bay area on Fridays from 10:15 to 12:15.  Classroom sessions meet on campus in the Main Center Bldg., Room 12. When meeting for trips away from campus, car pooling will be encouraged.

To view when the next class is taking place, contact:




Castro Valley Adult School:  4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, 94546


Instructor: Phil Gordon, Naturalist, Ornithologist, Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist and State Credentialed Teacher. Member of: American Birding Assoc. & American Ornithologists Union; Ohlone Audubon Society; Calif. Academy of Science; Point Reyes and San Francisco Bay and Big Sur Bird Observatories; Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Over 45 years birding; over 25 years with Acalanes Adult Education. Field Trip Leader and Guide, incl.: Trinidad & Tobago, Canadian Arctic and Northwest Territories, Darien' Panama', Costa Rica, Florida, South & Central Texas, Arizona, Yucatan and Central to South Mexico, Guatemala; and much of Western U.S. Field Trip Leader and Guide.  Phil can be contacted at 510-538-3550 or by email by clicking on his name here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Livermore Valley, Mountains and Coastal Birding Classes with Rich Cimino


Beginning Birding Instruction:
Rich Cimino, is a skilled facilitator and mentor that utilizes practical birding skills to teach the beginner birder. Tailored for the individual or a small group you'll learn the fundamentals of using your binoculars, field guide, bird field marks and birding by habitat. Schedule to suit your busy life style and small group classes by calling 925-353-0266 or email by clicking on his name here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Intermediate and advance birding clients;
Use the services of Yellowbilled Tours. With 45 years of birding experience Rich supports all levels of birders throughout California eco-regions, Coastal, Sierra Nevada's to Oregon.  For Alaska we do annual trips to Nome, Barrow and Gambell, Alaska.  The Belize field trip is in its fifth year and clients love the results.  Trips can also be scheduled to Santa Fe, New Mexico and all of Arizona.


Birding field trips in California are expanding in 2015 to multi-day trips to the Sierra Nevadas and Central Valley.

Rich is available seven days a week for your convenience.  You can pick a birding location, a specific bird species or ask Rich to plan your field trip, to meet your requirements.  Consider using Yellowbilled Tours service for birthdays, family reunions and group activities. 


Bay Area airport pick-up can be scheduled. BART station pick-up's and drop off's can be arranged for East Bay Birding trips or Mines Road - Livermore Birding and Wine Tasting trips. YBT uses a modern, safe comfortable high clearance SUV for field travel.  Contact Rich and Yellowbilled Tours by clicking om his name here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To contact Rich and Yellowbilled Tours, for details on new birding field trips visit www.yellowbilledtours.com


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