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Monday, January 9, 2012

Audubon Bird Walk in McLaren Park

Alan Hopkins is the premier Bay Area birder. If you have any interest in bird watching, this would be the afternoon to spend in McLaren Park. The park is virtually teeming with birdlife and seeing them with the practiced eye of Alan Hopkins will make it a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday, January 22  8:30AM - 1:00 PM

John F. Shelley Drive @ Cambridge St. (MUNI 29, 44, 54)

American Kestrel
The recent Audubon Christmas Bird Count found over 50 species in McLaren Park, from Yellow-Rumped Warbler to Golden-Crowned Sparrow to American Kestrel, from Northern Flicker to Hermit Thrush to Western Meadowlark. If you like birdwatching, you'll love this unique opportunity to encounter McLaren Park's wilder corners with The Expert Himself, Alan Hopkins. Alan is co-founder and co-compiler of the local Christmas Bird Count, is past president of Golden Gate Audubon Society, and has for many years led school children through McLaren and other parks with the wonderful Kids In Parks program.

The walk starts at the Cambridge Street park entrance. Then we will encircle the park clockwise, encountering grasslands, scrub, and mixed forest environments along the way. The last stop will be Yosemite Marsh, just a short distance from our starting point. Bring binoculars, water, layers, and snacks. The hike will cover about 3 miles on moderately hilly trails and paths.

This event is sponsored by GGAS, please contact Alan Hopkins, 415.794.0281 (after 3 p.m.), alanhopkins  at  att.net for more information. From Silver Ave., turn south onto Cambridge St. Follow Cambridge St. south for 6 blocks to the entrance to McLaren Park at John F. Shelley Dr.

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