The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) has documented 276 species of Coastal Mendocino County Birds.
Of course, you’ll find them everywhere from our fields and forests to cliffs and rock islands along Fort Bragg’s coastline.
But one of the best birding spots is Fort Bragg’s 47-acre Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where 150 species live or visit annually.
Monthly Bird Walks at the Gardens, led by an MCAS member, are scheduled year round (light rain or sunshine) on the first Saturday and the third Wednesday of the month. The Saturday beginning bird walks begin at 9 a.m. The Wednesday walks vary: 8 a.m. May through October and 8:30 a.m. November through April.
The walk held on the first Saturday of the month starts at 9:00 a.m. Walk leader David Jensen will help participants learn to identify local birds by sight as well as by sound. Although this walk is designed for beginning birders, locals and visitors with all levels of experience are invited. Binoculars will be available for those who need them. Admission is free for Botanical Garden members. For information call and leave a message at 964-6835
Grasses, flowers and trees made for great birding
The walks start in the MCBG parking lot. This is an intermediate-level birdwalk that normally takes around three hours. Anyone is welcome to join, regardless of experience, and loaner binoculars are available. For information contact: Tim Bray 937-4422.
A checklist containing 276 species of Coastal Mendocino County birds is available for $1.00 at:
- Ford House, Mendocino Village
- MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center
- Van Damme State Park Visitor Center.
Another is ‘Checklist of the Birds of Mendocino County, California’, Third Edition – Revised: 2005 by Robert J. Keiffer, et al.
This checklist costs $3 and is available by writing to the PO Box 2297, Fort Bragg, 95437.