NATURE: Discovering the Birds of the Presidio

Friday, Jul 07, 2017 Category Nature and Science

Did you know 323 different bird species use the Presidio? Located along the Pacific Flyway at the edge of one of the most productive estuaries in the country, and with wonderful bird-friendly places like Mountain Lake, El Polin Spring, and Crissy Marsh,​ the Presidio is a fantastic place for birdwatching.

Here in the park there are many opportunities to celebrate the Presidio’s beautiful array of birds. Here are a few ways to get started on your bird explorations.​

Discover Bird Chalk Art by Local Nature Artists on a Self-Guided Adventure

artist draws birds in the park

In July 2017, Bay Area nature artists created beautiful sidewalk chalk art showcasing the birds of the Presidio. These treasure, located at eight sites around the park, can be viewed on a 2.9 mile stroll that begins at the Presidio Visitor Center. The art is expected to stay in place through September, or until it’s washed away by little feet or rain. Before you head over, watch this two-minute video to see the artists at work.

chalk art sites map

Download a map of the Presidio Bird Chalk Art Locations (8 sites) >>

Take a Guided Walk Where Nature and Art Come Together

guided birds and bird art treasure hunts

If you’d rather do your exploring in the company of other park lovers, join us for a two-mile, family-friendly guided hike led by Presidio art docents, Presidio trail ambassadors, and Golden Gate Audubon Society guides. Bring your binoculars and see how many bird species you can spot. You’ll also be introduced to the chalk sites described above. Space is limited and registration is required.

Wednesday, August 9, 2 to 4 pm >>
Saturday, August 12, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm >>
Wednesday, September 13, 2 to 4 pm >>
Saturday, September 16, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm >>

Golden Gate Audubon Society Centennial Exhibit

Golden Gate Audubon Society Centennial Exhibit

The Tides Thoreau Center in the Presidio is celebrating the Golden Gate Audubon Society Centennial  with a special free exhibit focused on Bay Area birds and Audubon's achievements on their behalf. It's open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm through September 29, 2017. Details are on the Audubon website.

Birds of Mountain Lake Guide

Jonah Benningfield and birds

In 2016, Presidio teen Jonah Benningfield participated in a Summer Youth Learning Service Project where he developed a handy – and very colorful – guide to the birds of Mountain Lake. Read more and download the guide here >>