Lake County is one of Northern California’s premiere bird watching destinations. Up close and personal views of a wide variety of species make it a necessary stop on your bird watching adventure. Just some of the bird species that visitors can see are Great Blue Herons, Clark’s and Western Grebes, Ospreys, Green Herons, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Black Crowned Night Herons. The best viewing time is before 10:00 am, when the birds are collecting food. A pair of binoculars and the use of a boat will definitely enhance viewing abilities.
The Redbud Audubon Society is your local bird watching resource and presents the Heron Festival every April, a great way to learn about the local and migrant species. The Redbud Audubon Society was created in 1975 and is a nonprofit under the National Audubon Society. The society runs bird watching field trips, local programs, and volunteer programs.
Lake County bird watching locations:
Clear Lake State Park
Lakeside County Park
Highland Springs Reservoir
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and McVicar Preserve
BLM Cache Creek Access Trail
Boggs Lake Preserve
Best Time for Viewing: Before 10:00 am
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: Spring through early summer and winter months – good viewing all year.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Most parks around the county are easily accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Although some of the preserves have strict pet rules, there are many places to bird watch around the county where pets are welcome.
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