Go outside today

Today is a great day to go outside for a walk or run or bike ride or stroll or picnic or something else. Just go outside and see what happens. 


This is what birding and biking looks like

We went birding and biking at Coyote Hills and this is what it looked like. A huge thanks to Jack Hayden for his birding leadership. We all learned a bunch.

Thanks to Jack, here's the official list of birds we saw:
  • American White Pelican 12
  • Great Egret 1
  • Turkey Vulture 5
  • White-tailed Kite 1
  • Golden Eagle 1
  • Northern Harrier 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
  • Black Phoebe 1
  • Western Scrub-Jay 6
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee 4
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
  • Hermit Thrush 1
  • American Robin 2
  • Varied Thrush 10
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
  • California Towhee 1
  • Fox Sparrow 1
  • White-throated Sparrow 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow 25
  • Dark-eyed Junco 25
  • Lesser Goldfinch 2

Our next trip will be to Redwood Regional Park on December 14 at 10am. It'll be a 3 mile walk (round trip) to see thousands of ladybugs. Put it on your calendar and we'll see you then. 


Saturday! Coyote Hills! You!

How many hours have you spent today staring at a screen, large or handheld? How many hours are your kids sitting inside?

Let's counter all of that with some time outside, just like our ancestors did for all of their (much shorter) lives.

Here's the deal:

  • Saturday, November 15 at 10am
  • Coyote Hills Regional Park (here are directions and way more info)
  • We'll meet in front of the visitor center
  • Some will go birding with THE Jack Hayden
  • Some will go biking on their own or together
  • Some will start by birding and then go biking. And probably vice versa too. 
  • We'll have lunch in front of the visitor center around 12pm. 
Parking is $5. Bring water, food, and as few screens as you can. Friends and family welcome. 

See you there!


A preview

First we're going to Coyote Hills on November 15, but then we'll go to Redwood Regional Park on December 14 to see these critters. Lots of them. Save the date! If you can't wait, find yourself at the intersection of Prince and Stream Trails in Redwood Regional Park. Be still and look closely and they will appear. Lots of them.


Birds and Bikes at Coyote Hills

We're going to try something new.

There are lots of ways of being outside. Quiet ways, loud ways, fast ways, slow ways. Some kids like to learn and engage with adults about where they are. Others just want to go, go, go. We're going to welcome all of those approaches at our next Outside Kids adventure. Bring your huddled masses yearning to breath free!

A good friend and expert birder, Jack Hayden, will lead a birding walk to see, hear and learn more about the birds in the area. It's a whole body experience of slowing down, listening closely, and watching details. Coyote Hills has the land birds up in the trees behind the visitor center, as well as the shorebirds and migratory water birds of the marsh. We'll explore both ecosystems. And we'll go for as long as the interest is there. No forced birding for us.

The trails go on forever at Coyote Hills. They're mostly paved and mostly flat. You can ride around the hills or head out onto one of the levees out into the San Francisco Bay along Alameda Creek. It's a big wide open space, waiting to be explored.

Here are the details and how this is going to work:

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Meet at 10am in front of the visitor center
  • Go birding with Jack Hayden and his family OR go biking on your own
  • Meet at 12pm for lunch together in front of the visitor center
  • Directions and more info are here.

What to bring:

  • Bikes and helmets if you want to bike. The trails are mostly flat and good for all levels.
  • Binoculars, scopes, bird books, or your bird life list if you have them. If you don't, that's totally fine. 
  • Lunch, water, and anything else you need when on an adventure with kids.

In the awesome chance of rain, we'll post something here on Friday evening to make a go-no-go decision which you can override if you wish. Never let me hold you back. 

All are welcome to join us. We hope that YOU will join us. 

(that's alex pretending to be a great blue heron. uncanny impression isn't it?)