Nest in Place
At OMCA we affirm that nature and outdoor spaces are for everyone. We also name the deep legacy of exclusion and violence toward people of color, particularly Black people, in parks and public spaces—including National Parks and Regional Parks—and the discriminatory practices of environmental groups. Through OMCA’s exhibitions and programs, we work to foster joy for the natural world in order to build stronger communities. Let us as a community hold each other accountable and speak up when we see discrimination.
Discover the world of California birds wherever you are, from our Gallery of California Natural Sciences to your home. Get creative with bird-themed games, learn tips for beginning birding, explore bird sounds from the California Library of Natural Sounds, and more. Check back often for more activities being hatched up!
Fun & Games
Take this Bingo card on your next walk or look outside your window and count how many birds you can find. Tag us on social media at @oaklandmuseumca when you hit Bingo!
Create a Bird Map
Create a map of your local bird community!
On a Walk
Listen to Bird Sounds
Can you find these birds in your neighborhood? Explore different species and sounds of common birds that can be found in a range of habitats and regions around the Bay Area and California.
Interested in exploring more nature sounds? Take a sound walk across California with OMCA’s California Library of Natural Sounds.
Birding for Beginners
Break out your binoculars (optional!) and follow OMCA Preparator and bird enthusiast Evan Barbour through a variety of urban and natural environments as he shares how to bird by ear.
Explore Birding Habitats
Step outside your front door and discover four prime habitats for birding alongside OMCA Preparator and avid birder Julie Starr.
Why is spring a great time to look for birds? OMCA preparator and avid birder Julie Starr shares three tips for birding during migration season.
Get Curious with Community Science
Be part of a community science project in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Visit celebrateurbanbirds.org to find bird-watching instructions and report your observations! The data you collect will help scientists at Cornell University learn about what makes cities friendly to birds.