Fremont’s Coyote Hills welcomes butterflies and birds

The beauty of things with wings will be celebrated during the Butterfly and Bird Festival from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 5 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.

The festival promotes the idea of ​​increasing the population of butterflies and birds in the Bay Area. Activities will include garden tours, educational speakers and hands-on family activities. Visitors can learn how to create a wildlife-friendly habitat in their own backyard.

The festival is free and open to all ages, although parent participation is required. Registration is not necessary. The Coyote Hills Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. Due to COVID concerns, masks are required indoors and optional outdoors. Social distancing must be maintained. Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road near Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call 510-544-3220.

Also in Fremont: Nearby at Ardenwood Historic Farm there is a birding program from 8am to 9.30am on Saturdays during Black Birders Week. The group will roam the farm looking for migratory birds in the gardens, groves and fields.

Everyone is welcome, no registration is necessary and the program is free. Coffee and snacks, binoculars and bird books will be provided. Meet at the main park entrance. Ardenwood is at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. in Fremont, just north of Highway 84. For more information, call 510-544-3187.

Pleasanton: There’s also a birdwatching walk from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton for ages 8 and up with naturalist Kristina Parkison. Beginners and experienced bird watchers are welcome. Shadow Cliffs is located at 2500 Stanley Blvd. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, option 2.

Alameda: Butterflies will also have a scheduled program from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. Participants will help prepare the centre’s butterfly and native plant gardens for the summer. Volunteers can choose between weeding, pruning, mulching and general cleaning.

The program is free, but registration is required. To register, visit online. For information, call 510-544-3187.

And from flyers to floats, jellyfish are the subject of a free program at the center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the same day at Family Nature Fun Hour. The Crab Cove Visitor Center is located at 1252 McKay Ave., near central Alameda Ave.

Berkeley: “Rock ‘n’ Reptiles” is a free program from 11:30 a.m. to noon on June 5 with naturalist Jenna Collins at the Tilden Nature Area Environmental Education Center near Berkeley. Find out what a turtle eats, how snakes move, and what scales look like.

The center is at the north end of Central Park Drive in Tilden. Masks are mandatory. For information, call 510-544-2233.

Oakley: “Little Things, Big Deal” is the theme of a program from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4 and 5 at the Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley with naturalist Wyatt Moore.

The subject is the microscopic plankton, plants, and animals upon which the communities and wildlife of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta depend, but which are adversely affected by human actions. The program is free; masks are mandatory inside for anyone aged 2 or over.

Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road, near Oakley’s Main Street. For information, call 510-544-3050.

On line: There is always something interesting happening at the East Bay Regional Park District Visitor Centers. For a complete list of programs, visit online.

Ned MacKay written about the sites and activities of the East Bay Regional Park District. Email him at

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