• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Birds of the Bay

A close-up of the head of a western gull.

A western gull.

NPS Dan Ng

Saturdays, February 16, March 9, April 20, and May 4, 10-11:30 am. Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. FREE.

All are welcome including children and beginners. We will view water, shore, citified, and migratory birds on this easy stroll. There will be a brief orientation to spotting birds, and to using guidebooks and binoculars. Dress in layers with sun hat and sunscreen. Bring your own guidebooks and binoculars if you have them.

 
A brown pelican floating on the water.
This is a brown pelican!
NPS, Will Elder

Did You Know?

A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...