Yosemite Birding: The Day of the Woodpecker

See Acorn Woodpeckers and others on an expert-guided walk in Yosemite.
November 17, 2018

Did you know there are 11 species of woodpeckers found in Yosemite—more than in any comparable area in the United States? Spend a day with Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist, carpooling from El Portal to various parts of the park to observe these industrious birds and learn about their habitats and behaviors. With limited foliage and no distraction from summer birds, November is a perfect time to search for Yosemite’s woodpeckers—and enjoy a scenic stroll in good company!

Included with your registration:

  • Full-day guided hike in Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas starting at 9 a.m. lasting about six hours.
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Two nights of shared camping (as needed, Nov 16 & Nov 17) at Upper Pines Campground.
  • There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites.
  • Note: Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.
Experience level: Any
Hiking: Easy; about four miles, some off-trail with elevation change
Elevation: First location will be at 2,000 feet driving to 4,000 or 6,000 feet (depending on conditions)
Registration price: $99
Naturalist Guide: Pete Devine
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Guide
Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine has taught outdoors in Yosemite for 30 years and is now the Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist. Originally from New England, Pete has worked in the West as a park ranger, archeologist, river guide, naturalist and teacher. He has hiked the Alps, Andes, Himalaya, Min Shan and Southern Alps, and has a bird list that includes motmots, minivets, drongos and the plain-mantled tit spinetail. Pete has been studying the recession of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier for twenty years, and he serves as a Yosemite Expert for National Geographic Expeditions. 

Watch Pete in action in Episode 9 of Yosemite Nature Notes, "Frazil Ice".