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Birding & Brews Eco Tour

Be an Ocean Connector and join us on one of our Birding, (e-Biking), & Brews Eco Tours. There are three versions of this tour, find the one that suits your style!

Breakfast Edition: Take a guided bird watching nature walk (no bikes on this tour). Enjoy a nitro brew coffee tasting and learn how Trident Coffee’s core values of connection, community, and character align with the Ocean Connectors mission.

Happy Hour Edition: Take a guided e-bike ride down Imperial Bikeway, and make a few stops along the way to learn about the local ecosystem. Then sit back and relax with a beer or kombucha and experience Novo Brewing’s  “fun by nature” sustainability focus with a stunning waterfront view.

Deluxe Edition: For the eco tourist that wants all of the adventure! Start with a coffee tasting, belly-up at Trident’s coffee bar. Enjoy a Rad Powerbike ride and guided tour, and finish the day with with a brew at Novo. Birds, Bikes, and local Brews – it doesn’t get better than this!


Each tour showcases the local San Diego culture with tasty brews while testing your birding skills on this naturalist-led Birding, (e-Biking or nature walking) and Brews Eco Tour. Explore the National Wildlife Refuge while spotting both native and migratory birds and learn interesting facts about the species we see. Our naturalist guide will also teach you about local ecology and conservation efforts and we will record the birds we spot using eBird. eBird is a useful tool for birders to keep bird lists, as well as a citizen science platform that provides important data for science and conservation.

Best of all, proceeds of your Eco Tour ticket go to our nonprofit environmental education programs. Which directly supports youth in underserved communities.

Duration 2-4 Hours
Group Size Maximum 10
Ticket Cost
(Breakfast, Happy Hour, Deluxe)
$35 / $55 / $65
Season Year Round

Birding & Brews Highlights

  • Our Birding and Brews Eco Tours offer a unique experience showcasing the South San Diego Bay culture, as well as the many species that inhabit the National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Walk (Breakfast Edition) or ride (Happy Hour and Deluxe Editions) along the Bayshore Bikeway with our naturalist guide that shares fascinating information about native and migratory bird species. As well as pointing out key sights.
  • During our tour we will record any birds that we spot using eBird, information which help scientists study and protect our bird populations.
  • Support local businesses! Trident Coffee, Rad Powerbikes, and Novo Brewing have partnered with Ocean Connectors to strengthen our community and support our programs.
  • Tickets directly support our free educational programs for local students!

Featured Wildlife

Whats Included – Birding & Brews

  • Two – four hour naturalist guided Birding and Brews Eco Tour around the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
  • All equipment: binoculars, field guides, and brews.
  • E-bike rental for Happy Hour and Deluxe editions.

What You Need to Know – Birding & Brews

  • This tour is a great option for beginner-birders as well as seasoned birders.
  • E-biking is fun, safe, and easy to do! (must be 16+)
  • All participants must submit a signed liability waiver and photo release form. Participants under the age of 18 must have the waiver and form signed by a parent or guardian.

FAQs Birding and Brews Eco Tour

Do I need to be an expert birder to join this tour?

You do not need any prior birding experience to join this trip! Our naturalist guide will help you identify birds and share interesting facts as well as teach you about local ecology and conservations efforts. The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for birdlife and as a result there is something for everyone. In other words, you do not need to be an expert birder to enjoy this tour!

What fitness level is required?

During this tour we cover approximately five miles of easy walking or riding on flat ground, and we will adjust the pace to suit the group. Therefore, no particular fitness level is required. If you have any physical limitations, please let us know in advance.

What makes this an “eco” tour?

Ocean Connectors is a nonprofit program with a mission to educate, inspire, and connect youth in underserved Pacific coastal communities through the study of migratory marine life. When you purchase your Eco Tour ticket all proceeds go directly back to our youth education programs. All of our tours also focus on environmental education and conservation and align with our mission to educate, inspire and connect. We hope to inspire guests to get involved in protecting our oceans!

What is citizen science?

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in research to increase scientific knowledge. Citizen science helps with gathering scientific data as well as fostering community involvement. On this tour we will gather data of any birds we spot using eBird. Data collected using eBird plays an increasingly important role in science and conservation, with applications ranging from research and monitoring to species management, habitat protection, and informing law and policy.

How does my ticket purchase support youth education?

Ocean Connectors provides presentations and field trips for all public elementary and middle schools in National City, as well as 27 schools in Nayarit, Mexico. Our vison is to cultivate a future generation of passionate, globally-aware, and empowered coastal residents who take active steps to enjoy and protect ocean health. All proceeds of your ticket price goes directly toward these free youth education programs. All our 6th grade students use migratory sea birds as a case study and attend a field trip to the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge where they observe birds and plant native vegetation!

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