Three ways to get the Field List of California Birds
(1) Purchase hard copies of the List. The WFO currently has in stock a version of the list updated in September 2018, which includes 40 species more than the last printed version (from 2005) and a number of updates regarding the evidence (e.g., specimen, photo, video, or audio) supporting the occurrence of each species in California. These hard copies are printed on card stock and are durable for use in the field. When these are sold out, we will print copies of a more updated version and make those available for sale. The checklist can be purchased for $3 each, or 10 for $25. Please order below.
(2) Download the free PDF and create your own field checklist. This version is slightly more up-to-date (including the recent acceptance of Eastern Meadowlark) than the September 2018 version available for sale. We will update the PDF that is available for download periodically as the CBRC accepts additional records. Click here to download the PDF.
How to make a checklist: The PDF is formatted so that one can make a checklist identical to the hard copies we're selling (in terms of size and layout, but even more up to date) by:
(a) Printing out the file double-sided
(b) Trimming 1.2 inches off the bottom, left, and right margins
(c) Folding it over and stapling it in the middle
(3) View the list on the California Bird Records Committee website. This is always the most up-to-date version, as it is updated continuously as the CBRC accepts new records. It is not formatted in a way that allows you to make a field-friendly checklist easily, but the list can be printed from the CBRC webpage, and that page also provides a link to a plain text version that can be imported into a spreadsheet if you want to format the list in a way that works for you.