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Birds, Science, and Community

Please help birds thrive in a changing world by becoming a member of our monthly giving Stilt Society, or by purchasing our Burrowing Owl bracelet.


Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory!

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Join us, volunteer, and support bird conservation science in the Bay Area.

Birds are excellent indicators of ecosystem health; they are highly visible and cost-effective to track, and are sensitive to environmental change. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory pays close attention to impacts on birds and their habitats and gathers crucial data specific to local bird populations. We also actively provide opportunities for people to be directly involved in the nature and science of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Job Openings at SFBBO!

SFBBO currently has four job and internship openings: Waterbird Program Director, Season Field Ecologist, Bird Banding Intern, and Science Outreach Intern. For information, visit our Employment page.



Bird Banding Demo

May 28




Almaden Lake's Egrets and Herons

June 4



Lake Merritt's Egrets and Herons

June 5


Great Horned Owl, Owlet, and lunch. Photo by Lee Aurich aurich.com/photos h