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Walking Activity WALK: Space is limited to 15 people. Free for members; $10 for non-members.
ACCESSIBLE: Please contact the Outreach and Education Director so that we can coordinate with you.
MEMBERS-ONLY ACTIVITY: Active SFBBO membership required to attend
   RSVP to outreach@sfbbo.org or 408-946-6548 x 10

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Come out and explore with us!

Join San Francisco Bird Observatory staff and volunteers for a walk, a workshop, a special event, or a bird banding demonstration and learn about avian conservation in the Bay Area. Members and non-members welcome! Please BRING A FRIEND and help SFBBO grow our community! To support any of these activities, please consider making a donation to SFBBO today!

"Look Up" Campaign Activities - 2017

Saturday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
2017 California Fall Challenge

Please join SFBBO’s 2017 California Fall Challenge (CFC) and help us raise $30,000 to support SFBBO science and outreach programs to conserve birds! From fundraising and bird photo contests to our Band-a-Thon to guided trips, there are many ways you can get involved. Every donation of $50 or more makes you eligible to receive our shirt showcasing the Ruddy Duck! See below to learn more!

Saturday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

Help support SFBBO's Coyote Creek Field Station bird banding program by donating to our 2017 Band-a-Thon. If you would like to make a pledge to donate a certain amount per bird caught during the CFC, please contact cfc@sfbbo.org or call (408) 946-6548. We will send participants a final count on Monday, Oct. 9, so they can calculate their final donation. Since 2003, captures during this period have ranged from 375-1,025 birds. Participants can put a cap on the amount they donate. They can also make a lump sum donation. Please contact cfc@sfbbo.org for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Fundraising Contest

Ask your friends, family, collegues, and neighbors to sponsor you by making a donation of any size to SFBBO in your name and compete to win exciting prizes, including: a trip for two to the Central Valley to see Sandhill Cranes with Lisa Myers and Let's Go Birding (Lisa is also owner of the Los Gatos Birdwatcher); sports clothing from Patagonia; tickets to the Oakland Zoo; whale watching trips with the Oceanic Society and Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris; and more! Contact cfc@sfbbo.org for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Bird Banding Demo at Coyote Creek Field Station with Tom Steart and Martha Castillo, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., $10

Join SFBBO citizen scientists Tom Stewart, Ph.D., and Martha Castillo for a fascinating bird banding demonstration at SFBBO's Coyote Creek Field Station in Milpitas. Adults and families with kids ages 7 and up can tour mist nets, explore riparian habitat and get a close-up look at birds "in-the-hand." Come see scientists in action and learn why bird banding is so important. Particpants who donate an extra $40 per person in addition to the $10 registration can receive the 2017 CFC T-Shirt, which showcases the Ruddy Duck! To register, please visit our donate page.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Annual Membership Meeting, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The 2017 Annual Membership Meeting is open to all current SFBBO members and 2017 CFC contest winners. It will be at the Garden House in Los Altos and will include an optional bird walk at 8:30 a.m., as well as brunch, a presentation about SFBBO's recent woork, a silent auction, and the CFC awards. We will also welcome guest speaker Kristen Ruegg, a research biologist at UCSC and fellow at UCLA who specializes in understanding the mechanisms that generate and maintain species biodiversity in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. To RSVP, please contact CFC@sfbbo.org. To become a member or renewa your memerbship, please vistit our membership page.


Rain Policy

If rain is forecasted for the day of your event, please check your e-mail after the night before for possible cancellation notices from the activity leader. In most cases, activities are not cancelled unless there will be a heavy downpour.


If you are interested in participating in an SFBBO activity, but have accessibility concerns, please contact us at outreach@sfbbo.org. We are happy to work with you and the activity leaders to identify ways to address accessibility issues when possible.