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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. 1, 2017
Click Off Bird Photo Contest

SFBBO's 8th CFC Click Off bird photo contest will again focus on birds living in or migratnig through California. Winners will be selected in the following categories:" "Birds and Their Habitats," "Birds and Humans," and "Bird Behavior." We also have a NEW category this year called "World Birds" that invites people to submit photos of birds that live beyond California! There is no limit to the number of photos each contestant can enter (you can enter five photos per $25 registration). Please register on our donate page and send photos to clickoff@sfbbo.org.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
Coastal Mavericks Half Moon Bay Birds with Alvaro Jaramillo, 7:30 - 3:30 p.m., $100

The San Mateo coast offers a wide variety of birding, from shorebirds and raptors to vagrants at migratory stopover sites. This trip will help participants find some of the goodies, specialties and diversity the coast has to offer! Alvaro is a senior biologist at SFBBO known for his popular workshops. He also leads international birding trips and pelagic outings through his company, Alvaro's Adventures. Open to adults and cildren 12 years and older. To register, please visit our donate page.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Otters and More in Monterey with Max Tarjan, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, $50

Join SFBBO Waterbird Program Director Max Tarjan, Ph.D., for a fun walk in Monterey. Max did her graduate research on Monterey's sea otter population and will share her love for these and other Monterey species. Sea otters spend most of their lives on the surface of the water near the coast. On the walk, participants will observe this kelp forest habitat and learn about the scientific methods used to study sea otter behavior. Max will explain how researchers capture, tag, and sample tissues to learn about male reproductive success and territorial behavior. Have your spotting scopes ready to observe coastal birds and to search for sea otters, harbor seals, and California sea lions. To register, please visit our donate page.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Plover Walk with Ben Pearl and Tom and Diane Bennett, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, $50

Join SFBBO Plover Lead Biologist Ben Pearl, MS, and Plover Docents Tom and Diane Bennett for a plover-spotting adventure at Hayward's Eden Landing Ecological Reserve to seek out this adorable bird and learn what SFBBO is doing to protect this vulnerable, threatened species. Ben studied the foraging habitat selection of Bay Area wintering plovers for his graduate thesis and helps lead SFBBO's ongoing plover research. Tom and Diane have volunteered as citizen scientists in SFBBO's Plover Program for the past four years keeping track of plovers and predators and have surveyed Warm Springs, Frank's Dump, Hayward Shoreline, and Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. They are also founding members of our new Plover Docent Team, and Diane is president of the Golden Gate Audubon Society. To register, please visit our donate page.

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Pathways for Wildlife Coyote Valley Wildlife Tracking Walk with Tanya Diamond and Ahiga Snyder, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $50

Join Pathways for Wildlife on a hike and wildlife tracking demonstration at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve with wildlife biologists Tanya Diamond and Ahiga Snyder, who will provide a quick tracking demo and show us how to interpret animal tracks. The 4-mile long Arrowhead Loop Trail is a family friendly outing with moderate hiking. It leads to a ridgetop with views of Mount Hamilton, Mount Umunhum and the beautiful Coyote Valley. During the hike, you can use a handy tracking guide provided to identify tracks along the trail. Pathways for Wildlife is a research organization specializing in identifying, monitoring, and implementing connectivity designs for wildlife movement within a landscape. Tanya's research and work involves creating wildlife linkage designs through wildlife surveys and GIS analysis. Ahiga works closely with land use planners to help inform them of conservation strategies with project research and data results. To register, please visit our donate page.

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Waterbird Extravaganza Bayside Birding with Victoria Heyse and Cole Jower, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., $50

Join SFBBO Waterbird Biologists Victoria Heyse and Cole Jower to search for waterbirds that live along the San Francisco Bay and discover what scientists have learned about our globally important migratory bird estuary. The walk will take place near Shoreline Park in Mountain View. Victoria is a lead biologist with SFBBO's Waterbird Program and conducts waterbird surveys on the Bay's managed ponds, monitors gulls and corvids at local landfills, and patrols South Bay sloughs to prevent the spread of avian diseases. Cole is a biologist with SFBBO's Waterbird, Plover, and Habitats Programs. He also has experience studying ectoparasitism in cloud forest birds in Ecuador. To register, please visit our donate page.

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.