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Alvaro Jaramillo. SFBBO Senior Biologist and international trip leader for Field Guides.

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Workshops with Alvaro Jaramillo for the Adult Birder and Naturalist

Put your birding into an ecological context! These workshops incorporate ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, and natural history to complement bird identification information taught in class. Alvaro always offers up fresh materials gleaned from his extensive travels and research. Please join him for these fun and informative workshops!


2016 Workshops

Shorebirds in Spring
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Saturday, May 7: 9:00am-12:00pm (classroom) and 1:00-4:00pm (field trip)

Shorebird migration is one of the most marvelous of all animal migrations. Some of these birds migrate from the southern hemisphere to the high Arctic in a very short and rapid migration. We are fortunate to live by San Francisco Bay, one of the world's most important migration stop-over areas for shorebirds. Shorebirds can be difficult to identify, especially in fall, when duller juvenile and non-breeding plumages are seen. In order to learn shorebirds, it is best to do it in spring when they are present in breeding plumage. Apart from identification we will dig deep into bird behavior, physiology, ecology, and everything else that is relevant to this season and your enjoyment of migrating shorebirds. This is an opportunity for you to create depth to your shorebird identification skills, have a great time, and view many shorebird species. We are likely going to remain in bayside locations near the lecture area to study shorebirds.

Birding Level: Beginner and up.

Physical Requirements (for fieldtrip): Light to moderate depending how much we need to walk. All sites will be on flat terrain and will be concentrated on the bayside of San Mateo and perhaps Santa Clara counties.

Registration & Payment

Each workshop is $75 for the class and $50 for the field trip per person. You must have an active membership to register for a workshop. To check your membership status please call 408-946-6548 and we will be happy to assist you. You can also make a membership payment online by visiting our secure website.

You can register for a workshop using one of the three registration methods below.

1. Write a check, payable to the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. Print out and complete this registration form, and mail your check and registration form to 524 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035.

2. Pay online using our secure website. Under the Donation menu, there is a drop-down menu titled “Program-Designation;" please select "Adult Birding Workshop." In the "Dedication" line, please be sure to include any other pertinent information, such as the class name or the number of participants.
Then email Outreach and Communications Director Kristin Butler at kbutler@sfbbo.org with the following:
Name of the workshop
Your name
Your email
Phone number

3. Call us with your credit card number. Please call our office at 408-946-6548.

Once you have followed these steps, we will confirm your reservation via email. Please follow the instructions above or the process may be delayed.

Each workshop is limited to 15-20 students; workshops that are full will be marked as [full].

You must be a minimum of 16 years of age to participate in a workshop.

Other Information

Workshops are held at the Sobrato Center for Non-profits in Milpitas,
600 Valley Way, Milpitas Directions OR
the Sobrato Center for Non-profits in Redwood City
330 or 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. Directions