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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!

Migrant Landbirds Workshop- Warblers, Vireos, Thrushes and More!

2015 Workshops

3-Day Migrant Landbirds - Warblers, Vireos, Thrushes and More!

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Tuesday, April 28th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (instruction at the Redwood City Sobrato Center)
Thursday, April 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (instruction at the Redwood City Sobrato Center)
Sunday, May 3rd (field trip), (TBA)

Nothing in birding and ornithology is perhaps as exciting as migration! Throughout the world birds move, and this has captured our imaginations from ancient times until now. Fortunately today we have many more tools at our disposal to help understand migration, and begin to explain how these little creatures do it. This course is an introduction and summary of bird migration, but also it is a way to get to know the identification and biology of a sampling of our local migratory landbirds, focusing on warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes and a few other local landbirds. We will get to enjoy and learn about migratory birds and also discuss migration itself. How it happens, how they do it, and why they do it. We will discuss where they go in the winter, and where they spend their time when they are not here with us. Our field trip will focus on areas where we can find migrant landbirds; some may already be in our territory, while others will still be on the move.

Birding Level: Beginner on up.

Physical Requirements (for field trip): Light. We will bird various trails, coastal spots and generally flat areas without much slope. At this time of year active migration is most easily visible on the coast. We will spend some time watching visual migration on the coast, before looking for migrant and resident landbirds in the San Mateo coast or the skyline.

Registration & Payment

Each workshop is $150 per person. We have changed our membership benefits! 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