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

What species am I? Join our Gull Workshop to find out!

Lincoln's Sparrow


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!

Owl Workshop

2017 Workshops

Diurnal Raptors

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Monday October 16, Half Moon Bay, CA - 10:00 a.m. - Lecture, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Field time; Wednesday, Oct. 18, Marin, CA - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visit Hawk Hill, $175

There is no doubt that if you were to pick the birds which have the most intense fans, it is the hawks, eagles and falcons, the diurnal raptors. You may remember that Gary Larson cartoon that had the hawks with their shades sitting on the tree and it read “Hawks know they’re cool.” Well, we agree, and we have designed this workshop to both teach you how to identify the raptors, as well as to understand more about their behavior and biology. The close relationship that raptors have to prey, and therefore to habitat will be explored, in addition to their migration and population booms and busts. We live in a part of the continent that is rather diverse for raptors, particularly in winter, and this workshop aims to give a richer appreciation for these amazing hunters which share the Bay Area with us.

Birding Level: Beginner and up.

Physical Requirements (for fieldtrip): Moderate, we may do some walking in grassy fields, and on trails with some slope to them. At Hawk Hill you need to be prepared to stand or sit for a good period of time and wait for hawks to fly over. You may want to take a folding chair or stool just in case you get tired. 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. Please mail your check with a note about which workshop it is for 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 " the name of the 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.


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