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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!

The classroom portion of the workshops will be held at the Sobrato Center for Non-profits in Redwood City. Directions

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

2014 Workshops

Migrant Landbirds - Warblers, Vireos, Thrushes and More!
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Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, early morning field trip then 12:00-3:00 pm instruction –
Wednesday, Sept. 24th, early morning field trip, then 12:00-3:00 pm instruction

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.

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Tuesday, Aug. 19th, Wednesday, Aug. 20th (instruction), 6:30 – 9:00 pm,
TBA (fieldtrip)

Pulitzer Prize nominated nature book writer Scott Weidensaul has written that in North American birding, the ocean is the final frontier! It is a vast environment and access is difficult. Birds move due to migration, food concentrations, and changing habitat conditions. But the rewards of heading out on the ocean are huge! Seabirds are gorgeous with their graceful lines, shapes, and flight styles. They include some of the most amazing of migrant species, birds that use the entire ocean as part of their annual distribution. The ocean off the coast of California is one of the richest places on earth, with opportunities to observe iconic species such as albatrosses, puffins, shearwaters, auklets, and storm-petrels. Rarities, odd fish, and whales may also be viewed! The classroom portion of this workshop will focus on the identification, and ecology, and distribution of seabirds. This workshop can be taken as just a class or include a discounted pelagic trip. Class is $90, pelagic will be offered at discounted rate of $110. Please contact Kristin Butler at 408-946-6548 x10 or kbutler@sfbbo.org to sign up for the class portion; you will need to contact Alvaro at 650-504-7779 or ajaramillo@sfbbo.org to sign up for discounted pelagic. Other pelagic dates are available; check http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ for other dates.

Birding Level: Beginner on up.

Physical Requirements (for fieldtrip): Moderate. Comfort level will depend on current weather and your personal tolerance for sea conditions. Fortunately, late August to early September seas average the mildest conditions of the year. The boat will depart from Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay. Strategies for preventing seasickness will be discussed in the workshop. The boat is coast guard certified with all of the required safety equipment, and experienced captains.

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 Membership Coordinator 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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