Alvaro Jaramillo. SFBBO Senior Biologist and international trip leader for Field Guides.
PHOTO BY PATTY MCGANN
What species am I? Join our Gull Workshop to find out!
PHOTO BY ALVARO JARAMILLO
PHOTO BY MIKE MAMMOSER
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 or Milpitas.
Migrant Landbirds Workshop- Warblers, Vireos, Thrushes and More!
Monday Feb. 9th and Wednesday Feb. 11th, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (instruction at the Milpitas Sobrato Conference Center) and 1:30-4:30 pm (Field Trip in the Milpitas and Alviso area)
Gulls can be a challenge to identify; this workshop will help you understand the general concepts of gull identification to give you the confidence to go out there and give the local gulls a name (and age). Apart from identification, we will touch on topics such as human influence on gull distribution, the impact of gulls on other breeding birds, gull behavior, and migration.
Birding Level: Intermediate on up.
Physical Requirements (for field trip): Light. We will bird various bayside spots in the Milpitas and Alviso area which are flat areas without much slope, several sites are adjacent to parking areas and are easy to access. If it has been raining and we visit the Environmental Education Center keep in mind that this spot can get a tad muddy.
Tuesday, Mar. 24th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (instruction at the Redwood City Sobrato Center)
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (instruction at the Redwood City Sobrato Center and field trip nearby)
Saturday, Mar. 28th (field trip), (TBA, afternoon into night)
Owls have a loyal following, including people who generally don’t pay much attention to birds. Why are owls so special? It may be that owls seem so mysterious to us - sleeping while we are awake and becoming active at night. Of course, owls can be difficult to see and find, and are well known for having amazing hearing. This workshop is designed to do two things: 1) Address identification, habitat and how to find the local owls, and 2) learn more about the owls themselves and their fascinating ecology and behavior. We will study their sounds and get participants ready to go and find owls in the field. We are excited to get out and see these amazing creatures!
Birding Level: Beginner on up.
Physical Requirements (for fieldtrip): Moderate, we will do some easy walking, but at night, so bring a light! The field trip will be a little different than the classic ones in these workshops. The field trip will be on the coast looking for the more local species (Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Northern Pygmy-Owl for example) as well as more common species such as Barn Owl and Great Horned Owl. Weather can be variable at this time of year, so bring layers.
Migrant Landbirds - Warblers, Vireos, Thrushes and More!
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 email@example.com with the following:
Name of the workshop
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.
Workshops are held at the Sobrato Center for Non-profits in Milpitas,
600 Valley Way, Milpitas Directions
the Sobrato Center for Non-profits in Redwood City
330 or 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.