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Birds, Science, and Community

Please help birds thrive in a changing world by participating in SFBBO's Protect Our Plovers Campaign!


Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory!

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Join us, volunteer, and support bird conservation science in the Bay Area.

Birds are excellent indicators of ecosystem health; they are highly visible and cost-effective to track, and are sensitive to environmental change. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory pays close attention to impacts on birds and their habitats and gathers crucial data specific to local bird populations. We also actively provide opportunities for people to be directly involved in the nature and science of the San Francisco Bay Area.

To donate to our Protect Our Plovers Campaign (which has been extended through March 31, 2017), click here:




Job Openings at SFBBO!

SFBBO currently has three job and internship openings: Waterbird Intern, Bird Banding Intern, and Science Outreach Intern. For information, visit our Employment page.



Pleasanton's Egret's Herons, and Cormorants

April 8th




Earth Day Fair at San Jose State University

April 20th



Bird Banding Demo for families at CCFS

May 6th


Great Horned Owl, Owlet, and lunch. Photo by Lee Aurich aurich.com/photos h