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Coyote Creek Field Station banding trailer
PHOTO BY MICHAEL KERN

Volunteer Julie Bryson extracts a bird from a mist-net at CCFS
PHOTO BY MICHAEL KERN

Red-Breasted Sapsucker
PHOTO BY COYOTE CREEK FIELD STATION

Yellow-breasted Chat
PHOTO BY TIM WALKER

Coyote Creek Field Station

In the 1980s, the Santa Clara Valley Water District embarked on an ambitious flood control project that included Coyote Creek. Because the flood control channel construction involved removal of riparian vegetation, the Water District established the Coyote Creek restoration site adjoining a pre-existing patch of riparian forest in what was once a pear orchard. As part of the mitigation process, the Bird Observatory assisted the Water District by monitoring the wildlife annually from 1987 to 1996.


Focusing on avian use of the restoration sites through a bird banding operation, research was initially conducted by the Coyote Creek Riparian Station, a non-profit research oriented organization that joined with the Bird Observatory in 1999. Today, the Bird Observatory continues and expands on the research conducted at the Coyote Creek Field Station, collecting information on the bird community within one of the South Bay's largest remaining riparian habitats.

View a bird banding slide show from our Coyote Creek Field Station.

During our California Fall Challenge Fundraiser, we have unique opportunities to support CCFS. Pledge a donation per bird during our Bandathon or attend the workshop Science in the Hand: How Bird Banding Makes Avian Conservation Possible!


Monthly Banding Report

We processed 327 birds of 25 species in March; 124 were newly banded, and 203 were recaptures. Nets were open on 14 days, with our volunteers donating 278 hours of their time ... Read more in our monthly banding report.


Coyote Creek Field Station in the News!

Studying the Mysteries of Migration: Climate Watch, May 14, 2012
Looking to Migrating Birds for Clues About Climate Change: KQED News, May 12, 2012
Are Birds Getting Bigger Because of Global Climate Change: Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2011
Big Bird: Conservation Magazine, Nov. 1, 2011
Bigger Birds in California Courtesy of Climate Change: Science Daily, Oct. 31, 2011
The Milpitas Patch featured an online video highlighting our Coyote Creek Field Station. Watch the video here! Bird Banding at Coyote Creek: Milpitas Patch, July 14, 2011


Project Funding:
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Membership
PG&E
Santa Clara Valley Water District

Reports:
Coyote Creek Field Station Ten-Year Report (1987-1996, pdf)

Volunteers:
Coyote Creek Field Station Volunteer Opportunities


Resources

Why Band Birds?
A Banding Slide Show
Recaptured Birds
Coyote Creek Bird List (pdf)

Monthly Banding Report