Science Talks and Presentations
Learn about birds, avian science, habitats, and conservation by attending attending a Birdy Hour speaker event and other SFBBO science talks and presentations. You can also watch a recorded talk or invite a scientist from SFBBO to give a talk to your community.
Jump to the sections below: Birdy Hour Speaker Series | Birdy Hour Recordings | Other Science Talks, Presentations, and Demonstrations
Birdy Hour Speaker Series
The Birdy Hour Speaker Series is a series of virtual talks and discussions to foster appreciation for birds and nature, increase understanding of the scientific process, share conservation efforts, and inspire the public to help birds.
Through these events we partner with diverse people and organizations and share our mission with people from around the world. We also record the talks, share them with schools and community groups, and make them publicly available at the links below and on our YouTube channel.
If you would like to partner with us, please contact Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist Sirena Lao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2020, the Birdy Hour program was funded by a generous grant from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The continuation of the series is possible thanks to support from individual donors from the community, Cargill, and another grant from Midpen.
If you enjoy these events, we hope you’ll help sustain them by making a donation. Your tax-deductible contribution helps us make these events available to the public and engage broad audiences with birds, nature, science, and conservation.
Upcoming Birdy Hour Events
The Seaside Heermann's Gulls
by Byron & Joanna Chin
Thursday, December 8, 6pm-7pm
The Beauty of Science: How Art Can Help Protect and Conserve Bird Populations
by Tara Kate, Bird Artist & Illustrator
Thursday, January 12, 6pm-7pm
Juita Martinez, University of Louisiana at Lafayette PhD Candidate
Thursday, January 26
Walter Kitundu, Multidisciplinary Artist
Thursday, February 9, 6pm-7pm
Excellent presentation! We seem to get so little positive news these days, I think it’s important to highlight advances that are being made, and to feel a connection with the people who are making them.”
“Thank you so much for all you do. This has been a challenging year with the pandemic and the fires, and the Birdy Hour is that gem that really brightens my week. The talks have been outstanding.”
- Comments from Birdy Hour Participants
Past Birdy Hour Recordings
Catch up on any of our past Birdy Hour talks by watching the videos below! You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated or check out our Birdy Hour playlists: 2020 | 2021 | 2022.
Other Science Talks, Presentations, and Demonstrations
- Shining a Spotlight on Coyote Creek Watershed: Peninsula-South Bay Watershed Forum with Science Director Katie LaBarbera - October 2021
- Jasper Ridge Bird Banding Science Talk with Julian Tattoni of Stanford University - July 2019
- Exploring the Research Potential of Underutilized Wildlife Records with Science Director Gabbie Burns - May 2019
- Bird Banding Demonstration at Coyote Creek Field Station - March 2018
- Bird Banding Demonstration at Coyote Creek Field Station - June 2013
- Our Nature Stories: Vasona Lake Herons with Community Scientist Christine Zack - 2021
- Virtual Waterbird Colony Tour at Lake Cunningham with Community Scientist Christine Zack - 2020
- SFBBO's California Gull Research - 2019
- Waterbird Program Annual Report Program by Waterbird Program Director Max Tarjan - 2017
- Egrets Breeding at the Google Campus in Mountain View - 2016
- The State of the Birds San Francisco Bay - 2011
- Snowy Plovers: The Cutest Birds on the Beach with Biologist Jessica Gonzalez - December 2020
- WILD Napa: Snowy Plovers and Least Terns in the Bay Area with Science Director Ben Pearl, June 2020
- Snowy Plover Field Work - June 2020
- San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory 2017 Snowy Plover Research with Science Director Ben Pearl - August 2018
- Science Talk - Factors Affecting Wintering Foraging Habitat Selection of Western Snowy Plovers in South San Francisco Bay by Science Director Ben Pearl - October 2015
- Slow the Flow Tidal Marsh Restoration PSA - 2021
- Birds of Bair Island with Jeff Caplan and POST - January 2021
- Stakeholder Forum Virtual Public Meeting - 2021
- Ravenswood 2021 Construction: Salty Dave Show and Tell - 2021
- How Dirt Can Rescue SF Bay Area Levees - 2021
- Restoration Project Presentation: Wetland Restoration in the South Bay - 2021
- Living Refuge - 2017
- Tidal Marsh Restoration Program Annual Report by Habitats Program Director David Thomson - 2018
- Conservation Along the Bay Margin with Science Director David Thomson and Geospatial Lead Brian Fulfrost - April 2017
Photo Credit: Anna's Hummingbird by Vijay Talati