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.
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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!
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
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Membership
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Coyote Creek Field Station Ten-Year Report (1987-1996, pdf)
Coyote Creek Field Station Volunteer Opportunities