Track: Field Trip
Band birds with us at Coyote Creek Field Station! Just south of the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by Silicon Valley’s urban sprawl, we band birds year-round in a little oasis of wildlife habitat. You will visit a rare remnant of unmodified riparian woodland, two wooded areas that were restored from pear orchard in ‘87 and ‘93, and grassland. Through videos and photos, you will meet a variety of the birds we catch in these habitats and see the data collection process. You will hear from staff at San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, the nonprofit that runs the field station, about how they found themselves in wildlife conservation, and from the volunteers at the field station about how they came to bird banding and what their training was like. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion. We will touch on topics including: the hows and whys of bird banding; long-term datasets (the field station has been banding birds since the early ‘80s); habitat restoration; fieldwork in an urban area; scientific research in a nonprofit; and engaging community members as researchers. Come for the scientific discussion - or just to spend some time with birds and people who really like birds.