Winter Sparrows Workshop 2021
Learn about sparrows in this 2-day virtual workshop with Alvaro Jaramillo!
This workshop will be a basis to identify the wintering sparrows in California, with a focus on the Bay Area. We hope to also give you a background to understand a bit about the biology, evolutionary history, migration, and behavior of our sparrow fauna. With regards to identification, we will give more details on the trickier species. Although this is not a bird sound workshop, we will dabble in the vocal aspects of sparrows, particularly those useful for identification or that are particularly interesting, such as the recent song change that is racing through populations of White-throated Sparrows. Apart from the classic field guide, “field mark” approach to identification, we will try to short-cut to holistic ways to identify sparrows by looking at the entire bird, shapes, impression, and facial expression to aid in identification. We are lucky to have a really varied set of sparrows in California that remain with us through much of the winter or move south towards us during this season. Unlike the warblers where most of them are gone in winter, the sparrows are often more abundant and diverse in winter in many spots in the continent, so take this workshop to prepare for the Christmas Bird Counts and a winter full of sparrow watching!
Alvaro Jaramillo is an internationally known ornithologist and expert. Alvaro has a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Toronto, and also conducted research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. An expert on the birds of California and North America, he wrote the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California and New World Blackbirds. He is also an authority on the birds of Chile, authoring Birds of Chile (2003), collaborating on Chile’s Important Bird Areas program, and helping to identify a new bird species there, Oceanites pincoyae (Pincoya Storm-Petrel). An author and contributor to numerous field guides and popular publications, Alvaro’s passion is not only to understand the biology and natural history of birds, but to enrich other’s enjoyment of birds and further avian conservation and he leads birding trips throughout the world with his company, Alvaro's Adventures.
Nov 1 & 3, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm
$100 total per person for both sessions
|As part of our commitment to racial justice, we have scholarships available for students from underrepresented groups. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an SFBBO scholarship. Click here to apply for the scholarship. If you'd like to donate to our scholarship fund for this or future workshops, you can do so below in increments of $10.|