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Bird Photo Big Day Spring 2024

Healthy Birds, Healthy Communities

Since 2020, birders and photographers have banded together virtually each spring and fall to photograph as many bird species as possible for our free, virtual Bird Photo Big DayThe theme this spring is "Healthy Birds, Healthy Communities" to promote the ways nature helps keep people thriving and raise money to conserve birds during our 2024 Spring Appeal.


How to Participate


Join our Bird Photo Big Day Facebook group. On May 25th, take photos that tell the story of birds and our "Healthy Birds, Healthy Communities" relationship with them. Any camera will do and every story counts! If you aren't on Facebook, email your pictures to [email protected] and we will post them for you. SFBBO will use the photos you've shared to tell the story of the issues birds face and what we all can do to help them!


Bird Photo Big Day Rules

  • Free to participate, but this is also a fundraiser to support our bird conservation science and outreach programs, so donations of all levels are welcome and appreciated.
  • Birds first! Please practice mindful birding and avoid using audio playback.
  • Birds must be living in the wild and unrestrained.
  • Only photos taken in the 24 hours from midnight to 11:59pm local time on Saturday, May 25th, will count.
  • Photos must be uploaded to the Bird Photo Big Day Facebook Group or emailed to [email protected] to be included by 12:00pm Pacific time the next the day.
  • Please include the species name if you know it and the location where the photo was taken. 
  • If uploading multiple images to the Facebook group at the same time, please caption each image.
  • Submission of images grants SFBBO rights to use the photographs.*
  • Follow local laws and rules and please respect property rights.

* A nonexclusive, worldwide, perpetual, fully-paid, royalty-free license to use the photographs in any manner related to the contest or its conservation work (i.e. for its websites, newsletters, social media, and other publications.) Photographers will be credited. Consider this another wonderful way to make a donation to SFBBO! 


Raise Money for Birds


This is also a fundraiser to support SFBBO's science and outreach programs. We invite your help by making a generous donation below! Donations of $50 or more to the Bird Photo Big Day campaign through June 30th are eligible to receive a signed copy of avid birding-by-bike author Dorian Anderson's book "Birding Under the Influence: Cycling Across America in Search of Birds and Recovery" (the $15 estimated value of the book is not tax deductible).  


Photo Contest Categories

  • Healthy Birds: Parks, refuges, wildlife corridors, restoration sites, native gardens, bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders - amid our urban landscape exist both large and small oases people have created for birds and other wildlife. Share photos of the birds you see there to celebrate the importance of these natural "green island" spaces. 
  • Healthy Communities: Backyards, parks, shorelines, forests - are there favorite spots you like to bird at to relax, exercise, or restore your mental or physical health? Share photos of the birds you see there and a few sentences about how they help you reset in the middle of our busy, urban environment. 
  • Watercolor World: Enjoying the beauty of birds can be a healthy meditative activity, and also inspire us to conserve birds and the habitats they need. Share photos that capture the vibrant and colorful plumage of our feathered friends. The winning photo in this category will be showcased during our June 20th Birdy Hour with artist Anastasia Nguyen, who will use the photo as the example subject when teaching participants watercolor techniques to paint birds at this free virtual event. 


Photo Tips to Protect Birds 


When you take photos, please remember to follow these protocols to prevent causing stress to the birds (thank you to wildlife photographer Sebastian Kennerknect for providing this advice):

  • The more you learn about the species you want to photograph, the safer the birds will be and the better the photos you will take
  • Use telephoto lenses, and consider using blinds
  • The less you move, the safer the bird will feel
  • Photograph birds in areas where they are used to people
  • Do not use playback to attract birds to photograph, rather find natural resources the birds need, like food or water sources
  • Give nesting birds space, flushing them is highly detrimental to them and their nesting success
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