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Team Lists


Teams (left to right): Insider's Guide to East Bay Birding, Peninsula Plovers, Varied Twitchers


Note: Teams will update as team leaders confirm trips, so make sure to check back in for further details on your teams or to find new teams to participate in as Birdathon continues!


Team Categories

  • • 24-hour Teams (Any team over 4 hours is in this category. Teams in this category can choose how they want to look for birds - biking, hiking, running, etc.! Some teams even include owling...)
  • • 4-hour Teams (0-4 hours of fast birding fun! Teams in this category can also choose how they look for birds.)
  • • Big-Sit Teams (0-4 hours; perfect for those who want to do some relaxing bird watching.)
  • • 24-hour Photography Teams (4-24 hours of photographing birds.)
  • • 4-hour Photography (0-4 hours of photographing birds.)

Current Teams

24-hour Teams

Persistent Picidaes with Lisa Myers; date and time TBD

This 24-hour counting team will start at McClellan ranch and stay close to that part of the county.


• Rock Wrens with Bob Hirt on Sunday, April 15; time TBD

We start at Page Mill and 1-280 listening for owls, carpool and end up there at day's end after a full SC Valley loop route. We hope for 140 species for the day and to be one of the top fundraising teams again. We are always looking for energetic and generous birding team members.


• Varied Twitchers with Mike Rogers on Saturday, April 28; time TBD

This is a high intensity day with one of the Bay Area's premier birders, Mike Rogers. Start your day early with owling and continue until sunset. This team has a history of seeing a huge number of species (160+) so join this team today and become part of the legend!


• Stevens Creek Ultrabirders with Steve Patt; date and time TBD

Details coming soon!


4-hour Teams

Mean Green Birding Machines with Rob Furrow; Saturday, April 21

Go green and go mean! This whirlwind bayside biking adventure starts by Crittenden Marsh and heads over to Charleston Slough, encompassing a surprising array of habitats. The MGBM will bike roughly 10 miles at a moderate pace.  It's not about speed, it's about enthusiasm for the birds! High-performance road bikes are not recommended for these trails - use your own judgement. 80+ species.


• Tax-on-o-me with Ralph Schardt; date and time TBD

This team includes all beginning birders, especially families with children. This team starts at McClellan Ranch and will head over to the Bay for 4 hours of fun, easy birding.


• Birds2Chocolate with Ralph Schardt; date and time TBD

This team is open to ALL, including families and beginning or new birders! We will bird a short distance on the Guadalupe River, then end with a visit to Schurra’s Fine Confections on The Alameda, just down the street. Schurra’s is a small chocolate/confections store in San Jose that's been around since 1912, and samples will be provided!
• Sitting Ducks with Chuq von Rospach on Sunday, March 25 from 9:00AM-1:00PM
Come join us in a big sit in Shoreline Park for a morning of birds, talk, and teaching as we watch the birds in this beautiful location. Big sits are stationary watches so they are the perfect way to get started. We will have good views of the lake, slough, and salt ponds and so we should have a great variety of birds to discover.
• Shrikes of Joy with Chuq von Rospach on Sunday, April 8 from 2:00PM-6:00PM
Join us in a big sit in the new Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve for an afternoon of birds, talk, and teaching as we watch the birds in this beautiful location. Big sits are stationary watches so they are perfect for beginners and accessible to everyone. If you are new to birding or group outings, a big sit is the perfect way to get started. Coyote Valley OSP is a new area that is showing great promise for a wide variety of birds, so you have a chance to help us discover the possibilities of this location. 
• Cupertino Creek Cruisers with Deborah Jamison; Sunday, April 22; 7:30AM
This year is the 15th annual Cupertino Creek Cruisers Birdathon! It includes a survey of the Stevens Creek corridor that goes beyond the 4 hours, which will be optional for participants. We are serious about birding, but we have a lot of fun, too! As in the past, we are hoping to reach a 50 species goal.