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Wish List

Donating office and field equipment is another way you can support the Bird Observatory and conservation science. We request that all equipment donated is in good working order, as we do not have the resources to repair objects. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information or more details about items on this list. Please contact us at outreach@sfbbo.org or 408.946.6548.


  • Hard Drives (preferably 1TB)
  • Laptop or desktop computers less than 5 years old: running Windows XP or 7, DVD-RW, USB access, wireless capability, high storage and memory capabilities preferred
  • 21.5" USB-powered monitor
  • A microwave oven
  • A large photocopy machine


  • Laser-engraved wood, or custom-printed plastic clothes pins (please contact us for details!)
  • Rubber muck boots (2-3 pairs, common sizes)
  • Mudders/mud shoes with expandable wings
  • Yellow/orange safety vest (small or medium size)
  • 3 bags of horticultural grade Perlite
  • 3 bags of horticultural grade Vermiculite (certified free asbestos)
  • 2 bags of peat moss
  • 6 bags of sterile greenhouse soil (prefereable from Sunshine brand, Seedling Mix No. 3-Special fine), but any fine sterile potting soil will do
  • Life Preservers
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or hand sanitizer
  • Hand warmers
  • Cardboard pet carriers (cat-sized)
  • Garbage and Ziplock bags (various sizes)
  • Vinyl exam gloves
  • Hydrolab MiniSonde water quality equipment
  • Book: California Grasslands
  • Spotting Scopes with tripods or window mounts
  • Binoculars 8x40 or better
  • GPS Units
  • Digital Camera: Canon or Nikon interchangeable-lens digital SLR with standard macro lens


  • Kayaks (plastic, 1-person with paddles)
  • An ATV or a UTV
  • Inflatable zodiac (12-14', capable of supporting 15 hp outboard motor)
  • Truck or SUV with 4wd (suitable for driving off- and on-road


  • Vehicle maintenance services (e.g., oil change, tire rotation/replacement)
  • Frequent Flyer Miles
  • Gift cards to Staples, Safeway, Peet's Coffee, Starbucks, Noah's Bagels, Michael's Craft Store or Smart & Final