Basic Bird Care class

Everyone interested in fostering or adopting a bird must attend our class on bird care prior to receiving a bird from us. These classes are free (although donations are appreciated) and are open to the general bird-loving public. If there is a location listed with no date, you may ask when the next class will be scheduled at that location by emailing

The class covers these topics:
  • Proper avian care
  • Proper avian diet
  • Symptoms of illness and first aid
  • General husbandry
  • Taming and training

And much much more...

Criteria for adopting/fostering a bird from us can be found on our How to Adopt page.

We have basic bird care classes scheduled throughout the Bay Area in the North Bay, San Francisco/Peninsula, South Bay, East Bay, and Sacramento Area. For those who cannot attend a class in person, we occasionally schedule phone classes.


  • To reserve your spot for a class, email with the location of the class, and class date, in the subject line. Walk-ins are welcome in most cases, but see details for each location below.  
  • If you want to adopt a cockatiel (for example), please say so in the email so our instructor can be better prepared.

North Bay


Marin Humane Society 
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd 
Novato, CA 94949 for directions

Request a class by emailing  

San Francisco  /Peninsula

San Francisco

Classes are generally held in San Francisco on the fourth Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted below. We will take a short break halfway through the class.  

San Francisco Public Library - 
Noe Valley Branch
451 Jersey Street
San Francisco, CA  94114

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow for registration. 

Redwood City

Redwood Shores Library
Meeting Room A or B
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065

Request a class by emailing    


Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow for registration.

South Bay


The Sunnyvale class is regularly scheduled for the third Sunday of the month unless otherwise stated.

For Other Living Things 
1261 So. Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 739-6785

** The January and February classes are "off-schedule" **

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, 2018, noon - 2:00 p.m.

1291 South Mary Ave
Sunnyvale, CA  94087
(Private room in the back)

Saturday, February 24, 2018, noon - 2:00 p.m. 
** held with adoption fair at For Other Living Things! **

San Jose

Andy's is located in Downtown San Jose, near San Pedro Square and the Shark Tank, just a few blocks off of Hwy 87. Foster parents are encouraged to bring their foster birds for class attendees to meet at noon. Classes are the first Saturday of the month unless noted.

Andy's Pet Shop
51 Notre Dame Ave.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 297-0840

Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  **schedule exception **

Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

East Bay

Dublin Animal Schelter
4595 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

Request a class by emailing   

Central Valley                                   


Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

Request a class by emailing 

Colonial Heights Library
4799 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95820
Request a class by emailing 

Basic Bird Care Phone Class

Criteria for attending a phone class:
  • You must live out of the area or be physically unable to attend a regularly scheduled class

Send an email to to ask that you be enrolled in a phone class, including an explanation of why you cannot take one of our in-person classes.  

Classes are scheduled when the teacher is available and enough students need a class. Class dates/times are not announced on this website.  You will receive call-in information after we receive your adoption/foster application.     

Call-in number will be provided
after your application is received

Next class to be announced to attendees.  

*Attendance of a non-Mickaboo hosted class does not fulfill the Mickaboo education requirement in our adoption application.