Other Ways To Support

Adopt a Bird

We know you love birds and the world we share with them. Symbolically adopting a bird is a powerful way to show it.  With your gift, you'll provide funds for RPBO's critical science, education, advocacy, and on-the-ground conservation work.  You'll be protecting birds and the places they live. 

Choose from our list of birds commonly banded at the Rocky Point Bird Observatory, and you (or your chosen recipient) will receive an adoption certificate featuring:

  • A colour photo of a bird of your chosen species that was banded at RPBO
  • Details of the bird's age, sex, weight, wing length and unique band number, as well as some general life history information such as the species’ range and habits
  • If your bird is ever recaptured, we will contact you with the details of the recovery so that you can track its progress!
Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird


These tiny birds feature iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling pink throats.

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet


This diminutive bird with endless energy.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl


This now common owl is a relatively recent arrival on Vancouver Island.

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird


This bright bird travels 1000s of miles from Central America to breed & nest.

Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay


Our provincial bird and an integral component of Garry Oak ecosystems.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing


These birds feature gorgeous silky grey plumage with lemon-yellow accents.

Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush


Restricted to western North America, the Varied Thrush breeds from Alaska to Northern California.

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)
Northern Saw-whet Owl


These amazing little owls are banded during their fall southward migration.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat is a very vocal bird, early to arrive each Spring. Colourful males sport a broad black mask.



Bushtits are sprightly, social songbirds that twitter as they fly. They build unique nests held together by spiderwebs.


Art Bird Cards

RPBO has released two sets of Art Bird Cards in aart_bird_cards_2020_back-200 collaborative project with the Metchosin Art Pod and the Metchosin Foundation.  These showcase local artists and are as beautiful as they are educational. If you would like more information on the content, please contact development@rpbo.org.

To purchase a set, visit our RPBO SHOP.

Adopt a Motus Owl

You can support our efforts to gather more information on the life history of the charming Northern Saw-whet Owl by hosting or sponsoring a Motus receiver, or adopting a Motus-tagged owl.

The $200 adoption fee will help offset the expense of each of these tags (~$250).  You can also support the project by donating to RPBO, specifying that you wish the donation to go towards the Motus project. Each symbolic adoption will come with a customized certificate with details about "your" owl. In addition, if detections occur, we will contact you with the latest information!  Please contact development@rpbo.org. for more information.


** check back early spring for the next date & location **

Once a year (usually in June), RPBO hosts a  multi-family, birder-friendly garage sale, always with tons of birdy treasurers -  books, decorations, art, and more!  All items are graciously donated - from furniture, outdoor gear, household items, to toys and knick-knacks - so 100% of the proceeds go to support our research, monitoring, and public education programs.   RPBO merchandise is always on display and on sale.   Come meet some of the people helping run the organization, and find out what RPBO is all about!

Whether you donate your items, volunteer at the Sale, or leave with a treasure of your own - your contributions to our annual Garage Sale go a long way to support programs for migratory bird conservation.   Thank You!    If you are interested in volunteering at this annual event, please contact volunteer@rpbo.org 


Book Sale

** check back early spring for the next date & location **

Hundreds of books have been donated to RPBO over the years for re-homing.  Bird books (current and vintage), photo books, coffee table books, field guides and a few "how did these get in here?" books too! Prices range from $1-$15, for all but some very special additions.  This collection goes on sale a couple of times a year - always at our annual Yard Sale, as well as at other community events.   Keep your eyes open for announcements in our e-newsletter for our next sale, or check back at this webpage for details.  If you are interested in volunteering at this annual event, please contact volunteer@rpbo.org 


Shop with Our Affiliates

The following affiliated local and online merchants contribute a portion of sales to our operations:

  • Avocet Tours offers a donation to RPBO if you mention us when you book your tour.
  • Co-op Gas Stations - Enter RPBO's member number (80246) at the pump and RPBO will receive a rebate at the end of the year.
  • Larkwire is a complete, game-based learning system for mastering bird sounds—designed for both beginners and advanced birders. When you purchase these systems using "RPBO" as the coupon code when you order, you’ll receive a 10% discount and RPBO earns 20% from each purchase.
  • The Soap Exchange - When you buy soap from the Soap Exchange the store will donate 10% of the net purchase to RPBO. Tell them you'd like to donate to Rocky Point Bird Observatory at checkout.

Thank you for your interest in supporting RPBO’s research, stewardship, and public education activities. Together, we can help conserve birds and their coastal habitats!

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