Basic Bird Care class

  • Free Basic Bird Education Classes - General Information

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

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.

Register: To reserve your spot for a class, email with the location of the class, and class date, in the subject line. If you want to adopt a cockatiel (for example), please say so in the email.

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.  Please note the class is in a pet supply store's warehouse area, so can be chilly - dress accordingly.

Wolf & Lion Pet Supplies
2460 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA  94123

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 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

Sunday, April 23, 2017 1:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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 second Saturday of the month unless noted.

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

April 8, 2017  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
May 13, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

East Bay
Walnut Creek

Classes are generally held in Walnut Creek the fourth Saturday of the month. November and December will be different this year.  Please do not park in the Trader Joe's lot. There is parking on the street. We will take a short break halfway through the class.

Walnut Creek - Pet Food Express
1388 S. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA. 94596

Saturday, April 22,, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Saturday, May, 28, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


East County Animal Shelter
4595 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

Next class TBA when requested.
Email to request.

Central Valley


Arden-Dimick Library
891 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA

Next class TBA when requested.
Email to request.


Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

Next class TBA when requested.
Email to request.


Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library
Blanchard Community Room
315 East 14th Street
Davis, CA  95616

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Basic Bird Care Phone Class

Criteria for attending a phone class:
  • You must have submitted an application
  • 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.  The application can be turned in by completing the application online or printing it out and mailing it to Mickaboo.  A species coordinator will connect you with the teacher for the next phone class.

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

Next class to be announced to attendees. You may do the required application online. Contact the species co-ordinator of a bird you are interested in for help with the application.

If you are interested in a phone class for the above listed reasons,
please email We will find your
application and then provide you with the phone number and date/time information.

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