Educating, sharing adventures, and having fun in nature
We have been providing nature lovers with high-quality wild bird seed since 1996. The Los Gatos Birdwatcher celebrates 29 years of service to our Bay Area customers. We attribute our almost three decades of success in the Los Gatos community to hard-working staff, superior customer service, and, most importantly, our loyal customers, many of whom have committed to shopping locally. Photo: Our store team goes birding in Los Gatos.
The Los Gatos Birdwatcher store owner Lisa Myers is a South Bay Area native and has been watching birds since she was a teen. Lisa uses her degree in Communications combined with her roots in small business and passion for birds and birding to excite customers about the world of birds. It started in 2008 when Lisa, the founder of Let’s Go Birding partnered with the Los Gatos Birdwatcher to create monthly bird classes and birding tours.
Then in 2015, on the store’s 20th anniversary, Lisa became the new owner of the Los Gatos Birdwatcher allowing founders, Freddy and John Howell to retire. Both Lisa & Freddy understood that for those new to birding, it can be intimidating. They wanted to provide an atmosphere where everyone felt welcome. Pairing backyard bird feeding with birding adventures paved the way for Let’s Go Birding to become the tour division of the Los Gatos Birdwatcher.
Lisa served five years on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO), and for decades taught adult birding classes for Santa Clara Valley Audubon, the Palo Alto Adult School, the Campbell Recreation Dept. and Foothill College. She also enjoys introducing people to both local and national organizations whose mission is to help birds and preserve their habitat. Lisa gained much experience working for Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris and the Environmental Volunteers and was also one of the few women on the Nikon ProStaff. Lisa has led tours throughout the Bay Area and into California’s Central Valley, Mono Lake, Big Sur, Point Reyes, Yuba Pass, and beyond into Yellowstone, Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama. Lisa’s goal is to design fun, friendly tours and a curriculum for folks eager to learn about birds.
In addition to birding, Lisa stays busy keeping the store shelves filled with all the items customers need to feed birds in their backyards. For those of you who do not feed birds, Lisa hopes you will drop by the store to do some shopping for yourself or for a friend as new nature-themed items arrive every day.
Thank you to all the talented photographers who contributed to our website!
Ellen Bateman: Bewick’s Wren on a Fence
Malcolm Bramwell: Great Horned Owl
Susan Dodd: Western Tanager
R.Henke: Left Bend Winery’s Western Bluebirds
Scott Hooper: Anna’s Hummingbirds in nest
Ray Kawakami: Western Bluebird eating mealworms
Patricia Lillich: Chestnut-backed Chickadee on branch with berries
Ron Machado: Black-headed Grosbeaks, Anna’s Hummingbird on branch, Coyote Creek Birdwatchers, Chestnut-backed Chickadee at feeder
Brooke Miller: American Goldfinch, Squirrels, Red-breasted Nuthatch at Squirrel Buster
Gregory Milstein: Anna’s Hummingbird with water drops
Judy Rudolf: Bewick’s Wren at suet/mealworm feeder
Stega (LC Boros): Bullock’s & Hooded Orioles bathing
Nancy Turek: Red-breasted Sapsucker, Common Merganser female
Tony Woo: Chestnut-backed Chickadee on binoculars, Hummingbird in sprinkler, Western Bluebird, Sandhill Cranes, White-tailed Kite, Moss Landing Sanderlings, Lawrence’s Goldfinch bathing in Joseph Grant Park, Birdwatchers on tour, Hooded Orioles at feeder
Joan Young: Bald Eagle
SAN FRANCISCO BAY BIRD OBSERVATORY (SFBBO)
SFBBO conserves birds and their habitats through science and outreach, connecting people to the birds in their neighborhoods and inspiring a desire to protect wild animals and wild spaces. For over 40 years they’ve studied our local bird populations and habitats, sharing data with universities and other scientists who use it to help our ecosystems, and with policymakers and Bay Area residents who preserve beauty and biodiversity in our region. Visit SFBBO.org
SANTA CLARA VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY
SCVAS promotes the enjoyment, understanding and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation. Founded in 1925, headquartered in Cupertino, it is our local Audubon Society chapter. Learn more at SCVAS.org
IN-STORE WILDLIFE DONATION BOXES
Do you know we clean feeders for free? It is our way to help you maintain a healthy feeding station for your wild birds. However, we do ask that you please donate to one of the local organizations we believe in. Each time a customer picks up their clean bird feeder, they drop cash into one of the donation boxes we have on our back wall: Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC), Nike Animal Rescue Foundation, Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, Injured and Orphaned Wildlife, Youth Science Institute (YSI), and Bay Area Raptor Rescue
Are you a birder, retailer or biologist committed to exceptional customer service and interested in partnering or owning your own small business? If you’d like to learn more, please contact Lisa Myers, the store owner.
The Los Gatos Birdwatcher
792 Blossom Hill Road, King’s Court Shopping Center, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Mon – Sat: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday til 7 PM