For the Birds
Since 1926, our mission has been to preserve, protect, and educate our community about native birds and their ecosystems in Santa Clara County, California. We offer many opportunities for you to volunteer and get involved. Many of our popular kids' programs meet public school science standards. Peruse our extensive calendars for field trips, classes, and events that suit your interests. Please become a supporting member or donate to help continue our many programs.
It is hard for us to select only a few volunteers to spotlight among our long list of deserving people. We would like to extend a special thank-you to our 2014 volunteer honorees. More....
Thanks to Google
We want to extend a special thanks to the folks at Google for their support of our Summer Nature Days day camp. With their generous support we provided scholarships to local families to help reach our goal of connecting children with nature. Read more about our Summer Nature Days.
Bequests to our Legacy Fund will memorialize your commitment to environmental education and conservation in the Bay Area now and well into the future, and are an important investment in the vitality of our organization. More...
Highlights of our current efforts can be found on the Front Page. This installment: Reversing the Trend: When Conditions Are Right, Burrowing Owl Populations CAN Bounce Back! More...
Summer is for Backyard Birding
Backyard birds are a joy to watch especially since you don't have to go far to enjoy and study them. It makes a perfect passtime for you and your family. We have lots of information about keeping birds safe, building a birdhouse, turning your backyard into a bird haven and more....
SCVAS in the News
As glass buildings are transforming the landscape of the South Bay, San Jose is considering an important step toward protecting its resident and migratory avian species from this fate. Read more in the San Jose Mercury News.
Upcoming Events at SCVAS
See more events in our calendars.
Saturday August 2, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
We will be walking and surveying approximately 300 acres of suitable habitat to count the number of owls and map their locations.
Saturday August 9, 7:00AM-5:00PM
"Birds of the Farallones" Audubon Field Seminar.
A not to miss excursion to the Farallones!
Saturday August 9, 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Highlights: Possible birds include Bank Swallow, Marbled Murrelet and early returning shorebirds.