Birds are a joy to watch, especially if you don't have to go far to enjoy and study them. Backyard birding is a very popular activity that makes a perfect passtime for you and your family.
Keep your Backyard Birds Safe
We hope you will keep your cats indoors to reduce bird kills and to keep your cats safe and healthy.
Learn what to do if you find an injured bird or other wildlife.
City workers and residents trim, prune and clear brush, sometimes in the spring and summer when birds are nesting. As described in our tree maintenance guide, the best time for tree maintenance for both wildlife and tree health is September to February.
Bird Sanctuary Program (BSP)
Learn how to create a healthy backyard habitat that is safe for people and pets, plus attractive to birds and other wildlife with our Bird Sanctuary Program program. Also learn how to qualify your yard as Bird Sanctuary Certified as part of this program.
Bird Houses and Feeders
Hang a nest box in your yard to attract chickadees, titmice, and other cavity nesters then enjoy the show. Buy a nest box in our Nature Shop or learn how to build your own using the plans and details from our Cavity Nesters Recovery Program (CNRP).
Learn all about bird feeders - what type is best, where to place them, what seed to use and most importantly how to keep them clean.
The SCVAS Nature Shop has a wide selection of feeders and seed, and can help you make the right choice.
Participate in the nationwide Great Backyard Bird Count and Project Feeder Watch as part of our citizen science programs to provide scientists with valuable information.
Learn About Birds
Take one of our classes to learn more about the birds in your yard.
Updated May 2013
Donating Benefits our Communities
Your tax-deductible donation allows SCVAS to increase the number of youngsters, many from low income families, that we reach with our local science education programs. Your donation dollars also support our many conservation efforts that make us one of the most effective conservation organizations in the Bay Area. We have many different ways that you can volunteer and donate.
Upcoming Events at SCVAS
Saturday September 20, 9:00 AM (Half Day)
All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder.
Sunday September 21, 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Alum Rock Park
Notes: Entrance fee required.
Saturday September 27, 7AM-4PM
Stevens Creek 50K/SCVAS Benefit Run
Runners and Volunteers are needed to participate in this fun event through the Santa Cruz Mountains.