Spring Birdathon: 2014 Sponsors and Prizes
Golden Eagle |
Great Egret |
Western Bluebird |
Please patronize these generous sponsors, who help make our Spring Birdathon so successful in raising money for youth environmental education and conservation programs for the Bay Area.
Review this list often since we are frequently adding new prizes. These prizes may be combined or divided to form prize awards that will be given away for raising the most money and also during the Awards Dinner for raffles and game competitions.
Please note and respect offer expiration dates.
List updated: February 26, 2014
Golden Eagle Sponsors donated more than $600 in prizes or support
Gear and clothing
Win some great high-quality gear from Patagonia! This great company has a strong commitment to protecting undomesticated lands and waters, and believes in using business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. Check-out their wide-variety of adventure clothing, accessories, and equipment at the store in Palo Alto.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (website)
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is proud to serve as a Golden Eagle Sponsor and excited to welcome 2014 Birdathon participants to their open space preserves! Download trail maps from their website and get more information about free events and docent led hikes.
Vacation stay in The Sea Ranch
Vacation home stay in The Sea Ranch, CA
Nancy, longtime dedicated volunteer and SCVAS member, donated seven nights at her vacation home in The Sea Ranch during July 1 to October 31, 2014 only. The Sea Ranch is a rugged landscape dotted with distinctive homes that extends for about ten miles on either side of Highway One in Sonoma County, California. Its hallmark is the attempt to blend man-made structures with their natural setting, and to live lightly on the land. Enjoy miles of hiking trails, tennis courts, heated swimming pools, golf course and nearby restaurants. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while finding some great birds and other wildlife. Sleeps four.
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Great Egret Sponsors donated between $250 and $599 in prizes or support
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris (website)
Monterey Bay Pelagic Trip on July 20, 2014
Join Cheesemans' for a full day of whale and bird watching in California's famous Monterey Bay. The California Coast is one of the best locations to observe seabirds such as shearwaters, jaegers, skuas, albatross, and alcids. Bring your binoculars to look for Pacific White-sided, Common, and Risso's dolphins and Humpback and Blue Whales. Read more details. Two most money winners can each win one certificate. Reservation must be confirmed by June 30, 2014 or forfeit. This tour is for non-smokers only.
South Bay adventure flight
South Bay adventure flight
Migrate like a Sandhill Crane in this light aircraft tour for two. SCVAS member and experienced pilot David Presotto, will give you and one guest an aerial tour over the scenic landscapes of the Bay Area. What a wonderful way to experience and photograph our county's many habitats. Depart from Palo Alto airport. Route is determined by David and depends on atmospheric conditions. Flight must be taken by September 30, 2014.
Hawaii Forest and Trail (website)
Rainforest and Dryforest Birding Adventure
We received rave reviews from several past Birdathon winners who went on their Rainforest and Dryforest Birdwatching Adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii. Explore two rare habitats: the cloudmist Kipuka rainforest in Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Puu Laau on Mauna Kea - two places that represent Hawaii before human contact. Win a certificate for two guests valid April 2014 through April 2015, advance booking required, for those over eight years old.
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Western Bluebird Sponsors donated up to $249 in prizes or support
Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery (website)
Enjoy a free wine tasting for four people at Alfaro's 16-foot granite tasting bar on Saturdays (all year long) and Sundays (summer months only) from 12 to 5 PM. Gather your friends and bring a picnic to take in the view from their deck overlooking the vines. Alfaro Family Vineyards features Estate grown and bottled wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains, located less than four miles from the cooling influence of the Monterey Bay in the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Reservation required.
Children's Discovery Museum (website)
One family four-pack of tickets to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose where you can expect to test, crank, listen, prod and tinker. One of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, CDM's 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live. Not valid for special events or field trips. No expiration.
David Wimpfheimer (website)
Local Birding Excursion
David is a biologist and a professional naturalist and guide with a passion for birds and the natural history of the West. He will lead up to three people in the wonderful environs of Point Reyes National Seashore. Your guided day must be on Monday through Friday and must occur before November 15, 2014.
A beautiful hand-carved and hand-painted Ruddy Duck from a very talented artist. This carving is life-sized and can be beautifully displayed on your shelf!
Paicines Ranch (website)
The historic Paicines Ranch consists of restored ranch buildings dating from the 1860's to the present. It supports a wide variety of birds, plants, and animals as a result of its extensive grasslands and water features. They produce 100% free range grass fed beef and manage the landscape for biodiversity, water quality, and an effective energy cycle, along with financial sustainability. Two weekday nights stay (no weekends) for four people in one of their single family houses that are available for rent. You must contact them no more than one month in advance to make reservations. Expires June 5, 2015.
Ridge Vineyards (website)
Ridge has made exceptional single-vintage wines since 1962 from great vineyards that produce high-quality grapes of distinct, individual character. They are committed to sustainability and to organic certification of their vineyards. Sustainable agriculture can be summarized as a farming system that is sensitive to the environment, responsible to the community, and economically feasible to implement and maintain. Win a giant three liter bottle (this is bigger than a magnum!). Visit their wineries in nearby Cupertino and Healdsburg. You will not be disappointed with world-famous Ridge wines! Win this huge 3 liter (this is larger than a magnum!) bottle of 2011 Geyserville Zinfandel blend wine.
Spirit of Health Therapeutic Massage (website)
Sixty Minute Hot-stone Massage
Prepare to be pampered in luxuriating comfort that will revitalize your body after a long day of birding. One gift certificate for an hour massage. Call for appointment.
Steve, the General Manager of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve, is an experienced naturalist and birdwatcher who has a special passion for our regional bird species. He will lead you and four of your friends on a morning of birding to the top of Mount Umunhum (which is currently closed to the public), the fourth-highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains located southeast of Los Gatos. Your excursion must occur on a Monday through Friday before June 15, 2014. This offer expires without notification after that time.
Vivek Khanzode (website)
Win this stunning 18x24 photograph of a Clark's Grebe and chicks by a talented local photographer. This photo is printed on metal which infuses the image into the surface of a solid sheet of metal resulting in a rich iridescent sheen, bright vivid colors, and a depth of detail that can't be matched by conventional paper prints. The image is waterproof, weatherproof, and scratch resistant and can be easily cleaned.
Knit-to-fit birders' mitts
Knit-to-fit birders' mitts
For chilly mornings in the field, birders need gloves without fingers! These hard-wearing fingerless birding mitts - hand knit to your own hand measurements in the historic twined knitting technique - will fit the bill. They are designed for use with binoculars and field guide and have gotten many positive comments about them on Audubon field trips. Please note that it will take two weeks after collecting your measurements to knit your mitts. This offer expires on November 1, 2014 and you must coordinate your mits before then.
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