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Spring Birdathon: 2014 Sponsors and Prizes

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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: March 23, 2014

Golden Eagle Sponsors donated more than $600 in prizes or support

Los Gatos Birdwatcher

Los Gatos Birdwatcher (website)
All nature lovers should visit Freddy and John's store, the Los Gatos Birdwatcher, which specializes in everything to do with bird feeding and bird watching, including seed, feeders, baths, hardware and optics. Also included in their offerings are clothing, jewelry, books, kid's stuff and many great gift items. They generously donated many items: Pentax 9x32 DCF BC Binoculars, Bino-System binocular strap, and Bird for All Seasons CD featuring a colorful cast of over 400 birds species performing to the classical music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Plus several books: Bay Area Birds by David Lukas, In the Field Among the Feathered Birdwatcher's Daily Companion, and Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Ken Kaufman.

Patagonia Torrentshell jacket
Patagonia Torrentshell jacket

Patagonia (website)
Gear
Win either a men's (size large, nickel-gray color) or women's (size medium, glass blue color) Torrentshell stretch jacket - great prizes indeed! the Torrentshell Stretch Jacket is a waterproof/breathable shell that incorporates stretch nylon ripstop fabric panels through the arms and shoulders for generous mobility. Patagonia 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 quality gear at the store in Palo Alto.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District logo

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (website)
Event support
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.

They also donated two copies of Room to Breathe, The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula a book of photos, paintings, and poetry depicting the natural beauty and diversity of these landscapes. And their book entitled, Peninsula Tales and Trails.

The Sea Ranch, CA Nancy Teater
Vacation stay in The Sea Ranch

Nancy Teater
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 logo

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.

Flight over Bay Area
South Bay adventure flight

David Presotto
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)
Wine tasting
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.

Beaureguard Vineyards (website)
Wine tasting
Enjoy a free wine tasting for in their historic tasting room at 10 Pine Flat Road in Santa Cruz that has served as a home stage for a cast of local characters over the last hundred years. You must call ahead to reserve.

Bob Power
Local Birding Excursion
You and past SCVAS Executive Director Bob Power will together design a custom birding adventure to a local destination. This is the perfect time to fulfill your dream of finding a special species or birding a particular area with one of the Bay Area's best birders as your guide. Bob has been teaching birding classes, leading field trips and conducting bird seminars in the bay area and beyond for the past ten years. Your excursion for up to three people must occur before November 15, 2014 (some dates are not available and this offer expires without notification after that time).

Buttes Resort (website)
Two night stay
Stay in one of eleven well appointed cabins nestled in the shadow of the Sierra Buttes as they rise 8,500 feet above us. They are perched on the rim of the North Fork of scenic Yuba River in Sierra City, an old gold mining town. This offer is good for two people for two night's free, Sunday through Thursday on a limited basis between June 15, 2014 to March 31 2015 only, (not available between July 1-5, Sept. 3-6, Nov. 24-28, Dec. 23-Jan 3, and Feb. 11-14.)

Children's Discovery Museum (website)
Tickets
Two family four-packs 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.

Ducky Ducks by Jack Cole
Wood sculpture
A beautiful hand carved and painted carving of a male America Wigeon by local artist Jack Cole. This is a large "duck-decoy" sized carving that will look great on your shelf. Jack's carefully hand-crafted artwork has been a highly sought-after Spring Birdathon prize for many years in a row.

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (website)
Two admissions
Gilroy Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to educate and inspire families, especially children, to appreciate horticulture and the importance of trees in our lives by providing fun and memories in a beautiful garden setting. The park features rides, water features, majestic gardens, and dining. Win two single day admissions. Expires Nov 30, 2014.

Joe Freitas
Wood Sculpture
A beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted Ruddy Duck from a very talented artist. This carving is life-sized and will garner praises when visitors see it displayed in your home!

Leena Khanzode
Artist set
Leena donated an autographed copy of "Guide to Sketching Birds" by popular local artist and naturalist John Muir Laws. The set also includes a sketchbook, drawing pencil and water paint brush. This is a great opportunity to improve your artistic skills, especially if you join the Bay Area Nature Journal Club with John Muir Laws.

Let's Go Birding with Lisa Myers (website)
Local Birding Excursion
Two people will join Lisa Myers on one of her popular birding trips to a popular local spot. Lisa has been teaching bird watching classes for over a decade and enjoys introducing people to the avian world, especially during popular local birding trips and field seminars.

Paicines Ranch (website)
Two night stay
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.

Renee Polizotto
Wine Set
Two bottles of Navarro Vineyard's Mendocino red wine, both 2008 vintages in a lovely packaged gift set.

Ridge Vineyards (website)
Wine
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.

San Jose Stage (website)
Two tickets donated by Laurie West-Roberts
Win two tickets to see Bonnie and Clyde about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who went from two small-time nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. The show runs June 4 - July 27, 2014 only, so you have to be prepared to see it soon!

SCVAS
Kowa Scope and accessories
We received this scope set as a donation and want to offer it to you as a great prize! The package includes a lightly used Kowa TSN-4 scope with fluorite lens plus case and tripod (Hakuba carbon HG-6230C).

SCVAS is also offering a Haeckel's wooden jigsaw puzzle - a very hadsome gift! The artistic puzzle is made of 1/4" thick real wood and is packaged in a pine wood box. Plus some popular books and unframed bird illustrations.

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 Abbors
Local Birding Excursion
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.

Stevens Creek Software (website)
One copy of Birdwatcher's Diary software
Whether you are participating in a Christmas or summer bird count, doing a birdathon or "big day", a veteran "lister", or are just looking for an easy way to record and review your daily bird sightings, Birdwatcher's Diary™ for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is the perfect birdwatcher's field companion! Fast and easy to use, yet also extremely powerful, Birdwatcher's Diary will enrich your birding experience. In seconds, you can make a note of birds you see or hear, including time and exact location (both automatically recorded), with additional field notes if you wish. Later, you can review the sightings as a list or on a map, and upload the recorded information to desktop software and online databases like eBird, and view your sightings on Google Maps.

Vivek Khanzode (website)
Art print
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. It is unframed and not matted.

birding gloves
Knit-to-fit birders' mitts

Mary Wisnewski
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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