Spring Birdathon: 2013 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: March 6, 2013
Golden Eagle Sponsors donated more than $600 in prizes
Time-share in Colorado
Bob and Deb Hirt
Bob, SCVAS Board Vice President, and Deb Hirt donated a week stay in their international timeshare! Choose from many scenic locations such as Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Cancun, Malaga Spain, or Silver Creek in Colorado. Design your own birding adventures or hire a guide and have the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy a fully furnished two-bedroom condo with room for six and the full amenities of a luxury hotel. Airfare and transportation not included. You must complete your week's stay before December 31, 2013 or forfeit.
Pentax 8x32 Binoculars
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, kids stuff and many great gift items. They donated Birds of North America Western Region and Pentax 8x32 DCF SP Binoculars with cleaning kit and Bino-system strap. And also a beautiful outdoor picture of a Green Heron eating a fish.
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, 2013 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.
Patagonia Torrentshell jacket
Win either a men's or women's Torrentshell jacket or a Black-hole Messenger Bag - all great prizes indeed! 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 quality gear at the store in Palo Alto.
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Great Egret Sponsors donated between $250 and $599 in prizes
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris (website)
Monterey Bay Pelagic Trip on July 21, 2013
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. Reservation must be confirmed by June 30, 2013 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 pilot David Presotto, will give you and one guest an aerial tour of the salt ponds, the Mount Hamilton Range, out to Pacheco Pass and back up the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains. A wonderful way to experience and photograph our county's many habitats. Depart from Palo Alto airport. Flight must be taken by September 30, 2013.
Hawaii Forest and Trail (website)
Rainforest and Dryforest Birding Adventure
We have rave reviews from several past Birdathon winners who went on their Rainforest and Dryforest Birdwatching Adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii. This full-day guided tour explores the native birds and forests of two rare habitats: the cloudmist rainforest and the sub-alpine dry forest of Puu Laau on Mauna Kea. Win a certificate for two guests valid through April 2014 (except December 18 to January 6), advance booking required, for those over eight years old.
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Western Bluebird Sponsors donated up to $249 in prizes
We are lucky to have several anonymous donors who provided wonderful prizes that include the following items. A Great Blue Heron wall hanging made of terra cotta suitable for indoors or outdoors. A large-sized Great Blue Heron tapestry blanket. Kenn Kaufmann's great book: Lives of North American Birds. Robert's silver coin sets. Several prints: John Gould's Hummingbirds, Arnold Small's California Birds, Gilroy Roberts Osprey, and Gilroy Roberts Swallows.
Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery (website)
Enjoy a free wine tasting for four people at Alfaro's 16-foot granite tasting bar on Saturdays from 12 to 5 PM during regular business hours. 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.
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, 2013 to March 31 2014 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)
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.
City Lights Theater Company (website)
City Lights Theater Company in San Jose (a non-profit organization) produces a season of six plays per year in the their intimate 100-seat venue, and is committed to presenting exhilarating, thought-provoking plays that speak strongly to our audiences. You must call for reservations prior to performance. Each ticket gift certificate is good for admission to any single performance of their Main Stage Series, subject to availability. Expires on March 31, 2014.
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, 2013. This could be a perfect complement to a special weekend getaway north of the Golden Gate.
Haeckel Hummingbirds Puzzle
Ducky Ducks by Jack Cole
A beautiful hand carved and painted carving of a duck 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.
Win this signed small etching of a Golden Eagle by this famed local artist. It will look wonderful on your wall in just the right spot! All are unframed and unmatted.
Haeckel Hummingbirds Puzzle
Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Naturalist Ernst Haeckel's 1899 illustration of 12 hummingbird species is cut into a 262-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle. The puzzle features a smattering of themed whimsy pieces by Seattle artist Maria Berg. It is made of 1/4" thick real wood and is packaged in a pine wood box.
Just for Fun Handweaving & Polymer Clay by Dotty Calabrese
Two Handwoven Scarves
These hand-woven scarves are designed and woven by artist Dotty Calabrese, SCVAS Board Member, using a warm, sturdy, buttery soft, luminous, colorful rayon chenille yarn. It is sure to keep you toasty-warm while birding on cold mornings. They are approximately 8-1/2 inches wide and 63-inches long with a 2-1/4 inch fringe at each end.
Kim Koringa Designs (website)
Colorful and whimsical bird-themed earring and necklace set and a pin made from polymer clay from a very talented artist.
Lattig / Craighead
Win this very large print of a Golden Eagle by this famous artist. Print is limited strictly to 400 prints and then the proofs were destroyed. Unframed and unmatted.
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, 2013 and you must coordinate your mits before then.
Two bottles of Navarro Wine, one Pinot Noir and one Navarrouge, both 2008 vintages.
Ridge Vineyards (website)
Win a giant three liter bottle (this is bigger than a magnum!) of famous 2006 Lytton Springs zinfancel. Visit their wineries in nearby Cupertino and Healdsburg. You will not be disappointed with popular Ridge wines!
Spirit of Health Therapeutic Massage (website)
Sixty Minute Massage
Prepare to be pampered in luxuriating comfort that will revitalize your body after a long day of birding. Two gift certificates for a free thirty minute massage. Call for appointment. Expires September 30, 2013.
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.