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Spring Birdathon: 2014 Calendar with Guided Team descriptions

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Please register for a team at least one week prior to the count day so there is time for the team leader to contact you with full information about the count day.


Pick your team
Read how to participate, containing all you need to know! Gather your own Self-Guided Team or join one of our Guided Teams (described below) and register online. To compete for prizes, all participants must raise or donate at least $50 (but we hope you will raise more!). Raise more money to win the best prizes.

Spring Birdathon Team
Spring Birdathon Team


Kick-off Party
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:30 to 8:30 PM
This is a great opportunity to bring your team together to plan, size up the competition, get ideas, or just get jazzed. Plus see some of this year's great prizes on display! Enjoy wine and refreshments with entertainment. Please RSVP to (408) 252-3747 or [email protected].

Spring Birdathon Window starts
March 29 to April 27, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014
24-Hour Team with Bob Power
Bob's leadership style will complement all birding levels, including yours! This is a perfect team if you haven't done a Birdathon before, but want to experience a fast-paced big-day with a leader who can find all the birds! Wee hours of the morning to dusk. 140+ species. Register for this team.

Surf Scoters
Saturday, March 29, 2014
4-Hour Team with Susan Bell
Count birds in the marshes of Alviso Slough from a unique vantage point - aboard the historic 44-foot tugboat Sea Dive. Join First-mate Susan Bell and Captain Charles Bell on a slough cruise then finish counting on shore to total four hours. Includes refreshments! Meet at 10:30 to tour the historic South Bay Yacht Club then set sail at 11 AM to count until 3 PM. Team limited to eight sign-ups due to space limitations. 30+ species. Register for this team.

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Persistent Picidaes
Sunday, April 6, 2014
24-Hour Team with Lisa Myers of Let's Go Birding
The Picidaes will start at 7:30 AM and count until dusk in select spots around Santa Clara County. This is the perfect team regardless of your birding skill level - everyone is welcome, you'll have a great time and team members are gracious and helpful for all who wish to participate. If you need a pair of binoculars, let Lisa know and they will be provided. Team limited to 20. Full day. 100+ species. Register for this team.

Cheeky Chickadees
Saturday, April 12, 2014
4-Hour Team with Debbie Thompson
Fun but productive birding is the main objective for this team. They will visit a slice of the bay area – from the wetlands to the woodlands – to uncover as many species as possible, 8 AM to noon. 70+ species. Register for this team.

Hi-Speed Rails
Sunday, April 13, 2014
4-Hour Team with Bob Power
Help Bob find all the birds as the Hi-Speed Rails go stealthy and green in this walking tour of North Bayshore, Stevens Creek, Shoreline Lake and Charleston Slough. Expect a good morning's exercise while birding 7 to 11 AM. 80+ species, but wishing for 100 so we need your help! Register for this team.

The Big Game
Sunday, April 13, 2014
4-Hour Team with Rob Furrow
We have a Birdathon side-bet riding on this team! Rob's team will bird the Stanford campus in competition with a team from Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) that will bird the Berkeley campus. You will still be eligible for all most species and most money prizes in our 4-hour Spring Birdathon. Join this team to help us beat GGAS! Register for this team.

Mean Green Machines
Saturday, April 19, 2014
4-Hour Team with Rob Furrow
Go green and go mean! This whirlwind bayside biking adventure starts at Sunnyvale Baylands, heads to Alviso and back again and finishes at Charleston Slough (time permitting). The LGBM will bike roughly 20 miles at a moderate pace. High-performance road bikes are not recommended for these trails - use your own judgement. 80+ species. Register for this team.

Eagle Eyes
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Big-sit Team with Bob Power
Bob's Big-sit Challenge team will be counting from the north face of Coyote Lake at the dam. The Big-sit Birdathon is perfect for those who don't want to spend a lot of time chasing around town. 40+ species. Register for this team.

Data Sets
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Big-sit Team with Stephanie Ellis
Our new Executive Director, Stephanie, will migrate over to Charleston Slough in Mountain View for a morning of shorebirds in an area perfectly situated between multiple habitats. 8 AM to noon. 40+ species. Register for this team.

Rushing Thrushes
Sunday, April 20, 2014
4-Hour Team with Bob Power
Bob's east-side blitz for will start east of Milpitas and end in Alviso, exploring the unique habitats of the Diablo Foothills and the bay. Join this fast-paced chase 8 AM to noon. 80+ species. Register for this team.

Cupertino Creek Cruisers
Sunday, April 20, 2014
4-Hour Team with Deborah Jamison
Take a leisurely one-mile stroll along Stevens Creek from McClellan Road to Stevens Creek Blvd. as we conduct the Creek Cruiser's eleventh annual spring bird survey. After the first four hours, you are invited to continue on for about two hours more to complete the survey by birding the Stocklmeir property where Cupertino's creek restoration project is newly completed! The Stevens Creek Trail now continues into Stocklmeir to Stevens Creek Blvd. We'll complete the loop back to the start through McClellan Ranch West, the section of the nature preserve on the west side of the creek. You can participate in the Birdathon part only (4 hours) or the entire survey. 8 AM-12 PM (April 27 rain date). 50+ species. Register for this team.

The Fledglings
Sunday, April 20, 2014
24-Hour Team with Pati Rouzer
This fun team welcomes young birders ages 6-16. Birders must have basic binocular and identification skills and the interest to bird for six hours (and a willing parent to accompany them). We will begin at 7:30 AM, break for a 30-minute lunch and continue to approximately 2:00 PM to beat our last year's record of 65 species. Pati has served on the Board of Directors for SFBBO, is an avid birder and international trip leader. Register for this team.

Oh-my Godwits
Saturday, April 26, 2014
4-Hour Photography Team with Beth Hamel
Grab your camera and binoculars and see how many species of birds the team can photograph in four hours. Beth honed her strategy last year resulting in a fun Birdathon twist! 60+ species. Register for this team.

Varied Twitchers
Saturday, April 26, 2014
24-Hour Team with Mike Rogers
This is a high intensity day with one of the Bay Area's premier birders. Start your big-day early with owling and continue until sunset. Joining this team is a perfect way to celebrate John J. Audubon who was born on this day in 1785! Predawn-to-dusk. 160+ species. Register for this team.

Rock Wrens
Sunday, April 27, 2014
24-Hour Team with Bob Hirt
Join this long-time birder and SCVAS Board Member for an active day in the field. They'll start early for owls in the western foothills, zigzag to the Bay for shorebirds, and then climb up the eastern slope, ending after dusk. Bob is ready to help beginning birders join the excitement! Predawn-to-dusk. 140+ species. Register for this team.

Spring Birdathon Window ends
March 29 to April 27, 2014

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Results submission deadline
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5 pm
To be considered for prizes, you must submit your individual Results Form (PDF or editable MS Word), pledge sheets, and money raised (at least $50) by this deadline. Please submit a form no matter how little you raised since these forms will be used to calculate your team total. Reporting every tiny bit helps your team!


Spring Birdathon Awards Dinner
Spring Birdathon Awards Dinner

Awards Dinner
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6 PM
Find out who won the big prizes! All Spring Birdathon participants are encouraged to attend the dinner at McClellan Ranch Preserve. There will be free food and refreshments, games, surprises, raffles, and fun for all! Prizes will be distributed at the dinner. You do not have to attend the Awards Dinner to win. However, if you can't attend, you must make your own arrangements to pick up your prize at the SCVAS Office. Please RSVP to (408) 252-3747 or [email protected] so we can plan enough food.


Updated February 2014

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