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Young Audubon Adventure: Spring Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday April 19 8:30 AM-10:30 AM (arrive at 8:20AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) at the peak of the spring migration season to see a live bird banding demonstration and experience conservation science in action. View a wild bird up close and explore restored habitat! Location: McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas, located one exit west of the 237/880 interchange. Meet at the [former] Borders Bookstore parking lot at the McCarthy Ranch. More specific directions will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the activity.

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Ed Levin County Park (North)
Saturday April 19 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in Milpitas' prime birding hot spot. Difficulty Level: Be aware that the trail is steep in places. Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 237 east, crossing I-880 and I-680 (237 becomes Calaveras Rd.), turn left on Downing Rd. to the park entrance. Meet in parking lot on the far, northeast side of Sandy Wool Lake (near the dog park).

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Sunday April 20 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west (toward the Santa Cruz mountains) turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

Bald Mt. and/or Sierra Azul Woods Rood Trail
Wednesday April 23 8:30 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264. Half Day. Highlights: This late April trip is timed for migrating and breeding birds. Difficulty Level: Moderately easy walking. Notes: bring water, limited facilities. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expwy south 4.3 miles and bear right onto Almaden Rd., through New Almaden township. Park in Almaden-Quicksilver Hacienda parking lot on your right. We'll carpool to Hicks Rd. from here and bird Bald Mt. or Woods Road in Sierra Azul, depending on conditions.

Birding 101 for Trail Runners
Wednesday April 23 7:30-9:00PM (class); Saturday April 26th; 8:30-11:00AM (field).
Location: Class: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino; Field: TBD
Cost: Free, but space is limited to 20 participants.
Leader: Steve Patt (Stevens Creek Striders, Birdwatchers Digest) Gain a greater appreciation of the nature that you experience during your runs. More...

Stanford Campus
Saturday April 26 9:00 AM
Leader: Dick Stovel: (650) 856-6105. Half day. Highlights: This is the second of two field trips to the Stanford Campus this season. Difficulty Level: Highly recommended for beginning birders. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Palo Alto take University Ave exit west through downtown and into Stanford campus (becomes Palm Dr). Meet at end of Palm Dr at entrance to Main Quad.

Last Day for Birdathon Teams!
Sunday April 27 All Day
The Birdathon window closes today - last day to compete for great prizes! More...

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Sunday April 27 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Sonny Mencher: soccerquiz@yahoo.com. Trip limited to 20 participants; email Sonny to reserve a space (those without e-mail should call 650-814-8028). Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine. Notes: There is a $5 per person fee for the Jasper Ridge Field Trip.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the right side of Sand Hill Rd. as you head West toward the Preserve (near the freeway at the intersection of Lawler Ranch Rd. and Sand Hill Rd.). At the parking lot people are expected to form their own carpool, as carpooling is now required to minimize the number of cars on the Preserve. Caravan with a leader from the parking area between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM only (DO NOT LEAVE EARLIER, AS PARKING OUTSIDE THE GATE IS NOT ALLOWED, SINCE IT POSES AN UNACCEPTABLE TRAFFIC HAZARD!); the gate will then be open. From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd.

Spring Birding Series #3: Nests and Nesting - Identifying Birds By What They Build
Monday April 28 6:30-8:00PM (Class); Saturday May 3; 8:30-10:30AM (Field)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Cost: $35 members; $50 non-members
Leader: Freddy Howell and Toby Goldberg (SCVAS Ed Committee) A chance to explore the intricate, intriguing and sometimes downright strange world of bird nesting behavior! More...

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May

Volunteer Appreciation Bird Walk and Dinner
Thursday May 1 4:30 PM (bird walk); 6:30 PM (dinner)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Veteran and potential new volunteers, please join us for a spring bird walk and a special Gourmet Dinner in celebration of National Volunteer Week. More...

Mines Rd., Del Puerte Canyon, and vicinity
Saturday May 3 8:30 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. We'll start this trip in Del Puerto Canyon, working our way west to San Antonio Valley. Highlights: Hoped for highlights include possible Costa's Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Lewis?s Woodpecker and Lawrence's Goldfinch. Notes: Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and liquids.

Directions: From I-580 go east over Altamont Pass, to I-5, south on I-5, west at the Patterson exit (Diablo Grande Pkwy) and then right on Del Puerto Canyon Rd. Meet at the first pullout.

Hidden Villa
Sunday May 4 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Garth Harwood: (650) 949-8643. Highlights: Bird the farm, gardens and wild land edges of this unique facility with Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Director. There will be special emphasis on learning to bird by ear. Notes: A $5 per car parking fee is required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Los Altos take El Monte Rd. past Foothill College, turn left at Moody Rd. then after approx. 1.7 miles left into Hidden Villa. Meet at the first parking lot beside the entrance.

Spring Birding Series #4: Life in the Egg
Monday May 5 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Cost: $25 members; $40 non-members
Leader: Stephanie Ellis (SCVAS Executive Director).

This fun and informative class covers the basics of avian reproduction from start to finish. More...

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday May 7 7:30-9PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
"African Birds of Prey" by Doug Cheeseman

2775 Embarcadero Rd. From 101, take Embarcadero Rd going East (towards the Baylands). At the stop sign at the very end of Embarcadero, take a left (staying on Embarcadero). The Interpretive Center is on the left along the jetty path after the Duck Pond. Parking is on Embarcadero, in the lot on the right (just as the road bends again).

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Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring
Saturday May 10 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
A day of fun in the beautiful Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to enjoy the coming spring and the beauty of our local birds. Location and Directions: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is located at the junction of Skyline Blvd and Page Mill Rd (in the unincorporated area between Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and La Honda). Click Here for maps and directions, or go to the Event Flyer (above).

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FULL: Audubon Field Workshop: "Cave Creek Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains" with Bob Power.
Tuesday May 20 through May 27th.
Join Bob to seek all of the area's specialty birds at one of North America's premier birding destinations. More...

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June

Audubon Field Seminar: "Breeding Birds of Yuba Pass, Sierra Valley, and the Gold Lakes Region" - Session 1
Sunday June 8 through June 11th.
Location: Sierra Valley
Cost: $125 members; $160 non-members.
Leader: Bob Power.

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FULL: Audubon Field Seminar: "Breeding Birds of Yuba Pass, Sierra Valley, and the Gold Lakes Region" - Session 2
Friday June 13 through June 16th.
Location: Sierra Valley
Cost: $125 members; $160 non-members.
Leader: Bob Power.

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July

Audubon Field Seminar: "Eastern Sierra Mid-Summer Birding Dream"
Tuesday July 1 through July 6th.
Location: Saddlebag and Mono Lake and Beyond!
Cost: $225 members; $260 non-members.
Leader: Bob Power.

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Summer Nature Days: Day Camps for Grades 2-6
Monday July 21 through Friday, July 25th. 9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Various locations.
Cost: $270/child for SCVAS members; $295/child for non-members
Bugs, Birds, Plants, Creeks, and more! Join SCVAS, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and Shoreline at Mountain View as we explore the wonderful world around us. A great chance to be outdoors and get dirty! Registration is now open but space is limited - don't wait! Details and directions for each session will be sent upon confirmed registration.

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August

"Birds of the Farallones" Audubon Field Seminar.
Saturday August 9 7:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Half Moon Bay (Princeton Harbor)
Cost: $130 members; $150 non-members
Leader: Al Jaramillo, Matthew Dodder, Bob Power. A not to miss excursion to the Farallones! More...

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September

Audubon Field Workshop: Shorebirding on Cape Cod
Sunday September 7 through Saturday Sept 13th
Cost: $2,200 per person for double-occupancy or single supplement. Deposit of $500 required to hold space.
Leader: Stephanie Ellis (SCVAS Executive Director) and Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club, MassAudubon). Enjoy shorebirds, raptors, warblers, and whales on beautiful Cape Cod, MA. More...

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November

FULL: Audubon Field Workshop: Ecuador
Monday November 10 through Monday, November 24th
Cost: $4395/person, double-occupancy. $600 single supplement; Deposit of $500 required to hold space.
Leader: Charlie Gomez, Nino Morales, and Bob Power. That place on your dream list! This trip is currently full - taking sign-ups for the wait list only. More...

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