Calendar: All Activities
Field Trip Kid Friendly
Sunday October 4 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505 Rain Cancels.
Directions: From Hwy 17 in Los Gatos take Lark Ave exit west. Turn right on Oka Rd, left on Mozart Ave and an immediate right on Oka Lane. Meet at gate.
City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday October 7 12:00 PM (One hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. An RSVP is NOT required, but you can contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, for directions or more details at (408-730-7545). Rain cancels.
Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.
The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday October 7 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
"Birding Central Asia" with Mike Danzenbaker and Lee Hung
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).
Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday October 10 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Todd Newberry, Santa Cruz Bird Club: (831) 426-8741. Highlights:. Shorebirds, waterfowl and other migrants. Notes: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids.
Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Hwy 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge.
Sunday October 11 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy., turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).
Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday October 13 10:00am
Location: Home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos
Topic: Puffins. Contact Rosalind at 408 395 6631 with any questions. More...
"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday October 14 3:00-4:30PM
Location: TBC. Check the SCVAS website after September 1st.
Cost: FREE! There is no RSVP needed to attend, but please be on time.
Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month for the Bay Area Nature Journal Club workshops! More...
Lake Cunningham Park
Wednesday October 14 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Jana Pauser: (408) 569-9264 Rain Cancels
Directions: From Hwy 101 in San
Jose go East on Tully to the entrance to Lake
Cunningham Park, 0.3 miles past Capitol
Expwy (Raging Waters). Turn left into the
park and left again at the entrance booth.
Meet in the Marina parking lot and pay the parking fee.
"Early Bird" Shorebird walk - for families and children
Saturday October 17 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Location: Charleston Slough in Mountain View.
As a part of our 23rd Annual Wildlife Education Day, come join us on this kids-and-families field trip to explore the wonders of the San Francisco Bay Lands. Led by experienced birders, this is a great opportunity to learn about the birds that live in our diminishing wetlands. Afterwards, we encourage all participants to join us at McClellan Ranch for the 24th Annual Wildlife Education Day!
Binoculars and field guides available for use upon request. RSVP is required. Use the Online Registration Form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: To get to Charleston Slough from the South Bay, take 101 N (or 85 N to 101 N) to Mountain View. Exit San Antonio Rd., and go RIGHT off the freeway towards the Bay. Follow San Antonio until it dead ends at Terminal Blvd. Park in the available spaces and meet at the trailhead on the corner of San Antonio and Terminal.
From the North Bay: Take 101 S to Mountain View. Exit San Antonio Rd. NORTH, and go towards the Bay. Follow San Antonio until it dead ends at Terminal Blvd. Park in the available spaces and meet at the trailhead on the corner of San Antonio and Terminal.
24th Annual Wildlife Education Day
Saturday October 17 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave, Cupertino
Families are invited to join SCVAS and over a dozen other environmental organizations to celebrate nature and wildlife. There will be live animals, educational presentations, a poster contest, and many hands-on activities, including nestbox and bird feeder building.
Get directions and more information about the day, plus see pictures from past
events, by clicking here. Or to see this year's flyer, click here.
For "Early Birds," we'll have a guided shorebird walk at the Charleston Slough in Mountain View's Baylands at 8AM. Following the walk, participants will caravan to Wildlife Education Day festivities in Cupertino. RSVP is required for the walk only. (408) 252-3740 or More...
Local Hot Spots
Saturday October 17 7:30AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights:. A chance to visit some of the local hot spots you hear about and, we hope, to see some "good" birds.
Directions: We'll meet at the Alviso Marina. From Hwy 237 in San Jose take Gold st. north to the end of the street, bear left on Elizabeth St. and then right on hope St. to the Marina parking lot.
Sunnyvale Water Treatment Facility
Sunday October 18 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Difficulty Level: Trip is faily easy but can be a long walk. Rain cancels.
Highlights: A great place to study ducks and scopes are highly recommended. Directions: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 237 east, exit north on Caribbean Dr., turn right on Borregas Ave. then left to the parking area.
Saturday October 24 9:00 AM
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.
Windy Hill OSP
Sunday October 25 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Rain Cancels.
Directions: From I-280 in Portola Valley take Alpine Rd south (toward hills) about 2.9 miles to first stop sign, turn right on Portola Rd. and go 0.8 miles to parking lot on left side of road just past The Sequoias. Meet in parking lot at Sausal Pond edge of Preserve.
Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday October 31 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Norm Kikuchi: (831) 459-9424. Highlights:. Shorebirds, waterfowl and other migrants. Notes: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids.
Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Hwy 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge. Top
Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday November 1 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092.
LO, RC: Difficulty Level: This will be a moderate 2 mile walk. IMPORTANT: fall back or be an hour early for this trip. Highlights:. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and possible Golden Eagle. Notes: A park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the trip Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Hamilton Rd. and go approximately 9 miles to the park. Meet at Grant Lake (aka Hall's Valley Lake) parking lot, which is the first parking lot on the left side of the road (Do not enter the main park entrance on the right.