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American Avocets by Tom Grey

Welcome New Executive Director:
Ralph Schardt

Ralph Schardt of Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Ralph is excited to put his leadership experience and passion about local nature to work at SCVAS. He has been an Audubon member for nearly twenty years and an avid advocate for birds such as the California Condor, and led field trips for local businesses and nonprofits. Ralph brings over fifteen years of leadership and development in nonprofit business, including running a private nonprofit foundation supporting environmental education for youth over the last nine years. We look forward to his lead as we continue to grow to support our mission.

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Read highlights of current news from our chapter. This installment: "Golden Eagle Deaths at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area: Can the Population Recover?" by Gail Cheeseman. More...

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)

Between February 12 - 15, spend at least 15 minutes counting and recording birds that you see in your backyard, a local park, or other natural area, and submit the results online. More....

Spring Birdathon

It is once again time for the Spring Birdathon, one of our most important fundraisers. To participate join a team, gather pledges, then count birds March 26 - May 1. People who raise the most money win valuable prizes! More...

photo of Doug Bell holding a Golden Eagle

Speaker Series

Next program February 17, 2016: How Can Golden Eagles Survive in the Altamont Pass? by Doug Bell. More...

RAILS for Teens

Our free eight-week summer training program develops teen skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Stewardship". Applications accepted through May 25, 2016 or until the program is full. More...

Upcoming Events at SCVAS

See more events in our calendars.

Saturday February 6, 8:00 AM (Half day)
Charleston Slough

A trip designed for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. More...

Sunday February 7, 8:30 AM (Full day)
Merced & San Luis Wildlife Refuges
Meet at the parking area near the first Observation Platform in Merced National Wildlife Refuge. More...

Tuesday February 9, 10:00am
Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
NOTE: The group will meet on the 1st Tuesday in January, only; we'll return to our normal 2nd Tuesday schedule in February.

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