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The following classes are sponsored by the SCVAS Education Committee. To register please call the office at (408) 252-3740. All cancellations require 72-hour prior notification for refunds.

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)

The way a bird builds its nest can you tell you where it lives, what it eats, and much more. This information, in turn, can be a valuable tool in learning how to identify birds in the field. We'll discuss the different ways birds nest, examine many of their creations, and learn what we need to look for when birding. Our field trip will then visit the nest boxes at McClellan Ranch to see nesting in action.

Ready to sign up? Use this Online Registration Form to sign up for any of the Spring Birding Series Classes.

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).

Participants will learn about avian reproductive anatomy, fertilization, egg production, incubation, development of a chick within its egg, and more. In class, you will dissect a chicken egg and learn all of its components, and learn why eggs are one of the most delicate, yet perfect things on the planet. You will never look at an egg the same way again!

Ready to sign up? Use this Online Registration Form to sign up for any of the Spring Birding Series Classes.

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...

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.

The northern Sierra offers a spectacular array of nesting birds, from White-headed Woodpeckers and Hermit Warblers to Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Green-tailed Towhees. We typically see 100+ species of birds during this workshop, few are species available to study in the South Bay, and all are stunning. With a four-day trip, we are able to explore these unique habitats at leisure.

Additional Information: Trip fees cover continental breakfast and bag lunches for those staying at the Buttes Resort in Sierra City. We will meet at 1 PM at Yuba Pass on June 8th, and then meet at 7AM in Sierra City on June 9th, 10th, 11th.

We organize carpools each morning on location. We will have a maximum of three vehicles for our field trips. Please do not sign up for this workshop if you're not prepared to carpool around Sierra Valley. Carpooling expenses are shared by the participants; typically $5/person/day. Transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of each participant. Shared meals are available for participants who stay in or near to Sierra City. Detailed itinerary will be forwarded upon registration.

Trip is limited to 11 participants.

To sign up for this trip, please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 or 252-3747.

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.

The northern Sierra offers a spectacular array of nesting birds, from White-headed Woodpeckers and Hermit Warblers to Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Green-tailed Towhees. We typically see 100+ species of birds during this workshop, few are species available to study in the South Bay, and all are stunning. With a four-day trip, we are able to explore these unique habitats at leisure.

Additional Information: Trip fees cover continental breakfast and bag lunches for those staying at the Buttes Resort in Sierra City. We will meet at 1 PM at Yuba Pass on June 13th, and then meet at 7AM in Sierra City on June 14th, 15th, 16th.

We organize carpools each morning on location. We will have a maximum of three vehicles for our field trips. Please do not sign up for this workshop if you're not prepared to carpool around Sierra Valley. Carpooling expenses are shared by the participants; typically $5/person/day. Transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of each participant. Shared meals are available for participants who stay in or near to Sierra City. Detailed itinerary will be forwarded upon registration.

Trip is limited to 11 participants.

To sign up for this trip, please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 or 252-3747.

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.

The east slope of the Sierra offers a spectacular array of breeding, post-breeding and migratory birds, from Williamson's Sapsuckers and Clark's Nutcrackers to Osprey and Green-tailed Towhees. With a six-day trip, we're able to explore a number of unique habitats including the alpine zone surrounding Saddlebag Lake, the high desert sage grasslands of the historic ghost town of Bodie, the extraordinary tufa formations of Mono Lake and the basalt columns of Devils Postpile National Monument. We typically see 120+ species of birds during this workshop, few are species available to study in the South Bay, and all are stunning.

Additional Information: Fees cover: Kayaking, Bodie Entrance, Devil's Postpile Entrance, and Saddlebag Ferry. A portion of your fees go directly to supporting SCVAS Educational Programs.

Class size is limited to 11. We organize carpools each morning on location. We will have a maximum of three vehicles for our field trips. Please do not sign up for this workshop if you're not prepared to carpool each day. Carpooling expenses are shared by the participants and are not part of the base fee; typically $5/person/day.

Altitude: Lee Vining is our daily departure point at 7,000 ft. in elevation. We venture off one day to Saddlebag Lake at 10,000 ft. and above. It is not unusual for participants to feel the effects of the altitude and may require a couple days to acclimate.

Physical activity: Each day involves some hiking at altitude. While at a birder's pace, it is still hiking at altitude. One morning is spent kayaking along the south shore of Mono Lake. Participants on this trip should be in reasonable physical condition and should consult their doctor if altitude is a concern.

To register for this trip, please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 or 252-3747, or use our new Online Registration Form and follow the directions on the form.

"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 summer trip to the Farralones conjures up images of Great White Sharks and Humpback whales. While we hope to encounter the entire breadth of ocean life the islands have to offer, we'll be going for nesting seabirds. The islands are teeming with nesting birds and our timing adds seabird migration to the mix. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Guides:

Al Jaramillo -- Experience pelagic guide who has pioneered Half Moon Bay based pelagic birding trips.

Bob Power - Veteran trip leader and pelagic birder.

Matthew Dodder - Land and sea field trip leader and birding instructor for over 13 years.

For more information on this trip, see the Tour Website (but please note that you MUST register through SCVAS for this particular tour).

Ready to sign-up? Use our new Online Registration Form and follow the directions on the form.

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...

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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