Our Conservation Efforts
SCVAS is one of the most active and successful conservation organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We work in cooperation with other stakeholders on issues that are critical to preserving birds, wildlife, and habitat.
Our Environmental Advocate, Shani Kleinhaus, and Environmental Action Committee (EAC) are currently working on many efforts, only some of them are listed below.
Burrowing Owl Protection. This campaign to enhance the dwindling owl population in Santa Clara Valley is one of our most key projects.
Cavity Nesters Recovery Program (CNRP). Establishes and monitors bird nest box trails for Western Bluebird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and other cavity nesters.
Coyote Highlands Cluster Subdivision allows the development of a private fenced community east of Morgan Hill on the last undeveloped hillside in sensitive habitat surrounded by three creeks.
Save Panoche Valley. Supporting well-placed alternative energy and oppose a landscape-scale solar array which would destroy this designated Important Bird Area of Global Priority.
Keeping Birds Safe
Bird-friendly Tree Maintenance. Each spring and summer, city workers and residents trim, prune and clear brush at same time that many birds nest. Our tree maintenance guide describes what to do if you see someone doing tree maintenance that may disturb bird nests.
Bird Safe Buildings. Promoting buildings that reduce bird window strikes and interference with migration in the Bay Area.
Protecting Birds from Rodenticides. Calling on governments, businesses, and residents to voluntarily cease use of specific rodenticide products deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency to pose "unreasonable" risks to humans, pets, wildlife and the environment.
Wind Power. Working to reduce bird kills by supporting the use of properly sited wind turbines, using fewer and better-designed turbines, and supporting better management of turbine operation.
SCVAS has a long history of reviewing and commenting on many California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents as an important means of protecting birds and their habitats in the Bay Area.
Cargill's proposed development in San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay Salt Pond restoration
Ulistac Natural Area
Last modified May 2013
Help Burrowing Owls © Tom Grey
How you can help!
• Write a letter, attend a meeting, or perform some other action as described in our latest Conservation Action Alert.
• You can help with these or other projects that interest you by becoming a Volunteer for Conservation. We have many ways that you can help from simply speaking out as part of our Conservation Action Alert Network to joining our Environmental Action Committee (EAC).
• Make a tax-deductible donation to support these and other local conservation efforts.
What's New at SCVAS
Articles from The Avocet - SCVAS' bi-monthly Newsletter: We're having some technical difficulties with our website, so while our web gurus work on fixing it, here are some articles from our most recent newsletter (January/February 2015) that we think you'll be interested in:
- Read the Full Issue.
- SCVAS advocates for policies that reduce Rodenticide Use. Read more Here.
- Fall birders were delighted by an Ashy Storm-Petrel and an American Tree Sparrow. Read the full Field Notes for October and November.
- The Environmental Action Committee is always hard at work! Read what they've been working on recently.
SCVAS Office and Nature Shop Holiday Hours: The SCVAS staff is looking forward to celebrating the winter holidays with our friends and families. To help us do that, we'll be closing the office on Sun, 12/21 through Sun, 12/28. We will also be closed on Thurs, 1/1. We will return to our normal schedule on Friday, Jan 2nd. Happy Holidays!