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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.

Renewable Energy

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.

Environmental Review

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.

Past Efforts

Cargill's proposed development in San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay Salt Pond restoration
Ulistac Natural Area
Coyote Valley


Last modified May 2013

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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

RAILS Program for Teens: Santa Clara County Teens are invited to participate in the RAILS Program with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society:

The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's RAILS Program for Teens provides education and training for young adults ages 14-18 to help them develop skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Sstewardship" - skills that will help them excel in higher education and careers in wildlife biology, field ecology and environmental education.

RAILS members participate in an 8-week summer training program based out of our headquarters at McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. This program provides a strong foundation in the knowledge of local plants and wildlife, environmental science, field ecology, outdoor skills, environmental education practices, and local and regional conservation issues. During their time in this program, participants will explore a variety of local nature preserves and open space areas, learn critical field research skills, and gain experience as Junior Counselors in a nature camp setting.

Participants are expected to attend the bi-weekly training sessions, starting June 23rd, and the week-long summer camp between July 20th-24th. At the end of this program, RAILS participants will receive a certificate verifying their participation.

For additional information, contact [email?protected] Download the application packet HERE.

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