Our 2014 Accomplishments
The end of each year is the perfect time to review the mission of the Santa
Clara Valley Audubon Society and how we are working to fulfill it.
Our mission is to preserve, to enjoy, to restore and
to foster public awareness of native birds and their
ecosystems, mainly in Santa Clara County.
We are working to preserve birds by reducing fatal window strikes.
Bird collisions with glass windows are a leading
cause of bird mortality, resulting in hundreds of
millions of bird deaths each year in the United
States. SCVAS is actively promoting the adoption of
bird-safe building design guidelines across Santa
Clara County. These guidelines have developers
consider the impact on birds of building location,
glass surfaces, landscaping, and other risk factors.
Our first success came this year when the City
of Sunnyvale adopted bird-safe building design
guidelines. We are encouraging other cities to follow
their lead. This can be a huge victory for birds!
We create multiple opportunities to enjoy native birds and birding.
We share the joy of watching and learning about birds
through our monthly speaker series, birding classes,
bird photography programs, and field trips. Our
volunteer trip leaders guide birders to top birding
spots around the South Bay in search of feathered
marvels. We also offer field seminars and adventure
travel to more distant birding destinations in the
Western U.S. and Latin America. Birding is one of the
ways in which we connect people to nature.
We are leading local efforts to restore bird populations in decline.
SCVAS is justly proud of its pioneering efforts
to restore the South Bay Area's at-risk Western
Burrowing Owl population. In 2011 we began work
with the San Jose Department of Environmental
Services to transform a 180-acre open field into
prime owl habitat. At that time, this site was almost
devoid of owls. Three years later, thanks to a number
of habitat enhancement projects, it is home to 13
adult owls and 29 chicks. We have shown that the
decline of the Burrowing Owl can be reversed, but
only if we create the right conditions.
We strive in multiple ways to foster public awareness of native birds and
Our school programs introduce more than
2,500 children—most of them in low-income
communities—to the birds that live around the South
Bay. Our Young Audubon programs and Summer
Nature Days Camp engage another 1,600 young
people with birds through family field trips, nature
walks, bird banding, and nest-box building activities.
Every October, our Annual Wildlife Education Day
brings together hundreds of families, along with
dozens of nature-oriented organizations, to celebrate
and learn about birds and other wildlife. We also
reach out to the public through our Avocet newsletter,
the SCVAS Website, social media, and both print and
Updated December 2014
We thank you for your past support and urge you to renew your commitment to SCVAS and
its mission with your most generous gift possible. Every dollar you give makes a difference to
the birds that need our voice and to the generations who will follow us.
Each year we ask you to make a generous tax-deductible donation that will go a long way to support our mission in the following year.
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