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SCVAS Holiday Open House
Saturday December 6 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Park, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
Enjoy holiday refreshments and a special one day discount. Browse through our books, jewelry, ornaments, stuffed animals, and other bird-related gifts. Shop our display by local artists. Visit with staff. Live bird presentation at 11:00 am. Live music from 12:00-2:00 pm.

All proceeds from this event go to our education and conservation programs.

For additional information, contact the Susan at at (408) 252-3747 or

San Jose Christmas Bird Count 2014
Sunday December 14 all day
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist, 408-747-0988,

The San Jose Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on Sunday, December 14th. Birders of all experience levels are welcome and needed. Bird identification skills are great but other skills are important too, such as:

1) spotter, able to point and say "Bird!"


2) tally-man, able to make small marks on increasingly grubby bits of paper.

We are blessed with habitats to suit anyone's fancy: shoreline, oak woodlands, lake-side, or riparian, we can accommodate you. So, come have fun and contribute to an important, on-going biological survey. The countdown dinner will review all birds seen for the day. The Leininger Center in Kelley Park is the host location. Donations to help off-set the cost of a yummy pizza dinner are, of course, welcome. If you are interested in participating in the count, please contact Kirsten Holmquist before December 8 at 408.747.0988 or via email at


Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count 2014
Monday December 15 All Day
Leader: Jack Cole: (408) 996-0434 or The Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count is set for December 15th. If you have participated in the past, please contact your region coordinator and let them know you are on board again. Although we have a dedicated and experienced group of leaders and counters, there is always room for one more. If you are available and want to join in the fun, regardless of your birding experience or time commitment, contact Jack Cole at snoyowl@yahoo. com or 408-996-0434. But please do it soon, as it is sometimes difficult to place volunteers at the last minute.


Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count 2014
Saturday December 27 All Day
Leader: Ann Verdi: (408) 266-5108 or
This mid-south county inland count is the only one of our four counts that takes place entirely within Santa Clara County. The count circle covers portions of the Diablo Range to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and includes all of Coyote Valley, Coyote Creek riparian chain (including Ogier Ponds), county parks (Calero, Santa Teresa, Quicksilver, Uvas), city parks (Almaden Lake, Guadalupe Oak Grove, Edenvale), and reservoirs (Almaden, Calero, Chesbro, Anderson). While the purpose of the CBC is to count our familiar local and wintering birds, some special birds seen on previous counts have included Snow Goose, Glaucous Gull, Greater Roadrunner, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and American Redstart.


"Young Audubon Day of Service" with SCVAS, Acterra and the City of Cupertino.
Monday January 19 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
Nestled in the heart of Cupertino, McClellan Ranch Preserve is a hidden gem of a nature preserve. Unfortunately, years of encroachment from non-native species has taken its toll on this lovely area, and we want to help bring it back to its natural beauty! With a variety of activities - from invasive species removal, to planting native plants, to aquatic invertebrate monitoring, and more! - there will be something to catch the interest and the passion of all ages! This activity is most appropriate for ages 8 and up, but children of all ages are welcome with parental guidance. Participants are welcome to stay for as long as they would like - including for some fun post-restoration activities as well - but for planning purposes, we do ask that all please arrive by 8:30AM. Please RSVP - with participant numbers and ages - to 408-252-3740 or via email to You can also Sign-up Online.

Young Audubon Elephant Seal Walk
Monday February 16 President's Day Weekend - times TBD (check back after Dec 22)
Location: Ano Nuevo State Park
Cost: $7/person for members; $9/person non-members
Ages 7 years old and up. A chance to view the weird and wonderful Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early. More details will be available here after Dec 22 and in the Jan/Feb newsletter.


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