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Holiday Extravaganza at the SCVAS Nature Shop!
Wednesday December 2 5:00 - 8:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Come shop for the holidays this evening! There will be a storytime by the fireside from 6-7pm for the children.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate; Free Gift-Wrapping.

No RSVP necessary, but we hope you'll join us!

San Jose Christmas Bird Count 2015
Sunday December 20 all day
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist, 408-747-0988,

The San Jose Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on Sunday, December 20th. 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 14 at 408.747.0988 or via email at


Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count 2015
Monday December 21 All Day
Leader: Al Eisner - The Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count will be held on Monday, December 21st this year. This annual census covers a circle from Bay to Skyline, with four regions in each of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. If you want to participate in the same region where you have counted previously, please contact your region coordinator soon (one change: the new coordinator for Region 4, in Santa Clara County between Hwy 101 and Foothill Expy/Junipero Serra, is Rob Furrow, But we welcome any eager birders at any level of experience to participate in this fun event. If you are new to the Count, or would like to explore a different region than before, please drop a line to Al Eisner, In order to find you a good spot, we need to hear from you at least two weeks before the count (the sooner the better).


Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count 2015
Sunday 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 18 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. Space is limited for this activity, so please RSVP via the Online Registration Form (link will be active soon). Contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 with any questions.

Young Audubon Elephant Seal Walk
Monday February 15 President's Day Weekend - times TBD (check back after Dec 21)
Location: Ano Nuevo State Park
Cost: $7/person for members; $9/person non-members
Ano Nuevo State Reserve is home to the largest mainland breeding colony of Northern Elephant Seals in the world. During the breeding season from December through March, you must be on a Guided Walk to access the reserve. SCVAS has reserved three tours for Young Audubon families. Groups with children will have priority.

These popular 3-mile walks, over rolling sand dunes, last about 2.5 hours and are considered moderately strenuous. We will see a variety of birds, plants, and adult and baby elephant seals. During this particular time of year, we should see mothers nursing and weaning their pups.

Because of the heavy walking, the minimum age for this trip is 7 years old; it is up to each chaperone to make sure that their child is capable of lasting the entire trip. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, so we can only take the first 20 people for each scheduled time. Times and Registration information will be posted after December 21st

Please note: There is a separate, $10/vehicle fee collected at the park entrance. Please bring exact change!


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