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Volunteer Appreciation Bird Walk and Dinner
Thursday April 30 4:30 PM (bird walk); 6:30 PM (dinner)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Meet at McClellan Ranch Preserve for a bird walk around McClelllan Ranch and Blackberry farm at 4:30 PM. Depending on the weather, we might also explore a bit farther afield too. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM at McClellan Ranch.

If you're able to attend, please respond by April 23rd to (408) 252-3740, or by using the Online Sign-up Form so we know how much food to order.

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring
Saturday May 9 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Activities for this FREE, fun, family event include:

*Guided nature walks (buzz, tweet, chirp and whir down the trails...)

*Bird-themed geocaching hikes,

*Hands-on science stations,

*Live animal presentations,

*Conservation organization exhibitors,

*Arts and crafts,

*Food vendors, and more...

Check back soon for updated event details!

Advance reservation required for the "Early Bird Family Walk" only - but some activities require day-of sign up on-site, on a first-come-first-served basis.

See the MROSD website for some additional fun details.

Location and Directions: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is located at the junction of Skyline Blvd and Page Mill Rd (in the unincorporated area between Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and La Honda). Click Here for maps and directions. Please note that this event takes place at the Equestrian Lot, NOT the Nature Center.


Eve Case Bird Discussion Group- Annual Picnic
Tuesday June 9 11:00 AM
Location: Home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos. (408) 395-6631.
Annual picnic. Everyone welcome - please bring something to share. Birds for 2015/2016 discussions will be decided.

Birdathon Awards Dinner
Tuesday June 9 6:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino
Find out who won the big prizes! All Spring Birdathon participants are encouraged to attend the dinner at McClellan Ranch Preserve. There will be free food and refreshments, games, surprises, raffles, and fun for all! Prizes will be distributed at the dinner. You do not have to attend the Awards Dinner to win. However, if you can't attend, you must make your own arrangements to pick up your prize at the SCVAS Office.

Please RSVP to (408) 252-3747 or so we can plan enough food. More...

Annual Meeting and Potluck
Wednesday June 17 6:00 PM
Held at McClellan Ranch Preserve, this meeting is a chance to help shape the chapter for the next year AND get some great socializing in too! We'll also honor some of our outstanding volunteers during the meeting.

SCVAS will provide drinks and dessert - please bring a main or side dish to share. And don't forget to bring your own plates and utensils to help us reduce waste! Click Here for more details.


Summer Nature Adventures: Day Camp for Grades 2-6
Monday July 20 through Friday, July 24th. 9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Various locations.
Cost: $270/child for SCVAS members; $295/child for non-members
Our SCVAS/MROSD summer camp is back - and bigger and better than ever!

Bugs, Birds, Plants, Creeks, and more! Join SCVAS, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and Shoreline at Mountain View as we explore the wonderful world around us. A great chance to be outdoors and get dirty!

Each camp day will be at a different location with a unique theme. Parents will be responsible for transportation to all locations (but see the note about Friday, July 24th):

Day 1 - "Nature Explorations!" We'll spend our day learning just what makes the natural areas so cool, including animal games, track explorations, a bug hunt, and more! Location: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 2 - "All About Birds!" Bird watching, bird walks, bird crafts, bird stories, and so much more. Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 3 - "Bugs and the Creek!" Come and learn what makes these creepy critters cool! Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 4 - "Wetlands Wonders!" Come learn about some unique (and fascinating!) Shoreline history, explore the baylands, work through a scavenger hunt and more! We might even get to play some Victorian-era games. Location: Rengstorff House and Shoreline Lake in Mountain View.

Day 5 - "Spaces and Species." Discover one of the area's hidden gems and learn what nature has to share. Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on Hwy 35. Transportation (from McClellan Ranch Preserve) will be provided.

For children entering grades 2-6.

Can't attend the full week? Ask about our "Mini-Week" options (Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri).

Register by June 15th. To see the flyer Click Here.

Discounts given for families with 2 or more registered children. Scholarships may also be available for families in need, depending on funding. Please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 to inquire about scholarship availability. IMPORTANT: You must register for camp before submitting a scholarship application in order to ensure space and funding availability.

Ready to sign-up? Use our Online Registration Form and follow the directions on the form.

Details and directions for each session will be sent upon confirmed registration.


Young Audubon Summer Adventure: Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (arrive at 7:45AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join us for Conservation Science in Action!

Come share in a very special opportunity to witness a live bird banding demonstration provided by experts from the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. An invaluable tool for conservation, restoration and mitigation research, this bird banding activity will allow participants to view a wild bird up close and personal, as well as tour an area of active habitat restoration. This tour is for ages 7 and up and lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Due to the special access involved, participants will need to carpool/caravan into the research site. Prompt arrival at 7:45AM at the meeting location is required.

Space is limited, call (408) 252-3740 or use the Online Registration Form to sign up. Groups with children receive priority.

Location: McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas, located one exit west of the 237/880 interchange. Meet at the [former] Borders Bookstore parking lot at the McCarthy Ranch. More specific directions will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the activity.



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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