Site Map Contact Us Home
Calendar: Special Events

Fundraiser Mailer Stuffing Party
Tuesday November 11 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Park, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
Each year, SCVAS sends nearly 4,000 letters to our members, asking for their financial support for our conservation and education programs. This mailing highlights our organization's accomplishments during the past year and is quite an undertaking to prepare. On Tuesday, Nov. 11, volunteers will gather at our McClellan Ranch office to stuff, stamp, and seal almost 4,000 envelopes! Be a part of this fun, fast-paced but relaxed event. This is a nice opportunity to meet other members and volunteers. Raffle prizes and refreshments await you! Call (408) 252-3740 or email [email protected] to RSVP or fill out the Online Sign-up Form.

"Birds in Big Cities" with Stephanie Ellis, SCVAS Executive Director
Thursday November 13 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame, CA
A special lecture on 2 topics.
The Western Burrowing Owl - Reversing the Downward Trend Learn about this pint-sized owl in peril. Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society has monitored and enhanced owl habitat on a designated Burrowing Owl preserve in San Jose, where we are finally beginning to see a reverse in the trend of their declining local populations. Learn the natural history of these beautiful owls of San Francisco Bay.
Bird-Safe Building Design - Safe Birds in Big Cities It is estimated that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds are killed annually in the United States due to collisions with reflective windows on buildings. Learn how Santa Clara Valley Audubon has been working with major cities and large corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area to encourage them to adopt bird-safe building alternatives. We?re working to en- sure that a safe path is paved for birds in big cities with some impressive outcomes! Email Stephanie at executivedirector@ for further details.

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 [email protected].

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

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 [email protected].


Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count 2014
Monday December 15 All Day
Leader: Jack Cole: (408) 996-0434 or [email protected] 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 [email protected]
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
Monday January 19 tbd
Details coming soon.

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.


What's New at SCVAS

Wetlands Discovery Program Field Trip - Cancelled for Friday Oct 31st: Because of the threat of heavy rain (and the high likelihood of under-dressed students...), the teachers at Katherine Smith Elementary have asked that we cancel today's field trip and reschedule for sometime in November. We will be working with them to find a compatible date and will let all of the wetlands docents know as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

Quick Links
Found an orphaned or injured bird?
Click here and find out what to do

Sign up for our email "Action Alerts"

Back to the top

Join Us!  |  About Us  |  Calendar  |  Birding  |  Conservation  |  Kids' Corner  |  Education  |  Nature Shop

22221 McClellan Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014
Tel: (408) 252-3747 / Fax: (408) 252-2850