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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. Space is limited for this activity, so please RSVP via the Online Registration Form. Contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 with any questions.

Special eBird Presentation with Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Brian Sullivan, eBird Project Manager
Thursday February 5 Doors open at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Location: Campbell Community Center's Orchard City Banquet Hall (Wincheser Blvd. at Campbell Ave.).
Leader: Hosted jointly by Los Gatos Birdwatcher, SFBBO and SCVAS. Event is free, but reservations are required. Call 408-358-9453 or email info@losgatosbirdwatcher.
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird's goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers all over the globe. Millions of observations are entered into the eBird data system and these observations are shared and studied by a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time this data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond. We hope you can come learn about eBird straight from the source.

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
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. Please call 408-252-3740 or use the Online Registration Form.

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

American River Trail Bicycle Trip Sacramento to Folsom and Return
Friday April 3 Fri-Sat Apr 3-4
Leader: Cynthia Berg at 650-515-6493 or The paved American River Bike Trail begins near the Sacramento Amtrak Station at Fifth and I streets and meanders 23 miles along the river to the town of Folsom. The trail is fairly flat.

On Friday, April 3 we will start from the Santa Clara Great America Amtrak Station at 6:54 a.m putting our bicycles on the train. The train originates in San Jose and also stops in the East Bay so people getting on elsewhere can be accommodated. The train experience is quite wonderful travelling through the delta and the "town" of Drawbridge.

The plan is to overnight at the Larkspur Landing Hotel in Folsom and return via bike the following morning (8:30), returning on train #743 arriving in Santa Clara at approx. 6:30 pm. . Participants must make their own hotel reservations.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BIKE IS IN RIDING CONDITION, that you are carrying spare tubes and pump and that you have the necessary riding experience and stamina. Advance reservations are necessary for this trip. Maximum of 10 participants. Details available from leader Cynthia Berg 650-515-6493, Forecast heavy rain may cancel.

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

Join SCVAS and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for a day of family fun and discovery focused on birds. Play all day or just stay for awhile.

What does this FREE event offer?

- Enjoy "Amazing Bird Chases" (bird walks) designed to engage beginning bird watchers and advanced folks alike.

- Learn to geocache and explore the trails in search of bird-themed caches with the help of a GPS device and knowledgeable volunteers.

- Special visits from the live birds of Mickaboo and MickaCoo rescue organizations, and many others!

- Other activities will include hands-on science stations, arts and crafts, displays, and more.

- Hike on your own around Horseshoe Lake.

*Algunas actividades tendran traducciones en Espanol*.

No advance registration is required, though some activities will require signing up on-site, on a first-come-first-served basis. Pack a "no garbage lunch" and have a picnic (drinking water will be available). Parking for this event is free.

For full event details, including the activities schedule, please go to the WingDing Event Flyer or contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740.

Please note: the activities schedule is subject to change. For the most recent/updated schedule, please Click Here.


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.



What's New at SCVAS

Articles from The Avocet - SCVAS' bi-monthly Newsletter: We're having some technical difficulties with our website, so while our web gurus work on fixing it, here are some articles from our most recent newsletter (January/February 2015) that we think you'll be interested in:

- Read the Full Issue.

- SCVAS advocates for policies that reduce Rodenticide Use. Read more Here.

- Fall birders were delighted by an Ashy Storm-Petrel and an American Tree Sparrow. Read the full Field Notes for October and November.

- The Environmental Action Committee is always hard at work! Read what they've been working on recently.

SCVAS Office and Nature Shop Holiday Hours: The SCVAS staff is looking forward to celebrating the winter holidays with our friends and families. To help us do that, we'll be closing the office on Sun, 12/21 through Sun, 12/28. We will also be closed on Thurs, 1/1. We will return to our normal schedule on Friday, Jan 2nd. Happy Holidays!

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