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Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society is an active chapter. We take pride in remaining current with bird and nature-related conservation issues. On this page you will find updates on our conservation and advocacy work as well as news from our chapter members, other Audubon chapters, and other relevant articles that we feel bird enthusiasts will enjoy.


For the most recent news on our chapter, check out the latest issue of The Avocet, our bi-monthly newsletter. Our current issue and archives of past issues can be found here.


Conservation Corner - The Avocet, July/August Issue

By Shani Kleinhaus and Mackenzie Mossing

An advocacy award for SCVAS, good news for Coyote Valley, and more advocacy work updates from our Environmental Advocacy Team. 

Photo by San Jose District 3 Staff



Conservation Corner - The Avocet, May/June Issue

By Mackenzie Mossing, SCVAS Environmental Advocacy Associate

Young Ranch development, Sargent Ranch, and more projects and updates from our Environmental Advocacy Team. 

Photo by Shani Kleinhaus


In Bay Area, Bald Eagles breed and soar once more

By Lisa M. Krieger, Bay Area News Group, April 2017

Long endangered, the American Bald Eagle is making a remarkable comeback in our crowded metropolis, with 19 reported nests in the nine-county region.

Photo by Tom Grey


Conservation Corner - The Avocet, March/April Issue

By Shani Kleinhaus, SCVAS Environmental Advocate, March 2017

SCVAS challenges the approval of the Topgolf Project in Alviso.


Conservation Corner - The Avocet, January/February Issue

By Shani Kleinhaus, SCVAS Environmental Advocate, January 2017

Check in with our Environmental Advocacy Team.


Conservation Corner - The Avocet, November/December Issue

By Shani Kleinhaus, SCVAS Environmental Advocate, November 2016

Get the latest update from our Environmental Advocacy Team.

Photo by David Hallock,


Going Bald - The Local Recovery Success of our National Bird

By Bill Pelletier, November 2016

The successful reintroduction of Bald Eagles in California is prevalent throughout Santa Clara County. 

Photo by Tom Grey


Kleinhaus: San Jose glass building plan a death trap for birds

San Jose Mercury News, May 2016

Glass buildings across creek corridors are hazardous to birds, and the hazard correlates directly with the extent of the glass surface - the more glass, the more birds will strike it, suffer and die. Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations have been urging the City of San Jose to require Bird-Safe Building Design near creeks and open space. 

Photo by Tom Grey


San Jose Earthquakes, City, Neighborhood Group Proposes $37 Million Soccer Field Project

NBC Bay Area, January 2016

The city of San Jose, the San Jose Earthquakes and a neighborhood conservancy group announced on Tuesday that they are "exploring a new partnership" to develop a $37-million, 44-acre, seven-field soccer project in the heart of the city.

Photo by City of San Jose/HOK Architectural Firm


What do Gilroyans want the city to look like circa 2040?

Gilroy Dispatch, May 2015

What should the City of Gilroy look like in 2040? Should it sprawl over thousands of additional acres of farmland? Or should growth be compact and transit oriented? This future is being considered now, as Gilroy is developing the "Gilroy 2040 General Plan" to guide the City's growth patters for the two decades ahead.


Mountain View: Six egrets released following rescue, rehabilitation

San Jose Mercury News, July 2014

The future is looking up for six snowy egrets that fell from their nests in Mountain View early last month. Following a rescue and rehabilitation effort, the white wading birds were released near Charleston Slough.

Photo by Tom Grey


Effort under way to protect egrets at Google

San Jose Mercury News, July 2014

On the aptly named Shorebird Way in Mountain View, one of the largest colonies of great egrets in the Bay Area is thriving. The city, Google Inc., and SCVAS are working to keep it that way.

Photo by Tom Grey


Birds and glass: San Jose can prevent needless deaths of birds with building rules

San Jose Mercury News, July 2014

As glass buildings are transforming the landscape of the South Bay, San Jose is considering an important step toward protecting its resident and migratory avian species from this fate.

Photo by LiPo Ching/Mercury News


Around Town

Palo Alto Online, July 2014

Architecture is always a hot topic in Palo Alto, but it's rarely framed as a matter of life and death. Unless, of course, you're a bird lover. Shani Kleinhaus, an environmental advocate with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, says buildings with too much glass pose a danger for birds, particularly ones that are young or in the midst of migration.