Google’s Ecology Program looks to integrate our region’s ecology into our urban-suburban landscape. Using a science-based framework to guide the design of regional ecosystem health, Google’s Resilient Silicon Valley program invests in nature-oriented organizations in Silicon Valley in four different categories: Education, Demonstration, Research & Assessment, and Native Plant Restoration. Google is also investing in projects on campus to restore native habitat for both people and wildlife.
In 2016, Google’s Resilient Silicon Valley Program sponsored Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society with an award that allowed us to develop a self-guided birding map and tour of Google’s Mountain View campus. You can access public parking, walking routes with observation points and popular hotspots using this map. Hotspots include Google’s Green Loop Gardens, the restored habitat and observation areas along the wetland of the Charleston Marsh, and during the nesting season - the beautiful and boisterous Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets in the Shorebird Way rookery.
Google’s Resilient Silicon Valley award has also supported the creation of a “Make Your Home Safe for Birds” brochure to help homeowners create a safe and friendly environment for birds around their homes.
We are also excited to announce monthly birding walks of Google’s campus in the hopes of promoting the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation. All are welcome - check our calendar for the next scheduled walk!