Spring Birdathon: 2015 Sponsors and Prizes
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Great Egret |
Western Bluebird |
Please patronize these generous sponsors, who help make our Spring Birdathon so successful in raising money for youth environmental education and conservation programs for the Bay Area.
Review this list often since we are frequently adding new prizes. These prizes may be combined or divided to form prize awards that will be given away for raising the most money and also during the Awards Dinner for raffles and game competitions.
Please note and respect offer expiration dates.
List updated: April 24, 2015
Golden Eagle Sponsors donated more than $600 in prizes or support
Los Gatos Birdwatcher (website)
All nature lovers should visit Freddy and John's store, the Los Gatos Birdwatcher, which specializes in everything to do with bird feeding and bird watching, including seed, feeders, baths, hardware and optics. Also included in their offerings are clothing, jewelry, books, kid's stuff and many great gift items. They generously donated a heavy gift pack containing Pentax 9x42 DCF BR Binoculars, Bino-System binocular strap, Pajaro field bag, "Think Outside" Baseball Cap, The Laws Pocket Guide: Yard and Garden Birds, Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding, Things That Bite by Tom Anderson, Birdwatchers Daily Companion.
Vacation home stay in The Sea Ranch, CA
Nancy, longtime dedicated volunteer and SCVAS member, donated seven nights at her vacation home in The Sea Ranch. The Sea Ranch is a rugged landscape dotted with distinctive homes that extends for about ten miles on either side of Highway One in Sonoma County, California. Its hallmark is the attempt to blend man-made structures with their natural setting, and to live lightly on the land. Enjoy miles of hiking trails, tennis courts, heated swimming pools, golf course and nearby restaurants. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while finding some great birds and other wildlife. Sleeps four. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
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Great Egret Sponsors donated between $250 and $599 in prizes or support
Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris (website)
Monterey Bay Pelagic Trip on July 12, 2015
Join Cheesemans' for a full day of whale and bird watching in California's famous Monterey Bay. The California Coast is one of the best locations to observe seabirds such as shearwaters, jaegers, skuas, albatross, and alcids. Bring your binoculars to look for Pacific White-sided, Common, and Risso's dolphins and Humpback and Blue Whales. Two most money winners can each win one certificate. This tour is for non-smokers only. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Hawaii Forest and Trail (website)
Rainforest and Dryforest Birding Adventure
We received rave reviews from several past Birdathon winners who went on their Rainforest and Dryforest Birdwatching Adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii. Explore two rare habitats: the cloudmist Kipuka rainforest in Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Puu Laau on Mauna Kea - two places that represent Hawaii before human contact. Win a certificate for two guests. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
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Western Bluebird Sponsors donated up to $249 in prizes or support
Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery (website)
Enjoy a free wine tasting for four people at Alfaro's 16-foot granite tasting bar on Saturdays (all year long) and Sundays (summer months only) from 12 to 5 PM. Gather your friends and bring a picnic to take in the view from their deck overlooking the vines. Alfaro Family Vineyards features Estate grown and bottled wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains, located less than four miles from the cooling influence of the Monterey Bay in the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Local Birding Excursion
You and past SCVAS Executive Director Bob Power will design a custom birding adventure to a local destination. This is the perfect time to fulfill your dream of finding a special species or birding a particular area with one of the Bay Area's best birders as your guide. Bob has been teaching birding classes, leading field trips and conducting bird seminars in the bay area and beyond for the past ten years. Your excursion for up to three people must occur before November 15, 2015 (some dates are not available and this offer expires without notification after that time).
Buttes Resort (website)
Two night stay
Stay in one of eleven well appointed cabins nestled in the shadow of the Sierra Buttes as they rise 8,500 feet above us. They are perched on the rim of the North Fork of scenic Yuba River in Sierra City, an old gold mining town. See offer certificate for limitations. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
City Lights Theater Company of San Jose (website)
Since 1982, City Lights Theater Company has been inspiring audiences with a host of plays and musicals. The company's downtown San Jose theater is a bustling space that attracts artists, educators, students, and playgoers alike. Win two admissions to any single performance throughout their regular season. Passes cannot be used for the Opening Night or closing week. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards (website)
Wine tasting and tour
Treat yourself and ten friends to an exclusive tour and tasting with Cooper-Garrod's winemaker a boutique winery nestled in the hillsides above Saratoga. Make it a full-day event with your friends by packing a picnic lunch! Total tour and tasting time is 1-1/2 hours. You must book your date online.
Ducky Ducks by Jack Cole
A beautiful hand carved and painted carving of a duck by local artist Jack Cole. This is a large "duck-decoy" sized carving that will look great on your shelf. Jack's carefully hand-crafted artwork has been a highly sought-after Spring Birdathon prize for many years in a row.
Los Altos History Museum (website)
The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares local history to enrich the community and to shape a more informed future. Showing through April: 2015 Silicon Valley: The Lure and Legends showcasing dozens of local visionaries who helped create Silicon Valley. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Wear this warm and soft cap on chilly mornings in the field. This hat is hand of soft warn in neutral colors that will match any outfit.
Paicines Ranch (website)
Two night stay
The historic Paicines Ranch consists of restored ranch buildings dating from the 1860's to the present. It supports a wide variety of birds, plants, and animals as a result of its extensive grasslands and water features. They produce 100% free range grass fed beef and manage the landscape for biodiversity, water quality, and an effective energy cycle, along with financial sustainability. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoom (website)
Club JMZ Membership
The JMZ is a place where children and their caregivers come to explore, discover, create and play. Through hands-on science exhibits and a diverse community of live animals, your child's natural scientist will be nurtured. Enjoy a one-year Scholar level membership to the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo for yourfamily. As a member, you will be invited to our special club hours and members-only events, which provide close-up opportunities to learn about our animals and exhibits.
Club JMZ Membership
Enjoy a one-year Scholar level membership to the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo for your family. As a member, you will be invited to our special club hours and members-only events, which provide close-up opportunities to learn about our animals and exhibits. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Two bottles of Navarro Vineyard's Mendocino red wine in a lovely packaged gift set.
Ridge Vineyards (website)
Ridge has made exceptional single-vintage wines since 1962 from great vineyards that produce high-quality grapes of distinct, individual character. They are committed to sustainability and to organic certification of their vineyards. Sustainable agriculture can be summarized as a farming system that is sensitive to the environment, responsible to the community, and economically feasible to implement and maintain. Win a giant three liter bottle (this is bigger than a magnum!). Visit their wineries in nearby Cupertino and Healdsburg. You will not be disappointed with world-famous Ridge wines!
Spirit of Health Therapeutic Massage (website)
Sixty Minute Hot-stone Massage
Prepare to be pampered in luxuriating comfort that will revitalize your body after a long day of birding. One gift certificate for an 60-minute hot stone massage. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
Songbird Porcelain Vase
Win this beautiful white bisque porcelain vase. It is over one-foot tall and oval shaped if you look down on it from the top. It has a songbird and wisteria relief carving that covers most of the front. Its neutral color will look good in any décor and with any color flowers arrangement.
Stevens Creek Software (website)
One copy of Birdwatcher's Diary software
Whether you are participating in a Christmas or summer bird count, doing a birdathon or "big day", a veteran "lister", or are just looking for an easy way to record and review your daily bird sightings, Birdwatcher's Diary™ for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is the perfect birdwatcher's field companion! Fast and easy to use, yet also extremely powerful, Birdwatcher's Diary will enrich your birding experience. In seconds, you can make a note of birds you see or hear, including time and exact location (both automatically recorded), with additional field notes if you wish. Later, you can review the sightings as a list or on a map, and upload the recorded information to desktop software and online databases like eBird, and view your sightings on Google Maps.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (website)
With a reputation for artistic excellence, innovation, diversity, and integrity, TheatreWorks is Silicon Valley's leading professional nonprofit theatre company. TheatreWorks presents a year-round season of musicals, comedies, and dramas in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.
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