Birding is for Everyone
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society offers many activities and opportunities for you to learn about our local birds and how to protect them. We offer birding programs suited to every level of birding - whether you are new to birding and want to find out how to get started, an intermediate birder looking to hone your skills, or you are an expert birder looking to share your experiences - we have something for you.
Programs. Check out all our educational programs for people of all ages!
Classes. Learn about birds in one of our adult classes for all levels of birders. We also have many kid's events too.
Speakers. Attend our Speaker Series featuring a presentation on a diverse range of subjects related to birds and the environment.
Discussions. Join the Eve Case Discussion Group to research then talk in-depth about a predetermined bird during a monthly meeting.
Field Trips and Travel
Get outside! Take one of our popular field trips to learn in the field from experienced birders or to investigate new birding areas.
Adventure Travel. We offer multi-day domestic or international trips featuring knowledgeable leaders to destinations that are popular for birding and wildlife watching.
Help science. Join one of many citizen science projects, such as popular Christmas Bird Counts, that need help from people of all experience levels and expertise.
Just for Fun
Birdathon. Participate in our annual Spring Birdathon competition to raise money for our important programs and maybe win a great prize!
Backyard birding. Learn how to attract, protect, feed, and house your backyard birds. Become Bird Sanctuary Certified as part of our Audubon-at-Home program. Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count each February.
Photography. Join Bay Area Bird Photographers (BABP) to benefit from the experience of other photographers and to enjoy the monthly photo presentations.
Social media. Join the birding events Yahoo group to find out about and announce birding events and tours. "Like us" on Facebook.
Journaling. The Bay Area Nature Journal Club will help make you a better observer, naturalist, and artist, and open a world of beauty and discovery. Learn how to keep your own nature journal with premier local artist, John Muir Laws.
Library. Our Library contains lots of resources and books to enhance your birding experience.
Shop. Our Nature Shop stocks lots of bird- and nature-related merchandise, including books and field guides.
Our breeding birds. Breeding Bird Atlas of Santa Clara County contains a species-by-species account of the 177 bird species that breed in the Santa Clara County. Includes an illustration, in-depth description, and detailed breeding map for each breeding bird species. 550 pages. Published by SCVAS in 2007.
Local birding hotspots. Birding at the Bottom of the Bay describes the best publicly-accessible birding sites in Santa Clara County and nearby. Published by SCVAS in 2002.
Bird checklist. Free Santa Clara County Bird Checklist (PDF) is a comprehensive listing of the birds of Santa Clara County compiled by Bill Bousman.
Birding Field Notes. Rare or unique bird observations in the Bay Area are listed in our Field Notes Archive.
Updated June 2014
What's New at SCVAS
Important McClellan Ranch Construction Update: To all of our members, visitors and customers: Please be advised that both the main parking lot and walkways at McClellan Ranch Preserve will be undergoing major repairs through the end of August. While the SCVAS office will remain open during this period (except for August 12th through 18th, when the nature shop will be closed), it may be difficult to get into the front office safely. If you do come to the Ranch, please be aware of the following:
1) Access to the parking lot is severely limited, and we strongly recommend that everyone park in the overflow lot at 22241 McClellan Rd and walk over the bridge.
2) The walkways and steps leading up to the main office and nature shop may be inaccessible at various times throughout the month.
If you wish to purchase items from our Nature Shop, and would have a hard time navigating the unstable surfaces of the paths, please call Cindy at 408-252-3747 - she would be more than happy to ring you up over the phone and bring the items to your car in the overflow lot. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Donating Benefits our Communities
Your tax-deductible donation allows SCVAS to increase the number of youngsters, many from low income families, that we reach with our local science education programs. Your donation dollars also support our many conservation efforts that make us one of the most effective conservation organizations in the Bay Area. We have many different ways that you can volunteer and donate.
How to Volunteer for SCVAS
Fill out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contact our Programs Coordinator at (408) 252-3740 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our most pressing needs, plus our list of individual and committee opportunities.
Become a volunteer for conservation.
View our volunteer calendar.