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City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday December 2 12:00 PM (One hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. An RSVP is NOT required, but you can contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, for directions or more details at (408-730-7545). Rain cancels.

Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.

Holiday Extravaganza at the SCVAS Nature Shop!
Wednesday December 2 5:00 - 8:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Come shop for the holidays this evening! There will be a storytime by the fireside from 6-7pm for the children.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate; Free Gift-Wrapping.

No RSVP necessary, but we hope you'll join us!

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday December 2 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto

"Photographing Hummingbirds Using Multi-flash Set-ups" with Vivek Khanzode and Luis Villablanca

2775 Embarcadero Rd. From 101, take Embarcadero Rd going East (towards the Baylands). At the stop sign at the very end of Embarcadero, take a left (staying on Embarcadero). The Interpretive Center is on the left along the jetty path after the Duck Pond. Parking is on Embarcadero, in the lot on the right (just as the road bends again). More...

Ogier Ponds
Saturday December 5 8:00 AM
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Half Day. Rain Cancels. Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy, turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in the road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday December 8 10:00am
Location: Home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos
"Your Own Choice" of bird-related topic. Contact Rosalind at 408 395 6631 with any questions. More...

Coyote Creek Trail - Silver Creek Rd.
Wednesday December 9 8:30 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408)-569-9264 or Half day. Easy walking. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 85 south, take Blossom Hill Rd., and exit east (left). Continue 2.4 miles onto Silver Creek Valley Rd. Make a U-turn at Piercy Rd. In .5 mile, Silver Creek parking lot is immediately on your right.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday December 9 3-4:30PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Cost: FREE! There is no RSVP needed to attend, but please be on time.
Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month for the Bay Area Nature Journal Club workshops! More...

San Jose Christmas Bird Count 2015
Sunday December 20 all day
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist, 408-747-0988, Yes, it is almost that time of year again - time to get down and dirty in service of the feathered folk. More...

Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count 2015
Monday December 21 All Day
Leader: Al Eisner - Birders of all ages and abilities are invited and encouraged to participate in this CBC, even if only for a few hours. The Christmas Bird Count is a highlight of the Audubon year: you don't want to miss it!


Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count 2015
Sunday December 27 All Day
Leader: Ann Verdi: (408) 266-5108 or
This year's count will be especially important as we will be conducting our census during unprecedented drought conditions. We'll need to document what birds are still out there and how they are coping. If interested in this citizen science adventure, contact Ann Verdi.


Mount Hamilton Christmas Bird Count 2015
Monday December 28 All day
Mark your calendars! We hope to have a great count again through the Mt. Hamilton and San Antonio Valley area. Count leaders are especially needed. Contact Bob Hirt at 408-821-2732 (cell) as soon as possible to participate. More...



County Chase
Saturday January 2 7:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527
Get a head start on your 2015 County Year List with some vagrant chasing. Notes: Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and field guides as we attempt to track down some of the unusual birds seen on the Christmas Bird Counts in Santa Clara County. Meet near the entrance to the Alviso Marina parking lot. Be prepared to carpool as parking may be limited at some sites. Rain cancels

Directions: From Hwy 237 in San Jose take Gold St. north to the end, bear left on Elizabeth St. and then right on Hope St. to the marina parking lot.

Los Capitancillos Ponds
Sunday January 3 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092
We will bird ponds that are filled with a variety of waterfowl and Gulls, a nearby creek for riparian birds as well as other areas closely associated with the ponds that attract birds. Notes: A lack of water may require a change to an alternate site. Rain cancels.

Directions: If coming from Hwy 85, go south on Camden Ave. just past Blossom Hill Rd. Singletree Way is the next left turn-off near Beacon School. Park on the street, we will meet at the trail entrance located on the right just beyond the power plant.

Panoche Valley
Saturday January 9 8:00 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Clay Kempf (831) 761-8260. This is one of our better "out of county" field trips traversing oak woodland and open grassland via backroads into a unique habitat. Targeted species include: Phainopepla, Mountain Bluebird, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, and Golden Eagle; other possibilities include Mountain Plover, Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrow, Greater Roadrunner and Chukar. Notes: To pre-order a sandwich (highly recommended) from the Panoche Inn e-mail the leader ( with your choice of bread, meat (chicken salad, ham, turkey, pastrami) cheese and toppings. Or bring your own lunch and a full tank of gas, carpooling is strongly recommended due to limited parking on the narrow roads. IMPORTANT: Do not expect to use the restrooms at the Paicines Store, as their use is limited to paying customers (we encourage patronage of local businesses).

Directions: Meet at Paicinies Store on Hwy 25 approx. 11 miles south of Hollister.

"Young Audubon Day of Service" with SCVAS, Acterra and the City of Cupertino.
Monday January 18 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
Join us for a day of restoration, exploration and research as we help to restore some of McClellan Ranch Preserve's natural beauty. More...



Young Audubon Elephant Seal Walk
Monday February 15 President's Day Weekend - times TBD (check back after Dec 21)
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. Kids ages 7 and up and their families are invited to join us to 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! SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, so we can only take the first 20 people for each scheduled time (TBC). More...

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