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Summer Whale Watching with Young Audubon
Saturday August 30 10:30AM-1:30PM.
Location: Monterey Bay
Cost: $38/person for SCVAS members, $42/person for non-members
Observe some of nature's most magnificent creatures - possibilities include California Grey, Humpback and maybe even Blue Whales - during the peak of their northern migration! Other sealife you'll be likely to spot include otters, sea lions, dolphins, and, of course, birds! More...

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September

Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday September 3 7:30-9PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
Annual Members' Slides Program

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).

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City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday September 3 12:00 PM (one hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Contact organizer Silviana Ruiz (408) 730-7545 to attend. Difficulty Level: Birding geared toward beginners. Notes: Bring binoculars; loaners also available. Rain cancels.

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

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday September 6 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: San Jose Regional Wastewater Facility
Leader: Joshua McCluskey; owls@scvas.org We will be walking and surveying approximately 300 acres of suitable habitat to count the number of owls and map their locations. All skill levels are welcome. This is a great opportunity to see this special species. Notes: Be prepared to walk through tall grasses and over uneven terrain. Bring water, sunblock, a hat, and BINOCULARS.

IMPORTANT: You MUST register with Josh at owls@scvas.org at least 3 days prior to the survey date if interested in participating. Facility access is tightly regulated. Nortech Gate, 250 Nortech Pkwy, San Jose, CA 95134 - Park on the side of the road.

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday September 6 8:15 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Woodland and grassland species as well as a good assortment of raptors are possible. Difficulty Level: Trip involves two plus miles of moderately strenuous walking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west approx. 1/2 mile to Arastradero Rd. Turn right and meet at the parking lot located 1/2-mile on the right.

CANCELLED: Audubon Field Workshop: Shorebirding on Cape Cod
Sunday September 7 through Saturday Sept 13th
Cost: $2,200 per person for double-occupancy or single supplement. Deposit of $500 required to hold space.
Leader: Stephanie Ellis (SCVAS Executive Director) and Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club, MassAudubon). Enjoy shorebirds, raptors, warblers, and whales on beautiful Cape Cod, MA.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday September 7 8:00 AM
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. 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 road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday September 9 10:00am
Location: home of Pat Dubois, 17150 Buena Vista Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 395-4264
Topic: Penguins

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday September 10 3-4:30PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Cost: FREE! There is no RSVP needed to attend.
Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except October - which will be held on the 3rd Wed) for the Bay Area Nature Journal Club workshops! The Bay Area Nature Journal Club is a diverse community of artists and naturalists, of all levels, who meet together to connect to nature through art. Join us each month for a 1.5 hour technique workshop at McClellan Ranch; each workshop will focus on a different technique or topic (schedule available online at www.johnmuirlaws.com). The club and workshop program is inter-generational and family friendly. Both seniors and families - with mature children who have demonstrated an interest in nature sketching - are encouraged to participate. Click here to see a full description on the John Muir Laws website.

Vasona Lake County Park
Wednesday September 10 8:30 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264. We'll bird the south end of this popular Los Gatos Park. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Note: Gate opens at 8 AM. Parking fee $6 (or SC County Park pass) required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 17 exit at Lark Ave., go west to University Ave. Turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd. and use main entrance. Turn into first parking lot on your left after kiosk.

Cavity Nesters Recovery Program Year-End Meeting
Thursday September 11 7:00 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Volunteer nest box monitors review the nesting season and share nest box monitoring results and stories. A casual, fun opportunity to laugh, commiserate, and get to know your fellow monitors. Please try and have your data submitted to the website before the meeting, if at all possible, by going to the Nest Box Data Site. If you have any questions, contact the SCVAS Programs Coordinator at programs@scvas.org.

Point Reyes
Saturday September 13 9:00 AM (Full Day)
Location: Drake's Beach parking area
Leader: Peter LaTourrette: (650) 961-2741. Our annual trip to the west coast's most active vagrant trap, where birds and the weather are always exciting and unpredictable! Note: Bring lunch, liquids, a full tank of gas, and be ready for fog, wind, sun and lots of difficult to ID birds.

Directions: From Hwy 1 in Marin Co. (just south of Pt. Reyes Station) take Sir Francis Drake Blvd west approx 14 miles, turn left to Drake's Beach, meet in parking area. Be prepared to carpool from Drakes Beach.

Coyote Hills Regional Park
Sunday September 14 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505 Entrance Fee required. Lunch optional; rain cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 84 (Dumbarton Bridge) east to Newark. Exit right at Thornton, then go left on overpass, as Thornton becomes Paseo Padre turn left at Patterson Ranch/Commerce Rd into park. Meet at far end of Quarry parking lot located on the left, 1/4 mile past park entrance.

"Helping the Western Snowy Plover" with Katherine Burns and Karine Tokatlian of SFBBO
Wednesday September 17 Doors open 7:30pm; Program 8:00pm
Location: Cubberly Community Center, Rm H1 - Middlefield and Montrose Rds, Palo Alto
Did you know there are only about 200 Western Snowy Plovers that still commonly breed in the Bay Area? Come hear about the status of this sensitive species, including research and habitat enhancement work that the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is doing to increase plover numbers in the Bay Area. More...

Charleston Slough
Saturday September 20 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

Alum Rock Park
Sunday September 21 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Notes: Entrance fee required. Difficulty Level: Trip is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Lunch optional; rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 or I-680 take McKee Rd. northeast toward the hills then left on Toyon Ave. then right on Penitencia Creek Rd. and continue on into the park. Drive under the bridge and meet at the far end of the parking lot.

Stevens Creek 50K/SCVAS Benefit Run
Saturday September 27 7AM-4PM
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains
Runners and Volunteers are needed to participate in this fun event through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Runners are asked to donate a small registration fee, the proceeds of which go to benefit SCVAS' education and conservation programs. Click Here for more details about the race and how to register.

Almaden Lake Park and Alamitos Creek
Saturday September 27 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Steve Tracey (408) 966-3860. We will bird the lake and the trail upstream looking for waterfowl, raptors, and a wide variety of riparian birds. Difficulty Level: Expect about 3 miles of easy walking. Note: Entrance fee may be required, but parking is free on Winfield Blvd. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 85 take Almaden Expwy south, turn left on Coleman Rd. and then right on Winfield Blvd. Meet at the bathrooms (blue building) near the east entrance to Almaden Lake Park.

Sunnyvale Baylands Park
Sunday September 28 7:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Pete Dunten: (650) 210-6764. A $6.00 parking fee may be required. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 237 take the Lawrence Expwy/Caribbean Dr exit toward Caribbean Dr. Turn right into the park at the first stoplight on Caribbean Dr. north of Hwy 237. Meet in the first parking lot to the right of the entrance kiosk.

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October

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday October 1 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
"Bay Area Birds" by Davor Desancic

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).

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City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday October 1 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. Contact organizer Silviana Ruiz (408) 730-7545 to attend. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. Rain cancels.

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

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday October 4 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: San Jose Regional Wastewater Facility
Leader: Joshua McCluskey; owls@scvas.org We will be walking and surveying approximately 300 acres of suitable habitat to count the number of owls and map their locations. All skill levels are welcome. This is a great opportunity to see this special species. Notes: Be prepared to walk through tall grasses and over uneven terrain. Bring water, sunblock, a hat, and BINOCULARS.

IMPORTANT: You MUST register with Josh at owls@scvas.org at least 3 days prior to the survey date if interested in participating. Facility access is tightly regulated. Nortech Gate, 250 Nortech Pkwy, San Jose, CA 95134 - Park on the side of the road.

Oka Ponds
Saturday October 4 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505 (note leader correction). Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 17 in Los Gatos take Lark Ave exit west. Turn right on Oka Rd, left on Mozart Ave and an immediate right on Oka Lane. Meet at gate.

Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands
Sunday October 5 9:00 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187. Migrating raptors including the possibility of seeing a rare Broad-winged Hawk. Notes: Weather conditions can be highly variable, dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. This will be our only field trip to the Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands this fall. Heavy fog in the headlands will likely cancel the trip.

Directions: Going north on Hwy 101, after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge pass the Vista Point exit and then exit at Alexander, turn left and cross under Hwy 101, then turn right just before entrance back onto Hwy 101 south. Drive up hill to the highest point and park. Meet at the parking area or at the Hawk watch on top of the hill (arrive/depart the hill at any time).

Lake Cunningham County Park
Wednesday October 8 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser 408-569- 9264. Note: Possible entrance fee. Lunch optional, Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in San Jose, exit Tully Rd. Go east on Tully to entrance, .3 miles past Capitol Expwy. Turn left into park and left again at kiosk. Park in the marina parking lot.

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday October 11 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Todd Newberry, Santa Cruz Bird Club: (831) 426-8741. Note: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. Highlights: Shorebirds, waterfowl and early migrants.

Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest Restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Highway 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday October 12 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson (408) 996-3506. 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 road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday October 14 10:00am
Location: home of Pat Dubois, 17150 Buena Vista Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 395-4264
Topic: Local Gulls

"Habitats and Seasons of the Mono Lake Basin" with Marie Read
Wednesday October 15 Doors open 7:30PM; Program begins 8:00PM
Location: Cubberly Community Center, Rm H1 - Middlefield and Montrose Rds, Palo Alto
Mono Lake is a high desert sea with a majestic backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, famous for the iconic tufa towers rising from its surface and for its highly saline and alkaline water. The lake is also a birding hotspot, attracting huge numbers of breeding and migratory birds. Join Marie Read, a nationally known bird photographer, as she journeys through the habitats and seasons of Mono Lake Basin. Hear her tales from the field, and the stories behind the pictures of her new book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin. More...

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday October 15 3-4:30PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Cost: FREE! There is no RSVP needed to attend.
Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except October - which will be held on the 3rd Wed) for the Bay Area Nature Journal Club workshops! The Bay Area Nature Journal Club is a diverse community of artists and naturalists, of all levels, who meet together to connect to nature through art. Join us each month for a 1.5 hour technique workshop at McClellan Ranch; each workshop will focus on a different technique or topic (schedule available online at www.johnmuirlaws.com). The club and workshop program is inter-generational and family friendly. Both seniors and families - with mature children who have demonstrated an interest in nature sketching - are encouraged to participate. Click here to see a full description on the John Muir Laws website.

23rd Annual Wildlife Education Day
Saturday October 18 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave, Cupertino
Families are invited to join SCVAS and over a dozen other environmental organizations to celebrate nature and wildlife. There will be live animals, educational presentations, a poster contest, and many hands-on activities, including nestbox and bird feeder building.

Get directions and more information about the day, plus see pictures from past events, by clicking here. Or to see this year's flyer, click here.

For "Early Birds," we'll have a guided shorebird walk at the Charleston Slough in Mountain View's Baylands at 8AM. Following the walk, participants will caravan to Wildlife Education Day festivities in Cupertino. RSVP is required for the walk only. (408) 252-3740 or programs@scvas.org More...

"Early Bird" Shorebird walk - for families and children
Saturday October 18 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Location: Charleston Slough in Mountain View.
As a part of our 23rd Annual Wildlife Education Day, come join us on this kids-and-families field trip to explore the wonders of the San Francisco Bay Lands. Led by experienced birders, this is a great opportunity to learn about the birds that live in our diminishing wetlands. Afterwards, we encourage all participants to join us at McClellan Ranch for the 23rd Annual Wildlife Education Day! Binoculars and field guides available for use upon request. RSVP is required. Call (408) 252-3740 or email programs@scvas.org.

Directions: To get to Charleston Slough from the South Bay, take 101 N (or 85 N to 101 N) to Mountain View. Exit San Antonio Rd., and go RIGHT off the freeway towards the Bay. Follow San Antonio until it dead ends at Terminal Blvd. Park in the available spaces and meet at the trailhead on the corner of San Antonio and Terminal.

From the North Bay: Take 101 S to Mountain View. Exit San Antonio Rd. NORTH, and go towards the Bay. Follow San Antonio until it dead ends at Terminal Blvd. Park in the available spaces and meet at the trailhead on the corner of San Antonio and Terminal.

Local Hot Spots
Saturday October 18 7:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Note Early Start! A chance to visit some of the local hot spots you hear about and, we hope, to see some "good" birds. We'll meet at the Alviso Marina.

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

"Raptors in Flight" with Bob Power
Sunday October 19 & Oct 26th; 9:00am-2:00pm. Nov 2nd. 8:00am-4:00pm.
Location: 10/19: Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands; 10/26: Wavecrest Rd, Half Moon Bay; 11/2: San Benito County.
Cost: $90/members; $125/non-members.
Fall is a fantastic time to study raptors as they return to the Bay Area to spend the winter. More...

Sunnyvale Water Treatment Facility
Sunday October 19 8:00 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. This is a great place to study ducks. Trip is fairly easy but a long walk is possible. Scopes are highly recommended. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 237 east, exit North on Caribbean Dr, turn right on Borregas Ave, then left into the parking area.

Charleston Slough
Saturday October 25 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mt. View take San Antonio Rd. north to Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd.

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
Sunday October 26 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Rain cancels.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot at Sausal Pond edge of the preserve. From I-280 in Portola Valley take Alpine Rd. south (toward hills) about 2.9 miles to the first stop sign, turn right on Portola Rd and go 0.8 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road just past the entrance to The Sequoias.

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November

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday November 1 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: San Jose Regional Wastewater Facility
Leader: Joshua McCluskey; owls@scvas.org We will be walking and surveying approximately 300 acres of suitable habitat to count the number of owls and map their locations. All skill levels are welcome. This is a great opportunity to see this special species. Notes: Be prepared to walk through tall grasses and over uneven terrain. Bring water, sunblock, a hat, and BINOCULARS.

IMPORTANT: You MUST register with Josh at owls@scvas.org at least 3 days prior to the survey date if interested in participating. Facility access is tightly regulated. Nortech Gate, 250 Nortech Pkwy, San Jose, CA 95134 - Park on the side of the road.

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday November 1 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Norm Kikuchi (831) 459-9424. Note: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. Highlights: Shorebirds, waterfowl and early migrants.

Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest Restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Highway 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge.

Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday November 2 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and possible Golden Eagle. A Park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the trip. This will be a moderate 2 mile walk. Lunch optional; rain cancels.

Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Hamilton Rd. and go approximately 9 miles to the park. Meet at Grant Lake (aka Hall's Valley Lake) parking lot, which is the first parking lot on the left side of the road (do not enter the Main Park Entrance on the right).

FULL: Audubon Field Workshop: Ecuador
Monday November 10 through Monday, November 24th
Cost: $4395/person, double-occupancy. $600 single supplement; Deposit of $500 required to hold space.
Leader: Charlie Gomez, Nino Morales, and Bob Power. That place on your dream list! This trip is currently full - taking sign-ups for the wait list only. More...

"Birds in Big Cities" with Stephanie Ellis, SCVAS Executive Director
Thursday November 13 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame, CA
A special lecture on the topics of "The Western Burrowing Owl - Reversing the Downward Trend" and "Bird-Safe Building Design - Safe Birds in Big Cities". More...

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December

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday December 6 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: San Jose Regional Wastewater Facility
Leader: Joshua McCluskey; owls@scvas.org We will be walking and surveying approximately 300 acres of suitable habitat to count the number of owls and map their locations. All skill levels are welcome. This is a great opportunity to see this special species. Notes: Be prepared to walk through tall grasses and over uneven terrain. Bring water, sunblock, a hat, and BINOCULARS.

IMPORTANT: You MUST register with Josh at owls@scvas.org at least 3 days prior to the survey date if interested in participating. Facility access is tightly regulated. Nortech Gate, 250 Nortech Pkwy, San Jose, CA 95134 - Park on the side of the road.

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February

Audubon Field Workshop: "Lower Klamath/Tule Lake Eagles" with Bob Power.
Thursday February 5 through Monday, Feb 9th.
Cost: $175 members, $210 non-members. Not included: lodging, meals, and transportation.
Come experience a northern California classic! More...

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May

Audubon Field Workshop: "Cave Creek Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains" with Bob Power.
Tuesday May 19 through May 26th.
Join Bob to seek all of the area's specialty birds at one of North America's premier birding destinations. More...

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June

Audubon Field Seminar: "Breeding Birds of Yuba Pass, Sierra Valley, and the Gold Lakes Region" - Session 1
Sunday June 7 through June 10th.
Location: Sierra Valley
Cost: $175 members and $210 non-members. Not included: lodging, meals, and transportation.
Leader: Bob Power.

A chance to explore a unique habitat with stunning birds! More...

Audubon Field Seminar: "Breeding Birds of Yuba Pass, Sierra Valley, and the Gold Lakes Region" - Session 2
Friday June 12 through June 15th.
Location: Sierra Valley
Cost: $175 members and $210 non-members. Not included: lodging, meals, and transportation.
Leader: Bob Power.

A chance to explore a unique habitat with stunning birds! More...

Audubon Field Seminar: "Eastern Sierra Mid-Summer Birding Dream"
Tuesday June 23 through June 28th.
Location: Saddlebag and Mono Lake and Beyond!
Cost: $275 members and $310 non-members. Includes: kayaking, Bodie entrance fee, Devil's Postpile entrance
Leader: Bob Power.

A high alpine summer adventure! More...

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