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Ed Levin County Park (North)
Saturday April 18 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in Milpitas' prime birding hot spot. Difficulty Level: Be aware that the trail is steep in places. Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 237 east, crossing I-880 and I-680 (237 becomes Calaveras Rd.), turn left on Downing Rd. to the park entrance. Meet in parking lot on the far, northeast side of Sandy Wool Lake (near the dog park).

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Sunday April 19 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west (toward the Santa Cruz mountains) turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

New Almaden Township
Wednesday April 22 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Janna Pauser (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com We'll bird through New Almaden township on Almaden and Bertram Roads. Difficulty level: Easy walking. Note: This is the fourth Wednesday of the month, waiting for spring arrivals. Lunch optional. Rain Cancels.

From hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expy south for 4.3 miles. Keep right at Y and drive through New Almaden township. Park in Almaden-Quicksilver C.P. Hacienda parking lot on your right, which opens at 8am.

Young Audubon Adventure: Spring Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday April 25 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (arrive at 7:50AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) at the peak of the spring migration season to see a live bird banding demonstration and experience conservation science in action. View a wild bird up close and explore restored habitat! Location: McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas, located one exit west of the 237/880 interchange. Meet at the McDonald's parking lot at the McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center. More specific directions will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the activity.

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Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Saturday April 25 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Sonny Mencher: soccerquiz@yahoo.com or (650) 814-8028 Trip limited to 20 participants; contact Sonny to reserve a space. There is a fee of $5 per person for this trip. Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the right side of Sand Hill Rd. as you head West toward the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Preserve (near the freeway at the intersection of Lawler Ranch Rd. and Sand Hill Rd.). Participants will form carpools (required!) to minimize the number of cars on the Preserve. Caravan with a leader from the parking area between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM only (PARKING/WAITING OUTSIDE THE GATE IS NOT ALLOWED!) From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd.

Mt. Diablo State Park, Mitchell Canyon
Sunday April 26 8:15 AM (half day)
Leader: Pete Dunten; (650) 210-6764. Highlights: Mitchell Canyon is a great place to visit in the spring looking for migrating Empids and Hummingbirds. Rain cancels.

Directions From I680 in Walnut Creek take exit 46B to Ygnacio Valley Rd., go East for 7.3 miles then turn right on Clayton Rd. and a mile later right onto Mitchell Canyon Rd. The park opens at 8 AM, we will meet a 8:15 AM in the parking lot.

Volunteer Appreciation Bird Walk and Dinner
Thursday April 30 4:30 PM (bird walk); 6:30 PM (dinner)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Veteran and potential new volunteers, please join us for a spring bird walk and a special Gourmet Dinner in celebration of National Volunteer Week. More...

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May

Mines Rd., Del Puerte Canyon, and vicinity
Saturday May 2 8:30 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. We'll start this trip in Del Puerto Canyon, working our way west to San Antonio Valley. Highlights: Possible Costa?s Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Lewis?s Woodpecker and Lawrence?s Goldfinch. Notes: FRS radios tuned to channel 11 will be especially useful during the driving portion of this trip. Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and liquids.

Directions: From I-580 go east over Altamont Pass, to I-5, south on I-5, west at the Patterson exit (Diablo Grande Pkwy) and then right on Del Puerto Canyon Rd. Meet at the first pullout.

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday May 2 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 [email?protected] 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.

Pescadero Marsh and Vicinity (NOTE Change of Location)
Sunday May 3 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Garth Harwood: (650) 949-8643. Highlights: Seabirds and ducks are always to be found around the Marsh but at this season, the action swings toward songbirds as well. Many shorebirds have departed, but those that linger into the first days of May often display breeding plumage. Notes: Don?t forget to bring that spotting scope. Rain Cancels.

Directions: Meet at first parking lot south of the bridge over Pescadero Creek on Hwy 1.

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday May 6 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto

"Australia and Papua New Guinea -- Birding Down Under" by Pati Rouzer

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...

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday May 6 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.

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring
Saturday May 9 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Join SCVAS and co-sponsor Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) for a "winged-wonders" festival in a beautiful spring setting. Celebrate birds, butterflies, bats and more - a FREE family event with fun for everyone! See the MROSD website for some additional fun details. Location and Directions: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is located at the junction of Skyline Blvd and Page Mill Rd (in the unincorporated area between Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and La Honda). Click Here for maps and directions. Please note that this event takes place at the Equestrian Lot, NOT the Nature Center.

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Young Audubon Adventure: Early Bird Family Walk - Part of Wingding Family Fest!
Saturday May 9 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (map coordinates 37.309799, -122.172052)
Warblers, Wrens, Vireos - Oh My! Spring birding for all ages! 1 mile south of the Alpine/Page Mill/Skyline Blvd junction. See the MROSD website for directions (but note that we will begin at the Equestrian Parking area near Horseshoe Lake).

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Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, Horseshoe Lake.
Saturday May 9 7:30 AM
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Morning only. This is will be an easy 1.5 hour bird walk with little elevation change. Highlights: possible Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager. Notes: Bring extra layers of clothing as temperatures can vary wildly even at this time of year. Lunch Optional Directions: Meet at the Christmas Tree Parking Lot for Horseshoe Lake located to the left of the entrance off Skyline Blvd. (Hwy. 35).

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Sunday May 10 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Highlights: Possible Lazuli Bunting, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chipping and Grasshopper Sparrows. Notes: Be prepared, it can be cold, wet and foggy. Lunch Optional.

Directions: From I-280 in Palo Alto take Page Mill Rd. west, toward Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35), for approx. 7 miles and meet at the Monte Bello OSP parking area on the left.

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday May 12 10:00am
Location: Home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos
Topic: Blackbirds. Contact Rosalind at 408 395 6631 with any questions. More...

Rancho Canada Del Oro Open Space Preserve
Wednesday May 13 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com. Highlights: We'll bird along the Serpentine trail to the Longwall trailhead and look for breeding birds on this level open trail. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Notes: Bring water, limited facilities. Lunch optional.

Directions: From 101 exit west at Bailey Ave. Turn left onto McKean Rd. proceed 2.38 miles, then right on Casa Loma Rd. to staging area 1.6 miles on your left. From Hwy 85 take Almaden Expwy south to Harry Rd. go right one block then left on McKean Rd. 6+ miles. Turn right onto Casa Loma Rd. 1.6 miles to OSA parking.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday May 13 3:00-4:30PM
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...

Mt. Madonna County Park
Saturday May 16 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Steve Tracey: (408) 966-3860. Difficulty Level: This half-day birding walk, climbing on the way up and descending on the return trip, begins in mixed oak woodlands but in short order passes through grasslands, chaparral and finally, coastal forest where Redwood and Douglas Fir dominate the landscape. Notes: Be sure to bring liquids. Lunch optional.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take Hwy 152 West (Hecker Pass Hwy). After approximately 6.4 miles turn right into the Sprig Lake parking lot.

Alum Rock Park
Sunday May 17 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Notes: A vehicle entry fee will be required. Lunch optional.

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

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...

Stevens Creek County Park
Saturday May 23 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Roxie Handler, (408) 730-1745. Highlights: A top riparian birding spot in the South Bay for migrants and local breeding birds. Notes: Entrance fee required. Lunch optional; heavy rain cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Expwy exit south 2.1 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.) turn left into the first park entrance and meet in the Chestnut Picnic Area, the first parking lot.

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Sunday May 24 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Highlights: Possible Grasshopper Sparrow and Lazuli Bunting. Notes: Bring extra layers of clothing in case it's foggy and cold. No facilities available.

Directions: Meet at the Vista Point Pullout located on the Bay side of Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) a little over a mile northwest of Page Mill Rd.

The Art of the Nest - Identifying Birds By What They Build
Tuesday May 26 6:30-8:00PM (Class); Saturday May 30; 8:30-11:00AM (Field)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Cost: $30 members; $45 non-members
Leader: Freddy Howell and Toby Goldberg (SCVAS Ed Committee) A chance to explore the intricate, intriguing and sometimes downright strange world of bird nesting behavior! More...

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Saturday May 30 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: Possible Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous walk with some elevation change. Notes: Bring extra layers of clothing as temperatures can vary wildly even at this time of year. Lunch optional.

Directions: Meet at the northeast corner of Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) and Page Mill Rd. (the corner nearest San Francisco and the bay). IMPORTANT: Do not park in the Russian Ridge Parking lot!

Smith Creek/Twin Gates- "Birding by Ear" Field Trip
Sunday May 31 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Highlights: Probable birds include Horned Lark, Grasshopper Sparrow, woodland and riparian breeding birds. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous hike over rolling hills.

Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Mt. Hamilton Rd. and go past main entrance to Grant Ranch County Park (approx. 9 miles). Continue uphill another two miles to Twin Gates parking lot on the left.

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June

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday June 3 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.

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday June 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 [email?protected] 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.

CANCELLED: 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.

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Rancho del Oso (coastal Big Basin State Park)
Sunday June 7 8:00 AM (Half Day Plus)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Highlights: Looking for Swainson's Thrush, Pacific Wren, Wilson's Warbler, and Woodpeckers. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately long but fairly level hike along the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Notes: be prepared for variable weather, dress in layers.

Directions: Take Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz, and then go north on Hwy 1. Meet at the beach parking area alongside Hwy 1 just north of the Waddell Creek Bridge (at MP 36.30; which is 2 miles south of Ano Nuevo State Reserve and 7 miles north of Davenport.)

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group- Annual Picnic
Tuesday June 9 11:00 AM
Location: Home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos. (408) 395-6631.
Annual picnic. Everyone welcome - please bring something to share. Birds for 2015/2016 discussions will be decided.

Birdathon Awards Dinner
Tuesday June 9 6:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino
Find out who won the big prizes! All Spring Birdathon participants are encouraged to attend the dinner at McClellan Ranch Preserve. There will be free food and refreshments, games, surprises, raffles, and fun for all! Prizes will be distributed at the dinner. You do not have to attend the Awards Dinner to win. However, if you can't attend, you must make your own arrangements to pick up your prize at the SCVAS Office.

Please RSVP to (408) 252-3747 or scvas@scvas.org so we can plan enough food. More...

Almaden Lake and Alamitos Creek Trail
Wednesday June 10 8:00 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com. Half Day. Notes: There is a $6 parking fee for parking in the lot. Highlights: Breeding birds. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Lunch Optional. Directions: From Hwy 85 in San Jose take Almaden Expwy south .8 mile then left onto Coleman Rd. Turn right onto Winfield and park either on street or in parking lot. Meet near blue bathrooms on the east side of the lake.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday June 10 3:00-4:30PM
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...

CANCELLED: 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...

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday June 13 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west; turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

Annual Meeting and Potluck
Wednesday June 17 6:00 PM
Held at McClellan Ranch Preserve, this meeting is a chance to help shape the chapter for the next year AND get some great socializing in too! We'll also honor some of our outstanding volunteers during the meeting.

SCVAS will provide drinks and dessert - please bring a main or side dish to share. And don't forget to bring your own plates and utensils to help us reduce waste! Click Here for more details.

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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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July

Charleston Slough
Saturday July 11 8:00 AM
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. 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.

Summer Nature Adventures: Day Camp for Grades 2-6
Monday July 20 through Friday, July 24th. 9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Various locations.
Cost: $270/child for SCVAS members; $295/child for non-members
Bugs, Birds, Plants, Creeks, and more! Join SCVAS, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and Shoreline at Mountain View as we explore the wonderful world around us. A great chance to be outdoors and get dirty! Registration is now open but space is limited - don't wait! Details and directions for each session will be sent upon confirmed registration.

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August

Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Saturday August 8 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Cost: Parking fee of $10 per car
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: Possible birds include Bank Swallow, Marbled Murrelet and early returning shorebirds. Difficulty Level: Plan on a 3-4 mile walk (half of it in sand), fog, bright sun and wind. Notes: Bring a scope, lunch, liquids, and dress in layers.

Directions: The entrance is along Hwy 1 about 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay or 20 miles north of Santa Cruz. Meet at the far (south) end of the parking lot.

Young Audubon Summer Adventure: Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (arrive at 7:45AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to see a live bird banding demonstration and experience conservation science in action. View a wild bird up close and explore restored habitat! Location: McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas, located one exit west of the 237/880 interchange. Meet at the [former] Borders Bookstore parking lot at the McCarthy Ranch. More specific directions will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the activity.

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Charleston Slough
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. 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.

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