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Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Saturday May 28 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!

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June

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday June 1 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.

Palo Alto Summer Bird Count
Saturday June 4 8:00 AM

Once again, we'll be counting every bird we can see and identify on the Palo Alto Summer Bird Count. As always, the count is held on the first Saturday of June (this year- June 4th), and anyone, regardless of their level of birding experience, is welcome to join in the fun.

This count is identical to the Christmas Bird count, except the weather is a lot nicer, and we do pay special attention to signs of breeding. If you have participated in the past, please contact your region coordinator. If you don't know who that is, or are new to the count, contact the SCVAS office (scvas@scvas.org). But don't delay!

Rancho del Oso (coastal Big Basin State Park)
Sunday June 5 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.)

Birdathon Awards Dinner
Tuesday June 7 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. More...

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group- Annual Picnic
Tuesday June 7 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 2016/2017 discussions will be decided. Picnic location TBD.

Almaden Lake and Alamitos Creek Trail
Wednesday June 8 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com. Notes: There is a $6 parking fee for parking in the lot. Difficulty Level: Easy walking.

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.

CANCELLED: "Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday June 8 3:00-4:30PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino.
Cost: FREE! There is no RSVP needed to attend, but please be on time.
The Nature Journalling Club has been cancelled for June. It will return in July. More...

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday June 11 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. 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.

Beginner's Birding and Plant Identification Walk Series #2
Sunday June 12 9:00-12:00 PM
Location: Lake Cunningham Park
Leader: Vicki Silvas-Young (RSVP to arvind.kumar@cnps.org) Do you love being outdoors and want to learn more about what you're both seeing and hearing? Then this joint SCVAS/CNPS birding and plant identification series is for you! Difficulty Level: 1.2 miles on a level path. Notes: Bring a hat, water, and binoculars. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking fee is $6. Meet in the Marina Parking lot at 9AM. More...

Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck
Wednesday June 22 6:00 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino
{NOTE: This is the 4th Wednesday of the month}

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!

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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July

Charleston Slough
Saturday July 9 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Nick Yatso: (408) 247-5499 Notes: All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder.

Directions: Meet at Terminal Way at the end of San Antonio Rd. north off Hwy 101 in Mountain View.

Summer Bird Days Session #1
Wednesday July 20 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch, Cupertino
Cost: $20/child per session for SCVAS Members; $25/child per session for non-members.
Join us as we explore the wonderful bird world around us! This is a great chance for children ages 6-11 to learn in the outdoors! Sign up for one - or both- sessions. Session #1: Bird Identification: From Hawks to Hummingbirds; Session #2: "Backyard Birds"

Register using this form link click here. Space is limited and registration closes July 11th. See below for payment details. More...

Summer Bird Days Session #2
Thursday July 21 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch, Cupertino
Cost: $20/child per session for SCVAS Members; $25/child per session for non-members.
Join us as we explore the wonderful bird world around us! This is a great chance for children ages 6-11 to learn in the outdoors! Sign up for one - or both- sessions. Session #1: Bird Identification: From Hawks to Hummingbirds; Session #2: "Backyard Birds"

Register using this form link click here. Space is limited and registration closes July 11th. See below for payment details. More...

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August

Charleston Slough
Saturday August 13 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Nick Yatso: (408) 247-5499 Notes: All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder.

Directions: Meet at Terminal Way at the end of San Antonio Rd. north off Hwy 101 in Mountain View.

"Birds of the Farallones" Audubon Field Seminar.
Saturday August 13 7:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Half Moon Bay (Princeton Harbor)
Cost: $135 members; $150 non-members
Leader: Al Jaramillo, Matthew Dodder, Bob Power, Bob Hirt. A not to miss excursion to the Farallones! More...

Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Sunday August 14 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Stephen Berlyant, (415) 420-3680. Highlights: Possible birds include Bank Swallow, Marbled Murrelet, Black Swift and early returning shorebirds. Difficulty: 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 as the weather can be variable. There is a $10 per car parking fee, meet at the far (south) end of the parking lot. Lunch Optional.

Directions: The entrance is along Hwy 1 about 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay or 20 miles north of Santa Cruz.

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