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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.

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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 - a unique Summer Camp for nature lovers! 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! More...

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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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