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Mount Hamilton Christmas Bird Count 2014
Monday December 29 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...

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January

County Chase
Saturday January 3 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 4 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.

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday January 6 10:00am
Location: home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos
NOTE: The group will meet on the 1st Tuesday in January, only; we'll return to our normal 2nd Tuesday schedule in February.

Topic: Bushtits. Contact Rosalind at 408 395 6631 with any questions. More...

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday January 7 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
"A Bird and Wildlife Snapshot of Four Countries in the Neotropics" by John Richardson

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 January 7 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.

Panoche Valley
Saturday January 10 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 from the Panoche Inn e-mail the leader (ltjaeger@att.net) between Jan 4th and Jan 7th with your choice of bread, meat (chicken salad, ham, 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.

Alum Rock Park
Sunday January 11 9:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. This is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Resident breeding birds (possible Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, and Canyon Wren if we are lucky) early migrants, and lingering winter birds. Entrance fee required. Be prepared for some mud! Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

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.

Coyote Valley
Wednesday January 14 1:00PM (Half day)
Leader: TBD
NOTE: This is an afternoon trip. Highlights: Raptors. Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 101 south, exit right (west) onto Bailey Rd. Turn left on Hale/ Santa Teresa Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right on west Laguna Ave.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday January 14 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! 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.

Charleston Slough
Saturday January 17 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Nick Yatso (408) 891-3187

A trip designed for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend! Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 Mountain View, take San Antonion Rd north to Terminal Blvd. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd. More...

Arastradero OSP
Sunday January 18 8:15 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager (650) 961-1505
Moderate Walking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west; turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about 1/2 mile on the right.

"Young Audubon Day of Service" with SCVAS, Acterra and the City of Cupertino.
Monday January 19 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...

Ogier Ponds
Saturday January 24 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988.
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).

San Francisco's Southern Parks
Sunday January 25 9:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Alan Hopkins: (415) 664-0983 or Cell phone (415) 794-0281
Meet at the parking lot to Heron's Head Park. Highlights: This newly created park is a great place to look for shorebirds and bay waterfowl. Later we will then visit San Francisco's second largest park, McLaren Park, for land birds and a few dabbling ducks. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 280 or 101 take the Cesar Chavez St. exit east to Third St. Turn right onto Third St. after crossing the bridge turn left onto Cargo Way. Cargo Way ends at the Heron's Head Park parking lot.

Coyote Reservoir
Saturday January 31 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527.
Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take Leavesley Rd. east for 1.5 miles, turn left on New Ave. then right on Roop Rd. Go left at the "T" intersection, then after 1.3 miles left again on Coyote Reservoir Rd. and on to the Lakeview Picnic area on the right.

Wintering Waterfowl Field Trip
Saturday January 31 1:30 PM
Location: Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Alviso & Shoreline Park, Mtn View
Leader: Stephanie Ellis, SCVAS Executive Director; executivedirector@scvas.org or 408-252-3748
Want to sharpen your duck I.D. skills? Join us for a fun day viewing the abundance of waterfowl that spend their winter on San Francisco Bay. Notes: Wear your woollies. Optional coffee/hot chocolate stop after the trip - on us! Difficulty Level: All are encouraged to attend, but the trip will be geared toward the beginning birder. Trip is limited to 15; RSVP required. Please contact Stephanie to sign-up.

Directions: Please contact Stephanie for directions

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February

Ulistac Natural Area
Sunday February 1 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Steve Tracey: (408) 966-3860.
Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in diverse habitat that does not require an entrance fee. No Facilities Available.

Directions: From Hwy 237 take Great America Pkwy south for about 0.8 miles, turn left on Tasman Dr. for about one mile, turn right on Lick Mill Blvd. and meet at the South entrance to the park on the left.

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday February 4 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.

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.
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Special eBird Presentation with Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Brian Sullivan, eBird Project Manager
Thursday February 5 Doors open at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Location: Campbell Community Center's Orchard City Banquet Hall (Wincheser Blvd. at Campbell Ave.).
Leader: Hosted jointly by Los Gatos Birdwatcher, SFBBO and SCVAS. Event is free, but reservations are required. Call 408-358-9453 or email info@losgatosbirdwatcher.
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird's goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers all over the globe. Millions of observations are entered into the eBird data system and these observations are shared and studied by a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time this data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond. We hope you can come learn about eBird straight from the source.

Charleston Slough
Saturday February 7 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Nick Yatso (408) 891-3187. A trip designed for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend! Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 Mountain View, take San Antonion Rd north to Terminal Blvd. Meet at the entrance nearest San Antonio Rd. More...

Merced & San Luis Wildlife Refuges
Sunday February 8 8:30 AM (Full day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Meet at the parking area near the first Observation Platform in Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Raptors, ducks, geese, Great Horned Owls, Sandhill Cranes and White-faced Ibis possible. This will primarily be a driving bird trip so FRS radios (Walkie-Talkies) set to channel 11 will prove to be of value. After the Merced Wildlife Refuge we will caravan to the San Luis Wildlife Refuge for lunch and more birding. Dress in layers; bring lunch, liquids, and a full tank of gas. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take Hwy 152 east thru Los Banos, (no services past Los Banos, so check your gas gauge), approx. 20 miles then north 7 miles on Rte. 59 to Sandy Mush Rd, turn left approx. 8 miles to Merced Wildlife Refuge, on the left. Allow 2.5 hrs driving time from San Jose, more if it's foggy.

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday February 10 10:00am
Location: home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos
Topic: Western Screech Owl. Contact Rosalind at 408 395 6631 with any questions. More...

Gilroy Water Treatment Facility or Anderson Lake County Park
Wednesday February 11 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Dennis Porter: (408) 205-0535 Highlights: If Gilroy ponds have water we'll drive the levees for ducks and shorebirds. If not, we'll bird Anderson County Park. Note: possible entrance fee. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: We will carpool from McDonald's on Cochrane Rd. in Morgan Hill. Take Hwy 101 south; exit Cochrane Rd. and turn right. Turn left at first stop light and park at McDonald's. We'll carpool from here. Do not meet at birding site.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday February 11 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! 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.

Oka Ponds
Saturday February 14 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson (408) 996-3506 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.

Cavity Nesters Recovery Program (CNRP) Informational Session & Hands-on Training
Saturday February 14 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
For new or potentially new monitors, existing monitors who would like a refresher, or for the just-plain-curious, join us as we explore the motivations and highlights of this 18-year-success story and share how YOU can get involved. There are 2 parts to this activity; you do not need to attend both. More...

Foster City, Coyote Point, San Mateo Bayside
Sunday February 15 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Al Eisner days and voicemail: (650)-926-2018; evenings: (650)-364-3686
We will begin at the Foster City "shell bar", and then car-caravan to an additional Foster City location, and to Coyote Point (probable admission charge of $6 per car) in time for an appropriate tide. Highlights: This trip should be good for shorebirds (including "rockbirds") and waterfowl (Harlequin Duck is possible) but we'll also look for landbirds. Note: Scopes will be very useful. Lunch optional. Rain Cancels.

Directions: Meet at 8:00 along Beach Park Boulevard in Foster City; park along the bay side of the Blvd., near the intersection with Tarpon St. (there is a church on this corner). To get there follow Hillsdale Blvd. east from Hwy 101; it eventually bears right and becomes Beach Park Blvd.

Young Audubon Elephant Seal Walk
Monday February 16 President's Day Weekend - times TBD (check back after Dec 22)
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. More...

Coyote Hills Regional Park
Saturday February 21 8:30 AM (half day)
Location: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505.
NOTE: Expect an entrance fee. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 84, Dumbarton Bridge, east towards Newark. Exit right on Thornton, then left over freeway, as Thornton becomes Paseo Padre. Turn left at Patterson Ranch/Commerce Rd. into park. Meet at far end of Quarry Parking lot 1/4 mile past park entrance.

Santa Cruz Coastal Hot Spots
Sunday February 22 7:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Todd Newberry, Santa Cruz Bird Club: (831) 426-8741. Half day (optional plus). A chance to visit local birding hotspots and to chase recently reported goodies. Dress in layers; Todd's trips go rain or shine. For those running late, at 8 AM we will be on West Cliff Dr., checking inter-tidal shelves as we approach the Natural Bridges overlook at the west end of West Cliff Dr.

Directions: Meet 7:30 AM at the Santa Cruz lighthouse on W. Cliff Dr. From Hwy 17 take Hwy 1 "north" (toward Half Moon Bay), turn left on Bay St. (just after MacDonald's), go to its end, turn right onto W. Cliff Dr., follow bluff-top to lighthouse.

Lake Cunningham Park
Saturday February 28 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Pete Dunten: (650) 210-6764

Directions: From Hwy 101 in San Jose go East on Tully to the entrance to Lake Cunningham Park, 0.3 miles past Capitol Expwy (Raging Waters). Turn left into the park and left again at the entrance booth. Meet in the Marina parking lot and pay the parking fee.

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March

Coyote Valley OSP
Sunday March 1 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Rick Herder (408) 779-3985. Highlights: We will bird the lower elevations of the Open Space preserve to the west in search of recent spring migrants, soaring Hawks and Eagles. Cattle graze in the preserve and the trail can be rough and decorated with "cow pies." Note: Trip limited to those over 12 years of age. Rain Cancels, No Facilities.

Directions: From 101 in San Jose take Bailey Ave. west, turn left on Hale Ave. (Santa Teresa) and right to the end of Palm Ave. Early risers will meet at 7:30 AM on the western portion of Laguna Ave. in Morgan Hill, the first right after turning onto Hale Ave.

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April

American River Trail Bicycle Trip Sacramento to Folsom and Return
Friday April 3 Fri-Sat Apr 3-4
Leader: Cynthia Berg at 650-515-6493 or BirderGirl@gmail.com Maximum of 10 participants. Contact the leader, Cynthia Berg, for details and to register. More...

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May

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring
Saturday May 9 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
A day of fun in the beautiful Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve to enjoy the coming spring and the beauty of our local birds. 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.

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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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