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August

"Birds of the Farallones" Audubon Field Seminar.
Saturday August 9 7:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Half Moon Bay (Princeton Harbor)
Cost: $130 members; $150 non-members
Leader: Al Jaramillo, Matthew Dodder, Bob Power. A not to miss excursion to the Farallones! More...

Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Saturday August 9 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.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday August 13 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.

Charleston Slough
Saturday August 16 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 247-5499. Difficulty Level: 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.

Young Audubon Summer Adventure: Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday August 16 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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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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November

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...

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