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November

Burrowing Owl Survey - 1st Saturday of the Month
Saturday November 1 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 owls@scvas.org 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.

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday November 1 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Norm Kikuchi (831) 459-9424. Note: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids. Highlights: Shorebirds, waterfowl and early migrants.

Directions: Meet in Moss Landing next to the Sea Harvest Restaurant in the big parking lot and boat launch ramp just north of Highway 1's Elkhorn Slough bridge.

Join us at WCSV's Annual "Walk on the Wild Side" Festival
Saturday November 1 10:00AM-4:00PM
Location: Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley - 3027 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose
SCVAS will be there talking about our programs and having fun - hope to see you too! More...

Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday November 2 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and possible Golden Eagle. A Park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the trip. This will be a moderate 2 mile walk. Lunch optional; rain cancels. IMPORTANT NOTE: Daylight Savings ends today - fall back or be an hour early for this trip!

Directions: From I-680 take Alum Rock Ave. northeast, turn right on Hamilton Rd. and go approximately 9 miles to the park. Meet at Grant Lake (aka Hall's Valley Lake) parking lot, which is the first parking lot on the left side of the road (do not enter the Main Park Entrance on the right).

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday November 5 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
"Attu: Extreme birding in the Aleutian Islands" by Julio Mulero

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 November 5 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. No RSVP necessary, but contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, at (408) 730-7545 with questions. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. Rain cancels.

Directions: Donald M. Somers Water Pollution Control Plant, junction of Borregas and Caribbean. Meet at Trailhead at north end.

Alum Rock Park
Saturday November 8 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Moderately strenuous 3 to 4 mile walk. Entrance fee required. 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. Drive under the bridge and meet at the far end of the parking lot.

Alviso Environmental Education Center
Sunday November 9 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Steve Tracey (408)-996-3860 A chance to check out the impact of restoration work and take a nice long walk in an area that does not require an entrance fee. Light rain may require a change of venue.

Directions: From Hwy 237 turn left on North First St., right on Nortech Pkwy, left on Disk Dr .and continue straight into the un-named entrance to the Environmen- tal Education Center along the southern edge of New Chicago Marsh and meet in the EEC parking lot.

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...

Fundraiser Mailer Stuffing Party
Tuesday November 11 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Park, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
Each year, SCVAS sends nearly 4,000 letters to our members, asking for their financial support for our conservation and education programs. This mailing highlights our organization's accomplishments during the past year and is quite an undertaking to prepare. On Tuesday, Nov. 11, volunteers will gather at our McClellan Ranch office to stuff, stamp, and seal almost 4,000 envelopes! Be a part of this fun, fast-paced but relaxed event. This is a nice opportunity to meet other members and volunteers. Raffle prizes and refreshments await you! Call (408) 252-3740 or email programs@scvas.org to RSVP or fill out the Online Sign-up Form.

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday November 11 10:00am
Location: home of Pat Dubois, 17150 Buena Vista Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 395-4264
Topic: Northern Harrier

Coyote Creek Trail - Silver Creek Rd. parking lot
Wednesday November 12 8:30 AM
Leader: Janna Pauser (408)-569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com Easy walking. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 85 south, take Blossom Hill Rd. to Silver Creek Valley Rd. Make a U-turn at Piercy Rd. In .5 mi, Silver Creek parking lot is immediately on your right (see the SCVAS Field Trip Calendar for detailed directions with a map).

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday November 12 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 (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.

"Birds in Big Cities" with Stephanie Ellis, SCVAS Executive Director
Thursday November 13 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame, CA
A special lecture on the topics of "The Western Burrowing Owl - Reversing the Downward Trend" and "Bird-Safe Building Design - Safe Birds in Big Cities". More...

Western San Francisco
Saturday November 15 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Alan Hopkins (415) 794-0281 Lunch optional; rain cancels

Directions: From I-280 take 19th Ave. to Golden Gate Park. When you enter the park on 19th Ave. be in the left lane and take Crossover Dr. to 25th Ave. to Geary Blvd. Then left on Geary. At 39th Ave., Geary becomes Point Lobos Ave. Continue west on Point Lobos past the light at 48th Ave. and Turn right into the new Marrie Way parking lot.

Ulistac Natural Area
Sunday November 16 7:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Gena Zolotar (650) 930-0333
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 go south on Great America Pkwy then left on Tasman Dr. In 2 miles turn right on Lick Mill Blvd. and meet at the South entrance to the Ulistac Natural Area.

Uvas Creek Park Reserve
Saturday November 22 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling (408) 253- 7527
Trip is a fairly easy but a long walk. Note: Low water conditions in the creek may require an alternate birding destination in the Gilroy area. Lunch optional, rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy go west on Tenth St. about a mile where it turns right and becomes Uvas Pkwy. Turn left at Miller Ave., drive over Uvas Creek and turn left into Christmas Hill Park and park in the first isle to the right.

Sunnyvale Water Treatment Facility
Sunday November 23 8:00 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. This is a great place to study ducks. Trip is fairly easy but a long walk is possible. Scopes are highly recommended. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 237 east, exit North on Caribbean Dr, turn right on Borregas Ave, then left into the parking area.

Special Thanksgiving Weekend Trip
Friday November 28 through Saturday, Nov. 29 (beginning at 9:00AM on Friday, Nov 28) Full day and a half.
Location: Sacramento Valley Wildlife Refuges, Gray Lodge, Sutter Buttes
Leader: Bill Walker and Mary Wisnewski, 408.887.0738, mary@wisnewski.com

Notes: Trip limited to 15 people; contact Mary to reserve a space. Highlights will include ducks, geese, swans, cranes and raptors. Bring spotting scope, full tank of gas and allow for a 3-hour drive from the South Bay. This trip is highly recommended for beginning birder.

Directions: Meet at the Sacramento NWR headquarters (entrance fee) on I-5 approx. 20 miles north of Williams. (it is recommended that people meet and carpool from McDonald's 2nd parking lot in Williams as carpooling and use of FRS radios, set to Ch 11, will allow for best viewing possibilities on this trip). Take Road 68 exit east (towards Princeton) from I-5, then immediately north on frontage road to Refuge.

Charleston Slough
Sunday November 30 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Steve Tracey (408) 966-3860
This trip recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Notes: Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Mtn. View take San Antonio Rd. north to the Terminal Way parking area. Meet at the entrance near San Antonio Rd.

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December

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday December 3 12:00 PM (One hour)
Leader: Freddy Howell and Allen Royer. No RSVP necessary, but contact the landfill coordinator, Silviana Ruiz, at (408) 730-7545 with questions. Birding geared toward beginners. Bring binoculars; loaners also available. 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 December 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 owls@scvas.org 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.

Alum Rock Park
Saturday December 6 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Moderately strenuous 3 to 4 mile walk. Entrance fee required. 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. Drive under the bridge and meet at the far end of the parking lot.

SCVAS Holiday Open House
Saturday December 6 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Park, Cupertino (22221 McClellan Rd.)
Come join us for an annual holiday tradition! More...

Wintering Waterfowl Field Trip
Sunday December 7 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Palo Alto Baylands & 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; please contact Stephanie to sign-up.

Directions: From 101, take Embarcadero Rd. East (towards the Baylands). At the stop sign at the very end of Embarcadero, take a left (staying on Embarcadero). Turn left, and park in the Duck Pond parking lot.

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Tuesday December 9 10:00am
Location: home of Pat Dubois, 17150 Buena Vista Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 395-4264
Topic: Scaups

Graystone Park and Alamitos Creek Trail
Wednesday December 10 8:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Janna Pauser 408-569- 9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com
We'll check the pines in Graystone Park, then bird north on the Alamitos Creek trail. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. Lunch optional, rain cancels.

Directions: from Hwy 85 south, exit Camden Ave. south. Continue 4.8 miles. Turn right onto Mt. Carmel Dr. (one half mile after Almaden Expwy) and park on street.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday December 10 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 (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.

San Jose Christmas Bird Count 2014
Sunday December 14 all day
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist, 408-747-0988, kirsten.holmquist@comcast.net. Yes, it is almost that time of year again - time to get down and dirty in service of the feathered folk. More...

Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count 2014
Monday December 15 All Day
Leader: Jack Cole: (408) 996-0434 or snoyowl@yahoo.com Birders of all ages and abilities are invited and encouraged to participate in this CBC, even if only for a few hours. The Christmas Bird Count is a highlight of the Audubon year: you don't want to miss it!

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Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count 2014
Saturday December 27 All Day
Leader: Ann Verdi: (408) 266-5108 or aeverdi235@gmail.com
This year's count will be especially important as we will be conducting our census during unprecedented drought conditions. We'll need to document what birds are still out there and how they are coping. If interested in this citizen science adventure, contact Ann Verdi.

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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: Drought conditions may require a change in venue. 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.

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.

Young Audubon Day of Service
Monday January 19 tbd
Details coming soon.

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February

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.
Come experience a northern California classic! More...

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
Ages 7 years old and up. A chance to view the weird and wonderful Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early. More details will be available here after Dec 22 and in the Jan/Feb newsletter.

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May

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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