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The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday March 4 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto

"Birds of India" by Vajapeyam Sukumar

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). More...

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday March 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.

Hands-on Nest Box Training Session
Saturday March 7 10:00AM-11:00AM
Location: Arastradero Preserve
Leader: David "Tex" Houston: (650) 303-2777 or 350co2now@gmail.com. This is a great chance for anyone in the more northern end of the county to learn how to care for and monitor nest boxes. We'll meet at the main parking lot on Arastradero Rd at 10:00AM.

Heavy rain or storm will postpone session to next available day. Wear sturdy shoes and earth toned clothing (greens and browns preferably) and bring water. We'll clean out and repair nest boxes in preparation for this spring's residents!

Note: New monitors need attend only one of the training sessions offered, though are welcome at all/any they would like to attend.

To attend the Arastradero Training, please RSVP to David 'Tex' Houston at 650-303-2777 or [email?protected]

Directions: Take 280 N to Page Mill Road exit and turn right onto Page Mill. Arastradero Road will be ~1/4 mile on your right. Follow Road to parking lot (on the right).

Windy Hill OSP
Saturday March 7 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Portola Valley take Alpine Rd south (toward hills) about 2.9 miles to first stop sign, turn right on Portola Rd. and go 0.8 miles to parking lot on left side of road just past The Sequoias. Meet in parking lot at Sausal Pond edge of Preserve.

Charleston Slough
Sunday March 8 9:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Allen Royer (408)-288-7768 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.

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

Mendoza Ranch and Coyote Lake County Park
Wednesday March 11 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. 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 and continue .9 miles to Mendoza Ranch parking lot on your left. We'll bird a short time here before continuing to Lakeview Picnic area in Coyote Lake Park.

"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday March 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!

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Birdathon Kick-off Party
Thursday March 12 6:30 PM
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
For anyone involved in a Birdathon Team - as a participant or a sponsor. Join us for laughs, food, friends, and tips for making the Spring Birdathon experience a great one! Please RSVP to 408-252-3747 or online at www.scvas.org/birdathon. Go to the McClellan Map for directions.More...

Rancho Canada Del Oro
Saturday March 14 8:00 AM (half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Highlights: We'll bird along the Serpentine trail to the Longwall trailhead and look for breeding birds on this level open trail. Difficulty Level: Easy Walking. Note: Bring water, limited facilities. Lunch Optional; Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 take Bailey Ave. West, turn left on McKean Rd., after approx 2.4 miles turn right on Casa Loma Rd. and after approx 1.6 miles park in the lot on the left. Alternate route: From Hwy 85 take Almaden Expwy South turn right on Harry Rd. then immediately left on McKean Rd., after 6+ miles turn right on Casa Loma Rd. and after about 1.6 miles park in the lot on the left.

Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday March 15 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and a possible Golden Eagle. Notes: A park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the trip. Difficulty Level: Trip involves a moderately strenuous 2-mile walk. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

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).

Honey Lake, Eagle Lake & vicinity
Friday March 20 through Sunday March 22
Leader: Bob Hirt: (408) 821-2732. A weekend trip to a remote corner of northeast California to see Sage Grouse on their booming grounds. More...

Beginning Bird Watching
Wednesday March 25 & 4/1, 4/8, 4/22 class; 7-9pm. Field trips: 3/29, 4/12, & 4/26; 8-11am
Cost: $65 for SCVAS members, $85 for non-members.
Leader: Larry Spivak. For anyone interested in birds, but who feels that they lack basic bird identification skills. More...

Gilroy Hot Springs Rd.
Saturday March 28 7:30 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: Migrating and breeding birds of southern Santa Clara County. Note: FRS radios tuned to channel 11 will be especially useful during the driving portion of this trip.Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 turn left on Leavesley Rd. and park behind McDonalds on the right (corner of Arroyo Circle) and we will carpool from there.

2015 Birdathon Begins!
Saturday March 28 All Day
An exciting time to get out and bird for a good cause! Don?t forget to register your team or sign up to sponsor - SCVAS is counting on you! More...

Shoreline Lake and Environs
Sunday March 29 8:00 AM
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Expected species include ducks, gulls, some shorebirds, and a few riparian birds. A moderately long, but level, loop trip. Rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 take Shoreline Blvd. North past the golf course to the end of the road. Meet in the parking lot near the boathouse.

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City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday April 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.

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...

Stevens Creek County Park
Saturday April 4 8:15 AM (Half Day).
Leader: Pat Kenny: (408) 725-0468. Highlights: A top riparian birding spot in the South Bay for migrants and local breeding birds. Notes: Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Expwy exit south 2.1 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.) turn left into first park entrance and meet in the Chestnut Picnic Area parking lot.

Charleston Slough
Sunday April 5 9:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Allen Royer (408)-288-7768 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.

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"Nature Journaling" with John Muir Laws.
Wednesday April 8 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! More...

Eve Case Bird Discussion Group
Friday April 10 10:00am
Location: Home of Rosalind Roberts, 100 Kathy Ct., Los Gatos
Topic: Western Meadowlark. Contact Rosalind at 408 395 6631 with any questions. More...

Picchetti Ranch OSP
Saturday April 11 8:00 AM
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Half Day. Difficulty Level: Trip is a moderately strenuous walk past an old orchard, a seasonal pond, and Oak woodlands.

Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino take Foothill Blvd. south 3.3 miles (it becomes Stevens Canyon Rd.). Turn right on Monte Bello Rd. and go about a mile, turn left past Winery entrance into the preserve parking lot.

Ulistac Natural Area
Sunday April 12 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.

Ed Levin County Park (North)
Saturday April 18 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights: We will look for migrants and local breeding birds in Milpitas' prime birding hot spot. Difficulty Level: Be aware that the trail is steep in places. Entrance fee required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 237 east, crossing I-880 and I-680 (237 becomes Calaveras Rd.), turn left on Downing Rd. to the park entrance. Meet in parking lot on the far, northeast side of Sandy Wool Lake (near the dog park).

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Sunday April 19 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west (toward the Santa Cruz mountains) turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

New Almaden Township
Wednesday April 22 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Janna Pauser (408) 569-9264 or jannapauser@gmail.com We'll bird through New Almaden township on Almaden and Bertram Roads. Difficulty level: Easy walking. Note: This is the fourth Wednesday of the month, waiting for spring arrivals. Lunch optional. Rain Cancels.

From hwy 85 in San Jose, take Almaden Expy south for 4.3 miles. Keep right at Y and drive through New Almaden township. Park in Almaden-Quicksilver C.P. Hacienda parking lot on your right, which opens at 8am.

Young Audubon Adventure: Spring Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday April 25 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (arrive at 7:50AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) at the peak of the spring migration season 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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Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Saturday April 25 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Sonny Mencher: soccerquiz@yahoo.com or (650) 814-8028 Trip limited to 20 participants; contact Sonny to reserve a space. There is a fee of $5 per person for this trip. Trip involves 2-3 miles of moderately strenuous walking, and goes rain or shine.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the right side of Sand Hill Rd. as you head West toward the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Preserve (near the freeway at the intersection of Lawler Ranch Rd. and Sand Hill Rd.). Participants will form carpools (required!) to minimize the number of cars on the Preserve. Caravan with a leader from the parking area between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM only (PARKING/WAITING OUTSIDE THE GATE IS NOT ALLOWED!) From I-280, the main gate is on the left side of the road about 2 miles West (away from the freeway) on Sand Hill Rd.

Mt. Diablo State Park, Mitchell Canyon
Sunday April 26 8:15 AM (half day)
Leader: Pete Dunten; (650) 210-6764. Highlights: Mitchell Canyon is a great place to visit in the spring looking for migrating Empids and Hummingbirds. Rain cancels.

Directions From I680 in Walnut Creek take exit 46B to Ygnacio Valley Rd., go East for 7.3 miles then turn right on Clayton Rd. and a mile later right onto Mitchell Canyon Rd. The park opens at 8 AM, we will meet a 8:15 AM in the parking lot.

Volunteer Appreciation Bird Walk and Dinner
Thursday April 30 4:30 PM (bird walk); 6:30 PM (dinner)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Veteran and potential new volunteers, please join us for a spring bird walk and a special Gourmet Dinner in celebration of National Volunteer Week. More...

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May

Mines Rd., Del Puerte Canyon, and vicinity
Saturday May 2 8:30 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Bob Reiling: (408) 253-7527. We'll start this trip in Del Puerto Canyon, working our way west to San Antonio Valley. Highlights: Possible Costa?s Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Lewis?s Woodpecker and Lawrence?s Goldfinch. Notes: FRS radios tuned to channel 11 will be especially useful during the driving portion of this trip. Bring a full tank of gas, lunch and liquids.

Directions: From I-580 go east over Altamont Pass, to I-5, south on I-5, west at the Patterson exit (Diablo Grande Pkwy) and then right on Del Puerto Canyon Rd. Meet at the first pullout.

Hidden Villa
Sunday May 3 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Garth Harwood: (650) 949-8643. Highlights: Bird the farm, gardens and wild land edges of this unique facility with Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Director. There will be special emphasis on learning to bird by ear.Note: A $5 per car parking fee is required. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: From I-280 in Los Altos take El Monte Rd. past Foothill College, turn left at Moody Rd. then after approx. 1.7 miles left into Hidden Villa. Meet at the first parking lot beside the entrance.

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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Young Audubon Adventure: Early Bird Family Walk - Part of Wingding Family Fest!
Saturday May 9 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (map coordinates 37.309799, -122.172052)
Warblers, Wrens, Vireos - Oh My! Spring birding for all ages! 1 mile south of the Alpine/Page Mill/Skyline Blvd junction. See the MROSD website for directions (but note that we will begin at the Equestrian Parking area near Horseshoe Lake).

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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.

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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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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.

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July

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! 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! Details and directions for each session will be sent upon confirmed registration.

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