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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,

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.



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.

The Bay Area Bird Photographers Meeting
Wednesday December 3 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center on East Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
"Birds of Costa Rica" by Beth Hamel

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).


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; 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 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; 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
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 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, 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 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!


Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count 2014
Saturday December 27 All Day
Leader: Ann Verdi: (408) 266-5108 or
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.


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...



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 ( 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" 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...



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.



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...



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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