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Our Conservation Efforts

SCVAS is one of the most active and successful conservation organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We work in cooperation with other stakeholders on issues that are critical to preserving birds, wildlife, and habitat.

Our Environmental Advocate, Shani Kleinhaus, and Environmental Action Committee (EAC) are currently working on many efforts, only some of them are listed below.


Burrowing Owl Protection. This campaign to enhance the dwindling owl population in Santa Clara Valley is one of our most key projects.

Cavity Nesters Recovery Program (CNRP). Establishes and monitors bird nest box trails for Western Bluebird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and other cavity nesters.


Coyote Highlands Cluster Subdivision allows the development of a private fenced community east of Morgan Hill on the last undeveloped hillside in sensitive habitat surrounded by three creeks.

Save Panoche Valley. Supporting well-placed alternative energy and oppose a landscape-scale solar array which would destroy this designated Important Bird Area of Global Priority.

Keeping Birds Safe

Bird-friendly Tree Maintenance. Each spring and summer, city workers and residents trim, prune and clear brush at same time that many birds nest. Our tree maintenance guide describes what to do if you see someone doing tree maintenance that may disturb bird nests.

Bird Safe Buildings. Promoting buildings that reduce bird window strikes and interference with migration in the Bay Area.

Protecting Birds from Rodenticides. Calling on governments, businesses, and residents to voluntarily cease use of specific rodenticide products deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency to pose "unreasonable" risks to humans, pets, wildlife and the environment.

Renewable Energy

Wind Power. Working to reduce bird kills by supporting the use of properly sited wind turbines, using fewer and better-designed turbines, and supporting better management of turbine operation.

Environmental Review

SCVAS has a long history of reviewing and commenting on many California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents as an important means of protecting birds and their habitats in the Bay Area.

Past Efforts

Cargill's proposed development in San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay Salt Pond restoration
Ulistac Natural Area
Coyote Valley


Last modified May 2013

Burrowing Owl © Tom Grey
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How you can help!

• Write a letter, attend a meeting, or perform some other action as described in our latest Conservation Action Alert.

• You can help with these or other projects that interest you by becoming a Volunteer for Conservation. We have many ways that you can help from simply speaking out as part of our Conservation Action Alert Network to joining our Environmental Action Committee (EAC).

• Make a tax-deductible donation to support these and other local conservation efforts.

What's New at SCVAS

Important McClellan Ranch Construction Update: To all of our members, visitors and customers: Please be advised that both the main parking lot and walkways at McClellan Ranch Preserve will be undergoing major repairs throughout the Autumn. While the SCVAS office will remain open during this period, it may be difficult to get into the front office safely. If you do come to the Ranch, please be aware of the following:

1) Access to the parking lot is severely limited, and we strongly recommend that everyone park in the overflow lot at 22241 McClellan Rd and walk over the bridge.

2) The walkways and steps leading up to the main office and nature shop may be inaccessible at various times throughout the month.

If you wish to purchase items from our Nature Shop, and would have a hard time navigating the unstable surfaces of the paths, please call Cindy at 408-252-3747 - she would be more than happy to ring you up over the phone and bring the items to your car in the overflow lot. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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