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Join one of our many free field trips led by an experienced leader. You do not have to be a member to participate, although we are sure you will want to join us to support these popular activities.

Unless specified, advance registration for field trips is not required. Please contact the field trip leader if you have questions. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.

Field trip leaders - please use this participant sign-in sheet (PDF).

Lake Cunningham Park
Wednesday October 14 8:30 AM (half day)
Leader: Jana Pauser: (408) 569-9264 Rain Cancels

Directions: From Hwy 101 in San Jose go East on Tully to the entrance to Lake Cunningham Park, 0.3 miles past Capitol Expwy (Raging Waters). Turn left into the park and left again at the entrance booth. Meet in the Marina parking lot and pay the parking fee.

"Early Bird" Shorebird walk - for families and children
Saturday October 17 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 24th Annual Wildlife Education Day! Binoculars and field guides available for use upon request. RSVP is required. Use the Online Registration Form or send an email to

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.

Local Hot Spots
Saturday October 17 7:30AM (Half Day)
Leader: Bob reiling: (408) 253-7527. Highlights:. A chance to visit some of the local hot spots you hear about and, we hope, to see some "good" birds.

Directions: We'll meet at the Alviso Marina. From Hwy 237 in San Jose take Gold st. north to the end of the street, bear left on Elizabeth St. and then right on hope St. to the Marina parking lot.

Sunnyvale Water Treatment Facility
Sunday October 18 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505. Difficulty Level: Trip is faily easy but can be a long walk. Rain cancels.

Highlights: A great place to study ducks and scopes are highly recommended. Directions: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 237 east, exit north on Caribbean Dr., turn right on Borregas Ave. then left to the parking area.

Charleston Slough
Saturday October 24 9:00 AM
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. Half day. This trip is recommended for beginning birders but all are encouraged to attend. Bring your spotting scope and a friend.

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

Windy Hill OSP
Sunday October 25 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.

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday October 31 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Norm Kikuchi: (831) 459-9424. Highlights:. Shorebirds, waterfowl and other migrants. Notes: Weather conditions can be highly variable so dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids.

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

Grant Ranch County Park
Sunday November 1 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092.

LO, RC: Difficulty Level: This will be a moderate 2 mile walk. IMPORTANT: fall back or be an hour early for this trip. Highlights:. Fresh water ducks, oak woodland birds and possible Golden Eagle. Notes: A park entrance fee will be required for the last half of the 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.


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