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Calendar: Field Trips

Join one of our many free field trips led by a very 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.

Please carpool if possible. Bring binoculars, field guides, layered clothing, snack, and fluids.

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

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Charleston Slough
Saturday October 25 9:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Allen Royer: (408) 288-7768. All are encouraged to attend but birding will be geared toward the beginning birder. 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 Open Space Preserve
Sunday October 26 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988. Rain cancels.

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

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November

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.

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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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