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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).

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September

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday September 2 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.

Arastradero Open Space Preserve
Saturday September 5 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Rich Page: (408) 377-1092. Difficulty Level: Trip involves two plus miles of moderately strenuous hiking. Heavy rain cancels.

Highlights: Woodland and Grassland species as well as a good assortment of raptors are possible. Directions: From I-280 take Page Mill Rd. west; turn right on Arastradero Rd. and meet in the parking lot about a half-mile on the right.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday September 6 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Kirsten Holmquist: (408) 747-0988.
Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy., turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Vasona Lake County Park
Wednesday September 9 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Janna Pauser: (408) 569-9264. Difficulty Level: Easy walking. we'll bird the south end of this popular Los Gatos Park. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 17 exit at Lark Ave., go west on University Ave., Turn left onto Blossom Hill Rd. and use main entrance. Turn into first parking lot on your left after kiosk. Notes: Gate opens at 8am. There is a parking fee of $6 (or use your SC County Parks pass).

Point Reyes
Saturday September 12 9:00 AM (Full Day)
Leader: Stephen Berlyant: (415) 420-3680. Our annual trip to the west coast's most active vagrant trap where birds and the weather are always exciting and unpredictable! Directions: From Hwy 1 in Marin Co. take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. wets approx. 14 miles and turn left into Drakes Beach. Meet in the parking area. Notes: Bring lunch, liquids, a full tank of gas, and be ready for fog, wind, sun and lots of difficult to ID birds. Trip goes rain or shine. Be prepared to carpool from Drakes Beach.

Alum Rock Park
Sunday September 13 8:15 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506. Difficulty Level: This is a moderately strenuous 3-4 mile walk. Notes: A vehicle entry fee will be required. Lunch optional.

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. Pass under the bridge and meet at the far end of the upper parking lot.

Charleston Slough
Saturday September 19 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.

Coyote Hills Regional Park
Sunday September 20 8:30 AM (half day)
Location: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505.
NOTE: Expect an entrance fee. Lunch Optional, Rain Cancels.

Directions: Take Hwy 84, Dumbarton Bridge, east towards Newark. Exit right on Thornton, then left over freeway, as Thornton becomes Paseo Padre. Turn left at Patterson Ranch/Commerce Rd. into park. Meet at far end of Quarry Parking lot 1/4 mile past park entrance.

Ulistac Natural Area
Saturday September 26 7:30 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.

San Luis Reservoir SRA - San Luis Creek Area (O'neill Forebay
Sunday September 27 8:30 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Pete Dunten: (650) 210-6764. Difficulty Level: During an approximately three mile hike we will see what's on the water and what's dropped into the trees along the Forebay. Directions: From Hwy 101 take Hwy 152 east into Merced County; turn left into the park entrance below the dam, pay a $10 per vehicle entrance fee, proceed to the boat ramp, and then right to the last parking area.

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October

Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands
Saturday October 3 9:00 AM (full day)
Leader: Nick Yatsko: (408) 891-3187 Highlights: Migrating raptors including the possibility of seeing a rare Broadwing Hawk. Weather conditions can be highly variable, dress in layers, bring lunch and liquids.

Note: This will be our only field trip to the Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands this fall. Heavy fog in the headlands will likely cancel the trip.

Directions: Going north on Hwy 101, after going over the Golden gate Bridge exit just past the vista point, cross under Hwy 101 and turn right just before entrance back onto Hwy 101 south. Drive up hill to the highest point and park. Meet at the parking area or at the Hawk watch on top of the hill (arrive/depart the hill at any time) .

Oka Ponds
Sunday October 4 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Frank Vanslager: (650) 961-1505 Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 17 in Los Gatos take Lark Ave exit west. Turn right on Oka Rd, left on Mozart Ave and an immediate right on Oka Lane. Meet at gate.

City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Wednesday October 7 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.

Moss Landing & Vicinity
Saturday October 10 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Leader: Todd Newberry, Santa Cruz Bird Club: (831) 426-8741. 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.

Ogier Ponds
Sunday October 11 8:00 AM (Half day)
Leader: Jim Johnson: (408) 996-3506.
Rain Cancels.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Morgan Hill take Cochrane Rd. west to Monterey Hwy., turn right, go north 2.6 miles, turn right towards the Model Airplane Park (street is unnamed). Follow the road for 1/4 mile and park in the gravel lot at the first bend in road (meet at the gate if the entrance is locked).

Lake Cunningham Park
Thursday October 15 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 programs@scvas.org.

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.

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November

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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