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Birding is for Everyone

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society offers many activities and opportunities for you to learn about our local birds and how to protect them. We offer birding programs suited to every level of birding - whether you are new to birding and want to find out how to get started, an intermediate birder looking to hone your skills, or you are an expert birder looking to share your experiences - we have something for you.

Educational Activities

Programs. Check out all our educational programs for people of all ages!

Classes. Learn about birds in one of our adult classes for all levels of birders. We also have many kid's events too.

Speakers. Attend our Speaker Series featuring a presentation on a diverse range of subjects related to birds and the environment.

Discussions. Join the Eve Case Discussion Group to research then talk in-depth about a predetermined bird during a monthly meeting.

Field Trips and Travel

Get outside! Take one of our popular field trips to learn in the field from experienced birders or to investigate new birding areas.

Adventure Travel. We offer multi-day domestic or international trips featuring knowledgeable leaders to destinations that are popular for birding and wildlife watching.

Citizen Science

Help science. Join one of many citizen science projects, such as popular Christmas Bird Counts, that need help from people of all experience levels and expertise.

Just for Fun

Birdathon. Participate in our annual Spring Birdathon competition to raise money for our important programs and maybe win a great prize!

Backyard birding. Learn how to attract, protect, feed, and house your backyard birds. Become Bird Sanctuary Certified as part of our Audubon-at-Home program. Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count each February.

Photography. Join Bay Area Bird Photographers (BABP) to benefit from the experience of other photographers and to enjoy the monthly photo presentations.

Social media. Join the birding events Yahoo group to find out about and announce birding events and tours. "Like us" on Facebook.

Journaling. The Bay Area Nature Journal Club will help make you a better observer, naturalist, and artist, and open a world of beauty and discovery. Learn how to keep your own nature journal with premier local artist, John Muir Laws.

Birding Resources

Library. Our Library contains lots of resources and books to enhance your birding experience.

Shop. Our Nature Shop stocks lots of bird- and nature-related merchandise, including books and field guides.

Our breeding birds. Breeding Bird Atlas of Santa Clara County contains a species-by-species account of the 177 bird species that breed in the Santa Clara County. Includes an illustration, in-depth description, and detailed breeding map for each breeding bird species. 550 pages. Published by SCVAS in 2007.

Local birding hotspots. Birding at the Bottom of the Bay describes the best publicly-accessible birding sites in Santa Clara County and nearby. Published by SCVAS in 2002.

Bird checklist. Free Santa Clara County Bird Checklist (PDF) is a comprehensive listing of the birds of Santa Clara County compiled by Bill Bousman.

Birding Field Notes. Rare or unique bird observations in the Bay Area are listed in our Field Notes Archive.