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Prizes and Sponsors

We would like to extend a warm thank you to our incredible sponsors! Please patronize these charitable businesses whose generosity helps make Birdathon exciting and successful in raising funds for conservation and education programs.


Check this list often, as we will be adding new prizes as they come in. During the Awards Dinner, prizes will be distributed to the individuals who have raised the most money; winners of other awards categories will have their names engraved on plaques (Find the list of Awards Categories here). Prizes will also be given away as door prizes. Please respect offer expiration dates.


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to become a sponsor, please email the Birdathon Coordinator at


Last Updated: April 17



Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery (website)

4 Passes for Wine Tasting

Enjoy wine tasting for 4 people at Alfaro's 16-foot granite tasting bar. Gather your friends and bring a picnic to take in the beautiful view of the vineyard from the winery deck. Alfaro Family Vineyards features Estate grown and bottled wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains, located less than four miles from the cooling influence of the Monterey Bay in the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. This prize has limitations and an expiration date, see certificate for details.


Hawaii Forest and Trail (website)

2 Passes for a Birding Adventure

Have a great time on a Rainforest and Dryforest Birding Adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii. Explore two rare habitats: the cloud-mist Kipuka rainforest in Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Puu Laau on Mauna Kea - these unique regions represent Hawaii before human contact. Win a certificate for 2 adults valid April 2016 through April 2017, advance booking required, not valid 12/18/16-01/06/17.


Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris (website)

2 Passes for a Monterey Bay Marine Mammals and Seabirds Day Trip

Enjoy a full day of whale and bird watching in California's famous Monterey Bay on July 16, 2017 from 7:30am – 4:00pm. Non-smokers only.


Ralph Schardt

6 Spots for a Guided Walk to See Condors at Pinnacles National Park

Ever wanted to see Condors? Now's your chance. Ralph was the sole National Parks Service photographer to cover the reintroduction of the California Condor into the wild and is excited to share his wealth of knowledge with you and your group. Coordinate with Ralph to set a date and be prepared for a full day of moderate to strenuous hiking.


SF Cal Academy, Golden Gate Park, and Bob Hirt

2 Passes for a Guided Bird Walk

"The Birds of Costa Rica (in the aviary at Cal Academy) and Golden Gate Park" led by Bob Hirt, SCVAS President and his lovely and talented daughter, Melissa. Bob co-led three of SCVAS' Costa Rica field trips and Melissa is a docent on SF bird trips for kids. We hope to spot Red-legged Honeycreepers, Blue-gray and Silver-throated Tanagers, and other beautiful birds, then have a nice lunch at the cafeteria, followed by a short bird walk in the park for some of our local favorites and maybe some fall vagrant rarities. Date to be agreed on will be from mid-August to mid-November, 2017 to capture fall migration and nice weather.


Bob Hirt

Timeshare in an Exotic Location

One week of your choice of one of of Bob Hirt's timeshare locations during 2017. These gorgeous resorts are located in Mexico (Cancun, Rosarita Beach, Acapulco, and 3 in Puerto Vallarta); Villacanas in southern Spain; and another in the Rockies at Silver Creek, Colorado. This free week at a luxury resort has a value of well over $600. 


Beauregard Vineyards (website)

10 Passes for Wine Tasting

Enjoy a day in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains, full of wine and fun!


Los Gatos Birdwatcher (website)

1 Gift Bag

Los Gatos Birdwatcher gift bag includes a poster, scarf, T-shirt, travel mug, cat collar, owl socks, journals, binoculars, and hand sanitizer.


Ralph Schardt

2 Sets of 12 Photographer Notecards

Give out these lovely notecards to your friends and family or keep them for yourself! Each notecard will have a beautiful photograph of a bird on the cover and will be blank inside. 


Bob Hirt and Ralph Schardt

A Day of Birding

You, Bob Hirt, and Ralph Schardt will together design a custom birding adventure to a local destination. Your excursion for up to 3 people must occur before November 15, 2017 (some dates are not available).



1 Verizon LG Pad 

8.3 inches; 16GB with 2GB RAM. Will work with wifi even if verizon is not your phone provider.



1 MacBook Air

Running OSX 10.8.5; 2 GHz Intel Core i7; 8GB memory, 121 GB SSD storage.


Julie Pestka

1 UP Move by Jawbone

Tracks activity, including exercise and sleep. Bluetooth Smart LED Display, Accelerometer, 4+ month battery life.


Jack Cole

1 Carved Wooden Duck

A beautifully carved wooden duck for decorational purposes.


Shoreline Golf Links at Mountain View (website)

2 Rounds of Golf

Enjoy 2 free rounds of golf at this lovely facility.


More wine, food, gift cards, and prizes to come at the Awards Dinner!