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SCVAS Spring Birdathon: March 26 – May 1

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Each spring our local Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society holds their most important fundraiser know as the Spring Birdathon. To participate you can form your own Self-Guided team or join one of the already prearranged Guided Teams. The goal of a Birdathon is for you to get folks to support your efforts and gather pledges ahead of time and then you go out and count or photograph bird species within the Spring Birdathon window from March 26 – May 1. You can count up to four hours, or go out the entire day.

Our own Lisa Myers has been leading team “Persistent Picidaes” for many years. She welcomes your support if you would like to sponsor the team, or you are welcome to join the Picidaes on Saturday, April 8 when they will bird in Los Gatos from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Visit  www.scvas.org  to learn more about this year's event.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Come Get Up Close to Local Wildlife


SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


We are excited to have WERC (Wildlife Education and Rehab Center) coming back to the Los Gatos Birdwatcher on Sat. April 15. WERC is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. They also go out to schools and visit other organizations to help educate the public on how to peacefully coexist with nature. WERC has helped the Los Gatos Birdwatcher and many of our customers many times throughout the years with

wildlife emergencies. Please put April 15 on your calendar to come down to the store and meet the volunteers from WERC. We will also have a donation box available so you can help them continue their good work.I have also provided the photos for the upcoming events that you will update later in March.

Darrow Feldstein

Darrow Feldstein

The Bird School Project


THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 7:00 – 8:00 PM at the Terraces


The young birder revolution is upon us! Join local birder and environmental educator Darrow Feldstein for a look into his new and exciting schoolyard bird education program, The Bird School Project. Darrow studied natural history and education at UC Santa Cruz and since then, has set out on a mission to share the joys of birding with school students all over the Monterey Bay area and beyond. Come hear Darrow share inspiring stories, have a good laugh, and learn more about The Bird School Project and how we can all get more involved with educating the next generation of birdwatchers, scientists, and environmentalists. 

Better Birding With The Right Optics

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at the store followed by 90 minutes in the field

Customers often ask how to select a good pair of optics so we designed this special event just for you. Come join Nikon’s Birding Specialist Mike Freiberg as he combines an educational seminar on birding optics followed by a local bird walk. While optics are one of the primary keys to a birder’s success the importance in the minor details can be overlooked thus sacrificing the quality of your experience in the field. Mike has been birding since the age of 5 and has previously worked as a professional bird guide around the world. Lisa met Mike when she was invited to join the Nikon Pro-Staff. She invited Mike down from Oregon to pass along the information you can use to make an educated optics purchase. With all the choices out there, choosing optics can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mike will help narrow down the field and have you understanding what optics are best for your style of birding. The event is free but call to reserve your space. Those attending the seminar will receive a 5% discount on a pair of Nikon binoculars. 

Let's Go Birding — Tour Division of the Los Gatos Birdwatcher
Saturday Morning Local Bird Walks FREE Field Trips & Outings
Join us most Saturday mornings for an enjoyable bird walk.
You can meet at the Los Gatos Birdwatcher at 8:00 am, or meet at
the trip location by 8:30 am. Walks end by 10:00 am. These two
hour Saturday walks are open to all who are interested in birding. If
the forecast calls for an 80–100% chance of rain in Los Gatos, the trip cancels. Unless you have a county or senior parking pass, some locations require a parking fee. A reminder to our location will also be found on the store’s phone message.

APR 8  Please join Lisa as she leads a fundraising team for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s Spring birdathon from, 8 AM to 1 PM. $50 donation to SCVAS.org

APR 15  West Valley Junior College, Saratoga. Meet in front of Fox Theatre off of Fruitvale & Admissions Way.

APR 22  Earth Day — No morning walk as we have a Raptor Workshop with Ryan Phillips.

APR 29  No morning walk. Special free Nikon optics seminar being held in the store 9 AM.
Call the store to reserve your space.

MAY 6  Picchetti Ranch Preserve. The Preserve is 0.5 miles up Montebello Road off Foothill Boulevard/Stevens Canyon Road.

MAY 13  No morning walk. All day tour to Henry Cowell.

Upcoming Tours

Tours below require a reservation, please call the store to save your spot,

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is most famous for the 40- acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. These trees also inspired some of California’s earliest redwood preservation efforts. This mountain habitat offers species we do not get on the valley oor including Allen's Hummingbirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Brown Creeper and Pacific Wren. This tour will consist of walking level trails in this park. We’ll also stop at the visitor’s center. Biologist Ryan Phillips will help Lisa co- lead this tour. Call the store to reserve your seat.
Fee: $65 and includes park entrance fee and transportation.


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