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CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter Field Trips

IMG 7822 dee stella ken pinnacles 640pxChapter field trips are free and open to the public.  Field trips are oriented to conservation, protection and enjoyment of California native plants and wildlife.  A list of past field trips and reports can be found here.

 Many other upcoming chapter activities are listed in the Blazing StarYou can also find many of our chapter field trips and other activities on our Meetup Group.  Signing up on Meetup allows the trip leaders to send notifications in case of changes or cancellations.

 In our region it is important to be prepared for hiking on rugged and steep terrain, wide temperature ranges and rapidly changing conditions at any time of year.  All participants should wear sturdy footwear and carry sufficient water, sun protection, food, clothing layers, personal first aid and other supplies you may need.  Cell service is mainly restricted to cities and major highways. On your way to an outing do not rely solely on your phone. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a particular field trip, please contact the trip leader in advance.


SEPTEMBER


Sun Sep 22 9am-noon First Day of Fall Beginner’s Bird and Plant Identification Walk @ Lake Cunningham Park (San Jose)

Do you love being outdoors? Do you want to deepen your appreciation of nature by learning the names of birds and plants around you? As fall begins, join us for the third walk of its kind this year: a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk through Lake Cunningham Park. Lake Cunningham is a major destination for waterfowl and migratory birds, and its native garden is home for many resident birds for its habitat value. On this walk, Vicki Silvas-Young will show you how to identify the common birds of our area, as well as the native plants they depend on for food, shelter, and nesting places. Difficulty Level: The distance is 4 miles round trip on a level path. Notes: Bring a hat, water, your bird and plant list, and binoculars. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

The park is located at 2305 S White Road, San Jose. Meet at the Marina building at 9am. The Marina is on the western shore of the lake, next to Raging Waters, at the opposite end of the park from the main entrance on White Road. In Google maps, search for "Lake Cunningham Marina" to be directed to the Marina. Parking fee is $6.

This plant walk is organized jointly by the California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and the Open Space Authority, and is open to all. Space is limited. RSVP through meetup.com (“California Native Plant Society – Santa Clara Valley Chapter”) or the OSA Events page (https://www.openspaceauthority.org/visitors/events.html).

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