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McClellan Ranch Preserve for Beginners

Saturday, June 10, 2023

08:30 AM - 10:30 AM

McClellan Ranch Preserve

37.313072, -122.063695

UPDATED! Please limit your sign-ups to 2 WEEKEND trips per month.

Before signing up for this trip, please take a moment to read our trip policies and view our liability waiver.

McClellan Ranch Preserve for Beginners

This event will start outside the SCVAS Nature Shop in Cupertino where we will focus on the birds that visit our feeders such as Lesser Goldfinch, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse and Nuttall’s Woodpecker. We will also show you how to use Merlin Bird ID, a free bird identification app for iPhones and Android phones that is helpful for new birders. Then we will take a short stroll together along the paved Stevens Creek Trail, looking for and identifying birds. Afterwards, we’ll email you a list of the bird species observed and a guide to additional birding resources.

Trip Difficulty: Less than 1 mile, flat trail, gentle pace appropriate for all regardless of physical abilities

Other Trip Notes: Bring binoculars if you have them - loaner binoculars are available; optional: download Merlin Bird ID to your smartphone

Leaders: Vinayak Hebbagil (585) 705-6643 and Shweta Shidhore

Beginner Friendly, Family Friendly All Ages, Wheelchair Accessible

Meet: In front of the SCVAS Nature Shop

Directions: From I-280 in Cupertino, exit Foothill Expy. Travel south onto Foothill Blvd for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto McClellan Rd and continue for 0.5 miles. Turn left into the overflow parking lot (Latitude/Longitude: 37.313534, -122.064897). The nature shop is located across the creek at the preserve entrance (22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, Latitude/Longitude: 37.313072, -122.063695).

Facilities: ADA compliant bathroom, drinking water

Parking Type and Fees: No fees, 2 ADA compliant parking spots in the main parking lot and 2 more in the overflow parking lot

Banner Photo: Spotted Towhee by Vinayak Hebbagil

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