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Join POST and Santa Clara County Parks for an educational experience like no other: Raptor Fest! This incredible event will highlight very important species of raptors, who play an integral role in the health of our ecosystems!

This free educational event will feature an array of presentations, interpretive walks, and a chance to visit local wildlife and conservation nonprofits or groups who work to protect vital species in the Bay Area.

This is a unique opportunity to see and learn about birds of prey and the importance of conservation in our communities. Presentations will include:

  • Master Falconer Kenny Elvin of Full Circle Falconry – Kenny Elvin will be providing a 45-minute falconry presentation twice during the event, at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. Kenny will share about the history of falconry as well as the biology and habits of raptors. The presentation may involve a flight demonstration depending on conditions.
  • Jeff Caplan – Jeff weaves together 30 years as a naturalist and a teacher of communication skills to learn a common language for understanding and connecting more deeply to birds and nature. His presentation will be at 1:45 PM.

The event will include a variety of guided nature walks with Santa Clara County interpretive staff, as well as informational booths and activities related to using binoculars and observing birds in the wild! Check back for a full schedule closer to the event.

Seating for the presentations will be on the ground. Please come prepared with a picnic blanket, a jacket, and sun protection to help you be comfortable sitting in the open field. Low-profile chairs will be allowed, but we will ask that you set-up behind guests seated on blankets.

Rancho San Vicente is a new addition to Calero County Park that was protected by POST, and is rapidly becoming a destination to view a variety of raptors. In addition to hearing from Balestreri, a representative of Santa Clara County Parks will share their efforts to protect raptors throughout the park system. We hope to see you there and that you enjoy Raptor Fest!

This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public as well as POST donors, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Learn more about how you can support POST here:

Directions to Rancho San Vicente

Please note, this event is taking place at the Rancho San Vicente addition to Calero County Park, north of the main entrance to Calero. See below for more directions.

From Highway 101 exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and head west.  Head west on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd. Turn right and continue about 1.7 miles. The parking lot for the Rancho San Vicente trailhead will be on your left. Additional parking is available on the shoulder of McKean road near the park trailhead.

In 2009, POST purchased the 966-acre Rancho San Vicente from private developers, who had originally intended to build a luxury housing development. This property is an important piece in completing a 15-mile greenbelt from Los Gatos to near Highway 101 in Morgan Hill.

POST has since transferred the property to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to establish public use trails. It’s now open for you to explore and enjoy. 

About the Hosts

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Santa Clara County Parks has a six-decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in California. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land.


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