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BioBlitz at Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Bioblitz at Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Photo by Merav Vonshak

When: Sunday, April 30, 2023, 9 – 11am

Where: Almaden Quicksilver County Park
19535 Mockingbird Hill Lane (Mockingbird Hill Lane entrance)
San Jose, CA 95120

Located in the western part of San Jose, the Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a safe haven for many species of plants and animals. Join Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and at Almaden Quicksilver County Park in cataloging and documenting all of the living things that reside there. Experts in various fields will be available to help guide participants through all the various plants and wildlife.

Participants are asked to bring a smart phone with the iNaturalist app. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot.

*Community service hours available*

Hosted by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful,, and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

Supported by Santa Clara County Parks.

Bats Over Calero at Calero County Park – UPDATED 2022

Bat InnIf you enjoy observing creatures in their natural habitats, Bats Over Calero at Calero County Park may be just the thing for you. On this tour, the Calero County Park rangers will be taking you on a guided van ride to Bat Inn, deep in the heart of the park.

The Calero County Park is a regional park with a variety of recreation areas and activities. The park primarily includes the Calero County reservoir, which offers a boat launch ramp and host of water activities during the summer, and the “back country” which includes a variety of plant and wildlife habitats.

At the Bat Inn, during the twilight hours, you can view thousands of bats as they emerge from the cave after sleeping through the day. Before the tour, there will be a presentation on the life and habitats of bats. Bring a flashlight, a folding chair or a mat and bug repellent. Dress in long pants and sturdy shoes. Please note that flash photography is not allowed on this tour. The tour cost is $15 per person. Making prior reservations for this tour is recommended. Call 408-535-4070.

When: July 13th, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Calero County Park – 23205 McKean Rd San Jose, CA 95120

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See Migrating Newts in Almaden Quicksilver Park

Migrating Newts in Almaden Quicksilver ParkThe Almaden Quicksilver Park will be hosting an informational hike on December 15, 2012 from 9am to 12pm. Come and learn about one of the most interesting natural phenomena to occur in the area on an easy 2.6 mile hike through the park.

Guides will explain how thousands of California newts will migrate to their hereditary breeding ponds, facing distance and danger. This migration takes place annually from November to March.

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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Visting Almaden Valley

See the animals of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in one hour – right here in Almaden Valley. See reptiles, mammals, birds, arachnids, and insects. Learn about their habitats and way of living. Happy Hollow takes great pride and fun in educating adults and children. A perfect event for families. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo will be at the Almaden Library on February 15, 2012 from 6-7pm.

East Bay Vivarium’s Traveling Reptile Program Coming to Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

photo: East Bay VivariumEast Bay Vivarium Traveling Reptile Program features between 20 and 30 reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids.

The program typically brings along an assortment of creepies, crawlies, and critters, including tarantulas, frogs, lizards, turtles, spiders, scorpions, and snakes. The program is very exciting and perfectly safe. Children will also learn a little natural history, animal husbandry, and safety.

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Canines of the County Talk Coming to Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

photo: Coyote in Northern California

Photo by Franco Folini

If you’re a canine enthusiast, then this talk is for you. Learn about Santa Clara County’s wild canines, such as coyotes and foxes, in Canines of the County. See photos of canines in the wild and learn about their behavior.

This talk is presented by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. The Open Space Authority protects sensitive lands, preserves natural communities, and manages open space in ways that promote agriculture and compatible recreation.

Canines of the County is at the Almaden Library, in the Program Room, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The event is free. No registration required. Just show up and enjoy. Fun for all ages. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Mysterious Mountain Lions in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

photo: mountain lion

Photo by Doug Reynaud, Open Space Authority Technician

Did you know that mountain lions are the fourth largest cat in the world? An adult male may be more than eight feet long from nose to the end of his tail.

Join Teri Rogoway, Open Space Interpreter, from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, for an evening of exploring these mysterious and incredible animals.

Learn what they eat and how they hunt, where and when you may spot one, and what to do if you encounter one while hiking.

The presentation is at the Almaden Library on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6:30pm. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Living with Wildlife Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park – July 10, 2010 – UPDATED 2022

Photo of Bobcat

Photo by Len Blumin

Join the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association for its Living With Wildlife Hike in the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. You will learn about Almaden’s mountain lion, bobcat, and coyote neighbors, and how they depend on the park and humans to survive.

This is a 2.6-mile moderate/strenuous hike (small children not advised due to some steep trail sections). Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water and sun protection.

Meet at the Almaden Quicksilver County Park Hacienda Parking Lot Entrance, which is located at the south end of New Almaden. The Living with Wildlife Hike is being held Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 10am to 12pm.

For more information call 408-268-3883. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

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