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Building Homes for Burrowing Owls

Over the last few decades, the population of breeding western burrowing owls has declined in Santa Clara County. Burrowing owls have been documented spending the winter in our parks and open space preserves, but these winter migrants do not stay into the summer to breed. Local researchers are testing a new conservation strategy – building burrows for these owls that might attract them to stay year-round.

Read More November 07, 2018

#OptOutside - It's Good for Your Health!

A growing body of research finds that being outdoors, in open space, can have significant benefits to your physical and mental health. In the 1970’s, noted biologist E.O. Wilson shared the hypothesis that humans have an instinctual love of nature, an idea he called “biophilia.” In more recent decades, neuroscientists have started to find support for these theories in studies of the brain.

Read More November 06, 2018

Nature as Infrastructure

Just as we invest in traditional urban infrastructure, like transportation and waste and water treatment, strategic investments in nature or green infrastructure can also provide many valuable benefits to our urban communities. These benefits include flood protection, reducing greenhouse gases, increasing access to food, and resilience to climate change for both human and natural communities.

Read More October 09, 2018

Progress, Partnerships, and the Path Forward: 25 Years of Protecting Open Spaces

Last month, the Open Space Authority celebrated the agency’s 25th Anniversary Year with local elected officials and close community partners. General Manager Andrea Mackenzie shared her thoughts on a quarter of a century spent protecting open space in the Santa Clara Valley and what lies ahead.

Read More October 03, 2018

In Search of Bats!

As we get closer to Halloween, images of bats are all around. These mysterious flying mammals have been the subject of superstitions, folklore, and fear. They have also been touted as pests or unclean.

In reality there is nothing to fear about these animals. They are shy, intelligent creatures that play a vital and underappreciated role in our ecosystem and economy.

Read More October 03, 2018

Coyote Valley: Santa Clara Valley's Green Infrastructure

Just as we invest in traditional urban infrastructure, like transportation and waste and water treatment, strategic investments in nature or green infrastructure can also provide many valuable benefits to our urban communities. These benefits include flood protection, reducing greenhouse gases, increasing access to food, and resilience to climate change for both human and natural communities.

Read More October 03, 2018

Proposition 3 – the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018

In July 2018, the Open Space Authority’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Proposition 3. Proposition 3 would authorize $8.8 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. The Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018 will appear on the November 2018 statewide ballot.

Read More October 03, 2018

Summer Sunrise Photography in the Preserves

When was the last time you got up before dawn just to enjoy the sunrise? In the blazing heat of the Santa Clara Valley summer, early morning is the perfect time to get out in nature to enjoy cool air and the beautiful morning light, but there’s no doubt it can be hard to get motivated for this without some company.

Read More September 05, 2018

The Loma Fire: Two Years Later

In the midst of a long and destructive wildfire season here in California and across the West, we are reflecting back on the Loma Fire, a massive fire that burned close to home and continues to be a focus for the Authority, two years later.

On September 26, 2016, the Loma Fire took hold of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Jose. The fire burned for two weeks across more than 4,400 acres, including 2,000 acres of Authority lands, destroying homes, sensitive wildlife habitat, and native vegetation.

Read More September 05, 2018

Urban Open Space Corner - September 2018

The Open Space Authority recently attended exciting grand opening events for two of its Urban Open Space Grant projects funded through the Authority's 20% Funding Program. Check out the new trail and park now open to the public below.

Read More September 05, 2018
For media inquiries contact:

Alisha Maniglia

Communications Specialist
amaniglia@openspaceauthority.org