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November 2022

Open Space Renames Coyote Ridge

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The Open Space Authority Board of Directors recently passed a unanimous to include a Chochenyo translation of “Coyote Ridge” alongside the current preserve name. The preserve's official new name is Máyyan 'Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve. 

Click below to learn more and watch a video of Tribal Vie-Chairwoman Monica Arellano (of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area) pronouncing the new name.

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The Season of Raptors

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November is migration season for birds of prey as they prepare for the spring mating season ahead. This means you may see more gracing the sky and open spaces during your next outdoor adventure.

Click below to learn about the stunning raptors found in the Santa Clara Valley.

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Staff Spotlight - Meet Jennifer Hooper

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Jennifer Hooper, Associate Open Space Planner for the Open Space Authority, works on a variety of current and long-range planning projects. One project she’s particularly excited about is the opening of Máyyan 'Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve, which she’s been working on since she was hired in 2018. 

Click below to read Jennifer's story.

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Exciting Changes for the Urban Grant Program


The Open Space Authority’s Urban Grant Program aims to directly benefit Santa Clara Valley residents by bringing nature to people and providing funding to local community organizations. Solicitations for the new grant cycle are now open, so click below to learn more about some exciting updates for grant applicants. 

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Seven Reasons to be Thankful for Nature 

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November is a time for gratitude and needless to say, we are grateful for open spaces! 

As we reflect on the people, places, and experiences that bring us joy, click below a reminder of all the amazing benefits the open spaces of the Santa Clara Valley provide

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Who Am I?

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I am a tree that grows in canyons, along riverbanks, and on dry slopes, and I am well known for my large, orange-brown seeds. While these seeds are toxic, many animals eat my dark green leaves, and my clusters of frilly white spring flowers attract bees and butterflies. Who am I?

Submit your answer below - if you’re correct, you'll get a shout-out in our next newsletter!

Quiz: Who Am I?

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch Connects Community to Local Ag on Open Space Authority Protected Lands

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In June of 2022, the Open Space Authority entered a three-year lease with Spina Farms to reopen their popular family-friendly autumn destination on a recently protected property in Mid Coyote Valley.

Throughout the fall season, the pumpkin patch connected people to Santa Clara Valley’s local agriculture and fostered community building.

We compiled some of our favorite moments from the season to share with you!

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#OptOutside this Month!

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#OptOutside this November!

A growing body of research finds that being outdoors, in open space, can have significant benefits to your physical and mental health.

The health benefits of nature are a cornerstone of the Open Space Authority’s work in our communities, from events and community outreach, to partnerships with other public agencies and organizations.

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Who Am I? - October Answer

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Last month’s “Who Am I?” was the VALLEY OAK (Quercus lobata)!

Congratulations to our readers who answered correctly: Bob M., Connie A., Gary M., Janet H., Kathleen S., Marlene P., Megan M., Michael P., Nan S., Nona W., Russ V., Sheila M., and Sue B.

Photo Credits

Máyyan 'Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge wildflowers - Cait Hutnik
Hawk - David Mauk
Jennifer Hooper - Courtesy photo
La Mesa Verde gardeners - Courtesy photo 
Sunrise - Derek Neumann
Who Am I - David Tharp
Spina Farms - Annamarie Pilon
Hikers - Marc Bergreen
Oak tree - David Mauk

We acknowledge that the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority works within lands that were originally stewarded by the Awaswas-, Chochenyo-, Mutsun-, and Thámien-speaking peoples. Today we are honored to partner with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area in our shared work to protect and restore the environment and connect people to land. Learn more.
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