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March 2023

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New Trails Underway

Máyyan ‘Ooyákma - Coyote Ridge

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Read about the first-ever volunteer trail construction at Máyyan ‘Ooyákma - Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve. Despite the demanding nature of the work, volunteers were eager to move some dirt and build new trails that will open to the public later this year.

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Where to View Wildflowers This Spring

The Santa Clara Valley's rolling hillsides make for perfect wildflower viewing. Make the most of it by downloading the open Space Authority's 2023 Wildflower Guide and click here to decide where to go first.


Staff Spotlight - Meet David

You can spot David building a trail, fixing a tractor, training staff, educating visitors, and so much more. Combining his technical skills with his passion to protect nature and wildlife, David knows how to get things done at the preserves and out on the trails. Click here to read David's story 
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10 Tips for Starting Your Own Garden

Want to try gardening? You don't need a farm to grow food at home, and it's a hobby that might just grow on you. Our guide will tell you everything you need to know about starting your own garden. We be-leaf in you!


Protect and Respect Wildlife

Santa Clara Valley's parks and open spaces are full of amazing native wildlife. There are lizards, snakes, bobcats, squirrels, birds, coyotes, and even mountain lions to name a few! Learn what to do if you see wildlife on the trail. 


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In other news...

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Open Space Authority celebrates 30 years, 30,000 acres

“Our work is far from finished, but every farm that keeps working and every open space restored accelerates a more livable future for everyone.”

Check out this new article from The Mercury News celebrating the Open Space Authority’s 30th anniversary year.

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Diablo Range Revealed: The Coyote Valley Connection

Save Mount Diablo partnered with the Open Space Authority on a story about Coyote Valley, a critical linkage between the Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Coyote Ridge. Watch the short film and learn about spectacularly beautiful landscape and a unique species that calls this place home.

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In Case You Missed It: Wonderful Wetlands

Wetlands play a vital role in the Bay Area and beyond - and they deserve to be celebrated. Learn what wetlands are, why they are so important, and how YOU can help protect these fragile ecosystems. Watch the recording here.


Did you know?

A group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope!

There are many delightful collective nouns used to describe groups of animals. Here are some of our favorite for native Santa Clara Valley wildlife:

  • A parliament of owls.
  • A scurry of squirrels.
  • A charm, bouquet, or glittering of hummingbirds.
  • A mischief of magpies.

Learn even more on our Instagram or Facebook!


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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.

Photo Credits: Volunteer trail building - Kat Hill, Lupine field - Adriana Michie, Dave Tharp on tractor - OSA Archives, Tomatoes - Annamarie Pilon, Bobcat - David Mauk, Mountain bikers - Matt Chesebrough, Wetlands - David Mauk

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