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May 2023

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Your New Preserve is on the Way!

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Construction of the staging area and trails at Máyyan 'Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve is reaching the home stretch of completion. If you are following this journey, you will hopefully enjoy reading the latest progress update! As a thank you for subscribing to the Open Space Outlook, you will be one of the first to know about early access opportunities.

This preserve will be an experience unlike any other in the Bay Area, including its seasonal hours, adaptive management practices, and a "Butterfly Pass" required for visitors accessing the sensitive habitats that make this preserve so special. Early access visitors will have opportunities to provide feedback to help Open Space Authority staff and volunteers better understand your experiences as we plan for the future. In the meantime, click the link below to check out the latest progress!

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Your Farmer's Market Guide

The only thing better than spring spring weather produce! It's farmer's market season once again. Help support local agriculture and get shopping at your local market.

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Eight Adorable Springtime Baby Animals

Spring is in full swing, and for many wildlife species that means it's time to create new life! For us, that means lots of cute baby animals. Warning - these photos may make you happy cry. Grab the tissues.


Staff Spotlight - Meet Jackie

"I wanted to do something good for earth and people, and I feel that the conservation world is doing just that," says Jackie Latham, Grants Program Coordinator at the Open Space Authority. Read her story here.

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Warm Weather Guide

Anyone else feeling some weather whiplash? While we let this week's rain soothe last week's sunburn, it might be time to prepare ourselves for more warm weather days. And how can you recreate responsibly as temperatures quickly heat up? Glad you asked.


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In other news...

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Help us Plan the Future of Coyote Valley

Take our community survey and help us create the Coyote Valley Conservation Areas Master Plan—a community-informed and science-based vision for the future of over 1,500 acres of protected lands located just 10 miles south from downtown San José. 

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We're Hiring!

The Open Space Authority is hiring a Watershed Restoration Specialist to help support the agency's conservation initiatives. Read the full job description here, and feel free to share throughout your networks. 

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You're Invited to a Pollinator Party!

Friday, May 5 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

Join the Open Space Authority to party with our native pollinators! Learn about our most common buzzing neighbors as well as some rare species that are special to the Santa Clara Valley. Take your lunch break with us to explore the amazing biodiversity of our backyards and open spaces. Register here.

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In Case You Missed It: A Restoration Journey at Furtado Barn

Take a virtual journey through the years of restoration work at Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve’s Furtado Barn Restoration Area and witness how it has transformed thanks to the care of local land stewards and volunteers! Watch the webinar here.

Did you know?

The iconic "eagle" screech you often hear in movies and TV is actually the call of the red-tailed hawk! The smaller raptor has a much more impressive call than a bald eagle - which is why many producers will dub over the eagle's squeaky call with the powerful scream of the red-tailed hawk.  

Learn more about this common and charismatic bird here.

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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: Máyyan 'Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve - Jennifer Hooper; Farmers Market - Canva; Bobcat kitten - L. Phillips (USFWS); Jackie Latham - Courtesy photo; Summer hiker - Marc Bergreen; Coyote Valley sunrise - Derek Neumann; Flooded Laguna Seca - David Mauk; Bee - Michael Hawk; Furtado Barn - Kat Hill; Red-tailed hawk - David Mauk

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