MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.
the Lower K. Legend. MBC Photo

Monday, November 2, 2015

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Toxic New Pesticide

On August 28, 2015, the EPA granted broad approval for use of benzovindiflupyr on most crops, including cereals, corn, vegetables, fruits, turf grass and ornamentals. The agency’s own data show that benzovindiflupyr is highly persistent in the environment and will build up in waterways due to runoff from treated fields. Nonetheless, the EPA approved benzovindiflupyr for immediate use.

“The EPA has a legal — not to mention, moral — duty to protect our water and wildlife from pesticides,” said Parent. “Instead, though, it has rubber-stamped its approval on yet another dangerous new pesticide.”

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Toxic New Pesticide

Monday, April 27, 2015

Lower Klamath Bus tour of refuge offered - Herald & News: Nation/World News

May 9th 2015 International Migratory Bird Day won’t be celebrated until Saturday, May 9,
but a special tour to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge will be offered a week earlier.

Bus tour of refuge offered - Herald and News: Nation/World News#.VT5ZwIUrDF8.gmail

photo credits, T. Reynolds, J. House and L. Broderick. 

Lower Klamath Basin May 9th Bus Tour of refuge offered - Herald and News: Nation/World News

Bus tour of refuge offered - Herald and News: Nation/World News#.VT5ZwIUrDF8.gmail


Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 12:00 am
International Migratory Bird Day won’t be celebrated until Saturday, May 9, but a special tour to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge will be offered a week earlier. “Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see bald eagles in their nest,” said Hallie Rasmussen, one of Bird Day organizers. “This free guided bus tour to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge will take you through an area that is otherwise closed to the public to view the nesting bald eagles, among many other birds.”

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The bus tour is scheduled Saturday, May 2, leaving from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office, 1936 California Ave., at 9 a.m. and returning about noon. Preregistration is recommended but not required and can be done by calling the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges office at 530-667-2231.
Rasmussen said the bus tour, a pre-event for the 16th Annual International Migratory Bird Day, will be guided by experts who will discuss bird life, habitat and how agriculture is supporting bird habitat and efforts aimed at benefiting the Klamath Basin, including birds.
“If you have never birded before, or want to learn more about birds, this will be a great tour to take,” she said. “The Klamath Basin is so fortunate to have an abundance of migrating and nesting birds, playing host to more than 350 bird species.”

 B.J. Matzen, one of the founders of the Klamath Wingwatchers and a board member of the Klamath Bird Observatory, will provide insight about birds during the bus tour.

The International Migratory Bird Day event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at Veterans Memorial Park. The bus tour used to be on the same day as the event, “but we are trying something new that, hopefully, will allow more people to advantage of incredible free tour,” Rasmussen said.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

4-20-2015 7pm North Bay Birds of Prey - Natural History, Identification and Regional updates.

North Bay Birds of Prey - Natural History, Identification and Regional updates
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Guest Speaker(s): Larry Broderick

Host: Madrone Audubon
Start Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Description: Larry Broderick, of West County Hawkwatch, will present North Bay Birds of Prey, their Natural History and Identification, with updates for 2015. He will share some local stories and his excellent photographs through a PowerPoint presentation and talk, and will be happy to answer our raptor ID questions. Larry is also bringing helpful ID handouts, and will review current raptor field guides.

(photos below, all copyrights Neil Papocki with permission 2015)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hawkwatch International - Home

Here is a fantastic resource for Birds of Prey,
 Jerry Liguori's HawkWatch International click the link below.

Hawkwatch International - Home

photos credits below, Bill Barrett West County HawkWatch pool photographer 2015.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: Ferruginous Hawk recovers after crash with model airplane

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: Injured hawk recovers after crash with model airplane

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) - At the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, an unusual patient has taken up temporary residence.

An injured adult male ferruginous hawk was checked in on Valentine's Day.
"The species is rare for our hospital to receive. We actually haven't had one come in in close to 20 years," said Ashley Kinney, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley.

The circumstances were even more unusual.
"Definitely unusual. We've never seen this happen," said Kinney.
The accident happened at the Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark in Morgan Hill.
Michael Luvara, president of the Tomcats group that uses the park said via email that it was "purely an accident," and no other injuries were reported. He also said the wingspan of the model plane was about 4 feet.

According to rescuers, the pilot of the model plane feels terrible, and a ranger was called in to help the injured bird.

The bird was transferred to WCSV, where rescuers put a sling on its left wing.
"It's a fractured ulna of the left wing, so it's a fracture just right above the elbow, and it was luckily a clean fracture so no surgery was needed -- just stabilization," said Kinney.
Rescuers said the bird is an adult male ferruginous hawk with a wingspan of nearly 4 1/2 feet. The bird is now recovering in a small box that prevents him from flying or thrashing around too much.
It remains unclear why the accident may have happened. "Whether he was protecting his territory, thinking it's another bird coming into his territory, or just a freak accident and the plane maneuvered into the bird, we're not 100 percent sure how it happened," said Kinney.
Rescuers said they expect the hawk to make a fully recovery, and that they anticipate being able to release him back into the wild in Morgan Hill in a few weeks.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jenner Headlands Raptor Count (press democrat news paper story 2011)

Jenner Headlands Raptor Count (press democrat news paper story 2011)

Jenner resident Red-tailed Hawk


 Mr Dave Barry looking west at the Jenner Hawk Overlook (above)

2011 Jenner Hawkwatch Team #2 Diane Hichwa, Ken Magoon, Dave Barry, Larry B. looking west
LB, Diane Hichwa, Dave Barry and Ken Magoon Jenner Hawkwatch  2011 (above)

Mr Dave Barry, Jenner Headlands Hawkwatch manager and guide. (above)


Resident Tails.....


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jenner Bald Eagle YouTube footage _ 1-28-15 _ Joan Bacci _ photogrpahy Jenner California

Joan Bacci and the Jenner Bald Eagles. Joan has been documenting these birds and they have been very camera friendly of late. Great work by the Jenner Bald Eagle Group and all the folks enjoying these local ambassadors of the town of Jenner and the mouth of the mighty Russian River....


Sunday, January 18, 2015

2-21-2015 Utah _Winter Raptor Field Trip-Field Trip _ Utah area

Winter Raptor Field Trip-Field Trip

Great accipiter study here, Cooper's Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk and More.......

Cooper's Hawk, & Sharp-shinned Hawk - Study skins and ID Notes
Hi there,
Today (January 23rd) I spent a few hours at the Canadian Museum of Nature Collections Facility in Gatineau, QC. The focus for today's visit was Accipters; specifically, Sharp-shinned (SSHA) and Cooper's Hawk (COHA) identification. I also spent some time with the Northern Goshawk (NOGO) skins and have included some notes/photos on it, as well.

Accipiter ID is real challenging - most especially differentiating between A) Sharp-shinned vs. Cooper's Hawk and B) Juvenile accipiters. My hope is that the collection of photos below serve as an identification and learning resource to those interested in accipiters.

To note, the idea for these photos/captions stems from a browse of this webpage: http://slatermuseum.blogspot.ca/2013/06/accipiters-in-museum.html.

Anyhow - thanks for visiting. Enjoy the pics


quick note on size: I use terms like "small", "typical", and "large." These terms coincide with the averages presented on BNA & Cornell. At the CMN, each study skin is tagged and details like length and weight are visible on each respective tag. I used what I knew of each species' size range (below) to form size judgments in relation to averages.
Sharp-shinned Hawk: Both Sexes: Length: 9.4–13.4 in. Weight: 87–218 g
Coopers Hawk: Male Lgth: 14.6–15.4 in. Wt: 220–410 g. Female Lgth: 16.5–17.7 in. Wt: 330–680 g
Northern Goshawk:  Both Sexes: Length: 20.9–25.2 in. Weight: 631–1364 g

Friday, October 24, 2014

Over 30 Bald Eagles in the back yard (Matt Honan)

Uploaded on Jun 27, 2008

This video was recorded in Unalaska, Alaska. Google it. A bunch of bald eagles show up in our back yard. You get to hear a lot of the bald eagles talking. My kids get really close to them, they must really want more red salmon. Right now the salmon are running upstream to spawn so most of the locals are set-netting on the beach and smoking/canning/grilling some sockeye. In this video the native Aleuts were subsistence fishing and drying out the fillets. The Aleuts were not using the heads and guts and that is what the eagles were eating.

Miracle Eagle (Incredible Story on an Eagle rescue) Bald Eagle

Uploaded on Apr 7, 2011
Truck driver Ben Wright was more than startled when a bald eagle struck his windshield with great force as he traveled along the interstate outside of Bear Lake, Idaho at 65 miles per hour. "I didn't know what hit the windshield, all I knew was the glass exploded, and this thing was screaming just like a child, or something," Wright said of the experience.