MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Suisun Hill Trail West County HawkWatch 2015-2016

Suisun Hill Trail: Suisun Hill Trail is a 1.3 mile loop trail located near Suisun City, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

We just had our 3-19-2016 (2015-2016 season close) Rush Ranch and Suisun Hills Trail Birds of Prey workshop and hike.... we had over 30 attendees and 10 Raptor Species. Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawk, American Kestrels, Northern Harriers, White-tailed Kites, Turkey Vultures, Barn Owl and Great-horned Owl. I wanted to thank all of the attendees and docents who came out this year.... and a special, special thanks to Natalie DuMont, Earl Swenerton Linda Sonner and Jim Coleen Walsh for making the Raptor tours and workshops a success.... also thanks to all the West County HawkWatch team members who helped out this year, Tom Motherwell, Yvonne Motherwell, Dave Laurice and Steve Corey... It was a fantastic year we had over 250 people attending and we counted as many raptors as we had attendees!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bald Eagles of Jenner, 3/16/16 part 1 (Joan Bacci copyright)

I personally had thought it was a 5th year bird from this video, but further evidence from photos we (Joan and I) decided to go 4th year Bird... Joan has some photos showing the underwing linings which show evidence of the bird in its 4th year. To confirm our thoughts we contacted one of the nations leading experts.... below is Jerry's take on it.

"It appears the bird has molted 3 times which would make it a 4th year bird, but depending on energy, location, health, and a few other factors some birds molt slower than others. Hope this helps
Jerry Liguori HWI Educator"

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Neck-breaking, disembowelling, constricting and fishing - the violent world of raptors - Not Exactly Rocket Science

Neck-breaking, disembowelling, constricting and fishing - the violent world of raptors - Not Exactly Rocket Science: Birds of prey, or raptors, may be familiar, but a new study reveals the varied techniques they use to kill their prey. Some attack with high-speed killing blows and others suffocate their prey to death in constricting fists. Some give their victims a merciful death by broken neck, but others eat their victims alive after slashing them open.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hawkwatch International - Hybrid Ferruginous Hawk x Red-tailed Hawk

Hawkwatch International - Hybrid Ferruginous Hawk x Red-tailed Hawk: A recent discussion prompted a birder to ask me to re-post this awesome adult Ferruginous x Red-tailed Hawk hybrid from south-central Utah photographer Steve Christensen ...

WCHW: Mind blowing, don't really know how to phantom this (FEHA x RTHA)... know of three or four stories of RSHA x RTHA on the East Coast and we have the CBHA x RSHA out here in Northern California. Jerry we are super interested in any other documented stories of hawk hybridization? Are you aware of others? Everyone has been asking... (1) has this always been happening and we are just now more aware now because we have cameras everywhere and increased file, photo information sharing? Or.... (2) is this a newer phenomenon and most all say a result of climate change? Not that anyone has the answers, yet wondering if there is more information or research papers or studies out there? Thanks for any help, ideas or leads.... after studying hawks since the late 1980's I remain spellbound. L. Broderick

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 dates Outings, Programs and Hikes (West County Hawkwatch tours and workshops)

February 10th, 2016 (Wednesday) Redwood Regional Ornithological Society, Local Raptor updates and ID Workshop, 7pm to 8:30pm, First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa.

February 13th, 2016 (Saturday) Sonoma Land Trust, Tolay Creek Over-Wintering Birds of Prey Walk/hike, 10am to 1pm

Feb 19th, 20th, 21st Lower Klamath Basin ( 19th Butte, 20th Big Day Lower K, 21st last day, open agenda)

February 27th, 2016 (Saturday) Sonoma Land Trust, Skaggs Island Hawk Identification and Natural History Walk, 10am to 1pm

February 28th, 2016 (Sunday) Solano Land Trust, Over-Wintering Birds of Prey Lynch Canyon 10pm to 2pm Hike

March 6th, 2016 (Sunday) Solano Land Trust, Lynch Canyon Season Close Raptor hike, 10pm to 2pm Hike

March 12th, 2016 (Saturday) Sonoma Land Trust, Sears Point uplands Birds of Prey Hike/walk 10am to 1pm

March 19th, 2016 (Saturday) Solano Land Trust, Rush Ranch Open Space 2015-2016 Birds of Prey Season Close PowerPoint and hike, 1pm to 5pm

Monday, January 25, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About Methane

Everything You Need To Know About Methane: In the face of rising methane pollution, cutting methane emissions is essential to combating climate change and building healthier communities. But what is methane? Is it harmful? What is the oil and gas industry's role in methane pollution? Find out.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 5th Lynch Canyon Open Space Birds of Prey Tour 10am to 2pm.

Come see amazing eagles, hawks and other birds of prey on conserved lands!Upcoming tour: 

Sat. Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks, and it’s a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. It provides these raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle! Learn more on this birds of prey hike, led by Larry Broderick and team. Broderick is a gifted and entertaining teacher who brings over 25 years of experience researching, rescuing and rehabilitating raptors. Learn about these majestic birds, including where they go, what they do, and how to distinguish different species based on their looks, behaviors, and the ways they fly. Birds of prey we've seen on past hikes include Golden and Bald Eagles, Rough-legged, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned and Ferruginous Hawks, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, and other more common raptor species.
Cost is $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $6 per vehicle (payable at the park).
Space is limited, and pre-registration is preferred.

Sat. Dec. 5: Click here to register, and for details and directions.

Solano Land Trust runs conservation programs year-round, manages miles of trails, and assists landowners to voluntarily conserve their land.

For additional information call us at 707-432-0150.

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.