MBC Dilute Plumage Bald profile photo.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Don't Let Developers Pull Strings to Wreck the Coast

Don't Let Developers Pull Strings to Wreck the Coast: California's coastline is some of the most beloved and valuable land in the world. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that real-estate development interests have been secretly trying to influence decision-makers. After a series of controversies this year over how California's coastal zone is being managed, and for whom, new legislation seeks to ensure the people's business is conducted in the open rather than in private meetings.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DFW Raptors – Dallas area ..... Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles (Dallas Fort Worth area hawks)

DFW Raptors – Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles

Many people hold a particular fascination with raptors—otherwise known as birds of prey. I know I do. These big, powerful birds inspire us with their raw power, grace and majesty. So respected are these birds that they are often chosen as sports team mascots. Many countries use birds of prey as their national symbol.

The DFW Metroplex is home to a number of these mighty birds. Depending on the season, there can be as many as 20 different species of falconiformes living in the North Texas area. Some are seasonal migrants. Other are what is known as occasional vagrants—birds that sometimes roam outside their normal range. When you’re as big and powerful as a raptor soaring high in the sky, moving outside your home range is not difficult to do.

Sears Point wetlands, Dickson and Baylands units 9am to Noon every Saturday! Come out! (every saturday)

Come out Saturday, 9am to Noon we are there to help you learn the birds, hawks, wildlife and history of the Baylands and Dickson units of the Sears Point Wetlands...

Lots to see, come on out.... Reclamation Road right off of Lakeville Highway or Highway 37
Contact us, we are working under guidelines from Sonoma Land Trust and the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge... 

Every Saturday 9am to Noon, lots of fun, good people, great views, fantastic wildlife.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bald Eagle camera catches baby birds eating cat

Below is link to video of eagle bringing cat to nest, as an after thought, cat may have been road kill.

Bald eagle camera catches baby birds eating cat:

(RNN) – On Tuesday, two bald eagles brought their eaglets a meal near Pittsburgh.

Normally, this isn’t a big deal, but the nest is shown around the clock on the Hays Bald Eagle Cam, and the meal was a house cat.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported some viewers commented in chat rooms they were “disturbed” the images were broadcast live.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania responded on its Facebook page, saying they reviewed the footage, and believe that the cat was already dead when the eagles brought it to the nest.
“While many may cringe at this, the eagles bring squirrels, rabbits, fish (and other animals) into the nest to eat multiple times each day," the post reads. "To people, the cat represents a pet but to the eagles and to other raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow. At Audubon, we encourage people to keep cats indoors for many reasons - primarily because cats themselves eat many, many songbirds. While seeing a cat in the nest was difficult for many, we're hopeful that people will understand that this is a part of nature, and nature isn't always kind or pretty."

People across the internet often watch the Hays Bald Eagle Cam at this location near Pittsburgh to track the progress of the eaglets hatching - which has been on the receiving end of nature's harsh reality. A raccoon attacked the nest in 2014, and no eggs survived the 2015 winter.
“The cameras are up 24/7 and can show a side of nature that isn’t really pretty,” a spokeswoman for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Read more: http://www.kptv.com/story/31851293/bald-eagle-camera-catches-baby-birds-eating-cat#ixzz4BXUp4lZg

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Join me to protect the Bears Ears as a national monument

Join me to protect the Bears Ears as a national monument

Please use your authority under the Antiquities Act to protect the Bears Ears in Utah -- 1.9 million acres of public lands south and east of Canyonlands National Park -- as a national monument. Safeguarding the Bears Ears will honor our nation's Native American heritage and protect ancestral homelands that continue to be vital to tribal communities across the Colorado Plateau. The Bears Ears is also home to the union of the Green, Colorado and San Juan Rivers, which provide important wildlife migration corridors and drinking water to 40 million Americans.

This remarkable landscape is threatened by oil and gas drilling, mining and a myriad of other dangers. Your administration has already helped protect cherished western wildlands by imposing a moratorium on coal mining on federal lands earlier this year. You also have established a strong legacy of designating important national monuments throughout your presidency. Please make the Bears Ears a capstone of your administration's commitment to protecting our natural heritage by designating this important cultural and environmental treasure a national monument. Thank you.

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