On the Land Public Outings
Discover Raptors Who Winter in the Baylands
Come join raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick in the Baylands for a look at migratory and resident birds of prey. Possible “overwintering” raptors include ferruginous hawks, merlins, cooper’s hawks and sharp-shinned hawks. Resident birds we may see include red-tailed hawks, kestrels, harriers, kites, red-shouldered hawks, and maybe even a golden eagle or two. Join us as we focus on where to look for raptors, what their habits are, how to know what you’re looking at and how to compare the characteristics of species.
Tolay Creek Ranch is home to a resident golden eagle, as well as several other raptor species. Take a walk with Larry Broderick along the creek and atop the hills for a glimpse of the bird species that are supported by the different habitat types. The 1,665-acre Tolay Creek Ranch links a habitat corridor extending from the wetlands fringing San Pablo Bay to the foothills of Sonoma Mountain, and is soon to be incorporated into adjacent Tolay Lake Regional Park.
Join Sonoma Land Trust at Sears Point for the 19th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. Hike the hilly grasslands with long-time raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick as we search for resident and migratory raptors and learn how to identify the different raptor species. From this vantage point, we will also get to look out over the in-progress, 1,000-acre tidal marsh restoration project area and enjoy the panoramic views of San Pablo Bay to San Francisco, Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tam. Bring your binoculars!
Join Sonoma Land Trust at Sears Point for the 19th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. Walk with Certified California Naturalist Dave Barry along the newly-dug future tidal marsh and observe the thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl that are inhabiting this wetland. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes!
This area is rife with raptors, both resident and migratory. Join San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager Don Brubaker and birder extraordinaire Larry Broderick for a raptor walk and tour of Skaggs Island and Haire Ranch. Learn about the history of the island along with plans for the restoration of Skaggs Island to marsh as we scan the sky for the abundant displays of raptors above. We will drive to various locations on the 4,400-acre island, taking walks at scenic locations.
Email us at email@example.com or call 707.526.6930 ext. 114 for more information.
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For more than 35 years, the Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America.
Volunteer with Sonoma Land Trust
You will enjoy:
- Access to diverse and beautiful properties
- Educational and skill building opportunities
- Great community
- Annual Volunteer Celebration
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You will receive:
- quarterly announcements of upcoming members-only hikes
- monthly eNews and quarterly newsletters
- seasonal invitations to members-only open days at Glen Oaks Ranch
- annual holiday open house and other special events
- ongoing satisfaction of helping preserve what we all love most about Sonoma County