Category Archives: Why Care?

What Do We See?

Pt. Reyes National Seashore, with its hundreds of protected creatures peacefully sharing the world with us, is a magical relief from human cares. Over the years, I’ve seen, locking antlers in the autumn, Tule Elk, once killed off here and … Continue reading

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Notes on Surviving in the Wild

In recent years, an observer I trust has reported some interesting wrinkles on the behavior of wild raptors – specifically, a family of Red-tails, a family of American Kestrels, and a family of Cooper’s Hawks, all in the fields and … Continue reading

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Little Orphan Louie, the Red-tail

  In June 2015, Louie, a baby Red-tailed Hawk, came to the California Raptor Center from the Stockton-Lodi area. A Good Samaritan who works at the Micke Grove Zoo found him in a park, covered in burrs. He looked dead. … Continue reading

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June 30, 2015 Flying Free Redux

Ave atque Vale, My Dear Six-Pak In February, after decades of study and rehabilitation work with raptors, I became an apprentice falconer. My first task, and one I needed to do quickly to get in a full four months of … Continue reading

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January 20, 2015 Flying Free

Flying Free A Visit to the Green Hills of Central California  On a recent drive in the Central Valley where we were monitoring Golden Eagles, a falconer friend and I saw a number of wonderful raptors, among them a gorgeous Ferruginous Hawk … Continue reading

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June 2014 – Baby Birds!

DRAMA: RESCUING WILD BABY BIRDS   In Spring through early Summer in Northern California, as across much of the world, many birds species lay eggs and raise hatchlings. Some of the babies, like California Quail and Turkeys, come out fluffy and … Continue reading

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April 2014 – Spring: Who Sings?

Silence vs Sounds of Life On March 31, we saw the first returning Black-headed Grosbeak, an adult male coming back to last year’s nest area. These birds’ songs are always magical; and as the season goes on, they grow and … Continue reading

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Swan’s Way – March 2014

The Swan’s Way – A Miracle of Time Tundra Swans at Yolo Basin – from a photo by the author One of the miracles of our lives is that there is so much unknown history behind us. This is true … Continue reading

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Why Care?

Shadows A great shadow sweeps the ground. A bird. Large, dark, silent – banking into the wind. Hawk? Vulture? No! An eagle! Spiraling up till it’s just a speck in the sky. Another day, no shadow – a black dot. … Continue reading

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