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Tall Forest survey on Sunday

Glennah Trochet
 

Dear Birders,

This month's Tall Forest bird survey will be held on Sunday, 11
November. The posted departure time on the Cosumnes River Preserve
website is 06:15. Because I told several people last weekend that we
would depart at 06:30, that's when we'll leave. We'll go through the
Farm Center gate at the corner of Bruceville and Desmond Roads.

Best,
John Trochet

--
John Trochet
Sacramento, California
trochetj@...


WANTED: Whistling swans, alive, not dead

jhsnowden <jhsnowden@...>
 

Reports of swans, location and numbers in the Sacramento Valley, by
posting on this site or emailing me will be appreciated. I had several
helpful sightins sent to me last week.

About 920 whistling swans were seen at District 10 on Tues. One with a
neck band was found; it was banded in the Kotzebue Sound area of Alaska
last year.

Jim Snowden, Butte Co.


Placer preview

ed pandolfino
 

Today Deren Ross and I (joined for the morning by Phil Robertson) did a
little birding in West Placer County mainly because we just can't seem to wait
until the Placer Big Year starts in 2008.

Highlights included a Golden Eagle, a Merlin of the suckleyi subspecies and
a Lewis's Woodpecker all near the corner of Manzanita and Chamberlain Roads
north of Lincoln.

The (new) Lincoln Wastewater Treatment Plant (on Fiddyment Rd just south of
Moore Rd) had one male Canvasback and a pair of Redheads (NOT an easy duck in
the valley portion of Placer) in one of the ponds on the east side of
Fiddyment. Note that you must go into the office on Fiddyment and ask permission.
The folks there are VERY accommodating so lets keep the relationship good. Near
the large marsh on the part of the plant on the west side of Fiddyment it
was painful to watch a Northern Harrier with a broken wing dragging itself
along the ground, soon to become scavenger food I expect...



Ed Pandolfino



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White-throated Sparrow, Mandarin Duck -- Sacramento County, 11/08/07

YLIGHTFOOT@...
 

Hi folks:

Had nice looks at a beautiful adult black&white stripe White-throated
Sparrow along the Dry Creek drainage in Rio Linda, Sacramento County, today. The
bird was with a Zonotrichia flock along the stretch of creek just east of 4th
Street between Ascot Avenue and Marysville Boulevard. Best access is from
the corner of 4th and Ascot; then walk north along the creek towards Marysville
Boulevard. Another beautiful bird, a drake Mandarin Duck, flushed from the
creek with some other Mandarin/Wood duck types.

I believe this spot is within the Sacramento CBC circle, so the compiler
and/or leader of Area 2 might want to take note.

Cheers,

Tim Manolis



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Sutter County: A Western Gull and a Glaucous-winged Gull

Ray Hasey
 

I found an immature Western gull at the Oak Avenue Gull Ponds east of
Highway 99 on Oak Avenue in Dingville, Sutter County. The Sutter
National Wildlife Refuge check station parking lot had four Canada
geese, an unusual species within Sutter County. (South of Schlag Road
and Oswald Road). From East Levee Road (Sutter National Refuge) at
the SPB 8.5 milepost, there was an adult Glaucous-winged Gull. Further
south among the many waterfowl here is a pair of Blue-winged Teal and
a Eurasian Widgeon. A lingering Swainson's hawk might over winter, it
has happened before. Oswald Road and Township featured a Merlin fly-by.

Ray Hasey, Yuba City


Sutter County Western Gull

Clifford Hawley
 

Hi birders. This afternoon at about 2:45 pm I was driving along
Pleasant Grove Road about a mile north of the intersection with
Striplin Road I found an adult Western Gull in a flooded field on the
east side of the road. Also in the field were 2 Herring Gulls and
many California and Ring-billed Gulls. I also had a Peregrine Falcon
on Marcum Road about 200 yards inside Sutter County hanging out on one
of the large metal power towers. Good birding.

Cliff

--
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Sacramento, CA
(916)300-2495
"For, what are the voices of birds...
But words, our words,
Only so much more sweet?"
Robert Browning


Intro to Ornithology Class at Sacramento City College

Mike Curry
 

For those interested,

I volunteer at Cosumnes River Preserve and received the following
email:

Join us for Introduction to Ornithology, offered this coming Spring
Semester
at Sacramento City College. We will be meeting on Fridays, beginning
on
January 25, 2008. Lecture will be from 11:30 am ­ 12:50 pm, and lab
from
1:30 ­ 4:35 pm, in Lillard Hall, Room 109. There also will be several
Saturday field trips during the semester, including an overnight
(Saturday-Sunday) to Pt. Reyes in April. For your convenience, below
I have
included the course description and registration information from the
college¹s website.

Please distribute or share this information with anyone else who
might be
interested.

I hope that you¹ll be able to join us! Please don¹t hesitate to
contact me
if you have any questions.


Best wishes,
Alexis Ackerman
Asst. Professor, Biology Department
Sacramento City College, Lillard-106
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BIOL 332 Introduction to Ornithology 2 Units
(http://www.losrios.edu/scc/spring/Biology-BIOL.htm
<https://webmail.saccounty.net/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?
URL=http://www.losrios.
edu/scc/spring/Biology-BIOL.htm> )
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This introductory course covers the biology and natural
history
of birds. Topics include the evolutionary origins of birds and
flight, avian
physiology and sensory systems, migration, social behavior,
reproduction,
and conservation. Laboratory work explores bird structure and
function, and
teaches the taxonomic classification and identification of birds,
particularly those found in California and the western United States.
Four
to six field trips (which may include one overnight trip) are
required in
which students study bird identification, behavior, and ecology.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 21
F 11:30AM-12:50PM LEC A.Ackerman SCC MAIN L
109 24458
F 01:30PM-04:35PM LAB A.Ackerman SCC MAIN L
109
On-Campus
Registration Dates

Registration Dates for Spring 2008
November 26 - December 9
Priority 1 - Continuing and matriculated students
December 10 - 16
Priority 2 - New, returning, transfer, other students who did not
qualify
above
December 17
Spring Open Registration begins

For information about registration, visit the website
http://www.losrios.edu/lrc/lrc_reg.html
<https://webmail.saccounty.net/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?
URL=http://www.losrios.
edu/lrc/lrc_reg.html> .



Amber Veselka
Outreach Coordinator
Cosumnes River Preserve
916.683.1700
916.683.1702 (fax)
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veselkaa@... ***


Best regards,
Mike Curry
Manteca


Re: [CVBirds] Yolo Dark morph RLHA yes, Harlan's no

Sylvia Wright <swright@...>
 

Are there instructive photographs that could be posted, with remarks, in the
group¹s ³Hawks, Falcons, Eagles² folder?

Good birding,
Sylvia

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From: John Sterling <ani@...>

I suspect that many reported dark
Harlan's Hawks in the Central Valley are actually dark Rough-legged Hawks.
It is a tricky identification, so no one should feel badly about getting
crossed up.


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: [CVBirds] Yolo Dark morph RLHA yes, Harlan's no

John Sterling <ani@...>
 

Roger,

Thanks for clearing up that report. I suspect that many reported dark
Harlan's Hawks in the Central Valley are actually dark Rough-legged Hawks.
It is a tricky identification, so no one should feel badly about getting
crossed up. Because we don't see many dark Rough-leggeds in CA, most
birders are not as familiar with that form as with other raptors. Even with
this in mind, dark Rough-legged Hawks greatly outnumber dark Harlan's Hawks
in California. One should be cautious when reporting the much more rare
Harlan's Hawk. It is a great learning experience to thoroughly document a
Harlan's Hawk in California.



John



John Sterling

26 Palm Ave

Woodland, CA 95695

530-908-3836 (cell)

530-753-3733 ext 102 (work)



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[mailto:central_valley_birds@...] On Behalf Of Adamson, Roger
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 8:52 AM
To: central_valley_birds@...
Subject: [CVBirds] Yolo Dark morph RLHA yes, Harlan's no



I checked for the reported Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk this morning with
Jonathan and we were able to be certain that the bird he had yesterday
was the Dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk. So, NO Harlan's. But the Dark
RLHA is a good bird for study! It was between 0.5 and 1 mile north of
Rd 29 on the west side of Rd 96 between 7 and 8:30 this morning.

Roger Adamson

Davis, California


Yolo Dark morph RLHA yes, Harlan's no

ADAMSON, Roger H.
 

I checked for the reported Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk this morning with
Jonathan and we were able to be certain that the bird he had yesterday
was the Dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk. So, NO Harlan's. But the Dark
RLHA is a good bird for study! It was between 0.5 and 1 mile north of
Rd 29 on the west side of Rd 96 between 7 and 8:30 this morning.



Roger Adamson

Davis, California


Mountain Plovers, Robinson Rd.

Denise and David Hamilton
 

Hello all,

On Moday, Nov. 8, we went out to Flannery/Robinson Rd. to look for the Mountain Plovers. We found around 60+ Mountain Plovers on Robinson Rd. in the large field that extends from the corner of Flannery and Robinson to where Robinson makes a sharp turn to the left. We also had great looks at a Prairie Falcon. There were a few RT Hawks, but no RL or Ferr. Long-billed Curlews were all over the place- several hundred at least.

Just an aside....is anyone having difficulty reading the new font that the CV postings are now written in?? Is there someway to change it if others also are having trouble reading it??

Good birding,
Denise and David Hamilton
Napa
napabirders@...


Re: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding

Steve Rovell <tapaculo@...>
 

Regarding dog laws, I think the next time we birders pay to enter a
state park and find dogs off-leash, we should demand a refund. If
park rangers sit around and refuse to cite dog owners who break the
law, and if that affects our enjoyment of the park (which it most
certainly does), then we should get our moneys back!

Steve Rovell
Marina, CA

On Nov 6, 2007, at 11:26 AM, Doug Shaw wrote:

Too bad the annual pass is not in the form of a bumper decal that
are hard
to remove. Or, better yet a window decal for your rear interior
window. BTW,
the dog laws in most parks seem to be a joke even when I have
complained to
rangers.

Good Birding,
Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Webb" <BruWebb@...>
To: <central_valley_birds@...>; "wagtail042000"
<wagtail042000@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding

Almost every time I go in to view birds at Folsom Lake State
Recreation
area, people let their dogs run free to chase the roosting gulls,
shorebirds
and waterfowl off the beaches There are warning signs posted that
dogs
must be on a leash, but the patrolling park rangers never cite
these dog
owners. Wouldn't issuing fines to dog owners breaking the park
rules be a
better way to generate income than busting birdwatchers?

The California State Park System has a mish mash of different
types of
parks
and different policies. At nearby Folsom Lake (a State Recreation
area) I
can walk or bicycle in free. Drive a vehicle and the daily rate is
$6.

Here is the crazy part. If you purchase the $125 annual pass, you
MUST
display it on your rearview mirror or on the dashboard. This of
course
subjects your vehicle to a break-in and I understand that happens
frequently
especially at boat launching sites. At some state parks you might
as well
tape $125 in cash inside your vehicle with a note "steal me". If you
hide
the annual pass after entry and hike off to view birds you may be
subject
to
citation for not paying the entrance fee or displaying the pass. And
what
if somebody does steal your annual pass? State parks website says
"Lost
or
stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued."
Sound
like
a Catch-22?


Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, California
BruWebb @ surewest . net


----- Original Message -----
From: "wagtail042000" <wagtail042000@...>
To: <central_valley_birds@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding


I know this discussion is probably off-topic for the forum, but here
goes. While i regret the incident cited, I assume there is a
state park
fee charged to visit the Petaluma Adobe, and technically if you go
onthe property no matter how far, and you didn't pay the fee that
would
legally constitute tresspass.I dont go to a local state park as
much as
I used to when the fees were raised a couple of years ago.We as
birders
and outdoor recreationists must help with the costs of natural
areas,
or they will strictly be managed for the people that pay the
bills;ie,
hunters and fishers. We all know that the first thing that incurrs
budget cuts are the recreation areas.Of couse, birding ethics
also come
into play--if it says "please stay on trails", or "area closed" we
should'nt go charging into the woods,marsh or prairie to get that
lifer!
I would equate it to going to the Nature Conservany's Ramsey Canyon
Preserve in Arizona, and saying do I have to pay because I only
want to
see the Plain-capped Starthroat hummingbird at your feeders
behind the
visitor center. Craig Miller, Sutter Creek




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Harlan's maybe, dark Rough-legged hawk, 6 nov

zach smith
 

I ventured out to Rd. 96 in Yolo just before the sun dropped to see
about this Harlan's reported earlier today. I saw what was arguably
the bird, perched on the ground in the young, green rice field on the
west side of the road (heading north from Rd 27, after Rd. 96 goes to
dirt), but then I looked away for maybe 10 seconds and it vanished.
Sitting with it a moment earlier was a dark Rough-leg, most likely an
adult female but backlight made this determination fuzzy at best.
Another light RLHA was hanging around this vicinity.

zach smith
davis


Re: [CVBirds] Response to State Parks and Birding

Echatbird@...
 

I'm on Jon's side on this one. What an outrageous thing to happen to someone
for standing in a park to look at bird! The ranger should have pointed out
the rule and let it go at that. While I personally have great admiration for
rangers as a group, this individual overreacted.

Liz Wilbur
Novice birder
Stockton


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Response to State Parks and Birding

jwinterggo <wint@...>
 

Response appended as requested.

I did not "grossly misrepresent the employees of the California State
Parks". They are doing a good job of that by themselves. The park
posting was illegal and a trespass must represent some intent to do
harm or evidence of doing harm. The only sign posted was for park
hours. Does that mean that the staff is only there between certain
hours? Does it mean that the toilets are not available to the public
between certain hours? Does it mean that the park is entirely closed?
It means nothing! I should not have to read between the lines to
understand what is acceptable. The posting of the park was illegal in
the first place and patently unclear.

The experience is not slanted, it is a fact. When in court the judge
was visibly irritated that such a petty issue ever came before his
bench. It was obvious that he had more serious issues to deal with
than this nonsense. I am sure the DA felt the same way, but I made the
mistake to pursuing the issue until I could get an answer as to what
happened with the citation. What the judge was taciturnly saying is
that the citation should never been issued in the first place.

Your opinion was a distinct minority in the responses to the post. It
is not the first time I have heard of such behavior on the part of
state park employees. I was told of the threat of arrest to a group
of Boy Scouts that dared to pick up a fallen leaf off of the forest
floor in a State Park. State Parks needs to learn who they administer
parks for. And this is not a rant, it is warning about birding in
State Parks. Better to avoid the problem that have to deal with it in
court and I am still wondering what "good things" the State Parks did
for me. Nothing comes to mind.

End of this thread.

Jon Winter

----- Original Message -----
From: Fgray4birds@...
To: wint@...
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] California State Parks and Birding


Hello

I find your post very one-sided and it grossly misrepresents the
employees of California State Parks. Birders do not have any right
whatsoever to trespass or to break access rules, public property or
private property. Furthermore, some of the posts to this list include
specific locations to private property but do not include any
information about access. It is not fair for private landowners to
have birders attracted to bird on their property without at least a
consideration by the person doing the post as to the landowner's rights.

Your warning about birding in state parks is unfortunately very
slanted against those who administer the parks and their laws.

As a courtesy to the readers and to the park system, you should also
write another post to this list that acknowledges the many good things
that State Park Rangers and other State Park employees do for birds
and bird habitat and also acknowledges the importance of park rules.
I hope that other readers of this post, including the manager of the
listserve, contact you to not use this list to rant against those
agencies and employees that protect the birds that we know and appreciate.

The views above are only my own, and do not necessarily represent the
views of my employer or the view of other people on this listserve.

Have a good one
Frank Gray
Antelope



In a message dated 11/5/2007 5:33:26 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
wint@... writes:
In January 2007, while looking for a wintering Harris's Sparrow at
Adobe State Park in Petuluma I was cited for a criminal trespass by a
State Park Ranger. I was standing on the pavement less than 100 feet
inside the park gate trying to get a better view of the sparrow which
was hiding on the park-side of the brush. And believe me, there was
nothing more to it than that. I was booked, finger printed and
released at the county jail. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense.
Over the course of the next seven months the DA's office did not
bother to file the charge. I persisted in finding out what had become
of the citation. The charge was eventually filed and I was able to
get the citation reduced (after considerable negotiation) to an
infraction (like a traffic ticket) for $190.00. I made an agreement
to pay the fine to a local bird rescue group in Sonoma County which I
did. The whole process took 11 months to resolve with three court
appearances on my part and none of it was necessary. If the case had
gone to trial I would have easily won, but the cost of an attorney
would have far exceeded the fine by a significant margin.

My point of all this is to warn all birders be very careful when
birding in State Parks. If you do not, you could find birding is a
criminal activity. All parks have a multitude of regulations that can
be easily used against you. You may not be aware of all of the rules
and law enforcement has a wide latitude in how they wish to
enforcement the law. My situation was clearly excessive in the
extreme, but it could happen anywhere in the state park system. I
will never set foot in a California State Park again for any reason
and I would advise birders to carefully consider the same thing. Our
parks are administered for our benefit, not the benefit of the State
Parks. State Parks manages those lands on our behalf, not theirs.
They work for us and the State of California only pays their salary.
It is a lesson that should be keenly remembered by all public
administrators. If State Parks wants to alienate birders they are
clearly doing their job. Forgive the crosspost.

Jon Winter










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Re: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding

Doug Shaw <doug.shaw@...>
 

Too bad the annual pass is not in the form of a bumper decal that are hard to remove. Or, better yet a window decal for your rear interior window. BTW, the dog laws in most parks seem to be a joke even when I have complained to rangers.

Good Birding,
Doug Shaw
Santa Rosa, CA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Webb" <BruWebb@...>
To: <central_valley_birds@...>; "wagtail042000" <wagtail042000@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding


Almost every time I go in to view birds at Folsom Lake State Recreation
area, people let their dogs run free to chase the roosting gulls, shorebirds
and waterfowl off the beaches There are warning signs posted that dogs
must be on a leash, but the patrolling park rangers never cite these dog
owners. Wouldn't issuing fines to dog owners breaking the park rules be a
better way to generate income than busting birdwatchers?

The California State Park System has a mish mash of different types of parks
and different policies. At nearby Folsom Lake (a State Recreation area) I
can walk or bicycle in free. Drive a vehicle and the daily rate is $6.

Here is the crazy part. If you purchase the $125 annual pass, you MUST
display it on your rearview mirror or on the dashboard. This of course
subjects your vehicle to a break-in and I understand that happens frequently
especially at boat launching sites. At some state parks you might as well
tape $125 in cash inside your vehicle with a note "steal me". If you hide
the annual pass after entry and hike off to view birds you may be subject to
citation for not paying the entrance fee or displaying the pass. And what
if somebody does steal your annual pass? State parks website says "Lost or
stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued." Sound like
a Catch-22?


Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, California
BruWebb @ surewest . net


----- Original Message -----
From: "wagtail042000" <wagtail042000@...>
To: <central_valley_birds@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding


I know this discussion is probably off-topic for the forum, but here
goes. While i regret the incident cited, I assume there is a state park
fee charged to visit the Petaluma Adobe, and technically if you go
onthe property no matter how far, and you didn't pay the fee that would
legally constitute tresspass.I dont go to a local state park as much as
I used to when the fees were raised a couple of years ago.We as birders
and outdoor recreationists must help with the costs of natural areas,
or they will strictly be managed for the people that pay the bills;ie,
hunters and fishers. We all know that the first thing that incurrs
budget cuts are the recreation areas.Of couse, birding ethics also come
into play--if it says "please stay on trails", or "area closed" we
should'nt go charging into the woods,marsh or prairie to get that lifer!
I would equate it to going to the Nature Conservany's Ramsey Canyon
Preserve in Arizona, and saying do I have to pay because I only want to
see the Plain-capped Starthroat hummingbird at your feeders behind the
visitor center. Craig Miller, Sutter Creek




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gulls at Yolo County Landfill

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>
 

The gulls at the Yolo County Landfill are currently easily observed from the Rd 28H levee outside the fence. The winter gulls have arrived, with perhaps a thousand HERRING GULLS, plus quite a few THAYER'S (it appears to be a very good year for them here, and it's only the first week of November; several of them are rather pale) and some GLAUCOUS-WINGED and a few GL-W hybrids (presumably with Herring or Western). Highlight this morning was a juvenile WESTERN GULL. This bird was very dark and appears pure. It was on the west end of the pond on bare dirt, usually with the typical Western Gull hunched-back posture. At one point, juv Herring, Western, Thayer's, and Gl-W were all standing in profile side-by-side.

good birding,



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Re: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding

Bruce Webb <BruWebb@...>
 

Almost every time I go in to view birds at Folsom Lake State Recreation area, people let their dogs run free to chase the roosting gulls, shorebirds and waterfowl off the beaches There are warning signs posted that dogs must be on a leash, but the patrolling park rangers never cite these dog owners. Wouldn't issuing fines to dog owners breaking the park rules be a better way to generate income than busting birdwatchers?

The California State Park System has a mish mash of different types of parks and different policies. At nearby Folsom Lake (a State Recreation area) I can walk or bicycle in free. Drive a vehicle and the daily rate is $6.

Here is the crazy part. If you purchase the $125 annual pass, you MUST display it on your rearview mirror or on the dashboard. This of course subjects your vehicle to a break-in and I understand that happens frequently especially at boat launching sites. At some state parks you might as well tape $125 in cash inside your vehicle with a note "steal me". If you hide the annual pass after entry and hike off to view birds you may be subject to citation for not paying the entrance fee or displaying the pass. And what if somebody does steal your annual pass? State parks website says "Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued." Sound like a Catch-22?


Bruce Webb
Granite Bay, California
BruWebb @ surewest . net

----- Original Message -----
From: "wagtail042000" <wagtail042000@...>
To: <central_valley_birds@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] Re: State Parks & Birding


I know this discussion is probably off-topic for the forum, but here
goes. While i regret the incident cited, I assume there is a state park
fee charged to visit the Petaluma Adobe, and technically if you go
onthe property no matter how far, and you didn't pay the fee that would
legally constitute tresspass.I dont go to a local state park as much as
I used to when the fees were raised a couple of years ago.We as birders
and outdoor recreationists must help with the costs of natural areas,
or they will strictly be managed for the people that pay the bills;ie,
hunters and fishers. We all know that the first thing that incurrs
budget cuts are the recreation areas.Of couse, birding ethics also come
into play--if it says "please stay on trails", or "area closed" we
should'nt go charging into the woods,marsh or prairie to get that lifer!
I would equate it to going to the Nature Conservany's Ramsey Canyon
Preserve in Arizona, and saying do I have to pay because I only want to
see the Plain-capped Starthroat hummingbird at your feeders behind the
visitor center. Craig Miller, Sutter Creek




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Re: State Parks & Birding

wagtail042000 <wagtail042000@...>
 

I know this discussion is probably off-topic for the forum, but here
goes. While i regret the incident cited, I assume there is a state park
fee charged to visit the Petaluma Adobe, and technically if you go
onthe property no matter how far, and you didn't pay the fee that would
legally constitute tresspass.I dont go to a local state park as much as
I used to when the fees were raised a couple of years ago.We as birders
and outdoor recreationists must help with the costs of natural areas,
or they will strictly be managed for the people that pay the bills;ie,
hunters and fishers. We all know that the first thing that incurrs
budget cuts are the recreation areas.Of couse, birding ethics also come
into play--if it says "please stay on trails", or "area closed" we
should'nt go charging into the woods,marsh or prairie to get that lifer!
I would equate it to going to the Nature Conservany's Ramsey Canyon
Preserve in Arizona, and saying do I have to pay because I only want to
see the Plain-capped Starthroat hummingbird at your feeders behind the
visitor center. Craig Miller, Sutter Creek


Harlan's Hawk Yolo Co

ADAMSON, Roger H.
 

I received report of a Harlan's Hawk this morning seen between Davis and
Woodland. Jonathan Widdicombe saw this bird along County Rd 96 about
midway between Rds 27 & 29 around 8:30 am. It has been about three
years since a Harlan's subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk was last reported
in Yolo County--that one near the intersection of Rd 85 and Rd 12.



Good bird!



Roger Adamson

Davis, California

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