Comments by Jo Chamberlain

Songbird & seabird workshop & walk, Saturday

May 29, 2011
Yesterday's Songbird and Seabird Workshop and Walk were well attended, with over 70 participants. Attendees were treated to Alvaro Jaramillo's expertise and tips for identifying local birds at the workshop. The Wavecrest field identification walk included significant sightings of five Marbled Murrelets and a Cooper's Hawk feeding along the bluff edge. Alvaro provided tips on how to identify birds in the field by shape, color, and behavior. Additional sightings were of Red-winged Blackbirds (several…

Raptor Workshop & Walk, Saturday, Feb 26

February 27, 2011
Many thanks to the enthusiastic folks who attended yesterday's Raptor Workshop and Walk at Wavecrest. We were rewarded with a fascinating presentation by international bird expert Alvaro Jaramillo, followed by an in-the-field application of the information learned. Gary Deghi, local bird expert, joined us in the field, where we quickly identified Kestrels, Black-winged Kites, Harriers, Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks. Sharing several spotting scopes, we got really good…

Water as a sustainable coastal resource, film and discussion, Thursday

May 03, 2009
The status of MSWD's water supply and future development is not the topic of our event. The movie Flow is about international privatization of water, how communities are losing their water to private corporations, and the importance of the quality of water for human use.

Water as a sustainable coastal resource, film and discussion, Thursday

May 03, 2009
The date of the film showing (chosen because of CLT's nature tour on May 9 of our conservation easement along the creek between the Main Street bridge and the former Nurserymen's property) conflicts with an MWSD meeting. An MWSD board member suggested Gary Warhaftig, President of the Montara/Moss Beach Water Improvement Association, who did much of the the groundwork and worked diligently for deprivatization of MWSD's water.

Letter: Spring into action with early non-native annual plant removal, Saturday

March 08, 2009
Yesterday a dozen volunteers helped the Coastside Land Trust with its long-term plant management of our Francis Beach properties. We spent the early afternoon reviewing removal strategies for the early invasive annuals and discussing the drought tolerance of native species. We then proceeded to implement our strategy: pulling. We cleared about half an acre of poison hemlock, mustard, thistle and wild radish. Thanks to all who helped this time and have in the past. Our next restoration day is April…

Raptor identification workshop and wavecrest bird walk, Saturday

March 01, 2009
We had a great turnout yesterday, and all of us, adults, children and seniors,enjoyed a full afternoon with Alvaro Jaramillo learning about local raptors. At the workshop, Al described the markings and behaviors of our local raptors, with some great slides to illustrate his points. After the workshop, we walked the Wavecrest blufftop area and, with assistance from Al and Gary Deghi, we identified kites, northern harriers, kestrels, and red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, as well as a great variety…