Raptor identification workshop and wavecrest bird walk, Saturday

Press release

Posted by on Tue, February 24, 2009

Northern Harrier over Half Moon Bay

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Workshop from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
At the Train Depot, 110 Higgins Canyon Road, Half Moon Bay

Please join us for an exciting workshop led by Alvaro Jaramillo, local biologist, life-long birder, eco-tour guide to the Americas, and author of Field Guide to the Birds of Chile and New World Blackbirds. Come learn about the Coastside birds of prey: hawks, eagles, falcons, kites and owls. Study field marks, behavior, ecology and migratory patterns. Find out how to tell them apart and where to locate them. Light refreshments will be served.

Wavecrest Bird Walk from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Meet at Smith Field at the end of Wavecrest Road, Half Moon Bay

Come stroll through this beautiful bluff top open space, lead by Alvaro Jaramillo and Gary Deghi, HMB wildlife biologist, environmental consultant and Sequoia Audubon board member. Apply your workshop skills and identify birds and other wildlife. Warm beverages and cookies will be served at the end.

Suggested donation for Workshop: $15, seniors $5, under 18 free.
Wavecrest Bird Walk: free. Bring binoculars, dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes.

For more information:
office: 650.284.5056
[email protected]

This is why I love living here.  Thank you for putting this together!  I was so happy yesterday to see the Coastside Land Trust sign on 92 westbound announcing this walk.  What a signifier of a community’s priorities!  *Welcome to Coastside San Mateo County.  Join us in nature.  Learn about our backyard birdies.* 

How nice that we get to live in a community that appreciates its bounty.

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 of other birds, plants, snakes, butterflies, bees and bugs. We watched the raptors through high-magnification spotting scopes and observed their flight, feeding, breeding and resting behaviors.

We had a great time, beginners and experienced birders and naturalists alike. Please consider joining us at future events, listed at http://coastsidelandtrust.org

Jo Chamberlain
Executive Director