West County Hawk Watch

RAPTOR RESEARCH GROUP

 

West County HawkWatch Citizen Scientist Group 

West County Hawkwatch (WCHW) is a regional group of interpretive specialist's and photographers focused on raptor identification and birds of prey natural history. Passionate about nature, hawks, conservation and wildlife, most members have been studying and working with nature our whole life, specializing in raptors for two decades.

 

Our goal is to get people out into the field and see these magnificent Birds of Prey going about their daily business. With a friendly, informative and engaging atmosphere we can share the excitement they bring and understand some of their intriguing behaviors. We can learn how to identify them through some basic identification traits as well as some more advanced observations. Understanding what types of habitat they need to succeed and thrive, thus a better understanding of land use, protection and potential hazards. Birds of Prey act as an Environmental Barometer, when something is wrong with them,, something is wrong with the environment, and we need to take action. Come out and learn with us, we have fun, see lots of wildlife on our tours, hikes and walks. We also offer several classroom workshops every year to help learn identification and natural history. 

 

Schedule of Events

Jan 11

Over-wintering Raptor Education 

and Identification hike

Lynch Canyon
Open Space

Jan 26

Bird of Prey Hike -  San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Ref., Sonoma Land Trust 

Skaggs 
Island

Mar 7

Raptor Identification

Slideshow program

Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano Land Trust

Jan 16

Raptor Identification 

PowerPoint  presentation 

Trione-Annadel
State Park

Feb 9

Over-wintering Raptor Education 

and Identification hike

Lynch Canyon
Open Space

Mar 8

Bird of Prey Hike -  San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Ref., Sonoma Land Trust 

Skaggs 
Island

Jan 23

Raptor Identification 

PowerPoint  presentation 

Santa Rosa
Sonoma Land Trust

Feb 16

Bird of Prey Hike -  San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Ref., Sonoma Land Trust 

Skaggs 
Island

Apr 20

Winter Season Close, Slide Show

on seasonal highlights

Madrone
Audubon Society
 

Photo Gallery

Raptors seen on past hikes, events, and counts.

To view more photos from our events, click the links below.

 

Donations Help Us Soar

Funds help with #1 our Books for Kids program, #2 Optics for guests (loaner Binoculars & Scope); #3 docent training materials (optics & books) and #4 maintenance/cost for 501c3 registration and webpage. 

 

We thank you very much for considering to help, we lost 5 pairs of binoculars, 100 books and decades of materials in the 2017 Tubbs Fire.

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