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West County Hawk Watch

RAPTOR RESEARCH GROUP

About
Dilute Bald Eagle

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 their 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 informative and engaging atmosphere we can share the excitement Raptors 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

Schedule of Events

Sun Sept 24, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Jenner Headlands
Raptor Hike

Sonoma Land Trust

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Sun Oct 15, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Estero Americano
Coast Preserve Tour

Sonoma Land Trust

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Sat Oct 28, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Estero Americano 
Coast Preserve Tour

The Wildlands Conservancy

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Sat Nov 11, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Jenner Headlands
Raptor Hike

The Wildlands Conservancy

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Sun Oct 1, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Lynch Canyon 
Overwintering Raptor Hike

Solano Land Trust

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Sun Oct 22, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Jenner Headlands
Raptor Hike

The Wildlands Conservancy

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Sun Oct 29, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Jenner Headlands
Raptor Hike

Sonoma Land Trust 

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Sun Nov 12, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Estero Americano
Coast Preserve Tour

Sonoma Land Trust 

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Sat Oct 7, 2023
10:00-12:30 & 1:00-3:00

2 Events at
Sears Point wetlands 

Sonoma Land Trust 

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Wed Oct 25, 2023
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Raptors In The Skies presentation via Zoom

Sonoma Land Trust

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Sat Nov 4, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Lynch Canyon 
Overwintering Raptor Hike 

Solano Land Trust

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Sat Dec 2, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm

Lynch Canyon 
Overwintering Raptor Hike 

Solano Land Trust

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EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

Educational Videos

Photos

Photo Gallery

Raptors seen on past hikes, and events

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

Donate

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 & files)

and #4 maintenance /cost of webpages and media public outreach programs.

 

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

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