Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
In the blog of March 5 we talked about the Peregrine Falcons at Yosemite and that certain climbing sites are now closed to allow them some space. The bird has been taken off the endangered species list and they are making a comeback. I wanted to inform you about the work of the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. They assist in the study and education about the Peregrine Falcon. In the south bay, the falcons have established nests in a few human-accessible locations. One is at the PG&E headquarters in San Francisco, one at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores and one at City Hall in San Jose. The falcons at Oracle were active in the early decade but have not returned. A female Peregrine Falcon established a territory at San Jose City Hall in 2006. The family has grown. The City of San Jose welcomed the birds and allowed SCPBRG to build a nest box similar to the one at PG&E and Oracle. The City installed a camera to view the nest box and began to send video to the UC Santa Cruz web site.
Falcons have nested each year since 2007. Click <HERE> to view live streaming video of the nest. I don’t know if the cameras are switched and zoomed automatically or remotely, but it is pretty neat. The log is a bit dated with the last entry dated June 12, 2009; anyone want to volunteer? Two birds are active with one egg and more fledglings are expected. The birds get banded to allow tracking and identification. If you are interested, there will be a talk this Sunday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the Seymour Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz. Glenn Stewart, Coordinator of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group will present “Celebrating the Return of the Peregrine Falcon” and discuss the conservation efforts being used to bring back the peregrine falcon from the brink of extinction in California. For more info, click <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “But, if I stayed here with you girl, things just couldn’t be the same. ‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now and this bird you’ll never change. And this bird you can not change.” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com