Love is in the skies! Join Solano Land Trust volunteers for a Valentine’s Day hiking tour featuring resident and over-wintering birds, especially birds of prey. The birds can get romantic this time of year. Resident species are preparing for nesting season, and winged winter visitors are anxious to be on their way back north to their breeding grounds. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey and migratory songbirds. This hike is offered as part of the 19th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival.
COST: The hike is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for a slow-to-moderate pace covering about 4 miles. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (5) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet’s safety—dogs are not allowed. (6) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (7) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.
WHAT TO BRING: (1) Cash for parking ($5) and optional donation. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera.
MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guides in the parking lot before 10am.
WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.
REGISTRATION. An RSVP is requested (not required) to Mary Beth at email@example.com or (707) 685-5908.