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Nature Therapy.3

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  1. Do you suppose there might be a nest nearby?

    March 30, 2020 at 05:39

    • I’ve chosen to use some a full weekend day that I am gifting myself with today, to do a bit of research on this very question, Steve. I’d never seen a bald eagle in Sonoma County before; in fact, since bald eagles came close to extinction in the lower 48 during our youth thanks to what I always understood were the unintended side-effect consequences of DDT use as a pesticide…well, I think this was only the second time in many decades of hiking and being nature when I’ve seen a bald eagle. One sees tons of hawks but just not many eagles, so this was quite an event for me and others at the lovely River’s End restaurant that day. (Plug: everyone go to your local restaurants once we’re free to gather in public again: they will need the business, and the staff whose incomes have been suddenly cut off will likely be very happy to be able again to exercise their profession.)

      So anyhoo, about bald eagles: the national eagle center website tells us that eagles like nest in forested areas near the water: check for those criteria, although there are denser forests upriver along the Russian River and surrounding mountains, but not was much water and likely farther from food, since I assume there are plenty of fish at that estuary. The website for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife shows us that between 2000-2016, Sonoma County was not among the counties with known bald eagle nesting territories. Additional info on that fine site tells us that a) there are migratory eagles who over-winter in California after flying south from states and provinces to the north (no border wall will stop the bald eagle, don’tcha know), and b) the California-resident eagles typically nest from January to June, more or less. (Ah, the joy of good governance providing not only sound, evidence-based public health rules even when national … “leadership” … fails at such — but also excellent websites chock-full of … evidence-based information about our natural world!) So, the next time I see this lovely bald eagle, I for one intent to inquire whether s/he is a resident of our fine state, or a welcome visitor. 🙂

      April 2, 2020 at 19:30

  2. Thanks so much Paul! Sounds like most likely the eagle was a visitor, but maybe with luck you’ll get a few residents sometime soon!

    April 3, 2020 at 03:28

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