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Madrone Wall Update (April 2017)

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Hello Everyone,


Whether you are active on Facebook-land or not, I thought I would post another update here. Keith and I have been working with a Fish and Wildlife Raptor Specialist on monitoring the peregrine falcons out at the Madrone. We've been out there 5 times total since early March, and we have at least a few more visits planned in May.


Some simple history: Keith and I heard them for the first time in the spring of 2010 while we were out there with some folks from the County. There is no data on whether the peregrines have ever had a successful eyrie (produced any offspring). As far as we know from County Parks observations, our observations, and two observations from the Audubon Society, the peregrines were not out there before 2009. The historical nesting site is an obvious site in the center of the wall and the area is seen from the parking lot.



As of this weekend (April 22nd), we have not been able to observe any behavior that would indicate that the peregrines are incubating (sitting on eggs), or that one of the birds (most likely the male) is bringing food to the female where they are nesting. We have observed peregrines out there at each visit and at least one of the falcons has been observed in the area (flying, briefly in the nest (eyrie), and in a nearby tree).


The site continues to remain closed to any kind of recreational access until this summer. The County is planning on a July opening date, but an exact date has not yet been determined. Keith and I are meeting with the County on May 10th to discuss the status of the peregrines, some finalized engineering plans, landscape issues, and other last minute needs.


If you have any interest in helping Keith or I observe the peregrines (no experience necessary), and you have binoculars or a scope, please contact me here.


Thank you for continuing to respect the closure. July isn't that far off, so hang on for a little longer.


Kellie Rice

President, Madrone Wall Preservation Committee






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