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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 2022

Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other Western Hemisphere countries. This year … Continue reading

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 2022

ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT – SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022

Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other Western Hemisphere countries. This year … Continue reading

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How To Prevent Bird Window Strikes

Bird Friendly Yards How this “Bird-Friendly Yard” Site is Different Most bird-friendly yard websites only urge homeowners to add native plants to increase songbird survival. Of course, we do also. But the other sites do not show homeowners how to … Continue reading

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THE ESCONDIDO CREEK CONSERVANCY SAVES 79 ACRES. CREATES NEW LEOMAR PRESERVE IN OLIVENHAIN.

The acquisition further supports preservation efforts that began with the Conservancy’s “Save 1,000 Acres” campaign in the upper Escondido Creek watershed, and honors two of the Conservancy’s founders.

The Escondido Creek Conservancy has continued its commitment to creating wildlife corridors in North San Diego County as part of its on-going Missing Lynx campaign. The recent purchase of 79 acres of land adjacent to the Gaty reservoir in Olivenhain will serve as the centerpiece of the Conservancy’s newest wildlife sanctuary, called LeoMar Preserve, named to honor Leonard Wittwer and Martha Blane, two Conservancy founders instrumental in the success of the now 30-year old land trust.

Escrow closed on May 7th, 2021. The purchase price was $2,054,000, consisting of a grant awarded to the Conservancy from the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board (propositions 68 and 84) and a sub-grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s section 6 of the Federal Endangered Species Act. The acquisition and conservation is a result of State, Federal, and local collaboration.

“Leonard and Martha understand the intrinsic value of the native coastal SoCal sage scrub and chaparral habitats that once covered most of southern California. They have committed a great part of their lives to ensuring that as much as possible continues to thrive. It is an honor for the Escondido Creek Conservancy to be able to name a preserve after them,” said Betsy Keithley, a member of the Escondido Creek Conservancy Board of Directors.

Leonard Wittwer has been on the Board since 1991. He has been central to the growth of the Conservancy’s land protection program, and currently serves as board president. Martha served as the very first board president, at a time when it was uncommon to see women in non-profit leadership roles. Both Leonard and Martha have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the Conservancy over the past three decades. Their service is being acknowledged by the Board of Directors with the creation of this beautiful preserve in Olivenhain.

“Partners like the Escondido Creek Conservancy are key to helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fulfill its conservation mission,” said Jonathan Snyder, Assistant Field Supervisor for the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office. “Conservation of this habitat will ensure plants and wildlife in the area continue to persist.”

The LeoMar Preserve is located in the lower Escondido Creek watershed in the Olivenhain community of Encinitas. It is home to sensitive habitats and threatened and endangered species including the coastal California gnatcatcher. Over the next few years, the Conservancy will be protecting additional properties and adding them to the LeoMar Preserve, managing the preserve for the betterment of California’s threatened and endangered species.

“Because of Leonard and Martha’s devotion to the Escondido Creek watershed, a piece of wild California will be preserved for all time, and will thrive, at the LeoMar Preserve,” said Ann Van Leer, the Conservancy’s executive director.

Visit www.escondidocreek.org to learn more about the Conservancy, to join the mission to enhance the lives of people and wildlife in the Escondido Creek watershed. More information about the Missing Lynx campaign can be found at: www.escondidocreek.org/special-projects.

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Escondido Christmas Bird Count on January 2, 2021 Report

Conducting a Christmas bird count during a pandemic was a challenge. Still, eighty-six observers divided into 35 teams participated. We were particularly fortunate in having Safari Park staff participate as the park was closed to the public. Many teams commented … Continue reading

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San Diego County Avian Database 2002-2021 now available on-line

For the past year I have been working on a “San Diego County Avian Database 2002-2021.” With extensive assistance provided by Guy McCaskie and Phil Unitt, and also with much input from many additional San Diego County birders, past and … Continue reading

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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 2021   Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, and many other … Continue reading

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Useful Q & A on What to Do When You Find an Abandoned Fledgling Bird

Question: Hi, We have a fledgling Crow in our backyard (also been in both neighbor’sbackyards) that appears to have been abandoned. It’s been 7 or 8 hoursand no adults have come by to feed it. It calls incessantly. I found … Continue reading

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Cancellations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

All Field Trips and Programs scheduled for May & June have been cancelled.  Future field trips and programs will only be scheduled once the CDC has advised that it is safe to resume normal activities. The Birding classes scheduled for … Continue reading

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This Month Program Has Been Cancelled.

The Remington Club Retirement Center has cancelled all events that were scheduled, and open to the general public.  This month’s program has been cancelled.  Future programs and board meeting may also be cancelled as a precaution to the COVET 19 … Continue reading

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Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival 2020 – April 15 -21

Welcome to Godwit Days! Come celebrate the Marbled Godwit and explore the lush Redwood Coast. Observe many bird species and other wildlife through our selection of field trips, lectures, and workshops led by experienced local guides during our annual week-long … Continue reading

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Brief Notes on the Escondido CBC

The Escondido CBC, sponsored by the Palomar Audubon Society, wasconducted on December 28. Approximately eighty observers in twenty-fiveteams recorded (a preliminary)155 species. The top five rarities, based onthe number of previous records were: Nashville Warbler, one at Kit CarsonPark in … Continue reading

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Live Bird Feeder Camera?

My name is Scott and I have a YouTube channel called Bird Watching HQ,where I have currently partnered with people from around the world tofeature 11 different live streams of backyard bird feeding stations. I really want to add a … Continue reading

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Trip Report–Tecolote Canyon, 7/20/2019

Hello, all. Below is our trip report for the Palomar Audubon walk at Tecolote Canyon yesterday. The walk was attended by about 20 enlightened souls. Many thanks to Martha Wild for her bird listing skills, and to Charlotte Morris for … Continue reading

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Guajome Park Birding on July 13, 2019

A group of 31 birders gathered for our semi-annual count at Guajome. The day start off with limited visibility but soon cleared to become the usual hot July day we have been experiencing. We were blessed with a family of … Continue reading

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Escondido Christmas Bird Count Results

Eighty-six people participated in the Escondido Christmas bird count held on January 5. Twenty-five teams recorded 25,600 individual birds and 152 species (seven below our all-time high of 159). Twenty-two species were only recorded by a single team. All teams … Continue reading

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Wondrous Events at Snow Goose Festival 2019

Let Us Take You Under Our Wing & Show You the Magic of the Pacific Flyway!January 23-27, 2019 The Snow Goose Festival proudly offers local and visiting birders, nature enthusiasts and families a unique blend of opportunities to learn about and experience Chico and the surrounding areas.  Over … Continue reading

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