Peregrine Falcon by AeroPixels via Flickr

East Bay: Peregrine Falcon Wander

Date:
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time:
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free; RSVP Required.
Place:
Castle Rock Regional Park
Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County

SORRY – THIS OUTING IS CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER

Take wing on a nature hike to view the cliffs and caves of Castle Rock — nesting site of the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal on Earth.

In 1950, Peregrine Falcons disappeared from these cliffs, victims of DDT. The birds were reintroduced to Castle Rock in 1989 and have done well, but now face new challenges. As we view the falcons from the canyon below, Mount Diablo peregrine team leader Staci Hobbet will describe the fascinating natural history of these apex predators. Our route follows a historic stagecoach road up Pine Canyon and passes the enigmatic “China Wall” of Mount Diablo. We’ll also be on the lookout for spring wildflowers, including the rare and endemic Mount Diablo Globe Lily.


Like most of you, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 news and information, and we’re following guidelines from the World Health Organization, CDC, and local government to stay healthy.

Based on that guidance, our small group outdoor hikes will continue this week. However, we ask that participants and leaders follow recommended public health guidelines and social distancing protocols to stay safe. View our protocols here.

Photo: Aero Pixels via Flickr

Outing Leaders:
Staci Hobbet
Ken Lavin
Total Distance:
A moderate hike of five miles with several hundred feet in elevation gain.
Weather Policy:

Rain cancels.

Where to Meet:

We’ll assemble at the staging area for Castle Rock Regional Park at the end of Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek.

Leaders Note:

Bring water, lunch, and binoculars. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring hiking poles if you normally use them. If you have any questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or phone him at 415-543-6771 x321.

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