East Bay: Peregrine Falcon Wander
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.
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
We’ll assemble at the staging area for Castle Rock Regional Park at the end of Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek.
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.