FAIRFIELD — A guided hike in Lynch Canyon will focus on raptors during the 18th annual San Francisco Flyway Festival.
Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team will host a Birds of Prey Migration Hike at the park from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Hikers will have the opportunity to learn about eagles, hawks and other raptors through identification tips and views of resident and wintering birds, according to a press release from the Solano Land Trust.
Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons and prairie falcons.
The Flyway Festival runs Feb. 7-9 and celebrates the migration of birds over the San Francisco Bay. It’s hosted by the Mare Island Heritage Trust and features a Birding and Wildlife Expo and Art Show Feb. 8-9 in Vallejo and guided bird watching on Mare Island and other Bay Area locations such as Lynch Canyon, which will offer the birds-of-prey hike on a day the park is not usually open.
All ages are welcome, but the Solano Land Trust urge participants to be prepared to hike at a moderate pace covering about 4 miles of rugged, steep and slippery terrain with off-trail possibilities. The hills also are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle. Because Lynch Canyon is a working cattle ranch, pets are not allowed.
The Solano Land Trust recommends that hikers bring a backpack with water and snacks, boots or closed-toe shoes, sturdy pants and layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind, fog, rain and cold weather. Constant or heavy rain cancels the hike. The Land Trust also recommends binoculars, cameras, bug repellent and hiking sticks.
Hikers should meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot, at 3100 Lynch Road in Vallejo, no later than 10 a.m. Since Lynch Canyon is otherwise closed to the public, the gate will be locked except during the tour’s 10 a.m. start time and 1:30 p.m. end time. A donation is requested.
For more information and to RSVP, call Mary Beth Crittendon at 685-5908 or send an email to [email protected]
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County parks system. For more information, visit www.solanolandtrust.org. For more information about the Flyway Festival, visit www.sfbayflywayfestival.com.
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