Suisun City

Birds of prey interactive workshop set at Rush Ranch

By From page A4 | January 23, 2013

SUISUN CITY — If you like to watch birds of prey, then clear your calendar Saturday for a free interactive presentation on the fringes of Suisun Marsh.

The day is billed as an identification workshop and hike and takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush Ranch. The day begins with a presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rush Ranch Nature Center, and ends with the short but steep hike up Suisun Hill to observe eagles, falcons and hawks.

Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team will lead the interactive presentation, which will cover raptor natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, identification methods and a book review.

Broderick has more than 25 years of experience studying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey.

Those who take part in the workshop and hike should bring binoculars; snacks or a bag lunch; boots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep and slippery terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty; protection from sun, wind, fog and rain; and a camera, hiking sticks and gaiters.

Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road, two miles south of Suisun City.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Mary Beth Crittendon at 685-5908 or email at [email protected]

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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