As a habitat land manager, you have to think of a million different things. The other day I drove past the tree remains that are shown on the adjacent photo. I stopped and looked it over, wondering if it could fall when a field worker leaned against it or was even walking past it. Or even a strong wind, which took out an entire tree about 50 yards from this location six years ago. I thought about it being a good perch for raptors. But then realized I hadn’t ever seen a raptor perch on it, so, what was its use? The next day, of course, I drove past it and saw what’s pictured in this photo. It was of some good use to this hawk. I decided we keep the tree stump.
The Conservancy has worked hard and spent money trying to improve prey production for the Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsonii). The hawk is one of two “primary” species covered under the HCPs. It has our attention due to diminished nest success. We don’t want that metric to decline. We need more,… Continue Reading Complex Versus Simple