Among the many facts that were shared is that the species is doing somewhat better in California now but still suffer from a lack of good foraging and nesting habitat and a number of Swainson's hawks and other native raptors are brought in to the Raptor Center each year due to injuries from humans and otherwise. Among the many examples of ongoing problems for the species is a new "mitigation" site proposed adjacent to increasingly busy Sacramento Airport where there will be a risk of increased mortality from collisions with air craft. During this event several wild raptors were seen foraging on the former landfill mound and nearby American River Parkway including a pair of Kestrels, a Red-tailed hawk, a Turkey vulture, and a Swainson's hawk that could have been one of several pair being monitored by FORB volunteers this season. A very good day indeed.
(Photos by Robert Sewell unless otherwise labeled.)