SLT in the News

Solano Land Trust invites public to enjoy county's open space

Author: Published by The Reporter (Vacaville)
Date: Jan 03, 2011

Solano Land Trust will commemorate its 25th anniversary throughout 2011. The agency works with local community leaders and land owners to protect working farms and natural areas in Solano County.

"We are proud of what we have accomplished together. Since 1986 we have negotiated 19 agricultural conservation easements, two habitat easements, and eight open space land purchases; all adding up to 20,041 acres of protected land," the organization says on its website.

Noting how the land trust has grown through the years, the organization says 2011 will be a busy year.

"This is definitely not the time to slow the momentum. Looking ahead, we will be reaching out to the community to update our strategic plan, which will enable us to be even more proactive and effective at achieving our mission," the website says.

The organization plans more opportunities for visitors to enjoy the open lands including continued opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, artists, schoolchildren, scouting and church groups and others who have explored the hills, valleys, oak woodlands, and prairie lands at Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, Jepson Prairie and the King-Swett Ranches.

One such opportunity will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with raptor expert Larry Broderick and birder Earl Swenerton as they provide their annual Eagles, Hawks and other Birds of Prey Tour at Jepson Prairie Preserve.

Jepson Prairie is more than 1,500 acres and is one of California's best remaining examples of vernal pools and native grasslands. At this time of year, participants can see red-tailed hawks, harriers and kestrels, and will be on the lookout for migratory golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, merlins and burrowing owls.

Broderick brings 25 years of experience studying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating raptors. He loves to share his insights in an entertaining way for both beginning and experienced birders. His goal is to get people into nature to see these magnificent birds of prey going about their daily business.

This will be an easy, meandering walk in a portion of Jepson Prairie Preserve only accessible with a Solano Land Trust guide.

Bring water, a snack or bag lunch, binoculars and waterproof boots. Come prepared for variable weather, bring layered clothes and protection from sun, wind, fog and rain.

A donation is suggested but not required. Heavy or constant rain cancels—call Larry Broderick's cell phone at 975-7047 if the weather is uncertain.

Directions: Jepson Prairie Preserve, Intersection of Highway 113 and Cook Lane, Dixon. From Interstate 80, take Highway 113 south. Travel 10 miles due south. When Highway 113 takes a 90- degree turn to the east, continue straight onto Cook Lane. Proceed over creek and railroad tracks until you see the eucalyptus grove and interpretive sign. Pull to a safe place to park.