Science on the Land

Taking a closer look at bluebird boxes at
Lynch Canyon

Have you ever wondered who lives in the bird boxes along several trails at Lynch Canyon? The boxes were built for Western bluebirds and installed by Boy Scouts and other volunteers, but regular monitoring and maintenance of the boxes had never been done, so Solano Land Trust engaged sixteen citizen scientists to answer that question for us.


   A bluebird brings a cricket home for dinner.
   Photo: Michael Gene Stewart

To launch a bluebird monitoring program at Lynch Canyon, long-time volunteer and project leader Earl Swenerton started with his own observations and knowledge. He and his monitoring team counted twenty-three Western bluebirds, six house wrens, and fifteen tree swallows that fledged from the boxes in the 2014 season.

Want to learn more or join the monitoring program? Earl will lead training sessions for new volunteers in February 2015. As part of our regular Citizen Science Friday programs, we will be cleaning boxes and erecting new ones. Solano Land Trust is seeking citizen scientists (and a leader) to monitor new bluebird boxes installed at Rush Ranch, and woodworkers to help build and repair boxes.

Please contact Sue Wickham, Solano Land Trust Project Manager, at (707) 432-0150, ext. 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org for more information.

Lynch Canyon Open on Fridays

Beginning Friday, December 12, 2014, Lynch Canyon will be open Friday through Monday from 9am - 5pm
year-round!

 

Upcoming Outdoor Adventures

  • Friday, November 21:
    Citizen Science Friday

    Sunday, November 23:
    Fall Power Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve

    Friday, November 28:
    Turkey Walk-Off & Leftovers-4-Lunch Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve

    Saturday, November 29:
    Hike for Exercise & Views at Lynch Canyon

    Saturday, December 6:
    Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch
    Nature Hike at the King-Swett Ranches

    Sunday, December 7:
    Birds of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon

    Click here for details & many more events
 

2015 Dates to Save

  • Saturday, April 11, 2015:
    7th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival

    Saturday, April 25, 2015:
    25th Annual Rush Ranch Open House

    Saturday, June 6, 2015:
    8th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon

    Saturday, August 8, 2015:
    5th Annual Aim for Ag & Open Space Sporting Clay Shoot & Luncheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics”
 
―Aldo Leopold