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January 29, 2010

Audubon’s first visit to Winje’s Farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — rnwinje @ 7:29 am

Audubon visited our farm August 6th, 2007, represented by Graham Chisholm (Deputy State Director and Conservation Director, Audubon California) and Vance Russell (Director of Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program) along with other Audubon members. Sophie Sheppard took the lead and showed the group our wetland, as Jan and I headed off on an appointment.

Graham wrote August 11th, to tell us about their visit:

“Dear Russell — Thanks for your note and background information. We all appreciated the opportunity to visit your farm. I have attached a list of bird species that we saw in our quick visit which doesn’t really do your farm justice.

I let Steve Clay know that Audubon would be interested in partnering with your WRP application and seeing how we could support your habitat restoration and public visitation program. Please share the same with NRCS and US Fish and Wildlife when they visit. My sense is that there is much that could be done to bring the stream channel back to a more natural meander through the fields with willows and cottonwoods. The lower field appears in great condition for support as a natural wetland down to the lakeshore.

I wish you all the best and hope you will keep me apprised of the upcoming agency visit so that I can interact with them from afar.

Best to you and Jan. Graham”

Location: Winje’s Farm

Audubon Observation date: 8/9/07
Notes: This was a quick visit birding around the main house and walking down along the riparian strip to the lake bed (dry).
Number of species: 14

Canada Goose 15
Turkey Vulture 5
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Sandhill Crane 2
Mourning Dove 4
Rufous Hummingbird 3
Warbling Vireo 1
American Robin 4
Sage Thrasher 2
European Starling 10
Yellow Warbler 1
MacGillivray’s Warbler 1
Brewer’s Sparrow 8
Western Meadowlark 4

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

Graham Chisholm
Deputy State Director &
Conservation Director
Audubon California

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