by Elaine Layne
Feb. 17th, 2018, EDA members were welcomed by Director of Research and Education, Sandy De Simone. The Ranch lies in unincorporated South Orange County, bordered by the Cleveland National Forest. Starr Ranch is used for various types of ecological research. Participants witnessed a special bird banding demonstration given by Ornithologist Kim Geissler. The Hutton Vireo and Lesser Goldfinch were caught, weighed, assessed for fat, age, disease and released. A guided bird walk followed. Thank you Starr Ranch staff for a beautiful day with the birds!
Pictured below, a few of the birds seen on the trip: Hutton’s Vireo, Lesser Goldfinch, Acorn Woodpecker and a Red-tailed Hawk. Header photo, Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom. Photos by Jerry Millett.