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Forest Raptors of Nevada County

The Nevada County Resource Conservation District as part of their Spring Seminar Series will present S-P-I Wildlife Biologist, Amanda Shufelberger with a program on Forest Raptors of Nevada County.  SPI has 6 wildlife biologists assigned to districts in California looking for sensitive raptors and doing surveys of the birds of prey.

The raptors found in Nevda County include Owls, Hawks, Bald Eagles and Osprey. Shufelberger says of the Hawks the Red Shouldered Hawk is the most likely to be noticed.

“The hawk that most people know would be the Red Shouldered Hawk. They are the most vocal in the United States. It’s the one, especially in the foothills that you’ll just hear. You’ll hear them more than you’ll see them.  But they’re just a gorgeous reddish color with a black and white tail. They’re really beautiful birds.”

 Foresters have also set up carnivore surveillance cameras in the forest which Shufelberger says 5 years ago captured video of the only known Wolverine in California nicknamed Buddy.

“He was first detected by a grad student doing a study on Martins, and then subsequently the next winter, we though Buddy might leave the area since he just showed up, but this is his fifth winter.”

Forest Raptors of Nevada County will be presented at the Madelyn Helling Library Community room Thursday March 29th from 6 to 8 pm. $5 per person. Reservations are required due to limited seating Call the Nevada County Resource Conservation District at 272-3417.

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