The Birds of Chileno Valley Ranch

Peter Fugazzotto - MALT

By Peter Fugazzotto, Director, Communications

May 29, 2019

Sally and Mike Gale, owners of Chileno Valley Ranch, regularly partner with PRBO Conservation Science (now Point Blue Conservation Science) and the Marin RCD to monitor birds on the ranch.

They host a bird count annually; a recent survey on their ranch found an impressive 33 species using the restored creek corridor in a single spring.

Sally relishes the return of the barn swallows after each winter, watching them from the porch as they gather mud for their nests in the barn rafters. Birds respond quickly to changes in their environment and serve as evidence that the ecosystem is thriving.

“I keep seeing new birds. Now we have lazuli buntings and yellow warblers. It is so exciting!”                                                   

Sally Gale

Birds Observed at Chileno Valley Ranch

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