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RE: FW: Galileo Hill

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  • Ed Stonick
    Thanks Jean for the info. Many of us have fond memories of our trips there. Perhaps the migrants will find their way to California City and Butterbredt
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 6, 2010
      Thanks Jean for the info. Many of us have fond memories of our trips there.
      Perhaps the migrants will find their way to California City and Butterbredt

      Ed Stonick
      Pasadena, CA

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Jean Brandt [mailto:jeanbrandt@...]
      Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2010 8:36 AM
      To: 'Ed Stonick'
      Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] FW: Galileo Hill

      The water is one of the big problems. They have to purchase it from the
      California City. Their monthly cost is $40,000 for water and maintenance.
      And let's face it. It is not a refuge. It is an oasis that attracts vagrants
      - great for birders but not scientifically important. Bob and I worked long
      and hard to keep our relationship with Silver Saddle a good one. They were
      always very generous and tolerant and I am very sad that this time has come.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of Ed Stonick
      Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2010 7:10 AM
      To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [CALBIRDS] FW: Galileo Hill

      Any chance the state or the Nature Conservancy can purchase this property
      and turn it into a refuge? Where does all the water come from?

      Ed Stonick
      Pasadena, CA
      From: sbcobirding@yahoogroups.com [mailto:sbcobirding@yahoogroups.com]
      Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2010 5:41 AM
      To: sbcobirding@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [sbcobirding] Digest Number 3476

      Hi all,

      I apologize for this non county related post. I thought that some you might
      be interested in this great migrant trap's future. I am not sure if any of
      you birders have ever had the great pleasure to witness this mega-rarity hot
      spot. It has had some of the best birds found in the state like Eyebrowed
      Thrush, Grove-billed Ani, Common Black-Hawk, Upland Sandpiper, Pine
      Grosbeak, Mourning Warbler not to mention two Artic Warblers on the same
      day. The diversity of the mega-rarities was staggering, the string of
      rarities goes on and on. This location was one of Kern Counties most favored
      birding destinations. A must stop birding location when passing or by, or
      just wanting to experience a major migration stop over. Some days were just
      magical out there on the fallout days, when the birds littered the lawn.

      I do regret sharing this news, I will miss birding there.

      Good luck and good birding.

      Wes Fritz
      Solvang, Ca.
      (805) 895-0685

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Bob Barnes
      To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 7:13 PM
      Subject: [CALBIRDS] Galileo Hill Update

      CALBIRDS Subscribers:

      Unfortunate news from remaining staff at Silver Saddle Ranch & Club
      at the desert oasis of Galileo Hill in the Mojave Desert of eastern
      Kern County:
      * Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle is closed period (to both
      non-members and members).
      * Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle is for sale.
      * No offers on Galileo Hill/Silver Saddle from potential buyers
      have been made to date.
      * Therefore, the ultimate future regarding birders and Galileo
      Hill is yet to be determined and birders are asked not to visit the
      site in the meantime.
      Since Galileo Hill is written up in ABA's A Birders Guide to Southern
      California, feel free to forward this message to those whom you think
      should know to help avoid visits by those who might not otherwise be
      advised of the closure.

      For Jean Brandt and Kelli Levinson,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

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