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April 10, 2009

"Penguins, Pelicans, and People" talk in Sonoma

Jay Holcomb of IBRRC will share his stories and experiences in a lecture this month that spotlights how humans are affecting two beloved species of birds: Pelicans and Penguins.

The talk will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 PM in Sonoma and is called “Penguins, Pelicans, and People.” The suggested donation for the event is $5.

It will be held at Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center: 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476. Map

Holcomb is Executive Director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC). Under his leadership the organization has responded to over 200 oil spills including the Cosco Busan spill in San Francisco Bay in 2007. The group was born out of the 1971 oil spill at the Golden Gate when volunteers cared for hundreds of oiled animals. Read Jay Holcomb’s full bio


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This lecture is a joint effort with the Sonoma Community Center and Sonomabirding.org. The monthly lectures focused on birding topics. This spring, the lectures will be the foundation for a larger set of nature-related curricula including classes, outdoor adventures and a sub-series of short seminars called “The 110 Series.”

October 29, 2008

Rising from the ashes to ferment change

Sometimes sad stories do have happy endings. Take the unusual genesis of the Burning Hawk wine in Sonoma County.

In May 2008, a hawk landed on a powerline, it was electrocuted and then caught fire. After falling to its death, it started a grass fire on the edge of the Windsor Vineyards.

The tragedy turned to understanding as a local vintner, Nick Papadopoulos, Director of Resolution Wines, decided he wanted to put his wine making skills to good use. This summer, Burning Hawk Wines hit the market with two $30-a-bottle wines and an ambitious effort to prevent similar bird deaths.

As Nick says:
“…this innocent hawk’s story opened our eyes to the impact our energy system has on birds and wildlife. Because of the vineyard connection a clear vision emerged – to create the Burning Hawk philanthropic wine brand dedicated to saving other birds from the same peril. We were encouraged to make this vision take flight by dozens of birders, business executives, conservation organizations, vintners, friends and family…”

Now 10% of total sales of Burning Hawk wine will be contributed to organizations working to prevent raptors and other birds from being killed through electrocution or collision with power lines, windmills and other elements of the energy system.

To learn more about the dangerous collision of birds and powerlines, see the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC)