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Brian C. Latta

Lead Field Biologist

The Santa Cruz Island Foundation

HQ Phone:  (805) 220-6414

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The Santa Cruz Island Foundation

5045 Wullbrandt

Carpinteria, California,93013

United States

Company Description

The Santa Cruz Island Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation established in 1985 by the late Carey Stanton to collect, maintain, and catalog items of real and personal property or interests regarding Santa Cruz Island and the other California Ch...more

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Banding Peregrine Falcon chicks May 14

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This is a preliminary report (5-17-01) on an excursion up Morro Rock May 14, 2001, for Banding Peregrine Falcon chicks, conducted by Brian Latta (bio) of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group
Additional commentary and photos will be added later. Brian Latta was accompanied by State Park employees Vince Cicero and Mike Walgreen, Steve Schubert (peregrine falcon expert, naturalist, educator, and past president of the local Audubon Society), and Mike Baird . What follows is a personal account and 33 photo essay by the author, Mike Baird, of the logistics of the climb. (Click photos below for larger images) Brian carefully tied-down with a loop around one massive boulder vince-didnot-even-sweat-carrying-this-gear.jpg (143548 bytes) (which one could visualize slipping off under extreme stress), and two additional artificial anchor points brian-searches-for-good-hold-one-of-three.jpg (150356 bytes) brian-mikew-vince-setup.jpg (156581 bytes) mike-walgren-and-steve-schubert.jpg (156670 bytes) . Briefly instructed in some climber safety (don't touch anything during the rappel), we watch Brian descend During this time the adult falcons were making quite a show as they buzzed Brian continuously until he had completed his task. The Falcons briefly rested . The path for Brian down to the eyrie is more-or-less clear path-down-to-eyrie-is-clear.jpg (32149 bytes) . Brian starts the descent... here he is most of the way down "May 14, [2001] Monday - This morning Brian Latta climbed Morro Rock with four assistants - Vince Cicero and Mike Walgren of State Parks, Steve Schubert, and Mike Baird. Brian rappelled down the north face of the Rock to the eyrie. Once there, he found and banded three chicks - two females and one male. As you might imagine, both adult peregrines (currently being referred to as " Xena" and "Zephyr" by some of the regular watchers) were quite agitated about this invasion into their eyrie. They put on quite a show as they swept back and forth across the face of the Rock, loudly objecting to Brian's presence. Within forty-five minutes of his having completed his task and climbing back up to the top of the Rock, both Xena and Zephyr were back to tending their babies. "When Brian goes up to band chicks, he also collects some of the contents of the eyrie. Brian promises photos of the youngsters soon; check back to see them.


| THE BIRD GROUP | Avian Research + Conservation |

birdgroup.org [cached]

Brian C. Latta, Executive Director831.234.5079 blatta@birdgroup.org
Brian Latta is currently the Executive Director of the newly incorporated non-profit The Bird Group. Brian has worked on various conservation and research projects involving raptors as lead field biologist and raptor propagation and release specialist for the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG) from 1989 through 2008. From June 2007 to July 2008 he was SCPBRG's Principle Investigator on the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Avian Fatality Studies, supervising the avian mortality monitoring team and participating in study design in a cooperative program to reduce avian and bat mortality caused by wind turbines in Alameda County. Brian was also SCPBRG's Principle Investigator for the California Energy Commision-Public Interest Energy Research, Avian-Energy Systems Mitigation Program during the latter half of 2007. From 1999 to 2004 he was SCPBRG's project manager for the Channel Islands Golden Eagle Removal Program and continues to serve as Golden Eagle expert on the Island Fox Integrated Recovery Team. As a field biologist he participated in various studies involving raptors and wind energy including Grainger Hunt's golden eagle mortality study as well as pre- and post-installation wind farm raptor surveys for Biosystems, Inc., BioResource Consultants, and Peter H. Bloom. He has also worked on various raptor field projects in Alaska, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, North Carolina, Mexico, Spain, Siberia, and Fiji. Brian received a B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986. We learned that when Brian Latta was flying her for rehabilitation exercise and she flew in to the nest canyon. We were concerned she might be attacked by "the locals" but it turned out she WAS the local, as evidenced by the male mating with her. Brian decided at that point she was better off with her mate since it was the breeding season and he would feed her. They brought off three young the next season. She has been photographed devouring a pigeon on the beach in Santa Cruz wearing what are called aylmeris through which jesses would normally be threaded if the bird wasn't flying. Brian could have trapped her to remove them, but chose to let her be as they don't hurt anything and will eventually fall off, in fact they have already. A clue that this is indeed Angelina is that she has no band; if she were a lost falconry bird she would have been banded. Also, in the photos one can see she is hanging the "hand" of her right wing. She does this when relaxed but it doesn't affect her flying. She lost a ligament to the injury. In the picture, on a Santa Cruz beach, she's several miles from "home", nothing to a peregrine if there are abundant pigeons to be had. Angelina during rehab. Photo: Brian Latta Angelina Angelina incubating after release. Photo: Brian Latta


*Conservation

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Excursion up Morro Rock for Banding of Peregrine Falcon chicks May 14, 2001 by Brian Latta (bio) of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group


*Conservation

morro-bay.com [cached]

Excursion up Morro Rock for Banding of Peregrine Falcon chicks May 14, 2001 by Brian Latta (bio) of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group


All Eight Club Channel Islands

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Brian Latta
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, UC Santa Cruz


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