Date(s) - Saturday, December 22, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Winter in the Rogue Valley offers great opportunities for viewing a wide variety of raptors. The Imperatrice Property offers one of the best raptor viewing opportunities in the Ashland area as well as beautiful views of Ashland and both sides of the valley. It is a City of Ashland owned parcel of land located on the east side of I-5 at the end of East Ashland lane near the Ashland Greenhouses. We will meet at the property entrance at noon and spend 2-3 hours hiking around.
The property offers wide open spaces perfect for raptor viewing with the opportunity to see Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, and Ferruginous hawks among other raptor species. Visitors can hope to see excellent views of a large number and diversity of raptors. This property is also a great location to see grassland birds such as Western Meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows, Lark Sparrows, and Says Phoebes. Accessing and exploring the property will involve some uphill hiking, possible muddy conditions, and exposed and windy terrain, so come prepared to exercise and get dirty.
There is space for parking at the corner of East Ashland Lane and Irish Lane as well as on the side of the road of Irish Lane. Please do not park at the Greenhouses and be aware of any “no parking” signs if you park on the roadside.
I hope to see you all out there!