Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Sharp-shinned Hawk at the San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge
The San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge protects the lower reaches of the San Joaquin River west of Modesto. It provides habitat for tens of thousands of migrating geese and cranes during the winter, and for hundreds of local year-round species the rest of the year. It is a work in progress, as several thousand acres of former riparian woodlands that were cleared for agriculture are being replanted with native plant species. Some half million trees and shrubs have been planted in the last decade or so.