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Another important data point that EBRPD needs to consider is that mission peak has the highest density of nesting eagles. See excerpt below from
Joe DiDonato spent part of the late 1980s in a cabin in the Ohlone Wilderness, surveying eagles. He recalls that his estimate of more than 20 nests between Mission Peak and Del Valle was met with incredulity. But later surveys by biologists Grainger and Teresa Hunt, who did extensive trapping, banding, and radio-telemetry, confirmed that number. “We have the highest density of nesting golden eagles anywhere in the world,” DiDonato says. In part that’s due to a bountiful prey base, primarily ground squirrels. A resurvey by the Hunts in 2005 found that all 58 territories documented in 2000 were still occupied. Most local goldens, sensitive to human disturbance, nest in remote places.
Trickle down politics
So, pipelines and selfies are perfectly appropriate reasons to destroy Native culture in the 21st century?
Do you know what makes this more infuriating? The Ohlone College entrance to Mission Peak is always empty on the weekends and has spots for hundreds of visitors. More than enough to accommodate the demand.
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