Opening Day 2018 Jane Pinheiro Visitor Center
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Just want to wish everyone a HAPPY OPENING DAY AT THE POPPY RESERVE! The Jane Pinheiro Interpretive Center opened on March 1 for the 2018 season.  The center will be open 10 -4 during the week and 9-5 on the weekends.

No orange yet on the trails but lots of color in the visitor center due to volunteers! The park was also visited by a pair of loggerhead shrikes. At the end of the day, there was a close encounter with a flock of turkey vultures! Thank you to volunteer John for the photos.
A pair of loggerhead shrikes were foraging on the Reserve on opening day. Read more about these skilled hunters and other birds found at the Poppy Reserve by using these links from  All About Birds:

 Birds of the Poppy Reserve
Loggerhead Shrikes
Horned Larks
Western Meadowlarks
White-Crowned Sparrow
Burrowing Owls
Turkey Vultures

Foraging nearby in the Tehachapi Mountains
A flock of turkey vultures were foraging at the Poppy Reserve also. Other similar birds that are seen there include golden eagles. California condors are slowly expanding their range and have been spotted in the adjacent mountains, so keep looking up, you may be the first person to spot one gliding over the Poppy Reserve! Sharing this graphic to help with identification. Read more about turkey vultures, golden eagles and condors by using the links to ALL ABOUT BIRDS to the left.