California Clapper Rail Study by the USGS
Book researcher, freelance writer, and photographer Ingrid Taylar was on hand in January 2009, when a US Geological Survey team from the Western Ecological Research Center arrived to band and radio-tag the remaining thousand or so California Clapper Rails in the Bay Area. Here’s her story.
I scanned the shoreline at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, California, noting the row of super-pricey scopes — the Zeiss and Swarovski kind — where the glass is so sharp, you swear you’ve never seen anything right with your own bare eyes.
Birders and photographers regularly descend upon Arrowhead Marsh, searching the shores and sloughs for the area’s diverse bird life. Arrowhead is also one of the remaining sanctuaries for the endangered California Clapper Rail.