OAKHURST — We’ve got some great news for the wildlife lover in your family! Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen (located at Queens Inn by the River in Oakhurst) is doing Lunch in the Wild every Thursday with animals from The Nature of Wildworks. The first animal to appear will be Griffin, the Ferruginous Hawk. This is going to be wild time for everyone, so we’ll see you there!
Dates & Times: Every Thursday, starting April 27, 2023, from 1 to 3 p.m.
About Ferruginous Hawks
Ferruginous Hawks (Buteo regalis) are one of the largest hawks in North America and are known for their distinctive rust-colored plumage. They are primarily found in western North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico, and are most commonly found in open grasslands, savannas, and deserts. These hawks are known for their impressive hunting skills, which include soaring high above the ground and diving down to catch prey with their sharp talons.
Ferruginous Hawks are an important species in their ecosystem, as they play a key role in controlling rodent populations, which can cause damage to crops and other vegetation. In addition, they are important indicators of the health of grassland ecosystems, as their population numbers can reflect changes in habitat quality.
Unfortunately, Ferruginous Hawks are threatened by habitat loss due to development and conversion of grasslands to agriculture and urbanization. Climate change may also affect their habitat, as rising temperatures and altered precipitation patterns may impact the availability of prey species.
Conservation efforts for Ferruginous Hawks include habitat protection and restoration, as well as research to better understand their ecology and behavior. In addition, education and outreach efforts can help raise awareness about the importance of preserving grassland ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them. By working together to protect Ferruginous Hawks and their habitat, we can ensure that these majestic birds continue to thrive in the wild.
Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen (located in Queens Inn by the River)
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Want to learn more about Ferruginous Hawks? Check out this short video!