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Join POST and Santa Clara County Parks in welcoming master falconer and educator Antonio Balestreri to the Rancho San Vicente entrance of Calero County Park! Guests will experience several species of our native raptors including an American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, and a Ferruginous Hawk.
This educational presentation will focus on the roles raptors play in our environment, raptor biology and conservation. Sign up for this unique opportunity to see these rescued and captive-bred raptors up close.
Please note: this event may involve a free-flying bird of prey.
Seating will be on the ground. Please come prepared with a picnic blanket to help you be comfortable sitting in the open field. Low-profile chairs will be allowed, but we will ask that you set-up behind guests seated on blankets.
Rancho San Vicente is a new addition to Calero County Park that was protected by POST, and is rapidly becoming a destination to view a variety of raptors. In addition to hearing from Balestreri, a representative of Santa Clara County Parks will share their efforts to protect raptors throughout the park system.
Please note that children are welcome and encouraged to attend! However, this event is a 2+ hour sit/listening educational program and may be better suited to kids age 10 or older.
Master falconer Antonio Balestreri is a California native with an innate passion for wildlife, especially birds. Antonio received his first falconry license in 1974 and went on to earn a degree in wildlife management from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 1981. He has worked with the California Condor, co-designing and building release facilities at Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park. Antonio is one of only nine people in California to hold a Falconry Education Permit, authorizing him to possess raptors for the purpose of raptor education programs.
This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public and POST donors alike. We hope you will join us! POST also curates a variety of fun, donor-only events. To find out more about how you can become a POST donor, visit us at openspacetrust.org/support.
Please note, this event is taking place at the Rancho San Vicente addition to Calero County Park, north of the main entrance to Calero. See below for more directions.
From Highway 101 exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and head west. Head west on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd. Turn right and continue about 1.7 miles. The parking lot for the Rancho San Vicente trailhead will be on your left. Additional parking is available on the shoulder of McKean road near the park trailhead.
In 2009, POST purchased the 966-acre Rancho San Vicente from private developers, who had originally intended to build a luxury housing development. This property is an important piece in completing a 15-mile greenbelt from Los Gatos to near Highway 101 in Morgan Hill.
POST has since transferred the property to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to establish public use trails. It’s now open for you to explore and enjoy.
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.
Santa Clara County Parks has a six-decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in California. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land.