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Jan.1, 2008: Clapper rail sightings persist going into the New Year. For an analysis of their behavior at Gallinas Creek, click here for a report from Avocet Research. Click on the picture to play the video.
John Parulis of brightpathvideo.com continued with a detailed video documentation of California clapper rail sightings across from the proposed site of an indoor monster sports complex on the north fork of Gallinas Creek in San Rafael, California.
This day saw the furthest eastward movements of the elusive birds across from the busy, mysterious excavation of an overflow pump house at the airport/proposed soccer site.
The recent appearance of a new array of bright landing lights for the airport runway (the runway runs adjacent to the proposed soccer complex) is provocative. Concerned neighbors emails to San Rafael officials about this activity have so far gone unanswered.
Dec. 16, 2006: A pair of feeding California clapper rails at upper Gallinas Creek,#160; N 38.00.07.4 W 188.8.131.52
shows a California clapper rail feeding and plying the shoreline directly in front of the area set aside as a giant indoor soccer complex. The clapper rail is on the federal endangered species list. Recently, one of the developers, Andrew Rawley, referred to the lengthy environmental review process for this complex, as a “bump in the road”.
On Oct 7, 2006, brightpathvideo filmed more clapper rail sightings on Gallinas Creek, San Rafael, CA. This time, one was spied feeding on the upper reaches of the creek near the Frank Llyod Wright Civic Center in front of the proposed 4 acre indoor soccer facility off the west part of the north split of the creek at
GPS N38.00.49.9, W 184.108.40.206
The endangered California Clapper Rail is under threat from a construction project to build a huge indoor soccer stadium near its prime habitat. City of San Rafael environmental impact studies have been criticized for not being thorough enough in their assessments of the impacts on the rails. Video evidence such as what is presented here is proof that the rails use a much wider area of activity than the developer is willing to acknowledge. This footage was shot on Monday, Sept 25th 2006 on the southern end of Gallinas Creek in Marin County California.
Gallinas Creek Video: Wildlife at The Creek Film work thanks to Dave Fix.