Who knew that the area in which we live is highly
populated by Golden Eagles? Well if you had the opportunity
to attend Hans Peeters lecture at the Pleasanton Library on
February 5 you would have learned plenty about the raptors who
comfortably reside among us.
Hans, along with wife, Pam Peeters co-authored a natural history
guide titled "Raptors of California" and were well
received by the large group of bird enthusiasts. The lecture
was attended by well over 100 people from small children to
seniors and members of the Ohlone Audubon Society. Hans has
an impressive knowledge of all raptors, which he described as"
Any bird that catches prey". Hans and Pam's book is a field
guide to help identify raptors, includes information on endangered
species, conservation, reproduction, where to find raptors for
observation and human interaction. The book also features 104
full color photos and drawings.
Hans began the lecture by amusing us with some interesting
stories of several raptor encounters he has experienced in the
area then he explained the different types of raptors such as
hawks, falcons and eagles and we were also treated to a very
special slide show.
A former biology professor, Hans is also a distinguished wildlife
artist and his vast knowledge as an orthinologist has led him
around the world; he has illustrated eagles that were commissioned
by the Mexican Postal Service for use on their postage stamps
and he painted an educational poster to encourage the protection
of Panama's national bird the Harpy Eagle.
His work has appeared in several publications such as the Audubon
Magazine, Architectural Digest, Wildlife Art, All the Birds
of North America, Wildlife Art Magazine, Falconry and Art, Mammals
of California, American Hawking and Peregrine Falcon Populations.
His paintings have been exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California
and he was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute to illustrate
a book of birds in India.
And yes, I was surprised to learn that our area has the high
density of golden eagles and according to Hans, more than anywhere
else in the world.
One of Sunol's oldest horse boarding facilities, T-Bear Ranch
is holding an auction on Saturday. Located at 3000 Andrade Road,
the ranch is auctioning nine lesson horses, one stock trailer
and several pieces of tack including saddles, bridles, and blankets.
You can preview the items beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the live
auction will began at noon and continue until everything is
sold. Please contact owner, Roy Tovani at 925-862-2340 for more
The Glass Family is holding an estate sale on March 5 at 11989
Foothill Road from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The family's parents
have both passed and their children are inviting the public
to purchase their family's much loved and rare treasures. The
sale will include several pieces of antique furniture, clocks,
kitchen items, tools, china and Avon collectables such as steins,
jewelry and glass bottles; they also have free stuff to offer
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum presents: Mid-Winter Comedy
Film Festival for a fun 3 days beginning Friday night from 7:00
p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and
Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The film fest is the perfect way to spend a little time in
the past enjoying classic comedy artists such as Laurel and
Hardy, Buster Keaton, The Three Stooges, W.C. Fields, Koko The
Clown, Felix the Cat, Our Gang and, of course, Charlie Chaplin.
Several sessions will run throughout the day and evening, with
meal breaks. You may purchase individual session tickets for
$5.00 or all session pass for $40. Call 510-494-1411 for more
Don't forget Tuesday is the day you honor your special someone
and Bosco's Bones and Brew is preparing to help make your day
even sweeter with a special Valentines Day dinner menu. Call
the restaurant at 925-862-0821 for reservations.