The Land Conservancy has been communicating with the City of Ashland about conserving all or part of this beautiful property since 2009, and the presence of the Grasshopper Sparrow colony adds considerable evidence that effort should be made to keep this valuable habitat in its current state.
The surveys on which the KBO report was based were conducted by Frank Lospalluto, and his visits to the property documented more than 30 singing males and six females. Bob Altman of the American Bird Conservancy noted that this may be the largest and densest population of breeding Grasshopper Sparrows west of the Cascades in Oregon.
Full text of the report, including a bird species list for the property and location maps, can be found here.
Photo by Frank Lospalluto
Grasshopper Sparrow (photo by Dominic Sherony)