Call someone “thin as a rail” and what are you really saying? Thin as a bed rail?  As a train rail?  A chair rail? None of the above, actually.  The phrase refers to a family of birds called “rails” that tend to frequent marshes. One rail local to San Diego County has gained modest renown…

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There was an exciting morning at the BVAS Nature Center October 5 as we gathered to place transmitters on two Ridgway’s rails prior to releasing them into the Buena Vista Lagoon. It’s wonderful to have the chance to see these beautiful young birds up close. The 8-week-old male and female rails were hatched at Sea…

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Three radio-tagged Ridgways Rails were released at Buena Vista Lagoon July 6. They will be monitored via radio telemetry for two months by BVAS volunteers. These birds are listed as Endangered, and historically have lived in the BV Lagoon although numbers have dwindled over the years. They live and breed in the very type of…

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BVAS will be participating in the release and monitoring of 10 radio-tagged Ridgway’s rails at Buena Vista Lagoon in July or August.  Teams of volunteers will plot the locations of the rails twice daily for 8 weeks, using radio telemetry equipment.  We’re looking for nature lovers interested in signing up to cover one or more…

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