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Who is Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk?

On August 15, 1992, three birdwatching buddies sat in a canoe on North Stone Lake watching a Swainson’s Hawk soar overhead. They talked about the wave of urbanization poised to pave over the Sacramento farmlands. They wondered how long the Swainson’s Hawk would survive with its habitat being paved over. So was born Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk, a grassroots non-profit organization. FOSH has taken on the challenge of protecting Swainson’s Hawk habitat in the range of the California Swainson’s Hawk.

Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk

FOSH Scoreboard Since 1994, FOSH has focused on enforcing laws and implementing policies that protect Swainson’s Hawk. The result has been achievements in Sacramento, Yolo and San Joaquin Counties. When we started, governments were holding on to funds that had been collected for mitigation fees and not buying the land intended to be purchased with the fees. Now, thousands of acres have been permanently protected and managed for Swainson’s Hawk because of the watchdog efforts of grassroots advocacy.



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