majestic golden eagle rose on early morning thermals and soared over
the lush green, springtime hills separating Cordelia from Sky
Valley. Down below cattle grazed with their young calves as they
warily eyed a small group of horseback riders cantering along the
trail which winds through these hills from Lake Herman
Canyon." This quote, penned 20 years ago, pictured
Solano Open Space in the year 2020.
no longer have to wait until the year 2020 for this ‘vision of the
future’ to be fulfilled. Although few Bay Area residents are aware
of its existence, the Solano Open Space described above is
the ridge tops on a clear day, the view stretches from the Golden
Gate Bridge to the Sierras. The grand panorama includes Mount
Tamalpais on the west, Mount Diablo on the south, the expansive
Suisun Marsh on the east, and the Vaca Mountains to the north and
narrower focus may reveal the real masterpiece here.
The steep hilly grasslands, oak woodlands and riparian corridors
provide habitat for a wide variety of species, including many that
are rare and endangered. Johnny jump-ups provide habitat for rare
butterflies. Several ponds provide prime habitat for the endangered
California red-legged frog. Soils support
native grasses such as purple needlegrass, blue wild rye and
numerous wildflowers. The hills are a raptor’s paradise where golden
eagles, Northern harriers, burrowing owls, and Swainson’s, Cooper’s
and red-tailed hawks scan the open grasslands for food. Birders will
delight in spotting Northern orioles, towhees, Western bluebirds,
Swainson’s thrushes, Western kingbirds, black phoebes, tree
swallows, and western meadowlarks. Mammals include black-tailed
deer, coyotes, bobcats and raccoons.
encourage you to look around our website, find out a little--or a
lot--more about Solano Open Space, and then come for a visit. At the
current time, access is exclusively docent-guided. For more
information click on the Activities & Events link above.