Saw Roy and "Owlbert" at the Yorba Linda, California, Wild Bird Store today. Followed up and found this great story on him: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/24-hours-with-a-falconer/
This area began as Sonoratown in the 1850s with Mexican immigrants drawn to California during the Gold Rush. Known for prostitution, cockfighting, and there was a bullfighting ring in 1860s. Eventually, French, Italian, Croatian, German and other European settlers set up shop in this neighborhood. Called Little Italy and French Town before China Town. 1900s Chinese immigrants for railroad work increased. 1913 new railway terminal proposal caused anti-Chinese sentiment and Union Station ultimately destroyed Chinatown. 1970s migration of Chinese-Americans to the San Gabriel Valley and many Restaurants moved with them to cities like Diamond Bar.
“There are no windmills, only wind turbines in Palm springs,” Tom explains. And there are about 2,700 of them in San Gorgonio Wind Park — the oldest wind farm in the United States. A wind turbine is a device that converts wind energy into mechanical energy, which is then used to produce electricity. As heat rises from the desert floor, it creates a low-pressure area filled by the cool air blowing in from the Pacific Ocean, 90 miles west, explains Tom, who has 30-plus years experience working in energy farms. “As the wind rushes toward the desert, it is forced between the mountains (Mount San Gorgonio at 11,503 feet and Mount San Jacinto at 10,833 feet), creating a Venturi effect. Wind speeds in the pass have reached 80 mph — only 5 mph faster than a Category 1 hurricane. The area harvests enough wind energy to power about 300,000 homes. "That’s three times the amount of power we need to run Palm Springs,” Tom (www.thebestofthebesttours.com) says.