• Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Amphibians include some of the most charming and accessible members of our wildlife community. Are you curious about our local amphibians: who they are, how to find them, and how to coexist with them respectfully? Join Julianne Bradbury, student researcher at Sonoma State University, and ACR Preserve Biologist Sherry Adams for a hike around some of the most likely amphibian habitats at Modini Mayacamas Preserves.

We will learn about the amphibians of Sonoma County and observe some tried-and-true field methods for viewing these wondrous little creatures. With luck we will see some amphibians in person, and if not you will leave with the knowledge of how and where to look for them on future hikes and in your own backyard. 

The hike will include about 3 miles of walking over moderate to strenuous trails. This event will only be cancelled due to very heavy rain and high winds – light rain will provide ideal conditions for potential amphibian sightings. A decision will be made by 8:00pm the night before and will be posted here and also e-mailed to anyone signed up for the event. 

Tickets: $20 non-member / $15 member or student / FREE for children under age 18. Fees support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Reserve at Eventbrite. Limit 15.

Bring: Lunch, water, waterproof or water-resistant clothing and footwear

Meeting spot: Intersection of Pine Flat Road and Red Winery Road4020 Pine Flat Rd, GeyservilleCA.

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets Dress for the weather and bring at least one quart of drinking water. You may also wish to bring a hat, an extra layer and a snack. There are no toilets, no water fountains, no restaurants, no trash collection...this is a primitive and wild place! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the outing. For hikes you will want shoes that protect your toes and give you good traction on uneven ground, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Please leave your pets at home.

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves This private nature sanctuary, owned and managed by Audubon Canyon Ranch, has a range of different public access opportunities. Pine Flat Road, a public county road with pullouts, meanders through the preserve, allowing visitors to enjoy the views and birdwatching from roadside pullouts anytime without appointment. Please drive very cautiously, this is a one lane winding road with very limited sight lines. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.