February 24, 2018

There are a great number of new things happening at Bouverie Preserve right now and I would love to fill you all in!

About two weeks ago the Bouverie Stewards helped move the remaining parts of Bouverie that were to be saved before demolition. Among those things were a bunch of t-posts, some flower pots, the mountain lion equipment, a large obsidian rock in front of Gilman Hall, and most importantly, our favorite Egret statue, which managed to partially survive the fire. I would like to think the egret will one day be placed in the new building as a memory and tribute to our community’s history. The native grasses next to Gilman Hall were caution-taped to prevent access of trucks and tractors, as were the obelisks and a big cool rock in front of Jeanne’s home. At the end of...

January 26, 2018

Hello Docents and Stewards of Bouverie!

I have missed seeing all of your faces around the preserve these last few months. The land at Bouverie has changed. (Thanks, Captain Obvious.) No, I’m not referring to the ecological landscape. It has changed because our great community of nature lovers, teachers, and learners, has temporarily lost its home. The Bouverie community has been a treasured part of my life since I was a wee lad becoming a Juniper. While the shoes I walk in now at 26 are different from the shoes I walked in when I was 10, this community I have grown to love is still a constant.

There are so many exciting things happening up at Bouverie right now, but I must admit it has been lonely without you. I can’t tell you how many times my mom and grandma (who you...

December 19, 2017

Sonoma State University student Justin Brown (pictured above with Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury) and Modini Mayacamas Preserves biologist Sherry Adams chatted recently about our Ferguson Spring restoration project.

I loved being in a foothill wetland environment promoting the growth of native plants. I was changing the landscape, including propagation and transplanting into the wetland. I loved working with the camera trap to capture wildlife in an area that I was restoring. Through creating the Plant Guide I really got to know the plants' global history, cultural uses, and removal methods. I will continue writing this guide, it's the coolest thing I've done, it's moved plants to the forefront of my life.

I came to ACR and let you...

December 01, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the staff, volunteers and extended community of the Bouverie Preserve gathered to share their stories of the fire, learn about how the Preserve is recovering and celebrate the resilience of our many programs. View below or on VIEW ON VIMEO

November 28, 2017

Some will say to practice moderation in all things, but we have found a few exceptions to that rule. For instance, we never tire of hearing the inspiring stories of members of our North Bay community rising up to help each other recover from the devastating fires this past October; another example is the insatiable appetite of Audubon Canyon Ranch volunteers for pitching in to help protect and manage our preserves. At the Modini Mayacamas Preserves near Healdsburg, we have experienced both of those phenomenon in a concentrated burst as the Bouverie Stewards came to our aid over the past two weeks.

The Bouverie Stewards are a dedicated group that have lent their time, energy and manifold talents to stewardship projects of the Bouverie Preserve every Monday since 2007 but ever...

November 06, 2017

Just like thousands of others in the North Bay, we at Audubon Canyon Ranch are picking up the pieces after the recent fires. We are heartbroken to learn of friends who have lost loved ones, and for whole neighborhoods destroyed. Two of our staff members lost their homes when ACR’s 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen burned during the Nuns fire. Our near-term goal is to support our community as they figure out the way forward. We also have a long-term goal: to learn from the resiliency of nature, and to use that knowledge to prepare our community to better weather the next firestorm.

For ecologists, resilience is how a system responds to a major disturbance. What species traits give rise to a system that can recover from or resist a major perturbation? ACR’s ecologists and...

October 30, 2017

Thank you all. Everyone has been so supportive of our wildlife - our community. Thank you!

This is a very hard time for all of us, and it is no different for the mountain lions or other critters. The ACR Mountain Lion Project has 3 lions that have been monitored using GPS satellite collars in the Bennet Valley area. A preliminary observation suggests about 50% of optimal lion habitat across our study area has been burned. In the long-term this will be good with rejuvenation inviting opportunities, but for now it is likely hard for them. I wouldn't say they have been displaced so much as re-routed. I have observed movement of our GPS collared cats cruising through burned areas, as well as avoiding them. Because lion ranges are so extensive (up to 300 square miles for males), they...

October 04, 2017

It’s been one year since ACR fitted our first Sonoma County mountain lion (P1) with a GPS collar. Late last month, we recaptured her to replace the collar's battery and check on her overall health.

P1, our 10- to 11-year-old grande dame, has already provided us with reams of data as well as a window into the lives of these compelling cats. A stealthy supermom, she is also wowing us with her parenting skills. When we first began tracking her, P1 was traveling with two nearly grown offspring. We collared the female (P2) of the sibling duo in November 2016.

Off to new territories
Then, in late December, P1 sent both of her young adults packing right on schedule. Young mountain lions typically disperse from their mother at 12 to...

September 21, 2017

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards are off to a victorious start in their effort to maintain trails, clear invasive species and complete long-range stewardship projects. In late summer, the volunteer crew convened on the Foss Road Trail high above Healdsburg to ready it for a full schedule of fall public hikes. They braved the fog AND the sun to clear out a few major roadblocks, trim the walking path and clip back the blackberry and poison oak.
A few weeks later, our intrepid team began a campaign to control the spread of non-native teasel that is invading our grasslands near Ferguson Spring.

Ongoing stewardship work performed by volunteers is vital for the long-term health of our preserves. To join us, see the next scheduled session for details:...