Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Audubon Canyon Ranch offers exploration and learning opportunities for nature enthusiasts of all ages on three of its preserves: the Martin Griffin Preserve, the Bouverie Preserve and the Modini Mayacamas Preserves.

Join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, observe nesting birds and migrating newts, learn about native peoples' use of the land, hike past wildflower meadows and through redwood groves. Visitation is limited on all three preserves in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

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Biodiversity Bioblitz

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Biodiversity Bioblitz

Nov 3 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Come explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves with other serious “nature nerds” and experts. Our goal is to add species records each season to the Biodiversity of the Modini Mayacamas on iNaturalist. Each of us tends to spot, and share enthusiasm and knowledge about, species that others rarely notice. Mark your calendar the first Friday of each month, join iNaturalist and our Biodiversity project, and then bring your enthusiasm, expertise, and camera.

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$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self by email or phone 707.431.8184 ext. 503



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Grand Tour of the Modini Mayacamas

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Grand Tour of the Modini Mayacamas

Nov 5 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join this Grand Tour of the Modini Mayacamas, including the best views, with veteran hike leader and retired Engineering Geologist Simon Lowings. The route is about 7.5 miles long, with an elevation gain of approximately 1,000 feet, on trails over fairly rough terrain. The hike will be moderately strenuous. We’ll start and end at Ferguson Springs with about 4 hours of walking time. Bring lunch and plenty of water.

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$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self by email or phone 707.431.8184 ext. 503.

 



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Fire Resilient Land Management & Farm Recovery

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Fire Resilient Land Management & Farm Recovery

Nov 7 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sebastopol Grange #306

Join us at the Sebastopol Grange Hall for a discussion of Fire Resilient Land Management & Farm Recovery. ACR's Fire Ecologist Dr. Sasha Berleman will be a panelist - see below for details.

During the North Bay inferno, farmers and food recovery volunteers worked tirelessly to keep evacuees and the frontlines fed. But now, as the fires near full containment, we turn our focus to the future: not just how will our farms, ranches and food system rebuild, but how can we all better prepare for future disaster?

Join the Farmers Guild to explore and discuss fire resilient land management techniques. They will be reaching out to land use experts, conservation specialists and of course local on-the-ground farmers and ranchers who saw firsthand how various approaches to land management effected their resilience in the face of fire and other natural disasters. And also hear how local collaboration helped facilitate tens of thousands of pounds of food to those in need through an impromptu farm-to-emergency pipeline. Will we be ready next time?

The Farmers Guild will also be compiling resources and information for those directly effected by the fires, including updates from government relief programs and their own fire recovery fund, aimed at helping those most in need get back on their feet, including farmers, ranchers, farmworkers and more.

Where? Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12, Sebastopol, CA.

When? Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 – 9:00pm



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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Nov 9 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards provide essential hands-on assistance to our land management team, including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant propagation, and other special projects. Come learn more about the Preserves by getting your hands dirty! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of most months from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

To learn more about our stewardship program or the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.433.1217.



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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

Nov 11 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join us for an introduction to the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. Visit several trailheads for an overview of the Preserves and ACR's rules for access. When you complete and sign the paperwork, you'll be given a trail guide and permit for independent exploration and hiking. Afterwards, you can join Dave Self, ACR Education Specialist, for a 2-3 mile nature walk or head off on your own.

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$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503

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. 



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A Bird on the Wing: A Birding Adventure inspired by the Heron and Egret Telemetry Project

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A Bird on the Wing: A Birding Adventure inspired by the Heron and Egret Telemetry Project

Nov 11 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Cypress Grove Research Center

ACR invites members and supporters at the Patron-level ($500+) and above for special access to the Cypress Grove Research Center and ACR’s Toms Point. Join ACR Avian Ecologists Scott Jennings and David Lumpkin on a small group caravan birding adventure to view migrating birds with special focus on ACR’s new Heron and Egret Telemetry Project. In addition to a good day of birding, the trip will include observing the foraging behaviors of herons and egrets to see what’s involved in ACR’s egret telemetry work. We’ll also attempt to locate one or more of the tagged egrets currently being studied, and remotely download the most recent data.

By invitation only.

Receive an invitation? RSVP here. 

Not a member? Become a Patron today and join us for this members-only event!



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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

Nov 12 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Spend the morning learning about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Preserves with Ginny Fifield, Wildlilfe Camera Specialist, ACR Mountain Lion Project Team, and Modini Mayacamas Preserves Volunteer. We’ll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. Based on what we find, we'll guess what we might see on two wildlife cameras, then we'll check to see if the field signs match the pictures! Total hike is about 3 miles.

Click here to see past footage from the wildlife cameras.

Pre-registration is required. Limited to 15 participants. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Cancellation policy: If this event is cancelled by ACR due to heavy rain, high winds or any other reason, we will notify you by email by 8:00 p.m. the night before. Light rain does not cancel.

Questions? Email ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503

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. 



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Good Fire Day: The Role of Fire in Ecosystem Health & Climate Resilience

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Good Fire Day: The Role of Fire in Ecosystem Health & Climate Resilience

Nov 16 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Green Gulch Zen Center (Wheelwright Room)

The Green Gulch Zen Center, Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Central Coast Rx Fire Council, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy invite you to participate in a free event addressing the beneficial role fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems and creating ecosystems resilient to a changing climate.

Dr. Sasha Berleman will present from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. There will be other knowledgeable speakers in the morning from the Bay Area. Lunch time will provide an opportunity to meet people and discuss topics of concern. In the afternoon there will be an educational demonstration of a controlled burn (weather permitting). During this burn demonstration, fire experts will teach us about the different components of fire fuels, fire physics and heat transfer. Members from the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Northern California Wildland Firefighter Academy crew will also exhibit fire control practices as they meet the fire.

Awareness of both the historical and current uses of fire, along with the beneficial impacts and the destructive potential of wildfire in this region is important. By understanding the diverse role of fire on the landscape, the public can support fire managers to implement proactive fire management policies and practices, which will allow us to better manage our natural resources and protect communities, both human and ecological.

Speakers will include:
Tracy Katelman, Registered Forester from Humboldt County
Dr. Sasha Berleman, Fire Ecologist, Audubon Canyon Ranch
Edward Willie, Pomo Indian Ethnobotanist
Abran Lopez, Amah Mutsen tribal member
Joe Rawitzer, Project Coordinator for the Central Coast Rx Fire Council
Mike Swezy, Watershed Resources Manager, Marin Municipal Water District
Greg Jones, Fire Management for Point Reyes and GGNRA

To sign up, please visit The Parks Conservancy event page.



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Gathering Together: A Community Discussion on the Impacts of the Recent Wildfires

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Gathering Together: A Community Discussion on the Impacts of the Recent Wildfires

Nov 16 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
David Brower Center

Join us at the David Brower Center for Gathering Together: A Community Discussion on the Impacts of the Recent Wildfires, an event hosted by the Bay Area Open Space Council. ACR's Fire Ecologist Dr. Sasha Berleman will be a panelist.

Click here for details or to register.

Questions? Email Sarah Noel Ross at sarah@openspacecouncil.org.

Photo by Don Brubaker, USFWS - Refuges: Burrowing Owl at Sears Point after the fire

 



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Learning to Read (the Landscape)

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Learning to Read (the Landscape)

Nov 18 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self and start learning how to read the landscape of the Modini Mayacamas. The reading is challenging and is rarely precise, but it’s all around us: in the distribution, size and shape of trees and shrubs; the size and shape of lichen on the rocks; the color of soil; and the location and size of bunchgrasses. Sometimes, if you use careful observation, and apply careful thought and logic, it’ll lead you to discover an old homestead, a Native campsite, a sense of when an old stagecoach route was built or abandoned, or when the last wildfire burned a place.

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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. Learn more about membership.



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Fire Ecology and Looking Ahead in California

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Fire Ecology and Looking Ahead in California

Nov 21 2017 - 7:30pm
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center

Fire plays an integral, yet complicated role in our California landscapes. ACR, through its new Fire Ecology Program, is taking a leadership role in the North Bay working with various agencies and land managers to address hazardous fuel loads and declining ecosystem health through the coordination of cooperative, ecologically planned, scientifically monitored, and safely implemented controlled burns. Join ACR's Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman, Ph.D., to learn about the role of fire in the landscape, how California’s ecosystems coevolved with fire, and how fire suppression has changed our landscapes. We’ll discuss the differences between wildfire and prescribed fire, learn about intricacies of fire behavior, and how prescribed fires are manipulated, controlled, and monitored. We will also look at ACR's Fire Ecology Program's specific short- and long-term plans, objectives and rationale, and how these will be achieved.

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Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center 

2050 Yulupa Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

The Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society's general meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center at 2050 Yulupa Street in Santa Rosa (map) at 7:30 PM.



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Fire and the Lands We Call Home: A Renewed Approach for a Brighter Future

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Fire and the Lands We Call Home: A Renewed Approach for a Brighter Future

Nov 30 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Laguna Environmental Center

900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, click here for directions.

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation welcomes ACR Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman for a talk on fire ecology.

This past October the North Bay area experienced one of its most destructive and tragic human disasters in recorded history due to fire. Over the past hundred years the human-fire relationship has been one riddled with animosity, and this antagonism has come at great cost to people and ecosystems alike. Yet it hasn’t always been this way, and it doesn’t have to be this way as we look to the future. Attend this talk to learn about fire’s long-standing and critical role in our ecosystems, and the ways our plant communities have come to depend on fire as an ecosystem process. Discover the thousands-years-old inextricable role that people played in that relationship, and how humans depended on fire for millennia in the same way our landscapes still do today. Finally, find out how we can renew our land management techniques and revolutionize our culture so that we can learn to live with fire rather than against it. ACR is working with partners across the region, state and country to implement the National Wildfire Cohesive Strategy by innovating an all-hands, all-lands approach to increase the pace and scale of fuels treatments across the region, and we look forward to sharing our vision with you.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Sasha Berleman leads ACR's Fire Ecology Program. She has her PhD in wildland fire science from UC Berkeley, and conducted her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Shasta, Trinity and Klamath regions). She is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications. She spent summer 2017 on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, has planned and organized interagency private lands controlled burns, and has approximately 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. Sasha is a board member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

To learn more about ACR's Fire Ecology Program, click here.



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