Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Please join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, take part in naturalist training or dig in with other volunteers to assist our land management team. Reservations are required for most events in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

Jun 4 2021 - 8:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

The Heron and Egret Project is part of a collaborative effort by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to monitor colonially nesting herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audubon Canyon Ranch coordinates monitoring of heronries in the North Bay counties (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, and parts of Contra Costa). San Francisco Bay Bird observatory coordinates monitoring of the South Bay heronries (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties). The information provided here is designed to support volunteers working in the North Bay counties. For more information on volunteering in the South Bay, contact SFBBO. The data collected by volunteers in all counties contribute to intensive regional monitoring of nesting distributions, nest survivorship, nest productivity, and intra-seasonal timing of nesting.

What do volunteers do?

Heron and egret observers “adopt a nesting site” and visit it six or more times during the nesting season. Volunteers record information on bird behavior and nesting success at their colony. Volunteers must be able to identify the five species monitored by the project: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons and must record detailed data following a written protocol.

Is there training available?

As a heron and egret observer, you will be provided a detailed protocol describing how to record your observations. New volunteers are paired with experienced observers for in-the-field training. In addition, staff biologists are available to answer questions via phone and/or email, and can meet you at your site for additonal help when needed.

Do I need special equipment?

You will need binoculars and a spotting scope, which most bird enthusiasts have already. We do have a limited number of spotting scopes available to loan.

Commitment

Heron and egret observers should commit to a minimum of six observation days for the nesting season (March-June), with one visit made during each Regional Observation Period. Regional Observation Periods are pre-determined three-day time windows centered on a weekend, but always include either a Monday or a Friday for those who prefer to visit on weekdays.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, or contact the Cypress Grove Research Center by phone: 415.663.8203 x401, or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

Jun 5 2021 - 8:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

The Heron and Egret Project is part of a collaborative effort by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to monitor colonially nesting herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audubon Canyon Ranch coordinates monitoring of heronries in the North Bay counties (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, and parts of Contra Costa). San Francisco Bay Bird observatory coordinates monitoring of the South Bay heronries (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties). The information provided here is designed to support volunteers working in the North Bay counties. For more information on volunteering in the South Bay, contact SFBBO. The data collected by volunteers in all counties contribute to intensive regional monitoring of nesting distributions, nest survivorship, nest productivity, and intra-seasonal timing of nesting.

What do volunteers do?

Heron and egret observers “adopt a nesting site” and visit it six or more times during the nesting season. Volunteers record information on bird behavior and nesting success at their colony. Volunteers must be able to identify the five species monitored by the project: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons and must record detailed data following a written protocol.

Is there training available?

As a heron and egret observer, you will be provided a detailed protocol describing how to record your observations. New volunteers are paired with experienced observers for in-the-field training. In addition, staff biologists are available to answer questions via phone and/or email, and can meet you at your site for additonal help when needed.

Do I need special equipment?

You will need binoculars and a spotting scope, which most bird enthusiasts have already. We do have a limited number of spotting scopes available to loan.

Commitment

Heron and egret observers should commit to a minimum of six observation days for the nesting season (March-June), with one visit made during each Regional Observation Period. Regional Observation Periods are pre-determined three-day time windows centered on a weekend, but always include either a Monday or a Friday for those who prefer to visit on weekdays.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, or contact the Cypress Grove Research Center by phone: 415.663.8203 x401, or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

Jun 6 2021 - 8:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

The Heron and Egret Project is part of a collaborative effort by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to monitor colonially nesting herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audubon Canyon Ranch coordinates monitoring of heronries in the North Bay counties (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, and parts of Contra Costa). San Francisco Bay Bird observatory coordinates monitoring of the South Bay heronries (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties). The information provided here is designed to support volunteers working in the North Bay counties. For more information on volunteering in the South Bay, contact SFBBO. The data collected by volunteers in all counties contribute to intensive regional monitoring of nesting distributions, nest survivorship, nest productivity, and intra-seasonal timing of nesting.

What do volunteers do?

Heron and egret observers “adopt a nesting site” and visit it six or more times during the nesting season. Volunteers record information on bird behavior and nesting success at their colony. Volunteers must be able to identify the five species monitored by the project: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons and must record detailed data following a written protocol.

Is there training available?

As a heron and egret observer, you will be provided a detailed protocol describing how to record your observations. New volunteers are paired with experienced observers for in-the-field training. In addition, staff biologists are available to answer questions via phone and/or email, and can meet you at your site for additonal help when needed.

Do I need special equipment?

You will need binoculars and a spotting scope, which most bird enthusiasts have already. We do have a limited number of spotting scopes available to loan.

Commitment

Heron and egret observers should commit to a minimum of six observation days for the nesting season (March-June), with one visit made during each Regional Observation Period. Regional Observation Periods are pre-determined three-day time windows centered on a weekend, but always include either a Monday or a Friday for those who prefer to visit on weekdays.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, or contact the Cypress Grove Research Center by phone: 415.663.8203 x401, or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Call for Entries: M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing Contest

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Call for Entries: M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing Contest

Jun 14 2021 - 9:00am
Last House

The Second Annual  Last House Writing Contest will once again be offered for children, youth and adults who do not currently write professionally. In the spirit of  M.F.K. Fisher’s How To Cook A Wolf and the power and magic of survival skills, we ask emerging writers to examine and explore how leaning into nature—ours inside and the world around us—helps us always, and, in particular, in challenging times.  How we look at the foods we prepare, eat and share, and how we engage with the natural world around us has so much to do with our very ability to survive and thrive.

Deadline for submissions is August 2, 2021.

CLICK HERE to register.

Proceeds will benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch's programs and the continuing restoration of Last House.

Our esteemed panel of judges: 

Dr. Marion Nestle, Educator, Author
Ruth Reichl, Author, Editor
Tanya Holland, Chef, Author, Restaurateur
John Ash, Chef, Teacher, Radio Host
Kennedy Golden, Educator, M.F.K. Fisher’s daughter
Kathleen Thompson Hill, Journalist, Author, Radio Host
Mayukh Sen, Writer, Educator
Traci Des Jardins, Chef, Restaurateur
Celia Sack, Omnivore, Books on Food
Alice Waters, Chef, Author, Activist 

Entry fee: 

$35/Adults. Join as a new member of ACR with a donation of $65 and entry fee is waived. (No preference will be given to ACR members.)

FREE for Children and Youth, Sponsored by Sonoma Valley Chapter of The North Bay Association of Realtors.

We are grateful to the Sonoma Valley Chapter of North Bay Association of Realtors for their financial contribution, which enables ACR to waive the suggested donation (entry fee) for children and youth, removing any barrier to their participation in this writing contest.



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Climate Change Discussion with six members of the ACR science staff

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Climate Change Discussion with six members of the ACR science staff

Jun 15 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom Video Conference

Curious about the increased sightings of bears in the North Bay? Wondering what it would be like to make your living inside another organism? Ever get confused by all the names for daisy-like wildflowers? You'll find answers to these questions and more at our science seminars, beginning in March and running through June. CLICK HERE to register for one or all.

March 16: Bouverie in Bloom

Presented by: Jennifer Potts, resource ecologist at ACR's Bouverie Preserve.

Discover Bouverie Preserve’s spring blooms and sharpen your plant ID skills. Learn how fire and grazing is helping to promote the native plants that grow at Bouverie Preserve.

Jennifer Potts is a Resource Ecologist at the Bouverie Preserve and leads the preserve’s habitat protection and restoration projects, including oak woodland restoration, vernal pool monitoring and wildlife camera trapping. Jennifer is also field assistant for the ACR’s Living with Lions. She has a background ranging from fire ecology to farm work, and earned her master’s degree from UC Berkeley in environmental science, policy and management. Prior to joining ACR, Jennifer worked around the country with the Nature Conservancy, California State Parks and Arizona Department of Fish & Game.

April 20: Being with Bears

Presented by: Meghan Walla-Murphy, naturalist, educator and scientist, North Bay Bear Collaborative.

“Being with Bears” will focus on Meghan Walla-Murphy’s work with the North Bay Bear Collaborative. She will outline the goals, research methods and findings of their research as well as share how to help bears thrive in the North Bay and how humans can live among bears safely.

Meghan Walla-Murphy has had a varied career from developing and co-directing an outdoor education non-profit to being a columnist and author of two books to her current work on bear conservation and research. She had dedicated her life to the understanding and conservation of nature. Meghan believes that people best receive information through a sensory experience that engages all the human senses; activating the multitude of ways human brains assimilate information. In her work, Meghan integrates sound scientific practice and data collection with citizen monitoring and environmental outreach. Through this model a relationship of reciprocity is created; one where the environment benefits from human interaction and humans benefit from the lessons nature has to offer through direct experience. Currently, she is collaborating with several conservation groups such as the Wildlands Network, the Staying Connected Initiative, LandPaths, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, ACR, and other NGO’s to initiate citizen science monitoring programs to protect wilderness linkages for both humanity and wildlife.

May 18: The Weird and Wonderful World of Parasites

Presented by: Gwen Heistand, resident biologist and preserve manager at ACR's Martin Griffin Preserve.

What if you had to make your living inside another organism? Better yet – if you had to move between two or three organisms, in different taxonomic groups with different immune systems, to complete your life cycle? What if you were able to alter the behavior or genetics of other organisms to make them more likely to be eaten or to take care of your offspring or to change their personality? Parasites demonstrate the complexity of ecological interactions and just how much we don’t know and how much our view is determined by how we choose to label things. Gwen will be introducing the fascinating world of parasites in the context of intimate interspecific relationships.

Gwen Heistand, Martin Griffin Preserve Resident Biologist and Manager, has lived and worked on the same thousand acres since 2002. She teaches classes in all aspects of natural history – from parasites and slime molds to bird song and mammal tracks. Her love of marine biology, especially wee things that live in water, propelled her out of the business world and back to graduate school. Gwen’s heart has expanded to embrace our terrestrial neighbors as well including a severe crush on spiders (the subject of most of her childhood nightmares). Gwen has a master’s degree in environmental science & management / applied ecology from UC Santa Barbara. Her graduate work focused on cumulative impact assessment in coastal wetland watersheds. Gwen is the recipient of the 2017 Terwilliger Environmental Award.

June 15: Climate Change Panel Discussion with six members of the ACR science staff

Panelists: Fire Forward director Sasha Berleman, resident biologists and preserve managers Michelle Cooper and Gwen Heistand, resource ecologists Henry Inman and Jennifer Potts, and director of conservation science Nils Warnock.

Sasha Berleman, Ph.D., Sasha is director of ACR’s Fire Forward program, working to lead a change in the way we live with fire in the Bay Area. She, with her team, plans and organizes cooperative controlled burns and leads community efforts around fire management. Sasha served as an invited cadre member for the development and validation of the CA State Certified Burn Boss curriculum. She earned her doctorate in wildland fire science from University of California at Berkeley focusing on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. Sasha is a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) coach and leader and a wildland firefighter with Fire Effects Monitoring, Squad Boss, Crew Boss, Firing Boss, and Incident Commander qualifications. She was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew and still details with them every summer. Sasha is a board member of American Wildfire Experience, Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council, and Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

Michelle Cooper, Modini Preserve Resident Biologist & Manager brings to ACR over a dozen years of experience supporting research, managing natural resources, monitoring plant and animal communities, and supervising field crews, volunteers and staff for the University of California Bodega Marine Reserve and Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). She completed a bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in biology from Sonoma State University (SSU). The focus of Michelle’s work at SSU was on the role hikers and bikers play as dispersal mechanisms of phytophthora ramorum, the organism that causes Sudden Oak Death.

Henry Inman, Resource Ecologist at Martin Griffin Preserve, joined ACR in January 2019. Henry earned their bachelor’s degree in physical geography from UC Santa Barbara. They began their journey as a habitat restorationist and botanist in Hawai’i with the University of Hawai’i in Hilo and Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary. They returned to the Bay Area, where they were raised in foggy Pacifica, to work with the National Park Service in Golden Gate National Recreational Area and Point Reyes National Seashore, gaining expertise in locally invasive plants as a technician with the Invasive Species Early Detection and Rapid Response program.

Nils Warnock, Ph.D., ACR’s Director of Conservation Science, began his tenure in August 2018 and brings to ACR his 30+ years of experience pertaining to the ecology and conservation of Pacific Flyway birds, especially shorebirds. He has done extensive research in California (especially Marin County and San Francisco Bay) as well as throughout the Pacific and East Asian-Australasian flyways. From 2010-2018, Nils served as the executive director of Audubon Alaska and a vice president of the National Audubon Society. His career began in West Marin at Point Blue, where he was the co-director of the Wetlands Division from 2000-2008. Nils received his doctorate in ecology from the University of California at Davis and San Diego State University and is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society.

 

COST: $15 per talk ($60 for the 4-part series). CLICK HERE to register before February 12 and pay only $10 per talk!



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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

Jun 19 2021 - 8:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

The Heron and Egret Project is part of a collaborative effort by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to monitor colonially nesting herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audubon Canyon Ranch coordinates monitoring of heronries in the North Bay counties (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, and parts of Contra Costa). San Francisco Bay Bird observatory coordinates monitoring of the South Bay heronries (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties). The information provided here is designed to support volunteers working in the North Bay counties. For more information on volunteering in the South Bay, contact SFBBO. The data collected by volunteers in all counties contribute to intensive regional monitoring of nesting distributions, nest survivorship, nest productivity, and intra-seasonal timing of nesting.

What do volunteers do?

Heron and egret observers “adopt a nesting site” and visit it six or more times during the nesting season. Volunteers record information on bird behavior and nesting success at their colony. Volunteers must be able to identify the five species monitored by the project: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons and must record detailed data following a written protocol.

Is there training available?

As a heron and egret observer, you will be provided a detailed protocol describing how to record your observations. New volunteers are paired with experienced observers for in-the-field training. In addition, staff biologists are available to answer questions via phone and/or email, and can meet you at your site for additonal help when needed.

Do I need special equipment?

You will need binoculars and a spotting scope, which most bird enthusiasts have already. We do have a limited number of spotting scopes available to loan.

Commitment

Heron and egret observers should commit to a minimum of six observation days for the nesting season (March-June), with one visit made during each Regional Observation Period. Regional Observation Periods are pre-determined three-day time windows centered on a weekend, but always include either a Monday or a Friday for those who prefer to visit on weekdays.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, or contact the Cypress Grove Research Center by phone: 415.663.8203 x401, or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

Jun 20 2021 - 8:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

The Heron and Egret Project is part of a collaborative effort by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to monitor colonially nesting herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audubon Canyon Ranch coordinates monitoring of heronries in the North Bay counties (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, and parts of Contra Costa). San Francisco Bay Bird observatory coordinates monitoring of the South Bay heronries (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties). The information provided here is designed to support volunteers working in the North Bay counties. For more information on volunteering in the South Bay, contact SFBBO. The data collected by volunteers in all counties contribute to intensive regional monitoring of nesting distributions, nest survivorship, nest productivity, and intra-seasonal timing of nesting.

What do volunteers do?

Heron and egret observers “adopt a nesting site” and visit it six or more times during the nesting season. Volunteers record information on bird behavior and nesting success at their colony. Volunteers must be able to identify the five species monitored by the project: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons and must record detailed data following a written protocol.

Is there training available?

As a heron and egret observer, you will be provided a detailed protocol describing how to record your observations. New volunteers are paired with experienced observers for in-the-field training. In addition, staff biologists are available to answer questions via phone and/or email, and can meet you at your site for additonal help when needed.

Do I need special equipment?

You will need binoculars and a spotting scope, which most bird enthusiasts have already. We do have a limited number of spotting scopes available to loan.

Commitment

Heron and egret observers should commit to a minimum of six observation days for the nesting season (March-June), with one visit made during each Regional Observation Period. Regional Observation Periods are pre-determined three-day time windows centered on a weekend, but always include either a Monday or a Friday for those who prefer to visit on weekdays.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, or contact the Cypress Grove Research Center by phone: 415.663.8203 x401, or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

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Heron & Egret Nest Monitoring

Jun 21 2021 - 8:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

The Heron and Egret Project is part of a collaborative effort by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) to monitor colonially nesting herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audubon Canyon Ranch coordinates monitoring of heronries in the North Bay counties (Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, and parts of Contra Costa). San Francisco Bay Bird observatory coordinates monitoring of the South Bay heronries (San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties). The information provided here is designed to support volunteers working in the North Bay counties. For more information on volunteering in the South Bay, contact SFBBO. The data collected by volunteers in all counties contribute to intensive regional monitoring of nesting distributions, nest survivorship, nest productivity, and intra-seasonal timing of nesting.

What do volunteers do?

Heron and egret observers “adopt a nesting site” and visit it six or more times during the nesting season. Volunteers record information on bird behavior and nesting success at their colony. Volunteers must be able to identify the five species monitored by the project: Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons and must record detailed data following a written protocol.

Is there training available?

As a heron and egret observer, you will be provided a detailed protocol describing how to record your observations. New volunteers are paired with experienced observers for in-the-field training. In addition, staff biologists are available to answer questions via phone and/or email, and can meet you at your site for additonal help when needed.

Do I need special equipment?

You will need binoculars and a spotting scope, which most bird enthusiasts have already. We do have a limited number of spotting scopes available to loan.

Commitment

Heron and egret observers should commit to a minimum of six observation days for the nesting season (March-June), with one visit made during each Regional Observation Period. Regional Observation Periods are pre-determined three-day time windows centered on a weekend, but always include either a Monday or a Friday for those who prefer to visit on weekdays.

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, or contact the Cypress Grove Research Center by phone: 415.663.8203 x401, or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!



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Sustainability Now podcast hosts Sasha Berleman

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Sustainability Now podcast hosts Sasha Berleman

Jun 27 2021 - 5:00pm
KSQD Community Radio

Fire Forward director Sasha Berleman joins the crew of Sustainability Now on KSQD Community Radio for a discussion about prescribed burning.

Tune in online at KSQD.org or listen live from the Central Coast on 90.7 FM.

Sustainability Now!

  • Every other week on Sun at 5:00 PM
  • Every other week on Tue at 6:00 AM

Are you concerned about the Earth's future? Are you interested in what is being done in the Monterey Bay area to address environmental issues? Do you want to act? Then tune in every other Sunday to "Sustainability Now!" to hear interviews with local scientists, scholars, activists and officials involved in the pursuit of sustainability.



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