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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Wildflower Tour on the Modini Mayacamas

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Wildflower Tour on the Modini Mayacamas

Sep 1 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

The Modini Mayacamas area is one of the wildflower hotspots in Sonoma County. We'll stop at several wildflower patches along Pine Flat Road, and then we’ll hike (2-3 miles total) to a few other wildflower spots on the Preserves that will also include some great views. You'll also learn about the ecology of the wildflowers, their pollinators, and their uses by wildlife and people. A different set of wildflowers blooms each month, so join us for several of these wildflower adventures.

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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!

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. 

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

Bring: Lunch and water.



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Annual ACR Appreciation Picnic

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Annual ACR Appreciation Picnic

Sep 8 2018 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

ACR invites donors of $250+ and active volunteers to Martin Griffin Preserve's Volunteer Canyon so we can thank you for your support of ACR programs.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

By Invitation only. Receive an invitation? Let us know here if you can join us!

Not a Forest Steward-level member or supporter? Become a member today and join us for the Appreciation Picnic in September!



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Wildlife Camera Walk with Ginny Fifield

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Wildlife Camera Walk with Ginny Fifield

Sep 9 2018 - 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 Living With Lions team member, 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 11 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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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Predator

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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Predator

Sep 12 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Graton Community Club

ACR's Wildlife Ecologist, Dr. Quinton Martins, will provide an update on the research results of Living with Lions, ACR’s mountain lion research and education project. His talk will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Road, Graton, CA. We hope you can join us!

Click here for more information on ACR's Living With Lions.

 

 



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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Sep 13 2018 - 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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Sunrise with Sunflowers

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Sunrise with Sunflowers

Sep 15 2018 - 6:15am to 11:30am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join this ‘end of summer’ sunrise excursion to visit our serpentine sunflowers (Helianthus exilis) as the last few open to face the early morning sun. Several other late summer wildflowers will be out too as we explore the ridgeline separating the watersheds of Sausal Creek and Little Sulphur Creek with ecologist, photographer and ACR Educatiom Specialist Dave Self.

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For more information contact Dave Self by email or phone at 707.433.8184 ext. 503



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Windows on West Marin - Art & Music at Cypress Grove **Concert sold out but art show attendees welcome!**

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Windows on West Marin - Art & Music at Cypress Grove **Concert sold out but art show attendees welcome!**

Sep 15 2018 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Cypress Grove Research Center

Please note that the Doug Adamz concert is sold out but art show attendees are still welcome!

 

 



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Living with Lions in the Bay Area

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Living with Lions in the Bay Area

Sep 20 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online webinar through WildFutures

Meet Our Neighbors: Living with Mountain Lions in the Bay Area

Presented by Quinton Martins, PhD, Wildlife Ecologist, ACR Living With Lions Project, and Dr. T. Winston Vickers, Principal Investigator, U.C. Davis Mountain Lion Project

Mountain lion researchers Quinton Martins and Winston Vickers will examine the future of mountain lions in the Bay Area, introduce you to their research cats, and share how their community-based research and education projects in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa are trying to answer questions about these remarkable animals.

For more information about this webinar, click here.



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Pollinators & Their Flowers

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Pollinators & Their Flowers

Sep 22 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Come look for native bees (California has 1,200-1,500 species), butterflies, pollinator-flies, and other ‘end of summer’ pollinators with ecologist, photographer and ACR Educatiom Specialist Dave Self. We’ll visit several wildflowers in Pine Flat and on the serpentine ridgeline west of Pine Flat where we’ll observe the wonderful fit of pollinators and their flowers. This will be a leisurely 2-mile walk through Pine Flat and up to the ridgeline. 

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For more information contact Dave Self by email or phone at 707.433.8184 ext. 503



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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Sep 27 2018 - 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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Acorns

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Acorns

Sep 29 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Acorns are a major food for deer, jays and many other animals, and they were extremely important food for Native cultures. (Our guide – Dave Self - likes to eat them too, especially as acorn-bread stuffing in turkey). We’ll seek out various oaks (we have 9 species) to get a look at their acorns, assess their acorn crops, and to observe associated wildlife. You’ll learn about oaks, acorns, wildlife the use acorns, oak ecology and Native Management of oaks and their habitats, including intentional burning under the trees.

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!

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



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Guided Nature Walk

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Guided Nature Walk

Sep 29 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve. Our guided nature walks are on Saturdays throughout fall and spring. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest and flower-carpeted oak woodland. Guided Nature Walks begin at 10:00am and end at 12:00pm and are no more than 2.5 miles long.

Visitors of all ages are welcome. In order to attend a Guided Nature Walk or Twilight Hike, minors (those under the age of 18) MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

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

CLICK HERE to register.

Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244 ext. 110



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