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.

April 2020

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POSTPONED: Living with Lions Presentation by Dr. Quinton and Elizabeth Martins

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POSTPONED: Living with Lions Presentation by Dr. Quinton and Elizabeth Martins

Apr 2 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Napa County UCCE

Napa 4-H is excited to welcome Dr. Quinton and Elizabeth Martins for a fun evening learning about the exciting research conducted by Living with Lions, ACR's community conservation project in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa Counties. We will hear about what the mountain lions in our region are doing, what they need and where they travel. We will discuss benefits of using farming methods that allow successful co-existence with wildlife, and ways in which 4-H clubs can partner with the Living with Lions project and share ideas to help protect our ecosystem and keep our livestock safe.

Public of all ages welcome – bring friends! RSVP with # of attendees to: rutherford4H@gmail.com or 949-842-4499

The talk will be held at UCCE - Napa, 1710 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA.

For more information about Living with Lions, click here.

Liz Martins, Living with Lions Education Coordinator, brings her passion for connecting children to wildlife to Living with Lions' education program, which teaches children about our wild neighbors and the valuable role mountain lions play in the ecosystem. Liz draws on her experience as an environmental educator in South Africa, where she set up and ran the Cape Leopard Trust's Education Project. Liz was previously a Waldorf teacher and has a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology. She has been a docent at ACR's Bouverie Preserve since 2016 and recently completed a children's book for her daughter, Oh no, not the Grandmother Tree!, based on California wildlife.

Quinton Martins, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator and Director of Living with Lions, ACR's community conservation project centered around the North Bay's mountain lion population. Dr. Martins is the former founder and CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust, a successful predator conservation NGO based in South Africa. He has over 20 years of field experience having worked in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. From specialist safari guiding, leading a scorpion collecting expedition for the Smithsonian Institution in the desert of Namibia, to mist-netting birds in central African rainforests, Quinton turned to studying predators in 2003. He completed his doctorate “The Ecology of leopards in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa” through the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2010 and is considered the world’s leading expert on Cape mountain leopards and a skilled predator trapper. Quinton is a research associate and fellow at Bristol and Stellenbosch Universities.



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POSTPONED: Interpreting "With Bold Knife & Fork"

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POSTPONED: Interpreting "With Bold Knife & Fork"

Apr 4 2020 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

We regret that this event has been postponed to a future date, yet to be determined.

We have been so thrilled with the amazing response and support from the community for our upcoming Last House event. However, with information continuing to come out about the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Audubon Canyon Ranch has made the decision to postpone the April 4 event at Bouverie Preserve. If you have further questions, please contact Events Manager and Last House Program Coordinator Susie Allen by email at susie.allen@egret.org.

M.F.K. Fisher Last House Interpreting With Bold Knife & Fork
Join us for a lovely spring celebration at Last House with several well-known Sonoma County chefs serving delicious bites interpreted from M.F.K. Fisher's book With Bold Knife & Fork. Great wine will accompany the dishes. Luke Barr, M.F.K. Fisher's grandnephew and author of Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, will be our special guest speaker. An autographed copy of Luke Barr's book is included in the ticket price. M.F.K. Fisher books will be available for purchase.

Featured chefs:

  • Chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart
    Black Pig meat co. | Zazu Catering + Farm
  • Chef John Toulze
    the girl & the fig
    the fig café & wine bar
    the girl & the fig CATERS!
    Suite D
    the fig rig
    Rhone Around the World Wine Club
  • Lisa Lavagetto
    Chef Ambassador to Ramekins Cooking School
  • Chef Liza Hinman
    Spinster Sisters

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this event.

Individual tickets are $250 with a 10% discount for ACR members. Proceeds will benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch's programs and the continuing restoration of Last House. Learn more about membership.



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CANCELLED: Guided Nature Walk

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CANCELLED: Guided Nature Walk

Apr 18 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

This event has been cancelled due to public health restrictions to combat COVID-19.

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 1:00pm 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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CANCELLED: Coastal Birds of Audubon’s Cypress Grove & Tomales Bay with David Lumpkin

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CANCELLED: Coastal Birds of Audubon’s Cypress Grove & Tomales Bay with David Lumpkin

Apr 25 2020 - 8:00am to 11:00am
Cypress Grove Research Center

This event has been cancelled due to public health restrictions to combat COVID-19.

Join ACR avian ecologist David Lumpkin at the 11th Annual Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival hosted by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

Held on the last weekend of April, the festival celebrates spring bird and wildlife migrations along the Pacific Flyway. Point Reyes National Seashore provides the backdrop for the festival, where the Pacific Flyway, Pacific Ocean, and other influences provide an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing.

About David Lumpkin, Avian Ecologist at Cypress Grove Research Center
David joined ACR in March 2017 as a lead scientist on the Great Egret Telemetry Project. David earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Oberlin College. While there he conducted research on the role of plumage and bill coloration in goldfinches as a signal of physiological health. After graduating, David worked as a field technician for a variety of organizations conducting research on wild birds, banding migrants, and aiding conservation and recovery efforts. Focal species David has worked with include Golden-Cheeked Warblers, Yellow-Billed Cuckoos, Golden Eagles, and San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrikes.

Space is limited, registration required.

Cost: $35

Tickets: www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org



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POSTPONED: Home Hardening & Defensible Space Workshop

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POSTPONED: Home Hardening & Defensible Space Workshop

Apr 25 2020 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Penngrove

Update as of 3/17/20: The Home Hardening class on April 25th at the SSU Fairfield Osborne Preserve has been postponed due to the coronavirus public health emergency. We do not have a new date at this time. If you have any questions please contact ACR Prescribed Fire Specialist Jared Childress at jared.childress@egret.org

Fire Forward – Building Ecosystem Resilience
Home Hardening and Defensible Space Workshop
This event was originally scheduled for March 29

Receive expert instruction on how to “harden” your home and create defensible space against the next wildland fire. Fee: $10 / free for Sonoma State students.

CLICK HERE for more information or to register for this event.

 

 

 



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CANCELLED: Nesting Herons & Egrets of Santa Rosa with Emiko Condeso

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CANCELLED: Nesting Herons & Egrets of Santa Rosa with Emiko Condeso

Apr 26 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Santa Rosa

This event has been cancelled due to public health restrictions to combat COVID-19.

Join ACR ecologist Emiko Condeso at the 11th Annual Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival hosted by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

Held on the last weekend of April, the festival celebrates spring bird and wildlife migrations along the Pacific Flyway. Point Reyes National Seashore provides the backdrop for the festival, where the Pacific Flyway, Pacific Ocean, and other influences provide an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. 

About Emiko Condeso, Ecologist/GIS Specialist
Emiko manages ACR's long-term biological monitoring projects and collaborates with staff and partners in conservation research. She is an active member of the local conservation GIS community. Emi holds a master's degree in biology/landscape ecology from Sonoma State University and a dual bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz. Emiko's research interests include understanding how spatial patterns, particularly in human-altered landscapes, influence biological communities. Her graduate work focused on sudden oak death and examined the role of the spatial pattern of host woodland on disease dynamics.

Cost: $20

Tickets: www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org

 

 



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Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Santa Rosa