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Native Garden

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Native Garden

Jun 1 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
ACR Conservation Center

Drop in to help in the garden by weeding, planting, starting plants, adding habitat features or tool maintenance. Share your knowledge, skills, energy and experience, or just come to learn or help.

Host: Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 for more information.

Meet at ACR's Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA



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Birds & Botany

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Birds & Botany

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

Hike the forests, meadows and hills around Pine Flat and up Red Hill with ACR Volunteer Patrick Woodworth & ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self. We’ll be watching (and listening) for birds on the hike out. After lunch, we'll botanize as we consider the seasonal interplay between bird foods, habitat history and current activity of the birds.

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.

Questions? Email ACR Resource Ecologist David Self or call 707.431.8184 ext. 503

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets Please dress for the weather and bring at least one quart of drinking water. You may also wish to bring a hat, an extra layer and a snack. There are no toilets, no water fountains, no restaurants, no trash collection...this is a primitive and wild place! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the outing. For hikes you will want shoes that protect your toes and give you good traction on uneven ground, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Please leave your pets at home.

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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Conservation Talk: Butterflies

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Conservation Talk: Butterflies

Jun 3 2017 - 11:00am to 3:30pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Join Liam O'Brien, illustrator, lepidopterist & conservationist, for a Conservation Talk from 11:00am-12:30pm, to learn about Invertebrate Restoration and Butterfly Conservation efforts in San Francisco.

In the afternoon, connect with butterflies and the beauty of West Marin. Liam will lead two Butterfly Walks, from 1:00-2:00pm and 2:30-3:30pm. Explore the various ecosystems of Martin Griffin Preserve and the many butterflies that are specific to different habitats.

Liam O'Brien, a trained Broadway actor, radically altered the trajectory of his life when a Tiger Swallowtail flew by in 1996. After surveying all of the butterflies of San Francisco County that year, he created the Green Hairstreak Project for Nature in the City. Continued work with the Endangered Mission Blues, launching his latest effort – Operation Checkerspot - for the Presidio Trust, and finding time for a new passion (lichens) will make 2017 a busy year for him. Liam received the 2014 Bay Nature Magazine "Environmental Educator" Award. He also illustrates trail signs for SF Rec & Parks.

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.

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Jun 5 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

Jun 7 2017 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Open a child's mind to the wonder of nature by becoming a docent at ACR's Bouverie Preserve.

Bouverie Preserve Docents teach 3rd and 4th graders about the natural history of the Sonoma Valley and inspire the next generation of nature enthusiasts while spending time in nature. Docents teach students about native plants, spider web-building habits, newt migration, native peoples and so much more. The next Bouverie Preserve Docent training will begin in September of 2017.

ACR’s rigorous training program gives docent volunteers a firm grounding in local natural history and the ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments. Docents receive 23 weeks (120 hours) of core training in natural history, ecology and nature interpretation for children. Classes are taught by experts and run by experienced docents who know how to make learning fun. 

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Can't make this date? Choose from all dates this summer:
July 12, July 26, August 5, August 16

Bring a friend!

Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244



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Sunset and Full Moon from the Heart of the Pine Flat (No Hiking)

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Sunset and Full Moon from the Heart of the Pine Flat (No Hiking)

Jun 9 2017 - 6:45pm to 9:45pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join Dave Self, ACR Resource Ecologist, for a relaxed (no hike) evening appreciating the views, the rising full moon, sunset and evening sounds from the heart of Pine Flat. Bring a lawn chair and just  relax. Optional short walk with Dave to see some wildflowers before sunset. Sunset 8:35 pm and Moonrise 8:44 pm. 

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

Questions? Email ACR Resource Ecologist David Self or call 707.431.8184.

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets Please dress for the weather and bring at least one quart of drinking water. You may also wish to bring a hat, an extra layer and a snack. There are no toilets, no water fountains, no restaurants, no trash collection...this is a primitive and wild place! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the outing. For hikes you will want shoes that protect your toes and give you good traction on uneven ground, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Please leave your pets at home.

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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Native Garden

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Native Garden

Jun 10 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
ACR Conservation Center

Drop in to help in the garden by weeding, planting, starting plants, adding habitat features or tool maintenance. Share your knowledge, skills, energy and experience, or just come to learn or help.

Host: Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 for more information.

Meet at ACR's Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA



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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

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Access Orientation & Nature Walk

Jun 10 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 our 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 Resource Ecologist, for a 2-3 mile nature walk or head off on your own.

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 Resource Ecologist 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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Nature Connection: Nature Journaling Day

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Nature Connection: Nature Journaling Day

Jun 10 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

A Nature Journal is a place to grow your thoughts, feelings, ideas, activities, observations, and relationship with the natural world. And, it is an opportunity to interpret your inner thoughts out into the natural world and a space where the natural world can flow into you and leave a permanent mark. Come to the Martin Griffin Preserve and explore the wonders of nature journaling and the natural world through art and observation in beautiful West Marin.

Support ACR by Making a Donation When You Register!
ACR depends on the generosity of its community to administer education programs such as the Nature Connections and manage the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. Upon registering for this event, please make a donation!

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Hike

Jun 10 2017 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Open a child's mind to the wonder of nature by becoming a docent at ACR's Bouverie Preserve.

Bouverie Preserve Docents teach 3rd and 4th graders about the natural history of the Sonoma Valley and inspire the next generation of nature enthusiasts while spending time in nature. Docents teach students about native plants, spider web-building habits, newt migration, native peoples and so much more. The next Bouverie Preserve Docent training will begin in September of 2017.

ACR’s rigorous training program gives docent volunteers a firm grounding in local natural history and the ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments. Docents receive 23 weeks (120 hours) of core training in natural history, ecology and nature interpretation for children. Classes are taught by experts and run by experienced docents who know how to make learning fun. 

SIGN UP TODAY!

Can't make this date? Choose from all dates this summer:
July 12, July 26, August 5, August 16

Bring a friend!

Questions? Call ACR headquarters at 415.868.9244



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Jun 12 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Native Garden

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Native Garden

Jun 15 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
ACR Conservation Center

Drop in to help in the garden by weeding, planting, starting plants, adding habitat features or tool maintenance. Share your knowledge, skills, energy and experience, or just come to learn or help.

Host: Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 for more information.

Meet at ACR's Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA



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Audubon Canyon Ranch, Herons, Egrets and More

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Audubon Canyon Ranch, Herons, Egrets and More

Jun 15 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center

ACR Director of Conservation Science John Kelly will be a featured speaker at Golden Gate Audubon's Speaker Series. The program will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center located at 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary) in San Francisco.

A hundred years ago, herons and egrets were rare in the San Francisco Bay area. Now, after a long recovery from intensive hunting, habitat loss, and other previous abuses by humans, these elegant birds have become popular symbols of wetland health and conservation. Such symbolism is validated by their sensitivity to wetland quality and their importance as powerful wetland predators. This program will provide a fascinating look into the lives of herons and egrets, with insights from ongoing studies at ACR on the conservation of wetland landscapes, the effects of climate change, and the protection of heronries. In addition, John will share recent work on topics including shorebird responses to tidal marsh restoration in Tomales Bay and the dependence of wintering waterbirds on the seasonal spawning activities of Pacific herring.

John Kelly has been studying heron and egrets throughout the San Francisco Bay area for nearly 30 years. As ACR’s Director of Conservation Science, John manages ACR’s Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, works on local and regional conservation issues, and serves as a scientific advisor for a variety of conservation agencies and organizations. His scientific work is focused on the habitat relationships, population ecology, behaviors, and energetics of coastal and estuarine birds.



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Nature Connection: Pond Exploration Day

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Nature Connection: Pond Exploration Day

Jun 17 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

Come explore the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve and discover the wonders of nature at three ponds using microscopes, nets, buckets, tubs, and field guides. ACR’s Nature Guide volunteers will be available to answer questions about the diverse aquatic life living in the ponds.

Below are some of the curiosities you may discover:

•Damselflies emerging from their juvenile exoskeletons to turn into winged adults

•Giant toe-biter males with eggs glued on their backs

•Waterboatmen, backswimmers, phantom midge larvae

•Damselfly and dragonfly juveniles

•Newts and larval newts

•Tree frogs and tadpoles

Support ACR by Making a Donation When You Register!

ACR depends on the generosity of its community to administer education programs such as the Nature Connections and manage the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. Upon registering for this event, please make a donation!

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Jun 19 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Wildflower Friday

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Wildflower Friday

Jun 23 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves
Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self on an excursion to see and photograph (or sketch, paint, or write about) wildflowers on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. You're encouraged to share your best for a 'flower show' the next day at ACR's Conservation Center. Dave will coach beginners on close-up flower photography using a smart phone. You'll also learn about the ecology of the wildflowers, their pollinators, and their uses by wildlife and people. Click here to register on Eventbrite.    

 

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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Wildflower Show at the Center

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Wildflower Show at the Center

Jun 24 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
ACR Conservation Center

Stop by to appreciate wildflowers in the Native Garden and specimens from the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. Join a 10:00am walk to look at wildlife in the garden and ideas for improving the wildlife value of nearby wild spaces. View our slideshow of flowers that are currently blooming on the Preserves. See what's blooming now and learn about the ecology, pollinators, and uses of these plants by wildlife and people. You'll also learn a bit about ACR, the Preserves and volunteer opportunities.

Recurs monthly January through August.

Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 for more information.

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

 

 

Meet at ACR's Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA



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Conservation Talk: Fire Ecology

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Conservation Talk: Fire Ecology

Jun 24 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

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. In this presentation, we’ll discuss 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. Finally, we’ll present the program’s specific short- and long-term plans, objectives and rationale, and how these will be achieved.

Sasha Berleman, Ph.D., Fire Ecologist at Bouverie Preserve, joined ACR in October 2015. Sasha is the lead for the new Regional Prescribed Fire and Fuels Management Program. She recently completed a PhD in Scott Stephens’ world-renowned wildland fire science research lab at UC Berkeley. She conducted her PhD research on prescribed fire use in California landscapes for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) programs every year since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Mt Shasta and Klamath regions). She is a certified firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications and over 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. In addition to her PhD work, she has been actively involved in fire ecology and fire-use in the North Bay region since 2011, planning prescribed fire and monitoring projects with managers at Mitsui Ranch of Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation and at Pepperwood Preserve. In her time at ACR, she has already implemented monitoring protocol and trial experiments for future prescribed fires, and has begun bringing together diverse stakeholders to evolve a stronger and safer community for fire use, fire ecology, and fire safety.

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.

For directions to Martin Griffin Preserve, click here.



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Wildflower Tour

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Wildflower Tour

Jun 25 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join this excursion to see wildflowers of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves, one of the wildflower hotspots of Sonoma County. We'll stop at numerous places along the road, and then we'll hike to the top of Redhill (a 3-mile loop) looking for the first of the fawn lilies, baby blue-eyes, hounds-tongues, and others. You'll also learn about the ecology of the wildflowers, their pollinators, and their uses by wildlife and people. 

Recurs monthly through August.

Hike leader: Dave Self, ACR Resource Ecologist.

Click here to register through Eventbrite

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.

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 Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 ext. 503.



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Jun 26 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Bouverie Stewards work intimately with the land throughout the year at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. This dedicated crew assists with all sorts of habitat protection and restoration work, while learning about the ecology behind the project. The team meets most weeks on Monday from 8:30am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jen Potts or call 707.938.4554 ext. 305.

Click here for directions to Bouverie Preserve.



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Twilight Hike

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Twilight Hike

Jun 30 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Bouverie Preserve

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve as dusk arrives and the animals start to appear. Our twilight hikes are on select Fridays throughout spring and fall. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, flower-carpeted oak woodland and rugged chaparral. Hikes range from two to five miles.

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.

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.

Call Bouverie Preserve at 707.938.4554 ext. 110 with questions.



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