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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Shorebird Identification Workshop

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Shorebird Identification Workshop

Oct 9 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Zoom Video Conference
Registration for this event is limited to active ACR volunteers. The workshop will cover:
  • A brief update on status of these birds on Tomales Bay
  • Review of the protocols used for our surveys
  • Shorebird or Waterbird identification, with emphasis on species typically seen at Tomales Bay in winter
  • Winter identification challenges
  • Tips for counting birds, on the ground and in-flight
  • Question and answer session
This workshop is offered to research volunteers and the larger ACR volunteer community. Space for each workshop is limited to 100 attendees, priority will be given to our active research volunteers, so please register early! To register, please email [email protected]Any ACR volunteer is eligible to attend, even if you do not plan to survey birds with us this winter.
If you are not already on our shorebird and waterbird project mailing lists, and would be interested in volunteering for these projects, please send an email to Barbara Wechsbergcontaining your name, address, email address, phone number, and the survey you are interested in. 
Event photo by Jackie Sones

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Fire Forward's Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Training

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Fire Forward's Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Training

Oct 10 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Bouverie Preserve

Fire Forward's Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Training

Learn the basics of wildland firefighting and prescribed fire-lighting in this blended online class with one day field training. The training is a two-part course: online coursework plus arduous pack test required prior to attending the in-person field day. By the end of the field day, students will have a basic, wildland firefighter certification (NWCG FFT2) and will be fully qualified to participate on any cooperative, future prescribed burns across the region. Skills acquired at the training include fireline communications, gear and equipment, how prescribed fire ignitions are run, how to operate a pump and install a hoselay, and more.

  • Cost: $120.00 (ACR offers a limited number of partial fee waivers upon request. Please email [email protected] to request a partial fee waiver).
  • Covid-19: mitigation's will be in place for everyone’s safety at the training. To that end, the entire event will be held outdoors with appropriate spacing, with hand sanitizer, masks will be required when in 6' of other people, shared tools will be disinfected between uses, food will be professionally catered and served. We also ask that you do not carpool to the event, unless with people already in your “pod” of exposure.

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

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

Oct 12 2020 - 5:00pm
Last House

ACR's Last House Program Coordinator Susie Allen is excited to announce the “Last House Writing Contest,” in celebration of the style and spirit of M.F.K. Fisher, who wrote Art of Eating, How to Cook a Wolf, With Bold Knife and Fork, and approximately 30 other books and who resided in her 'Last House' on ACR's Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen until her death in 1992.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Emerging writers of all ages are invited to submit original, unpublished essays, stories or articles exploring or conveying the connection between environmental conservation, science and nature, food and drink, and the cultures surrounding them.

NOTE: Due to the fires and the delays and complexities of this school year the Last House Writing Contest deadline has been extended for two more weeks, until Monday, October 12. Appropriate classroom assignments may be used for submission, with teacher’s permission. Famed chef/author Alice Waters has been added to the judges panel.

Deadline for submission of entries: 10/12/2020 at 5:00 p.m. Register at Eventbrite:

The judging panel, coordinated by Clark Wolf, includes some of the most accomplished, discerning writers, chefs, naturalists, and mentors working today:

  • Ruth Reichl
  • Harold McGee
  • Leena Trivedi-Grenier
  • Michele Anna Jordan
  • Elizabeth Fishel
  • Kennedy Golden
  • Jerry Di Vecchio
  • Jonathan London
  • Alice Waters

Entries accepted in three age categories:

  • Children (8–12) (must have parent or legal guardian's consent)
  • Youth (13–17) (must have parent or legal guardian's consent)
  • Adults 18 and older

Format: Essay or short story, PDF format, 300–500 words for children and youth, 750 words maximum for adults 18 and older.

Registration fee is $10/children and youth, $25/adults. Join as a new member of ACR with a donation of $65.00 and entry fee is waived. (No preference will be given to ACR members.) Register at Eventbrite:

Grand prize: A 2-night stay at a waterfront house in Bodega Bay. (Winner must be 21 or accompanied by someone 21 or older.) While you're in Bodega Bay, head over to Ginochio's Kitchen, where you will enjoy a $100. gift certificate for a fabulous meal of smoked meats and seafood eats.

Other prizes include complimentary enrollment in Elizabeth Fishel’s writing workshop in 2021, two books signed by Alice Waters (“Fanny at Chez Panisse” and “Fanny in France”), ACR swag and other goodies.

ACR retains royalty-free rights to edit, reproduce, share, and/or publish all winning work. ACR welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations and abilities.

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

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