Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Audubon Canyon Ranch offers exploration and learning opportunities for nature enthusiasts of all ages on three of its preserves: the Martin Griffin Preserve, the Bouverie Preserve and the Modini Mayacamas Preserves.

Join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, observe nesting birds and migrating newts, learn about native peoples' use of the land, hike past wildflower meadows and through redwood groves. Visitation is limited on all three preserves in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

Week of January 14, 2018

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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

Jan 14 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 Mountain Lion Project Team, 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 15 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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Learning to Read (the Landscape)

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Learning to Read (the Landscape)

Jan 20 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self and start learning how to read the landscape of the Modini Mayacamas. The reading is challenging and is rarely precise, but it’s all around us: in the distribution, size and shape of trees and shrubs; the size and shape of lichen on the rocks; the color of soil; and the location and size of bunchgrasses. Sometimes, if you use careful observation, and apply careful thought and logic, it’ll lead you to discover an old homestead, a Native campsite, a sense of when an old stagecoach route was built or abandoned, or when the last wildfire burned a place.

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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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