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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Aug 1 2016 - 9:00am 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 9:00am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jennifer Potts or call 707.935.8417.



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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

Aug 4 2016 - 7:30am to 3:00pm
ACR Conservation Center

7:30-9:00am (summer hours) - Native Gardening: Help with the native garden and share ideas and enthusiasm for education in the garden too.

9:00am-10:30am - Walk, Talk,Tea & a Tale in the Native Garden: Meet the native plants, look for native insects and birds, sit for a little tea and a tale or talk about native plants as habitat or related subjects. Each time we'll try to have a native plant to taste or sniff or make something with, or we'll have a tale to tell or a kid's story to read.

10:30-11:30am & Noon-3:00pm - Visit the Garden and Center: Drop by to visit the garden, see Nature Art on display, learn about ACR and plans for the Center, or talk about volunteering with Dave Self, ACR's Resource Ecologist for the Modini Mayacamas.

Hosts: David Self, ACR Resource Ecologist & Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

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

Pre-registration is appreciated. Register on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page.

Meet at the Modini Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA. Park south of us, or around the block. (If you park north of us, there is a 3-hour limit).

 



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Birds & Botany

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Birds & Botany

Aug 5 2016 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Hike the forests, meadows and hills around Pine Flat and up Redhill 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.

Registration Required through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page. Limit 15 

Bring Lunch, water and binoculars

Meeting Spot Schoolhouse Flat, 30 minutes up Pine Flat Rd from Jimtown and Hwy 128.  Drive about 8 miles up Pine Flat Rd. and park in the pullout by the sign: Schoolhouse Flat. Look for the white egret truck.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No pre-registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $15-25/person. 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 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.



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Wildflowers of Summer Photography Hike

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Wildflowers of Summer Photography Hike

Aug 6 2016 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self for a drive with several hikes and lots of wildflower photography (beginners are welcome). We'll meet over a dozen wildflowers that are vital summer nectar sources for native bees, butterflies hummingbirds and other pollinators. As always I'll point out issues of habitat history and restoration potential for these flowers and their pollinators.

Bring Bring your smart-phone (or other camera), extra water, lunch and a hat.

Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page. Limit 15

Meet STARTS AT 9:30 AT THE JUNCTION OF PINE FLAT ROAD & RED WINERY ROAD, 3/4 mile north on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 by Jimtown.

Check the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page the night before in case we reschedule due to weather.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No preregistration is necessary unless otherwise noted, and all hikes are free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets 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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.

Questions? Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Aug 8 2016 - 9:00am 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 9:00am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jennifer Potts or call 707.935.8417.



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Iconic Cats

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Iconic Cats

Aug 10 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Napa Library, Main Branch

Join ACR Wildlife Ecologist Dr. Quinton Martins, to learn about the role of mountain lions and other top predators in our ecosystem. He will share his experiences of studying and conserving big cats in South Africa while highlighting how charismatic and iconic predators like leopards and mountain lions act as superheros for conservation. Learn about the new Mountain Lion Project, a community based project designed to increase scientific and public understanding of these magnificent creatures.

When: Wednesday August 10th at 7:00pm
Where: Napa Main Library (580 Coombs St, Community Room)
Cost: Free; please note - voluntary donations will be requested.
*All donations go towards costs associated with WILD NAPA.
Learn more: NapaRCD.org, 707-252-4189 x108



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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

Aug 11 2016 - 7:30am to 3:00pm
ACR Conservation Center

7:30-9:00am (summer hours) - Native Gardening: Help with the native garden and share ideas and enthusiasm for education in the garden too.

9:00am-10:30am - Walk, Talk,Tea & a Tale in the Native Garden: Meet the native plants, look for native insects and birds, sit for a little tea and a tale or talk about native plants as habitat or related subjects. Each time we'll try to have a native plant to taste or sniff or make something with, or we'll have a tale to tell or a kid's story to read.

10:30-11:30am & Noon-3:00pm - Visit the Garden and Center: Drop by to visit the garden, see Nature Art on display, learn about ACR and plans for the Center, or talk about volunteering with Dave Self, ACR's Resource Ecologist for the Modini Mayacamas.

Hosts: David Self, ACR Resource Ecologist & Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

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

Pre-registration is appreciated. Register on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page.

Meet at the Modini Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA. Park south of us, or around the block. (If you park north of us, there is a 3-hour limit).

 



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Access Orientation & Optional Hike

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Access Orientation & Optional Hike

Aug 12 2016 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self from 8:00am - 10:30am for an introduction to the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. At several stops he’ll introduce the preserve, it’s history, and guidelines and resources for enjoying all the preserve has to offer. Agree to preserve rules, and you will be given a trail guide and permit for independent hiking.

After orientation you can join Dave for a hike from 10:30am - 2:00pm to appreciate wildflowers and views, or explore on your own.

If hiking after orientation, bring a lunch & water; dress for the weather & sun!

Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page

Meet beside Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Rd, 4020 Pine Flat Rd, Geyserville, CA (map). Look for the White Egret Truck at the Junction of Red Winery & Pine Flat Rds.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No pre-registration is necessary unless otherwise noted, and all hikes are free.

Questions? Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self or 707.431.8184 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.



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Twilight Hike

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Twilight Hike

Aug 12 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
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.

Suggested donation $15/person. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made a month in advance of each respective hike. Reservations are not definite until confirmed.

Click here to make a reservation by e-mail with the following information:

  • The hike date you wish to reserve
  • First and last name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • The number of people in your party (limit 6)

Call Bouverie Preserve at 707.938.4554 ext. 110 with questions.



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Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife

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Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife

Aug 13 2016 - 5:30am to 8:00am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer sunrise - in solitude, while listening and watching for birds and other early morning wildlife. When we get back together, we'll share observations. A dawn coyote chorus is not uncommon, jays and acorn woodpeckers will probably make themselves heard, and who knows what else might wander by (bobcats, bears or mountain lions, oh my!?). Bring extra water, binoculars, a cushion if you'd like, and be prepared, with layers, for the early morning chill.

Note: we'll do this into late September too, and again in spring for the dawn chorus.

Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page

Meet beside Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Rd, 4020 Pine Flat Rd, Geyserville, CA (map). Look for the White Egret Truck at the Junction of Red Winery & Pine Flat Rds.

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.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No pre-registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $15-25/person. 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 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.



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Sunset, Moon & Four Planets + Optional Shooting Star Campout

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Sunset, Moon & Four Planets + Optional Shooting Star Campout

Aug 13 2016 - 7:00pm to 11:45pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self for Sunset (bring lawn chair, no hiking required) and stay for the planets and stars. If skies are clear we may see an early evening line up of four visible planets (Saturn Mars, Jupiter and Venus) and the waxing moon, followed by star-gazing (please bring your telescope!). Dave will be camping over, and would love company for pre-dawn viewing of the Perseid meteor shower (3:00am-5:30am), with estimates of 100 visible meteors per hour - should be a great show! Dave will lead a Nature walk in the morning, to appreciate wildflowers and the singing of early birds!

RSVP required on the Modini Mayacamas Preserve's Meetup page.  

Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at 7:00pm at 10,000 Pine Flat Road, about 25 minutes up Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown.

Directions

From Healdsburg, take Alexander Valley road. In about 3 miles go straight at the all-way stop. You are now on Hwy 128. In about half a mile, the road makes a 90 degree turn to the right, do not follow it. On that corner, turn left (so that you continue going straight) onto Pine Flat Rd. Look at odometer. Continue straight on Pine Flat where Red Winery Road comes in on the left. Travel about 9 miles on Pine Flat Rd. It is a narrow and winding road, with a lot of wildlife in the evening hours, expect this to be a slow 9 miles. On your right there will be a green sign that reads "10,000 Pine Flat Road". Turn right at that gravel driveway.

Camping

Primitive, with a primitive toilet set-up.

No fire and no smoking.

We have bears, so keep any food in the car overnight.

Bring: drinking water, flashlights and chair plus camping gear if you plan to stay late or stay overnight. Also bring extra layers or a good coat, as it can get chilly at night.

Support ACR by Making a Donation When You Join a Hike!

ACR depends on the generosity of its community to administer education programs and to manage the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. We suggest $15-25 per attendee per event. 

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.

 



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Aug 15 2016 - 9:00am 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 9:00am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jennifer Potts or call 707.935.8417.



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Rising Moon & Setting Sun Hike

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Rising Moon & Setting Sun Hike

Aug 17 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self for a hike up Redhill to watch the full moon rising over the Mayacamas at about 7:45pm, followed by sunset at about 8:00pm. After we watch a few stars, we'll wander down, appreciating the quiet and the light of the full moon.

RSVP required on the Modini Mayacamas Preserve's Meetup page.  

Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at 7:00pm at 10,000 Pine Flat Road, about 25 minutes up Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown.

Bring drinking water, flashlight and a chair. Also bring extra layers or a good coat, as it can get chilly at night.

Support ACR by Making a Donation When You Join a Hike!

ACR depends on the generosity of its community to administer education programs and to manage the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. We suggest $15-25 per attendee per event. 

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.

 



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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

Aug 18 2016 - 7:30am to 3:00pm
ACR Conservation Center

7:30-9:00am (summer hours) - Native Gardening: Help with the native garden and share ideas and enthusiasm for education in the garden too.

9:00am-10:30am - Walk, Talk,Tea & a Tale in the Native Garden: Meet the native plants, look for native insects and birds, sit for a little tea and a tale or talk about native plants as habitat or related subjects. Each time we'll try to have a native plant to taste or sniff or make something with, or we'll have a tale to tell or a kid's story to read.

10:30-11:30am & Noon-3:00pm - Visit the Garden and Center: Drop by to visit the garden, see Nature Art on display, learn about ACR and plans for the Center, or talk about volunteering with Dave Self, ACR's Resource Ecologist for the Modini Mayacamas.

Hosts: David Self, ACR Resource Ecologist & Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

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

Pre-registration is appreciated. Register on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page.

Meet at the Modini Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA. Park south of us, or around the block. (If you park north of us, there is a 3-hour limit).

 



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Third Saturday Stewardship

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Third Saturday Stewardship

Aug 20 2016 - 7:30am to 10:30am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self and the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards each third Saturday of the month for a habitat restoration project on the Preserves. We'll get some exercise, make friends, learn plants and wildlife, help heal habitat and have some fun too! Tasks for these workdays shift with the season, weather and status of the plants and vegetation. Tasks may include invasive species removal, trail maintenance, native planting, weeding around plantings, seed collecting, seeding, etc.

No experience necessary. Note that the ground is often uneven, with fallen branches, rocks and brambles, so wear study shoes and work clothes. ACR will provide necessary tools. If you have any tools at home, you may bring them. Particularly useful tools include hand trowels, hand picks, and knee pads. No power tools please!

Bring water, lunch, work gloves. Wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes. I'll have extra work gloves. 

Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page. Limit 12.

Meet STARTS AT 7:30 AT THE JUNCTION OF PINE FLAT ROAD & RED WINERY ROAD, 3/4 mile north on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown - to carpool to the Preserve.

Check the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page the night before in case we reschedule due to weather.

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets 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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.

Questions? Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.



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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Day

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Docent Orientation / Recruitment Day

Aug 20 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Martin Griffin Preserve

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

An ACR docent is someone with an abiding love of nature and a desire to share that appreciation & enthusiasm with children aged 9-11. Docents receive exceptional coursework in the natural history of Northern California's diverse ecosystems as well as training in the dynamics of working with children in these natural settings.

Join us for an orientation program beginning with a brief overview of the 24-week college-level naturalist training program and ending with an hour-long hike on the trail. Seasoned Martin Griffin Preserve docents will lead the hikes and be available to answer questions about the training program.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Can't make this date? Choose from all dates this spring and summer:
April 7, April 23, May 5, May 21, June 2, June 18, July 14, August 20

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

Aug 22 2016 - 9:00am 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 9:00am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jennifer Potts or call 707.935.8417.



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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

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Native Garden Projects & Open Hours

Aug 25 2016 - 7:30am to 3:00pm
ACR Conservation Center

7:30-9:00am (summer hours) - Native Gardening: Help with the native garden and share ideas and enthusiasm for education in the garden too.

9:00am-10:30am - Walk, Talk,Tea & a Tale in the Native Garden: Meet the native plants, look for native insects and birds, sit for a little tea and a tale or talk about native plants as habitat or related subjects. Each time we'll try to have a native plant to taste or sniff or make something with, or we'll have a tale to tell or a kid's story to read.

10:30-11:30am & Noon-3:00pm - Visit the Garden and Center: Drop by to visit the garden, see Nature Art on display, learn about ACR and plans for the Center, or talk about volunteering with Dave Self, ACR's Resource Ecologist for the Modini Mayacamas.

Hosts: David Self, ACR Resource Ecologist & Susan Maxwell, Volunteer Gardener/Naturalist

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

Pre-registration is appreciated. Register on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page.

Meet at the Modini Conservation Center, 226 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA. Park south of us, or around the block. (If you park north of us, there is a 3-hour limit).

 



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Fourth Friday Stewardship

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Fourth Friday Stewardship

Aug 26 2016 - 7:30am to 11:30am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self each fourth Friday of the month to give nature a hand with stewardship around Ferguson Spring. We'll get some exercise, make friends, learn plants and wildlife, help heal habitat - and have some fun too! Tasks for these workdays shift with the season, weather and status of the plants and vegetation. Tasks may include invasive species removal, trail maintenance, native planting, weeding around plantings, seed collecting, seeding, etc.

No experience necessary. Note that the ground is often uneven, with fallen branches, rocks and brambles, so wear study shoes and work clothes. ACR will provide necessary tools. If you have any tools at home, you may bring them. Particularly useful tools include hand trowels, hand  picks, and knee pads. No power tools please! 

Meet at 7:30am beside Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Rd, 3/4 mile north on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown - to carpool up to the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. 4020 Pine Flat Rd, Geyserville, CA (map).

Bring extra water, lunch and work gloves. Wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes. I'll have extra work gloves. 

Pre-register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page. Limit 12.

Check the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup Page the night before in case we reschedule due to weather.

Steep, Wild Country, No Facilities, No Pets 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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.

Questions? Contact ACR Resource Ecologist David Self at 707.431.8184 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.



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Reconnecting Culture with Conservation

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Reconnecting Culture with Conservation

Aug 26 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
ACR Conservation Center

Join ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self and come by the ACR Conservation Center to share your nature art, recent wildflower photographs, a new song, a carving, a story, a landscape painting from Pine Flat Road, an entry from your nature journal, a sketch, a poem, etc., with other 'artists.' Or just drop by to see what others are sharing. Perhaps Dave will share a photo or poem, maybe a bit of story, perhaps a sketch. What about you?

*Limit 15* Pre-register at our Friends of Modini Mayacamas Meetup & let us know what you might be sharing.

Repeats every 3rd Friday.

Meet: 226 Center St, Healdsburg, CA (map)

Host: ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self



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Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife

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Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife

Aug 27 2016 - 5:30am to 8:00am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer sunrise - in solitude, while listening and watching for birds and other early morning wildlife. When we get back together, we'll share observations. A dawn coyote chorus is not uncommon, jays and acorn woodpeckers will probably make themselves heard, and who knows what else might wander by (bobcats, bears or mountain lions, oh my!?). Bring extra water, binoculars, a cushion if you'd like, and be prepared, with layers, for the early morning chill.

Note: we'll do this into late September too, and again in spring for the dawn chorus.

Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page

Meet beside Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Rd, 4020 Pine Flat Rd, Geyserville, CA (map). Look for the White Egret Truck at the Junction of Red Winery & Pine Flat Rds.

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.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No pre-registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $15-25/person. 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 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.



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Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife

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Sunrise Solitude & Early Morning Wildlife

Aug 28 2016 - 5:30am to 8:00am
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Meet ACR Resource Ecologist Dave Self at the junction of Pine Flat Rd. and Red Winery Rd., 3/4 mile 'east' on Pine Flat Rd from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. We'll drive up to the Preserve, with each person claiming an individual sit-spot. We'll each settle in to appreciate the summer sunrise - in solitude, while listening and watching for birds and other early morning wildlife. When we get back together, we'll share observations. A dawn coyote chorus is not uncommon, jays and acorn woodpeckers will probably make themselves heard, and who knows what else might wander by (bobcats, bears or mountain lions, oh my!?). Bring extra water, binoculars, a cushion if you'd like, and be prepared, with layers, for the early morning chill.

Note: we'll do this into late September too, and again in spring for the dawn chorus.

Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page

Meet beside Pine Flat Rd at Red Winery Rd, 4020 Pine Flat Rd, Geyserville, CA (map). Look for the White Egret Truck at the Junction of Red Winery & Pine Flat Rds.

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.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No pre-registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $15-25/person. 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 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.



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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

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Documenting Wildlife on the Mayacamas

Aug 28 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Come and spend the morning with ACR Volunteer, Docent and Wildlife Camera Specialist Ginny Fifield to learn about some of the wildlife that inhabits the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. We'll learn about identifying field signs of mountain lions, bobcat, coyotes and more. We will also visit two wildlife trail cameras, where we'll view new unseen photos/videos - to see if the field signs match the pictures! Total hike is about 3 miles. Ginny is a Docent at the Martin Griffin Preserve, and a Modini Mayacamas Preserves Volunteer, with lots of great field and camera experience studying coyotes and mountain lions. Click here to see past footage from the wildlife cameras. Check our Meetup page in the morning in case we reschedule due to weather. 

Pre-registration is required. Limited to 15 participants. Register through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page

Bring Water and dress warm

Meet Ginny at the junction of Pine Flat Road and Red Winery Road, 3/4 mile north on Pine Flat Road from Hwy 128 at Jimtown. 4020 Pine Flat Rd, Geyserville, CA (map). Look for Ginny's silver Prius.

General Info Hikes are hosted by Audubon Canyon Ranch staff. No preregistration is necessary unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $15-25/person. 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 or visit the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Meetup page.

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. The sanctuary also hosts public guided hikes, which are posted on this website's calendar. For independent hiking, attend an orientation sessions, which are also posted here.



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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

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Habitat Protection & Restoration Stewards

Aug 29 2016 - 9:00am 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 9:00am to Noon. For more information, email ACR Resource Ecologist Jennifer Potts or call 707.935.8417.



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