you noticed?... It's springtime! It would be hard to miss with
signs of spring surrounding us. We hope you'll visit an
Audubon Canyon Ranch preserve this season. Read on to find out how.
Come see the birds! The Bolinas Lagoon Preserve
opens to the public this weekend
Bolinas Lagoon Preserve in
West Marin now through mid summer to watch egrets and herons courting
and nesting in a historical, coastal setting. A short hike uphill
to a viewing platform offers a rare glimpse into the nests. Learn
from volunteer nature guides as you witness the courting habits of
these elegant birds.
a picnic and hike the 8 miles of trails.
weekends and holidays: 10 am - 4 pm
more information and directions, click here.
- baby blue eyes, hounds tongue, and red larkspur - dot the
hillsides of the Bouverie Preserve with springtime color.
29, April 12 & 19, and May 17, 2008
Nancy at 707/938-4554 to register.
Learn to be a Nature Photo Pro
ACR Board President Bryant Hichwa for two special classes this spring,
and learn while supporting ACR programs.
Become skilled at the use
of digital photographic equipment in the field and learn how to capture
stunning wildlife images during your travels. Classes will include
tutorials on key camera settings, how to best use natural lighting, how
to capture wildlife in the field, close up/macro photography of spring
wildflowers, and a demonstration of digiscoping. Bring your camera.
Essentials of Nature Photography for the Eco-Traveler
An Introduction to
Saturday, April 12th 9 am to 2 pm Bouverie
Digital Photography for the Intermediate
Saturday, May 10th 9 am to 2 pm Bolinas Lagoon
$300 each class or $500 for both
Every dollar will be donated to Audubon Canyon Ranch, as Dr. Hichwa
is contributing 100% of his fee.
register, contact Leslie at
Audubon Canyon Ranch is expecting!
a torrential downpour in January, dedicated volunteers planted
seedlings of an endangered species into the Bouverie Preserve's vernal
pools as part of an ACR habitat restoration project. The
majority of California vernal pools have been destroyed. They are
often found on the same lands that are used for development
and vineyards, which is why Bouverie Preserve's habitat
restoration project is so crucial for the preservation of native
proud to announce that the plant, Sonoma sunshine, a California native plant,
seems to be thriving in its new home, and the first flowerheads are
appearing on the plant. While it is still too early to consider the
restoration a success, this is a very encouraging sign.
sunshine has been state and federally listed as endangered since the
early 1990s, and only one patch remains in Sonoma Valley. We hope to
make that two.
Thanks to Audubon Canyon Ranch volunteers, who helped in
seed collection, propagation and planting. We also appreciate the
US Fish and Wildlife Service and Community Foundation Sonoma
County for helping to fund this project.