Exploring the Bouverie Preserve
Opportunities to explore the Bouverie Preserve before -
and when! - the rains come are numerous. Take a look and sign
the beauty and rich natural history of this 500-acre protected nature
preserve with trained volunteer docents leading the way.
Saturdays throughout fall and spring; great for
families. Reservation required; donations appreciated.
Marin Community Foundation partners with ACR to protect
Audubon Canyon Ranch has been awarded a $50,000 grant from
the Marin Community Foundation - the primary center for philanthropy in
Marin County - to support the Four Canyons habitat restoration project
at ACR's 1,000-acre Bolinas Lagoon Preserve.
As part of the project, the grant will be used to provide comprehensive
training of conservation staff, land managers and volunteers in habitat
restoration and techniques to control non-native, invasive species.
Grant funds will also enable ACR to collaborate with neighboring
organizations to identify strategies for protecting these biologically
diverse lands far into the future.
"These lands are part of a global biodiversity hotspot and home to
an incredible community of plants and animals," said Daniel
Gluesenkamp, ACR Director of Habitat Protection & Restoration.
"The Marin Community Foundation's support of ACR's Four Canyons
Project gives us the resources we need to ensure native species
Audubon Canyon Ranch is grateful to the Marin Community
Foundation for its generous support.
Bolinas Lagoon Preserve Work Day
Like to get dirty? Good! We need you!
Come to work day and help us prepare the Bolinas Lagoon
Preserve for the thousands of students who will visit this school year.
Saturday, October 3, 2009 ~ meet in Picher Canyon
9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. lunch
Help us with trail and library work, pulling weeds, planting native
flowers or cooking lunch (we provide). Bring your favorite work gloves,
a water bottle and dress in layers.
ACR scientist to speak at local conference
Daniel Gluesenkamp, Ph.D., ACR's Director of Habitat
Protection & Restoration, will be speaking at the annual State
of the Laguna Conference and Science Symposium in October.
presentation entitled 'Invasive Species Control', Dan will argue that
modern natural resource managers must protect an expanding list of
desirable species against a changing portfolio of threats. As we
consider ambitious new tools and actions to counter effects of climate
change, he says, it is imperative that conservationists improve our
practice, become clear about our objectives, and undergo an efficacy
A gathering of local and national experts, the conference is
open to the public.
Audubon Canyon Ranch has been recognized as one of the
Best Places to Work by the North Bay Business Journal.
ACR was selected from 121 nominees by the Business Journal
editorial department based on several criteria, including the results
of an anonymous employee survey and a company application that provided
information on issues such as diversity, benefits and community
ACR will be honored at a gala reception on September 30th.
Apparently, the word got out... Help us welcome the
following new ACR staff members to their new jobs!
Britt Henke comes to ACR as
development assistant and brings experience from a range of
professional positions in the public sector, including a legal
assistant for a class action law firm and manager of development
at an environmental education organization. A graduate of the
University of Virginia, Britt's enthusiasm for the outdoors has led her
to the Rocky Mountains and now to ACR's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, where
she is happy to have rejoined family and is enjoying life on the
joins the ACR science team as the new Bouverie
Preserve Project Leader. Jen's background ranges from fire
ecology to farm work, and she recently earned her Master's degree from
UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She
will be responsible for leading Bouverie Preserve's habitat protection
and restoration projects, including oak woodland restoration, vernal
pools and invasive species removal.
Ximenes has taken over responsibilities of the
administravtive assistant at ACR headquarters on Bolinas
Lagoon. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Raquel moved to Marin County eight
years ago. Raquel brings to ACR a wealth of administrative
and computer skills. "My daughter and I are always
exploring the outdoors, discovering the small treasures surrounding
us," says Raquel. "Coming from a big, busy city really helps
me appreciate Marin County and its natural beauty. I'm thrilled to be
working for Audubon Canyon Ranch."
the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve...
by ACR Biologist Gwen Heistand was taken on the Griffin Loop Trail during
an afternoon hike. It can take a California Giant Salamander so long
to eat a banana slug that Gwen had enough time to run down the
trail, grab her camera, and run back up again.
"I've seen a California Giant Salamander trying to eat a banana slug
twice before. The one time I could actually watch the whole thing,
the salamander eventually gave up after about 3 hours ... too much
Gather up the
family and come explore autumn in the North Bay at the Bouverie
Preserve in Sonoma
Nature Walks are
family-friendly and on Saturdays. Reservation
required; no fee, but donations greatly appreciated.
winter color at
Bouverie Docent Gerald Mugele