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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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Feb 8 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards provide essential hands-on assistance to our land management team, including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant propagation, and other special projects. Come learn more about the Preserves by getting your hands dirty! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of most months from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

To learn more about our stewardship program or the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.433.1217.



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ACR Table at Steelhead Festival

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ACR Table at Steelhead Festival

Feb 10 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Lake Sonoma Visitor Center

Stop by the ACR table at the Lake Sonoma Visitor Center to say hello and learn about ACR's Nature Education, Conservation Science and Research programs and Volunteer opportunities.

The Steelhead Festival is a free event and celebrates the return of Steelhead to our watersheds. 

Rain or shine



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**CANCELED** Fire Ecology talk at Sonoma State University

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**CANCELED** Fire Ecology talk at Sonoma State University

Feb 13 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sonoma State University

[Canceled due to illness. Please join us at another event] Fire plays an integral, yet complicated role in our California landscapes. ACR's Fire Forward is taking a leadership role in the North Bay working with various agencies and land managers to address hazardous fuel loads and declining ecosystem health through the coordination of cooperative, ecologically planned, scientifically monitored, and safely implemented controlled burns. Join ACR's Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman, Ph.D. for this lecture on Fire Ecology as part of Sonoma State University's Department of Biology's Spring 2018 Colloquium. Click here for details.

Where: Darwin Hall Room 103
Department of Biology
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

 



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Field Botany Friday

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Field Botany Friday

Feb 16 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join us to explore the Modini Mayacamas Preserves each season in search of botanical beauty and interest. We’ll learn some plant ecology and ethnobotany from ACR Education Specialist Dave Self and others in the group. Depending on the season, we’ll look for late flowers and seeds; nuts and fall colors, winter ferns and trees; or spring wildflowers. We’ll also seek to add records to our Biodiversity of the Modini Mayacamas project on iNaturalist, so join iNaturalist and bring your cameras. You can also download our plant list here: MMP Plant List

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!



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History and Habitat in Pine Flat

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History and Habitat in Pine Flat

Feb 17 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self to learn about the rich history of Pine Flat and human influences on the landscape. We will discuss Wappo uses and the early Fur Trade, ranching and the Mercury Boom and Bust of the 1870’s, as well as recent protection. You’ll also learn a bit about current research and management of the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. For a pdf with links to the History of Pine Flat and other resources, click here.

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Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self by email or by phone 707.431.8184 ext. 503.



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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards

Feb 22 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

The Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards provide essential hands-on assistance to our land management team, including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, native plant propagation, and other special projects. Come learn more about the Preserves by getting your hands dirty! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of most months from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

To learn more about our stewardship program or the Modini Mayacamas Preserves Stewards, contact ACR Resource Ecologist Julianne Bradbury by email or by phone at 707.433.1217.



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Nature Photography Friday

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Nature Photography Friday

Feb 23 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join other nature photographers (amateur and professional) on a meandering monthly excursion around the Modini Mayacamas Preserves and share your visions of nature with the world. After our field time, each of us will add a few of our best images to an album that Friends of the Modini Mayacamas and ACR will use on the web (with credits and a link to your web galleries).

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$20 per person suggested donation. Contributions support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self or 707.431.8184 ext. 503



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Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats

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Native Uses and Management of Plants and Habitats

Feb 24 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Modini Mayacamas Preserves

Join ACR Education Specialist Dave Self for an introduction to some of the useful plants of the season. You’ll also learn how our landscapes were shaped by reciprocal relationships between the Wappo and local plants and habitats. One important interaction was intentional burning, which generated wildflower crops and lush browse for deer and other wildlife. We’ll also talk about ACR’s Mountain Lion Project and Fire Ecology Program.

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Questions? Contact ACR Education Specialist David Self by email or by phone 707.431.8184 ext. 503.



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Fire Ecology at LandPaths' Dawn Redwoods with Dr. Sasha Berleman

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Fire Ecology at LandPaths' Dawn Redwoods with Dr. Sasha Berleman

Feb 24 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
LandPaths' Dawn Redwoods Preserve

Join ACR's Fire Ecologist Dr. Sasha Berleman on this exploratory hike guided by LandPaths' Executive Director Craig Anderson. Dr. Berleman will join the hike as a guest expert. For details and to register for the hike, click here.

The hike will be at LandPaths' Dawn Redwoods Preserve in Santa Rosa.

Dr. Sasha Berleman leads ACR's Fire Forward. She has her PhD in wildland fire science from UC Berkeley, and conducted her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Shasta, Trinity and Klamath regions). She is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications. She spent summer 2017 on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, has planned and organized interagency private lands controlled burns, and has approximately 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. Sasha is a board member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

To learn more about ACR's Fire Forward, click here.



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Good Fire Program with Dr. Sasha Berleman

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Good Fire Program with Dr. Sasha Berleman

Feb 27 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Green Gulch Zen Center

ACR Fire Ecologist Dr. Sasha Berleman is a part of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's Good Fire Program. Learn about the beneficial role fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Fire experts will teach us about the different components of fire fuels, fire physics, and heat transfer during a controlled burn demonstration (weather permitting).

For more information or to register, click here.

Must be a Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy member to register.

Dr. Sasha Berleman leads ACR's Fire Forward. She has her PhD in wildland fire science from UC Berkeley, and conducted her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Shasta, Trinity and Klamath regions). She is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications. She spent summer 2017 on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, has planned and organized interagency private lands controlled burns, and has approximately 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. Sasha is a board member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

To learn more about ACR's Fire Forward, click here.



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Fire and the Lands We Call Home: A Renewed Approach for a Brighter Future

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Fire and the Lands We Call Home: A Renewed Approach for a Brighter Future

Feb 27 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Marin Art & Garden Center

The Marin Art & Garden Center welcomes ACR Fire Ecologist Dr. Sasha Berleman for a talk on fire ecology. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

This past October, the North Bay area experienced one of its most destructive and tragic human disasters in recorded history due to fire. Over the past hundred years, the human-fire relationship has been one riddled with animosity, and this antagonism has come at great cost to people and ecosystems alike. Yet it hasn’t always been this way, and it doesn’t have to be this way as we look to the future. Attend this talk to learn about fire’s long-standing and critical role in our ecosystems, and the ways our plant communities have come to depend on fire as an ecosystem process. Discover the thousands-years-old inextricable role that people played in that relationship, and how humans depended on fire for millennia in the same way our landscapes still do today. Finally, find out how we can renew our land management techniques and revolutionize our culture so that we can learn to live with fire rather than against it. Audubon Canyon Ranch is working with partners across the region, state and country to implement the National Wildfire Cohesive Strategy by innovating an all-hands, all-lands approach to increase the pace and scale of fuels treatments across the region, and we look forward to sharing our vision with you.

Dr. Sasha Berleman leads ACR's Fire Forward. She has her PhD in wildland fire science from UC Berkeley, and conducted her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Shasta, Trinity and Klamath regions). She is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications. She spent summer 2017 on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, has planned and organized interagency private lands controlled burns, and has approximately 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. Sasha is a board member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council.

To learn more about ACR's Fire Forward, click here.



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