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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Another local (wildflowers) hike

See below from the good folks who run the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen: ________________ Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced its Backyard Naturalist Program on Wildflowers will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bouverie Preserve Biologist Jeanne Wirka will lead this class that explores the amazing world of angiosperms (flowering plants) at the preserve. Throughout the 535-acre preserve there are approximately… Read More »

Schedule for guided nature walks at Bouverie Preserve

Schedule of upcoming hikes, from the good people at Audubon Canyon Ranch. If you haven’t yet been out to their Glen Ellen property, or haven’t been in the winter, I highly recommend it. Although I wonder if the main creek through the property will have any water at all in it, given our historic drought conditions. As for me, I’ve been hiking mostly in Annadel these days – which looks as parched as I’ve ever seen it. But it’s still… Read More »

Volunteer: Milk thistle removal

The folks at Audubon Canyon Ranch are hosting a volunteer workday soon in case you want to get your hands dirty and do some good. It will take place¬†at their Mayacamas Mountain Sanctuary property about seven miles northeast of Healdsburg on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.   Here’s the official info: “Invasives work day. Join Dave Self and Sherry Adams for a half day of restoration. We will focus on manual removal of milk thistle. This introduced… Read More »

SPOTTED: Black bear at Modini Preserve

Sometimes those automated cameras that are set up deep inside parks show some interesting visitors. At the Modini Ingalls Ecological Preserve and Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, the 1,750-acre preserve ¬†northeast of Healdsburg, an Audubon Canyon Ranch motion-sensor camera captured this shot of a black bear at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31. The land, which has been owned by the Modini and Ingalls families for more than a century and was donated to the Audubon group, will never be developed and is… Read More »

Inside the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen

[imagebrowser id=72]   I like the story (both the long and the short versions) of how the Bouverie Preserve came to be. In brief, the only daughter of John Jacob Astor IV married a gentleman architect named David Bouverie, who liked trails and open space. They divorced, but the mixture of her money and his passion and creativity ultimately led to the donation in 1979 of about 535 acres of prime land in the Valley of the Moon that will… Read More »