Dragonflies, Damsels, Newts and other Denizens of the Deep
We are very pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between AVLT and Sonoma State University (SSU) and its Galbreath Wildlands Preserve (GWP) in Yorkville. When local rancher Fred Galbreath donated these 3,670 acres to SSU in 2004, he envisioned it playing a critical role in helping students of all ages learn from the earth and be prepared to address the environmental challenges of the future. By working with GWP, AVLT joins in this dream.
We are planning a series of learning journeys together to take place in 2017 and beyond. Many of them will be held on the preserve, where participants can learn from its varied landscapes and ecosystems.
AVLT board member Barbara Goodell, GWP Coordinator Margot Rawlins, and Linda MacElwee from Navarro River Resource Center (NRRC) are heading up the project, and in their words, “Joining forces gives us access to open lands meant for discovery and learning and destined for preservation. Our missions align so beautifully”.
To kick off the series, AVLT, SSU, and the NRRC have scheduled two classes this spring: a two-part Pond Ecology seminar and a Wildflower Walk.
March 11 – Pond Ecology: Part One
Kate Marianchild, naturalist and author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, joins us to help you become familiar with pond ecology, including its plant, amphibian, insect and mammalian life through a lecture and learn format. Location will be in Anderson Valley.
April 15 – Pond Ecology: Part Two
Kate will be joined by biology experts from Sonoma State University as we visit the Wood Duck Pond on the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. This natural pond sits on top of a ridge, is spring fed and contains water year round. The wildlife is abundant and active this time of year.
May 6 – A Walk in the Wildflowers
We have intentionally scheduled this immediately following Anderson Valley’s Spring Wildflower Show and will invite some of our local wildflower experts to join us on this walk in the Preserve.
AVLT will send announcements in January with the times, locations and RSVP information for these events. To ensure that you are on our email list or for more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 707-895-3150.
These programs are made possible by a grant from the Pearson Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and support from Sonoma State University and Navarro River Resource Center.