Dates: May 18th– 20th, 2012 Location: Orleans, CA
Instructor: Wendell Wood Tuition: $250
Kids aged 15+, Meals and/or Lodging Included
Description: Explore the botanical diversity of the Klamath River canyon while staying at the lovely Sandy Bar Ranch, in Orleans, CA. This course will provide outdoor workshops in plant identification, as students hike and explore the different habitats found in the canyon. Additional evening programs will discuss plant identification techniques, the natural history of many local plant species, and ethno-botany. Class tuition covers lodging and some meals. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to register early!
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Date: May 12th, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Michael Parker, PhD
Kids aged 10+
Description: Explore the amazing diversity of the amphibians and reptiles found in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The day will begin with a classroom session, to help students learn to identify the many species of “herps” found in our region, and to learn about species distribution, ecology and conservation. Then, we’ll head into the field to visit a variety of habitats found within striking distance of the Deer Creek Center, to observe these creatures in their natural environment.
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Date: May 5th, 2012
Location: near Crescent City, CA
Instructor: Keith Bensen
2 hikers, Naturalist Certificate
Description: The central portion of Redwood National and State Parks’ Coastal Trail runs along a spectacular unroaded section of California’s north coast. This field-based class follows the Coastal Trail; observing the state’s fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Steller’s sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed. Read More
Date: April 28th, 2012
Location: Crescent City, CA Instructor: Gary Bloomfield
Tuition: $50 Naturalist Certificate, kids aged 12+
Description: This course begins with a field trip that visits Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide towards Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. We’ll seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Wimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. After the field portion of the class, there will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the identification and biology of the shorebirds of the Klamath coast.
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Wildflowers of Mount Ashland
Bob Gibbons, author of Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World (Princeton University Press, $27.95) lists Mount Ashland as one of the 50 best wildflower sites.
Here’s what USAToday article says about Mount Ashland, Oregon
“This southern Oregon peak lords over sprawling Klamath-Siskiyou region, home to 3,500 plant species, including lilies and orchids. While you’ll find peak blooms from late June through August, something should be blossoming between April and October. “It’s a wonderful flowery place,” Gibbons says.”
Mount Ashland is one of my favorite places to hike in the late summer. When all the wildflowers are gone from the valley, Mount Ashland flowers are still splendid and abundant. Drive to the Mount Ashland ski resort, drive through the parking lot toward Grouse Gap. The road bisects sloping meadows of wild flowers and the native bees and humming birds with extra vigor buzzing about.
Caught in the act! Out of the Chanticleer Inn B&B’s breakfast window, I witnessed a squirrel stealing some acorns out of the neighborhood Acorn Woodpeckers’ granary.
This picture, taken by my mobile phone, shows him munching on the top of the electric pole the woodpeckers use for granary. A few minutes later 2 woodpeckers chased him away.
Dates: April 14th and 15th, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Daphne Stone, PhD
Beginner/Intermediate level class, Naturalist Certificate
Description: Discover the wonderful and complex world of lichens! We’ll collect lichens from the meadows and forests around Deer Creek Center and then return to the classroom to identify and preserve specimens; examining their structures and learning terminology needed to discuss the basics of lichen identification. Students will learn to key lichens using Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll complete this class with a small personal lichen reference collection to further your lichen studies.
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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Where: Lower Table Rock
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway
When: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012
“Color Eggs for the Critters” an Eggs-Travaganza! at Wildlife Images.
March 31, 2012, 2:00pm
Children from 2 to 15 can come and help our animal care staff color eggs for the critters. Animal Keepers will place the colored eggs throughout the habitats during the following Easter weekend so that the animals have to forage for their food, and of course crack open the colorful shells. The animals love it! Free Event!