Sunday, October 21, 2018

Protected Lands: ROCKVILLE TRAILS PRESERVE

Gateway To Solano's Western Hills

Rockville Trails Preserve epitomizes the beauty, rural character and quiet splendor that is Solano County.

Filled with stands of blue and live oaks, temporal vernal pools, wildflowers and wildlife, Rockville Trails Preserve's 1,500 acres provide a connection to our past and a vision for our future.

As you explore this land, it is easy to imagine a time when Patwin Indians walked the oak forests and stood on the highest mesa to look out over the valleys below. The forests, rugged hills and high ridges that they saw hundreds of years ago are largely unchanged. This new natural park will be the gateway for visitors from the local community, the Bay Area and the Central Valley into the western hills of Solano County and beyond.

To read more please click HERE

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Kids’ Hike October 21 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm

October 21 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Join Solano Land Trust docents for the Halloween Kids’ Hike.  We will be decorating masks, then venturing out into the park looking for the creepy, crawling, slithering, skittering critters that live at Lynch Canyon.  The hike is free.  Parking is $6 (we cannot make change).  Bring water and snacks as we will stop along the way for a snack break.  All ages welcomed.  Hope to see you there!
Meet at the gravel parking lot at Lynch Canyon. Lynch Canyon can be accessed where the frontage rd., Mcgary Rd., and Lynch Rd. intersect.

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Friday, October 12, 2018

“Nature’s Bounty” Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve


October 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Get outside and enjoy a great hike in our newest open space! Discover views of Solano County and beyond. Explore nature’s bounty the way our local Native American inhabitants may have used it and come away with a new perspective of our surrounding area. Pre-registration recommended.

Free. Meeting location: The “Ice House” parking lot at the corner of Suisun Valley Rd. & Rockville Rd. You will meet there and carpool/caravan to the trailhead.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: There is no drinking water at this property. There is usually no shade. A potentially strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.  (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes  (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (4) Protection from the elements
(5) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

For more information click HERE!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Protecting Farms And Ranch Lands With Conservation Agreements

As in many areas of the United States, the conservation of farmlands in Solano County is a complicated topic. Preservation of open space and agriculture must be balanced against housing and industry development pressures. Farmers face increases in labor and water prices and competition from large-scale and international farming. The prime conditions for growing in Solano County, however, render the land irreplaceable. Conservation agreements assist the agricultural sector of the economy to maintain vigor and grow in production. And, the existence of large farms and tracts of open space contribute directly to the quality of life. In 2007, a local newspaper survey placed “rural atmosphere,” “small town feeling,” and “open space” among the top 10 best things about Solano County.

In 2002, Solano Land Trust completed an evaluation of the state of agriculture in Solano County and developed a plan for protecting this valuable resource by using conservation agreements. Funded by the Packard Foundation, the Agricultural Conservation Easement Plan proposes to protect lands with highly productive soils and adequate agricultural water. The plan identifies several sub-areas of the county—Dixon Ridge, Winters, and Vaca, Lagoon, Suisun and Green Valleys—as having high agricultural preservation priority. Solano Land Trust’s goal is to protect between 20,000 and 40,000 acres of agricultural lands with conservation agreements over the next 20 years.

What Is An Agricultural Conservation Agreement?

An agricultural conservation agreement is a voluntary legal agreement between the landowner and a conservation agency, such as Solano Land Trust. The landowner sells only the development rights of the property to the agency. The land continues to be used for agricultural purposes and is still owned by the farmer or rancher. Conservation agreements can provide farmers with the working capital necessary to maintain agricultural use of the property in perpetuity. In general, agricultural conservation agreements limit subdivision, non-farm development and other uses that are inconsistent with agriculture.

Benefits Of A Conservation Agreement

To Landowners

•  Retain private property rights to land after selling or donating easement—keep the family farm

•  Realize equity in land

•  Can reduce property taxes and provide significant other tax benefits, such as favorable estate tax treatment

To The Public

•  Safeguards the heritage and character of Solano County

•  Contributes to the quality of life in the county

•  Protects top-grade Class I & II soils for food production

•  Preserves agriculture as an economic mainstay of the county

•  Provides fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables

•  Supports local farmers and ranchers

For more information about agricultural conservation agreements contact Tracy Ellison at (707) 709-9026 or tracy@solanolandtrust.org

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches


October 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Recurring Event (See all) Free

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They’ll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

You will meet the docent at the Park and Ride and then carpool to the trailhead from there.

REGISTRATION: RSVP Recommended

Please note! Registration opens approximately one month prior to the hike. Double check the date of the hike on the registration link.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: There is no drinking water at this property. There is usually no shade. A potentially strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Meet at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot, McGary Rd. & Hiddenbrooke Parkway, Vallejo, CA.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.  (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes  (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (4) Protection from the elements
(5) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!
Note: Only really heavy rain may cancel.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sunday Supper October 7th 2018


Sunday Supper
October 7th, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Joyful Ranch
8212 Pleasants Valley Road
Vacaville CA 95688

For more information, contact Michelle at 707-709-9022 or michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Monday, September 24, 2018

Unlocking The Climate Solution



Climate action is happening right now--it’s coming from the ground up. Our science has shown us that nature is an essential solution to climate change, trapping carbon to slow future warming and defending us from the effects of warming already happening. Nature can trap 37% of the emissions needed to stabilize warming below 2°C through 2030. By nature we mean, better management of our forests, grasslands, agricultural lands and wetlands. Thirty-seven percent is 11.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dixon Mural An Homage To Farmers



What comes to mind when you think of the City of Dixon? For one woman — a Dixon native and artist — she thinks of farming and agriculture.

So much so that she created a 20-foot mural of a Solano County farmer and his dog, which can be seen from hundreds of feet away.

The San Luis Obispo-based artist Colleen Gnos wanted to pay homage to the town she calls home.

Gnos is the daughter of Dixon farmer and says the small farming community inspired her art.

She said she hopes the mural will create more appreciation for farmers who spend long hours working to bring fresh food to the public.

The art can be seen by drivers near Dixon heading East on Interstate 80.

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/local/dixon-native-paints-20-foot-mural-to-pay-homage-to-farmers/103-576584687

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Birds Of Prey Hike


September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm $10

Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present the first Lynch Canyon birds of prey hike of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey.  It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

COST: The guided hike is $10 per person. You can pay online when registering, or bring cash/check, payable to Solano Land Trust.

*NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Medicine Chests Of The Sea



Coral reefs are home to 25% of all marine species. All that biological diversity translates into chemical diversity which can be used in life-saving medicines that treat cancer. Our own survival depends on their survival. Together, we can and must save them.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Supper October 7th 2018


Sunday Supper
October 7th, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Joyful Ranch
8212 Pleasants Valley Road
Vacaville CA 95688

For more information, contact Michelle at 707-709-9022 or michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The DAWNing of Oiled Bird Washing



IBRRC Director, Jay Holcomb, reflects on how a dishwashing detergent became the number one tool for cleaning oil from wildlife.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Plein Air - Rush Ranch



Painting at Rush Ranch today. I'm not finished with this one, a little touch ups to do still, but the basic layout is there.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Washing A California Brown Pelican



IBRRC Director, Jay Holcomb, washes a storm-battered pelican with Dawn at International Bird Rescue Research Center www.ibrrc.org

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

We Are Hiring!


Interested in nature, local ag or the environment? Want to help protect land forever?  Join our team!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Labor Day Holiday Hike


Enjoy your Holiday outdoors! Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County while getting a workout! Up to 6 miles.

September 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

COST: Free!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Lynch Canyon Bike Ride



I took my Diamondback Haanjo Comp on a ride around Lynch Canyon Open space in Fairfield, CA. I think next time, I'll bring a mountain bike, but this bike still did amazing.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Yoga Hike August 18th


August 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Yoga Hike: Enjoy a walk in the beautiful open space of Rush Ranch led by Barbara Fredericks of Benicia Yoga & Wellness. She will lead you on a walk while stopping to incorporate easy yoga moves “for every body”. This is a free hike and no RSVP is required. Meet at the picnic benches. Bring water.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sunday Supper In October At Joyful Ranch


Sunday Supper
October 7th, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Joyful Ranch
8212 Pleasants Valley Road
Vacaville CA 95688

For more information, contact Michelle at 707-709-9022 or michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Revolution To Save The Caribbean's Coral Reefs



The Nature Conservancy is launching a revolution to save our coral reefs throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Joining forces with the world's best scientists, we are developing and deploying groundbreaking techniques to grow new corals and bring dying reefs back to life. Learn more about how we're fighting to save these unique and essential ecosystems before our oceans are irreversibly damaged.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Homegrown Chef



Backdoor Bistro heads outside for Sunday Supper 

Our community is fortunate to still have rural valleys with farms and ranches -- and very fortunate to have farmers. Not every community in the Bay Area can say that.

Chef Lindsey Chelini, owner of  Backdoor Bistro and Wine Bar in Vacaville, is passionate about local and seasonal food, cooking, and farmers. We are just thrilled that Lindsey will be this year's chef for the Sunday Supper at Joyful Ranch on October 7. Read On...

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Rush Ranch As A Lab



Strip-seeding to help ranchers

While walking to the overlook at Rush Ranch, it’s impossible to miss the seven acres of tall grass mowed in thick strips like crop circles pulled straight.

It’s not the work of aliens, but a U.C. Davis strip-seeding demonstration project designed to benefit ranchers and the environment. It is also an example of the important role that Rush Ranch plays in the conservation community. “Rush Ranch is a hub where science meets ranchers,” says Pelayo Alvarez with the Carbon Cycle Institute.

Based on the successful practice of strip-seeding by wheat farmers in the Midwest, professor Emilio Laca at UC Davis began in 2007 to apply the practice of strip-seeding to native grassland restoration in test plots on campus. The idea is to cut down the cost of planting native grasses, which improve soil health and carbon sequestration, are better for wildlife, and provide a longer foraging season for grazers.


Native grasslands once covered California hills, but have been reduced by 99% over the last two centuries. Native grassland restoration is expensive, and strip-seeding should make it more cost effective. Instead of broadcasting seeds across an area, strip seeding applies seeds in wide strips. It is expected that the seeded area will eventually seed the non-seeded strips of soil.

Go Rush Ranch!

The test plots at UC Davis looked good to Laca, but the technique needed to be tested in a working landscape. Rush Ranch is one of three demonstration sites. The others are Sonoma Land Trust’s Sears Point and TomKat Ranch on the San Mateo Coast. The sites were prepared in 2016 and seeded in the fall of 2017. The results at Rush Ranch have exceeded expectations. “Rush Ranch has been successful in ways I didn’t expect during initial establishment,” says Philip Brownsey, the rangeland ecologist who implemented the project.

Ranchers can’t often afford to take the risk of testing a new technique like this. This demonstration project, funded by the Coastal Conservancy, is testing the technique for them. The site will be monitored for one more year by UC Davis.

“Kudos to Solano Land Trust and the board for their willingness to engage in partnerships that benefit ranchers,” says Alvarez. “The way we keep ranchers around is to provide more tools for them to succeed.”

Balancing hiking trails, wildlife habitat and grazing can be a challenge, but with your support, land trust properties can serve as testing grounds for research, like this project, that benefits people and the environment.  If strip-seeding takes off as a strategy that is economically viable to ranchers and private landowners, the impacts will be vastly greater than what could be accomplished on protected property, alone. (Photos and text by Aleta George, June 2018.)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Green Solution To A "Green" Problem



See how we're stopping the spread of algae blooms in Lake Erie with natural solutions.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Protected Land: Rockville Trails Preserve


Gateway To Solano's Western Hills

Rockville Trails Preserve epitomizes the beauty, rural character and quiet splendor that is Solano County.

Filled with stands of blue and live oaks, temporal vernal pools, wildflowers, and wildlife, Rockville Trails Preserve's 1,500 acres provide a connection to our past and a vision for our future.

As you explore this land, it is easy to imagine a time when Patwin Indians walked the oak forests and stood on the highest mesa to look out over the valleys below. The forests, rugged hills and high ridges that they saw hundreds of years ago are largely unchanged. This new natural park will be the gateway for visitors from the local community, the Bay Area and the Central Valley into the western hills of Solano County and beyond.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Brown Pelicans Released At Fort Baker



On a bright, sunny morning, with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop, seven Brown Pelicans were returned to Northern California waters. These pelicans were nursed back to health after arriving sick and starving at the San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center. This release included some older birds that received care for fishing line injuries. All were returned to the wild with the help of our volunteers at Fort Baker in Sausalito, CA.

Monday, July 2, 2018

An Unexpected Lunch Date



Our early attempts at live prey training, while definitely humorous, did not yield the desired results!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Lynch Canyon Bay Area Ridge Trail Napa And Solano County Hike



Lynch Canyon Bay Area Ridge Trail Napa and Solano County hike. View of Napa, Vallejo, Benicia, Crockett, Rodeo, Marin County, San Francisco, Sonoma County

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

You're Invited! Sunday Supper October 7th 2018


Sunday Supper
October 7th, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Joyful Ranch
8212 Pleasants Valley Road
Vacaville CA 95688

For more information, contact Michelle at 707-709-9022 or michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Jepson Prairie Wildflowers



April visit to Jepson Prairie with Ariana to see vernal pool organisms and wildflowers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Acorn Woodpeckers At Work



Environmental Volunteer Bob Dodge explains the antics of the sassy Acorn Woodpecker.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Lynch Canyon Expansion



Chris Abess, Race Director for the Lynch Canyon Trail Run, explains the Solano Land Trust Expansion Campaign and how you can donate.

LINK TO DONATE on MOBILECAUSE FOR LYNCH CANYON EXPANSION CAMPAIGN: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/pLRHNA

SOLANO LAND TRUST: http://solanolandtrust.org

LYNCH CANYON TRAIL RUN: http://www.lynchcanyontrailrun.org

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Red-Tailed Hawk Release



The best part of our work — the successful release of a bird back to the wild — only results from the efforts of a small army of dedicated volunteers. Over 2,500 birds pass through our doors every year, and we need your financial support to get them flying again!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Help Us Reach Our Goal To Expand The Lynch Canyon Open Space Park By 150 Acres!



Together, we have the rare opportunity to expand Lynch Canyon by almost 150 acres. But – we need your help!

We have until July 1 to raise $100,000 to expand the trail system, habitat for wildlife and to keep the rolling hills between Fairfield and Vallejo just that, rolling hills – FOREVER.

Please help us by making a donation, or better yet, by becoming a fundraiser. Your donation and any money you raise will be matched, dollar for dollar, by an anonymous donor who has pledged $50,000.

Help us make sure that next year’s trail run will include new trails on this expanded Lynch Canyon.

For more information visit: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/TRAILRUN

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Citizen Science Friday

June 8 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all) Free


Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff will teach you all you need to know.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required two or more days in advance. Contact Jasmine at jasmine@solanolandtrust.org or 707-709-9028. Meeting place provided upon registration.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses, and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for the rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

Click HERE for more information

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Protected Lands: Jepson Prairie



Under wide-open skies, Jepson Prairie Preserve explodes into color during its spring wildflower display. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life.

Located ten miles south of Dixon, Jepson Prairie is the premier—and one of the few remaining—vernal pool habitats and native bunchgrass prairies in California. Purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 1980, the land was transferred to Solano Land Trust in 1997.

Today, vernal pools are rare. Before European settlement, bunchgrass prairies and vernal pools covered California’s vast Central Valley. In addition to Native American inhabitants, they supported large grazing animals and enormous clouds of migratory birds. As California’s population grew, and the majority of its 13 million acres of grasslands were converted to agriculture, the poor soils at Jepson made it more suitable for livestock grazing. Unlike other vernal pools that were filled and developed, the pools at Jepson still remain.

Vernal pools are temporary bodies of water formed when an impermeable layer of soil prevents groundwater seepage and traps winter rain in shallow pools. Vernal pools host plants and animals during a brief lifecycle that ends when the pools evaporate and the land becomes arid. A vernal pool larger than an acre is called a playa lake. The largest of these lakes within the Jepson Prairie Preserve is the 93-acre Olcott Lake. This ephemeral lake supports numerous threatened and endangered species, including the Delta green ground beetle known only from the 10 square-mile area surrounding the preserve. Other endangered, threatened or rare species include vernal pool fairy shrimp, Conservancy fairy shrimp, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, and California tiger salamander. The preserve also provides critical habitat for 400 species of plants, including 15 rare and endangered species such as Bogg’s Lake hedge-hyssop, dwarf Downingia, Baker’s navarretia, Colusa grass, and Solano grass (a new species discovered in 1959, but not seen since the mid-1990s).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rockville Trails Preserve


Gateway To Solano's Western Hills

Rockville Trails Preserve epitomizes the beauty, rural character and quiet splendor that is Solano County.

Filled with stands of blue and live oaks, temporal vernal pools, wildflowers and wildlife, Rockville Trails Preserve's 1,500 acres provide a connection to our past and a vision for our future.

As you explore this land, it is easy to imagine a time when Patwin Indians walked the oak forests and stood on the highest mesa to look out over the valleys below. The forests, rugged hills and high ridges that they saw hundreds of years ago are largely unchanged. This new natural park will be the gateway for visitors from the local community, the Bay Area and the Central Valley into the western hills of Solano County and beyond.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Red-Shouldered Hawk Babies Being Fostered By "Fiona"



Two Red-shouldered hawk babies from The Bird Rescue center now being fostered by 'Fiona" at Pacific Wildcare.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Be Part Of The 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike

Be Part Of The 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike On Saturday, June 2nd At 8am!

Register Now For The 5K, 10K, Or Half Marathon Run Because They Are Expected To Sell Out!

Run details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org 
Register at: active.com

Run, Skip, Hike Or Walk!
Teams Encouraged!
Costumes Encouraged! 

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run: 


Save money by registering early!

 To do the 2.5-mile community hike:

It's free! Just show up!

Note though, parking is limited.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: 
(1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for the following: routes include rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.
(2) Lynch Canyon is home to wildlife and it's a working cattle ranch—wildlife and cattle are free to roam as they please.
(3) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
(4) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(5) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: Trail running shoes with good grip.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Long-eared Owl Release



A thermal release of a Long-eared Owl that was rehabilitated at The Bird Rescue Center.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12th & 19th Trail Crew Help Needed!


When: Saturday, May 12th & 19th
Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where: Lynch Canyon Open Space
Free Pizza Lunch Provided! 


On the second Saturday of every month we offer trail crew volunteer opportunities at Lynch Canyon, but this month we are hosting 2 volunteer days in preparation for the upcoming annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike.

We need your help to ensure that this top-notch event keeps its reputation for being the perfect combination of "challenge & fun".

We'll supply the tools and the direction...We just need you to supply the muscle! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lynch Canyon Trail Run: Register Soon!

Be Part Of The 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike On Saturday, June 2nd At 8am!

Register Now For The 5K, 10K, Or Half Marathon Run Because They Are Expected To Sell Out!

Run details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org 
Register at: active.com

Run, Skip, Hike Or Walk!
Teams Encouraged!
Costumes Encouraged! 

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run: 


Save money by registering early!

 To do the 2.5-mile community hike:

It's free! Just show up!

Note though, parking is limited.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: 
(1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for the following: routes include rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.
(2) Lynch Canyon is home to wildlife and it's a working cattle ranch—wildlife and cattle are free to roam as they please.
(3) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
(4) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(5) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: Trail running shoes with good grip.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Birds Of Prey


About The Hikes & Workshop:

Lynch Canyon provides raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Each year from fall through late winter, Solano Land Trust docent and raptor expert, Larry Broderk, leads hikes and workshops so others can learn about the birds of prey that call Solano Land Trust properties home.  During this viewing season, you can join other binocular-wielding people who appreciate the connection between Solano Land Trust's protected ranchland and open spaces and the birds that rely on those lands for habitat.

Thanks to the ongoing conservation work at Lynch Canyon, and the donors who make this work possible, the land has resident yearlong raptors in addition to its wintertime visitors. During fall and spring migration, the bird population can double or triple.

“It's a wild, remote wilderness, and yet it's right in our backyard," says Larry Broderick. “Lynch has a great prey base, and that is a testament to Solano Land Trust's ecosystem management."

Learn More:

To hear about more events and receive our newsletter, CLICK HERE

Solano Land Trust runs conservation programs year-round, manages miles of trails, and assists landowners to voluntarily conserve their land.

For additional information call 707-432-0150.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

24-hours to Give Big - Giving Local Makes a Big Difference



Your donation, along with a $5,000 match we already received, will help us care for this land in a responsible and thoughtful way. Our environment is a reflection of each of us. Please help us reach our $10,000 goal today. Please give now.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Register Now For The Lynch Canyon Trail Run



Be Part Of The 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike On Saturday, June 2nd At 8am!

Register Now For The 5K, 10K, Or Half Marathon Run Because They Are Expected To Sell Out!

Run details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org
Register at: active.com

Run, Skip, Hike Or Walk!
Teams Encouraged!
Costumes Encouraged!

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run:

Details at: lynchcanyontrailrun.org

Save money by registering early!

To do the 2.5-mile community hike:

It's free! Just show up!

Note though, parking is limited.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: 
(1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for the following: routes include rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.
(2) Lynch Canyon is home to wildlife and it's a working cattle ranch—wildlife and cattle are free to roam as they please.
(3) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
(4) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(5) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: Trail running shoes with good grip.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Lynch Canyon Kite Festival Is Next Weekend! May 5th 2018


Bay breezes, grassy hills, and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon. Learn more about kite-flying at www.kite.org and www.nationalkitemonth.org.

COST:

• The festival is free!
• Parking: $6

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:
(1) All ages and ability levels are welcome!
(2) Dogs are not allowed (to protect wildlife, rare plants, and free-range cattle).
(3) Expect rough, uneven ground.
(4) We do our best to minimize it for the festival but expect some cow manure as this is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please.
(5) There is no drinking water.
(6) There is one outhouse.
(7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(8) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is a tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING:
(1) A kite.
(2) Drinking water.
(3) A picnic lunch.
(4) Protection from sun, wind, fog, and rain.
(5) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes.
(6) $6 cash or check for parking.
(7) Your friends and family!

MEETING PLACE: The grassy field for kite-flying is right beside the parking lot. 
CLICK HERE for directions to Lynch Canyon

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!
Questions? 707-432-0150 OR volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

URGENT! HELP US AND VOTE TODAY!



Please make sure to VOTE TODAY AND EVERY DAY UNTIL APRIL 30TH!

To vote now, click the link below, enter your information, select Bird Rescue (and only bird rescue), scroll to the bottom and hit submit!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mark Your Calendars: April 28th Rush Ranch Open House



Together Solano Land Trust and the Rush Ranch Educational Council have been sharing Rush Ranch with the community ever since. Come celebrate with us!

Entry is free! Any dollars you spend on lunch, raffle tickets, or arts and crafts will benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council, an all-volunteer organization that provides fun and educational programs for the ranch.

Rush Ranch is at 3521 Grizzly Island Road, off Highway 12, two miles south of Suisun City.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nature Unites Us



Celebrate Earth Day by choosing to ACT, VOLUNTEER and GIVE @nature.org/earthday

Nature connects us all!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run



Be Part Of The 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike On Saturday, June 2nd At 8am!

Register Now For The 5K, 10K, Or Half Marathon Run Because They Are Expected To Sell Out!

Run details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org
Register at: active.com

Run, Skip, Hike Or Walk!
Teams Encouraged!
Costumes Encouraged!

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run:

Details at: lynchcanyontrailrun.org

Save money by registering early!

To do the 2.5-mile community hike:

It's free! Just show up!

Note though, parking is limited.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: 
(1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for the following: routes include rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.
(2) Lynch Canyon is home to wildlife and it's a working cattle ranch—wildlife and cattle are free to roam as they please.
(3) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
(4) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(5) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: Trail running shoes with good grip.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The 2018 Photo Contest: Nature Conservancy



The Nature Conservancy's 2018 Photo Contest. Show us how you connect with nature and share your photos with us! Click the link below to learn more!...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Lynch Canyon Kite Festival: Saturday, May 5th


Bay breezes, grassy hills, and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon. Learn more about kite-flying at www.kite.org and www.nationalkitemonth.org.

COST:

• The festival is free!
• Parking: $6

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:
(1) All ages and ability levels are welcome!
(2) Dogs are not allowed (to protect wildlife, rare plants, and free-range cattle).
(3) Expect rough, uneven ground.
(4) We do our best to minimize it for the festival but expect some cow manure as this is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please.
(5) There is no drinking water.
(6) There is one outhouse.
(7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(8) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is a tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING:
(1) A kite.
(2) Drinking water.
(3) A picnic lunch.
(4) Protection from sun, wind, fog, and rain.
(5) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes.
(6) $6 cash or check for parking.
(7) Your friends and family!

MEETING PLACE: The grassy field for kite-flying is right beside the parking lot. 
CLICK HERE for directions to Lynch Canyon

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!
Questions? 707-432-0150 OR volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Friday, April 6, 2018

Suisun Marsh Pubic Access Meeting Tuesday, April 10th


Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
5:30-7:30pm
Suisun City Library
601 Pintail Drive
Suisun City, CA 94585
Come Join Us, All are welcome!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rush Ranch Open House April 28th



Together Solano Land Trust and the Rush Ranch Educational Council have been sharing Rush Ranch with the community ever since. Come celebrate with us!

Entry is free! Any dollars you spend on lunch, raffle tickets, or arts and crafts will benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council, an all-volunteer organization that provides fun and educational programs for the ranch.

Rush Ranch is at 3521 Grizzly Island Road, off Highway 12, two miles south of Suisun City.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Suisun Marsh Public Access Community Outreach Meeting


Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
5:30-7:30pm
Suisun City Library
601 Pintail Drive
Suisun City, CA 94585
Come Join Us, All are welcome!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

11th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival


Bay breezes, grassy hills, and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon. Learn more about kite-flying at www.kite.org and www.nationalkitemonth.org.

COST:

• The festival is free!
• Parking: $6

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:
(1) All ages and ability levels are welcome!
(2) Dogs are not allowed (to protect wildlife, rare plants, and free-range cattle).
(3) Expect rough, uneven ground.
(4) We do our best to minimize it for the festival but expect some cow manure as this is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please.
(5) There is no drinking water.
(6) There is one outhouse.
(7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(8) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is a tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING:
(1) A kite.
(2) Drinking water.
(3) A picnic lunch.
(4) Protection from sun, wind, fog, and rain.
(5) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes.
(6) $6 cash or check for parking.
(7) Your friends and family!

MEETING PLACE: The grassy field for kite-flying is right beside the parking lot. 
CLICK HERE for directions to Lynch Canyon

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!
Questions? 707-432-0150 OR volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Saturday March 31st: Guided Ride On Your Horse



Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion, and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine@cnken13@juno.com.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

At The Water’s Edge



The Nature Conservancy teamed up with local government, community members and partners to strengthen one of Grenville, Grenada’s most powerful allies against climate change – nature itself. The Caribbean fishing town has faced years of erosion due to a degraded coral reef, destroyed mangrove forests and severe weather. The Conservancy piloted innovative reef structures and planted mangroves along the shoreline to make Grenville more resilient to weather changes and erosion while rebuilding the marine ecosystems their economy and culture rely on.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Join Us On Our First Bikes & Brews Event On April 14th At Rockville Trails Preserve!


Join Us On Our First Bikes & Brews Event On April 14th At Rockville Trails Preserve!

Mountain Bike the hills of Rockville Trails Preserve with our mountain bike docents. Ride to be followed by beer tasting hosted by Bruehol Brewing. This property is not yet open to the public, so be a few of the first to ever ride on this property.

Space is Limited!

*Must be 21 or older to participate in the beer tasting portion of this event.*

Friday, March 16, 2018

Washing A California Brown Pelican



IBRRC Director, Jay Holcomb, washes a storm-battered pelican with Dawn at International Bird Rescue Research Center www.ibrrc.org

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jepson Prairie's California Tiger Salamander



The California tiger salamander is listed as both endangered and threatened. Dr. Chris Searcy, from the University of California at Davis conducts research on this unique California amphibian.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rush Ranch Field Trip



Don Broderson, a program educator with the Solano Resource Conservation District, explains to some dozen Gretchen Higgins sixth-graders the ecology of the Suisun Marsh watershed during a field trip Monday to Rush Ranch, a cattle ranch near Suisun City.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Trail Crew At Lynch Canyon

LYNCH CANYON 9:00am-12:00pm
Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free lunch and parking pass for the day.

Registration: None required. Just show up and be ready to work at 9am!
Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.


WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Plants Of Jepson Prairie



Follow along on a docent-led walk among the wildflowers of Solano County's Jepson Prairie, one of the best remaining examples of vernal pool habitats, remarkable seasonal wetlands that once dotted the Central Valley.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 3rd Nature Hike: King-Swett Ranches


Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for the rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (6) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!


Note: Only really heavy rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-2112.

COST: Free

REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Baby Bird Season 2018



Baby Bird Season is upon us! Beginning in February, our clinics will begin flooding with orphaned baby birds! While this season ALWAYS brings uncertainty as to how many nestlings will need our help, we are ALWAYS committed to helping each and every one.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Guided Rides On Your Horse: Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve



Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion, and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rush Ranch Horses



Hiking on the south pasture trail you will encounter some cattle and horses. These fellas thought we were bringing them some food.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Owl - A Funny Owls And Cute Owls Compilation



An owl is cute and funny. Owls are awesome. Check out these funny owls and cute owls in this funny and cute owl videos compilation.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Baby Grebe Feeding



This week we've got a nice surprise. Our photo of the week is a very young Grebe. We are still not sure if it's a Clark's or Western, but its definitely a precious Grebe.

It was rescued in Clearlake, CA and now in care at our San Francisco Wildlife Center. This is very unusual species to be caring for at this age. Our clinics usually see a majority of adult Grebes that are sick or injured.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Napa-Solano Audubon Society



A short slide show about the Napa-Solano Audubon Society, who we are and what we do.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Washing An Oiled Bufflehead Duck



An oiled Bufflehead duck is washed at the LA Oiled Bird Center in San Pedro, Los Angeles

Monday, February 5, 2018

Emerging Trends For 2018



TNC CEO Mark Tercek shares his view on a few emerging trends that bring hope to 2018.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018