Friday, December 14, 2018

New Year's Day Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve on Tues. 1/1/19


January 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

New Year’s Day Hike:  Kick off the first day of the New Year with a hike through the hills between Suisun and Green Valleys. Participants will see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of this opportunity if they can because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed. Up to six miles. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. Free.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Citizen Science Friday


December 14 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Free

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

Signs that tell stories: Educational signs can enrich an experience for visitors from all walks of life. Lynch Canyon is a treasure trove of learning opportunities and stories just waiting to be told. SLT and County Parks staff would like to expand our informational signs, but first, we need an inventory of what we have. We are also interested in your ideas!

Calling for all experience levels! There are 9 named trails at Lynch Canyon, ranging from easy to difficult, and we need to hike them all! Ideally, we will break into teams, one team for each trail. We are hoping to form teams between people familiar with the trails and signs and those who are still looking to the signs for direction. We need experienced Lynch Canyon volunteers to help us catch those out-of-the-way signs. Staff and Lynch Canyon volunteers may be so familiar with the trails that we take for granted the wayfinding signs that a newcomer needs, so we are also hoping for fresh eyes. Do you have a friend who keeps meaning to get out and exercise? Please bring them! Do you usually hike Kestrel? Consider teaming up with someone who usually hikes North Ridge Trail.

What we will do: Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot. We will break into teams depending on turnout. Those who need to leave strictly at 12:30 will be teamed together and given a trail that they can finish on time. I will hand out the sign survey forms, maps, and GPS units. Each team will hike a trail and fill out survey forms, GPS the locations, and take pictures of the signs they see. Along the way, please note any areas that you think could use signs. If we do not finish all of the trails, I will ask for volunteers to continue the project on a different day. If it is sprinkling, we will still hike. If it is pouring rain, we will still meet so that I can hand out forms, explain what information SLT needs, and we can plan alternative days for the hikes.

What you need to bring: Weather appropriate hiking gear. Layers are your friends. Don’t forget your water bottles!

When you RSVP, please tell me what difficulty level and trail length you prefer.

RSVP for this Citizen Science event to Jasmine by replying to this message or email Jasmine Westbrook at jasmine@solanolandtrust.org.  If you RSVP and can’t come- please give me a call or text (707-718-3234) so we don’t wait for you. THANKS!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

People And Conservation


Citizen Scientists are vital to our work

This summer, Sue Wickham passed the Citizen Science baton to project manager Jasmine Westbrook and stewardship coordinator Ryan Lewis. Since then, Jasmine and Ryan have introduced Citizen Scientist volunteers to new projects and revisited several of the old.

Ryan has taken members of the group deep into Rockville Trails Preserve to sample invertebrates in the property’s only year-round stream and to monitor red-legged frogs at the Vallejo Swett Ranch. Jasmine has taken volunteers to Rush Ranch to help survey the site of an upcoming restoration project and to help check mammal traps to support Shannon Skalos’s Northern harrier study.

Sue started the monthly Citizen Science program ten years ago to engage volunteers with hands-on science and projects on our properties. From planting trees to recording phenology, Sue and the dedicated volunteer team have ventured onto trails once a month on Fridays for years. Now retired, Sue is showing up to help as a Citizen Science volunteer.

Does this sound like fun to you? You can join the Citizen Scientists list by contacting Jasmine Westbrook at jasmine@solanolandtrust.org. No experience is necessary, and you are not required to participate in every event. We would love to have you join the team. Our volunteers and supporters give in many ways. Thank you.

Photos by Sue Wickham.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A New Beginning


Rush Ranch revitalizes veteran

It wasn’t the sight of the horses that triggered something inside of Brent Satterlee’s brain.

“It was the smell of manure and earth that started to bring back memories,” says his wife, Kristi Satterlee. “It was like a fog lifted, and he just woke up.”

Brent had spent 20 years in the US Army as a combat medic. Toward the end of his successful career, the otherwise strong and healthy man started showing signs of early onset dementia.

Although Brent and his good friend Kristi had known one another for thirty years, they rarely saw each other. Three years ago, they were reunited at a birthday party for Brent. Kristi was shocked to see how much he had declined due to the disease. He was dangerously thin and heading toward assisted living because he could no longer care for himself. The couple ended up marrying, and Kristi was determined to turn Brent’s health around. Her strategy included walks in nature, which prompted her to research local open spaces like Rush Ranch.

Memories of the land

Kristi knew that Brent had spent part of his youth on a large ranch in Northern California. On their first visit to Rush Ranch, she saw something spark in Brent while they were standing in front of the stallion barn. She talked to Monatte, the Rush Ranch steward, who told them that Access Adventure has a wounded veteran program. They signed up.

Brent started to visit Rush Ranch two days a week, where with Kristi’s help, he fed the horses, mucked the stables, and worked with Virgil, a long-time volunteer at Rush Ranch. Visits to Rush Ranch gave Brent something to look forward to.

“He started feeling like a man again. Everything about him sparkled, and he became alive,” says Kristi.

Sometimes the connection was quiet. On sunny days, Brent liked to nap in the grass outside of the paddocks and put his hand inside the fence. The mares and their foals would watch him and nudge his hand.

His renewal was evident at home, too, Kristi says. Before spending time at Rush Ranch, Brent had been put on palliative care, one step before convalescence. He was losing his language skills and was on a downhill slide. Since his visits to Rush, he started putting on his own shoes, taking out the trash, helping with dinner, and being more independent in general. Kristi and Brent hope that sharing their story will encourage more veterans to visit the ranch.

“We can’t change the outcome of his disease, but we can change our outlook on it,” says Kristi. “Being here lights him up, and he’s not in the gloom of his horrible diagnosis. It gives him hope, and his quality of life has gone through the roof.”

We are encouraged that this chance encounter at Rush Ranch gave Brent a new lease on life and hope that others will connect with nature as well. We are grateful for the generous support of donors and volunteers who contribute to the quality of lives, often without realizing the impact.

Brent and Kristi Satterlee’s story first appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of Vistas, a bi-annual print publication of Solano Land Trust that is exclusively for members and supporters. Become a member to support Solano Land Trust and receive Vistas with its uplifting content.

 By Aleta George. Photos by Tom Muehleisen.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Welcome Home Blanca


Shannon Skalos was thankful for something unusual this Thanksgiving.

Blanca, a female Northern harrier equipped with a transmitter, returned to her winter home in the Suisun Marsh on Thanksgiving Day. The raptor touched down at Grizzly Island on the holiday after an 8,300-mile roundtrip migration to the Arctic Circle, a journey that marks the longest recorded migration of a Northern harrier.

UC Davis doctorate candidate Shannon Skalos is researching Northern harriers in the Suisun Marsh and tracking their migrations. Blanca clocked in with the most incredible journey of the eight wintering females Shannon has been tracking. In the spring, Blanca left Suisun Marsh on April 1 and arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, by May 19, says Shannon. She continued northward to the arctic tundra where she likely bred and nested. Blanca’s transmitter revealed that she began her return migration on July 24, and stopped several times along the way to rest and refuel.

The brackish tidal marsh at Rush Ranch, part of the larger Suisun Marsh, offers all the comforts of home for a Northern harrier.  These small raptors have adapted well to living in marshes and have earned the nickname “marsh hawks.” They hunt in the open marsh and grassland habitats.

Shannon and her team have found that there is two population of harriers in the Suisun Marsh. Those spotted in the summer, breed in the marsh. Wintering birds, like Blanca, go elsewhere, usually north, to breed in the summer. Shannon is tracking females from both populations, using light-weight tracking devices that look like tiny backpacks. Until recently, GPS telemetry transmitters have been too heavy for smaller birds, and harriers are considered small raptors.

“The Suisun Marsh is one of the largest marsh habitats left in California,” says Shannon. “It is vitally important to all marsh and wetland adapted species, not just harriers.”

To look for Northern Harriers, we recommend Suisun Hill Trail at Rush Ranch. Female harriers are brown from above, while males are gray. Both genders have a distinctive white patch at the base of the tail, and beautiful banded patterns from below. Remember: Northern harriers have a white patch on their derriere!

By Jasmine Westbrook, Project Manager. Photo of Shannon by Billy Thein, USGS. Other images courtesy of Shannon Skalos.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches December 1st 9am-1pm


December 1 @ 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.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Protected Lands: Rush Ranch



"Rush Ranch Wins Hearts." That could be the headline for any story about Rush Ranch. Whether you're a child or an adult, a hiker, birdwatcher, biologist, teacher, photographer, poet or painter, or just out for a picnic, this Solano Land Trust jewel will win you over.

Rising out of the northeast edge of the Suisun Marsh, Rush Ranch stretches across 2,070 acres of marsh and rolling grassland. Purchased in 1988 by Solano Land Trust, Rush Ranch provides recreational and educational opportunities to thousands of visitors each year. The Ranch, with its historical buildings and self-guided trails, is located approximately two miles south of Highway 12 on Grizzly Island Road.

With funding provided by the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Coastal Conservancy, Solano Land Trust has completed a new Nature Center to showcase the many natural and historical features of the property. Donate now to the Rush Ranch Stewardship Campaign.

Within the property’s boundaries is one of the best remaining examples of a brackish tidal marsh habitat in the United States. Once a continuous tidal marsh habitat, the greater Suisun Marsh is now a vast complex of wetlands owned privately by local duck clubs. Only about 10 square miles of the historic tidal marsh remains, one-tenth of which occurs at Rush Ranch.

What’s special about a brackish tidal marsh? It is an important habitat for fish, bird and plant species, including many that are threatened and endangered such as the salt marsh harvest mouse, Suisun ornate shrew, Delta smelt, Sacramento splittail, giant garter snake, California clapper rail, California black rail, Suisun song sparrow, and the American white pelican. Approximately 230 different species of birds have been seen throughout the marsh and grassland habitats, and plant communities range from spring wildflowers to native bunchgrass and marsh-adapted vegetation.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Give Local Solano #GivingTuesday


Give Local Solano is a 24-hour giving event held in conjunction with #GivingTuesday. A day to celebrate generosity, kindness, and philanthropy by donating to nonprofit organizations all around the world. Donations to Solano Land Trust will be matched up to $10,000! Please help us reach our goal of $20,000!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Protected Lands: KING-SWETT RANCHES


The King-Swett Ranches are a hidden treasure yet to be discovered by most Bay Area residents. This nearly 4,000-acre expanse of land straddles the southwestern corner of Solano County. Views from atop King Ranch sweep across the Suisun Marsh all the way to the Sierras, with Mount Diablo rising to the south. On the western edge of Vallejo-Swett Ranch, views include the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and the Napa River and marshes.

The steep hilly grasslands, oak woodlands, and riparian corridors provide habitat for a wide variety of species, including many that are rare and endangered. Johnny-jump-ups provide habitat for rare butterflies. Several ponds provide prime habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog. Slivers of serpentine soils support native grasses such as purple needlegrass, blue wild rye, and numerous wildflowers. The hills are a raptor’s paradise where golden eagles, Northern harriers, burrowing owls, and Swainson’s, Cooper’s and red-tailed hawks scan the open grasslands for food. Birders will delight in spotting Northern orioles, towhees, Western bluebirds, Swainson’s thrushes, Western kingbirds, black phoebes, tree swallows, and western meadowlarks. Mammals include black-tailed deer, coyotes and ground squirrels.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CANCELLED: REI Ridge Trail Day 2018

Rescheduled for November 17, 2018
 Photo Courtesy of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

CANCELLED DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY

You Are Invited to Volunteer for... 
Ridge Trail Day 2018

When: Saturday, November 17


Time: 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM


Where: Newell Open Space & Lynch Canyon

On November 17th, hundreds of volunteers will join the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and REI for the 11th Annual Ridge Trail Day all around the Bay Area. Volunteers will repair trail tread, build fences, remove litter, and give the Ridge Trail some TLC! After their hard work, volunteers will be able to socialize and have a chance to win great prizes from REI.

American Canyon - Newell Open Space Preserve and Lynch Canyon: 

Volunteers will join the City of American Canyon and Solano Land Trust for a Seasonal Wetland Restoration Project. Activities will include installing a fence around a mitigation pond to restrict cattle access and planting native seed species in order to restore the functionality of a Seasonal Wetland for California Red-legged Frog habitat. *Please Note: volunteers will have the opportunity to work with barbed wire if they are inclined. All ages are welcome, volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Project hours: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Happy Trails!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

#OptOutside & Walk-Off That Turkey


November 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Free

Not into the usual Black Friday overload of consumption-shopping and sports TV? Why not gather up leftovers for lunch, your out of town guests, and the kids and come calmly explore a quiet hidden gem of Solano County with Solano Land Trust docents. Part of REI’s #OptOutside campaign. Four to six miles. Please read more details in the registration link below.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rescheduled REI Ridge Trail Day 2018

Rescheduled for November 17, 2018
 Photo Courtesy of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

You Are Invited to Volunteer for... 
Ridge Trail Day 2018

When: Saturday, November 17

Time: 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Where: Newell Open Space & Lynch Canyon

On November 17th, hundreds of volunteers will join the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and REI for the 11th Annual Ridge Trail Day all around the Bay Area. Volunteers will repair trail tread, build fences, remove litter, and give the Ridge Trail some TLC! After their hard work, volunteers will be able to socialize and have a chance to win great prizes from REI.

American Canyon - Newell Open Space Preserve and Lynch Canyon: 

Volunteers will join the City of American Canyon and Solano Land Trust for a Seasonal Wetland Restoration Project. Activities will include installing a fence around a mitigation pond to restrict cattle access and planting native seed species in order to restore the functionality of a Seasonal Wetland for California Red-legged Frog habitat. *Please Note: volunteers will have the opportunity to work with barbed wire if they are inclined. All ages are welcome, volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Project hours: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Happy Trails!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Helping Native Frogs


Citizen Scientists give a leg up to California red-legged frogs

On a cool summer night in August, a group of citizen scientists joined Solano Land Trust staff at Vallejo Swett Ranch for a very important purpose: to count frogs. The count supports a project designed to give California red-legged frogs a fighting chance in their bout with non-native American bullfrogs.


After the group walked a mile in the soft, dusk light, they talked in hushed voices as they approached a pond. Stewardship coordinator Ryan Lewis had already shown the group pictures and given instructions on how to use their flashlights and binoculars for a nighttime survey technique that reflects the “eye shine” of the frogs. With flashlights held close to their eyes, the group searched the pond, reeds, and bank for amphibians.

Amphibians sensitive to their environment

This survey is part of a much larger effort by Solano Land Trust to protect and monitor the CA red-legged frog, which is designated endangered by the State of California and listed as threatened by the federal government. Amphibians serve as the proverbial canaries in the coal mine for wildlife given that they are particularly sensitive to habitat degradation. Solano Land Trust is trying to give these native frogs a fighting chance against one of their biggest enemies, the American bullfrog.

Red-legged frogs are iconic Californians. The species is adapted to our dry, arid climate, and is easily identified by two prominent ridges on its back. They’re also famous! They are what launched Mark Twain’s career in 1865 when he featured them in “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

While it may seem that frogs of all kinds should be able to share a pond just fine, an adult bullfrog can be three times the size of an adult red-legged frog. The bullfrog, originally from the humid forests of the Eastern States, has invaded our dry, Mediterranean climate. Not only do they out-compete the red-legged frog for food and habitat, but they also consume them. Yep, frogs do eat frogs.

Our western hills of home

The western hills of Solano County have been grazed by livestock for at least a century. Wildlife has adapted or declined due to an increase in non-native annual grasses, the removal of trees and shrubs, and changes to water sources. To extend the grazing season, ranchers have dug shallow stock ponds and dammed streams throughout the hills to store water for cattle.

Several stock ponds on our properties are spring-fed and don’t dry up during the summer most years. These ponds have become especially important to amphibian critters, including the red-legged frogs. Unfortunately, the stock ponds also act as hosts to the enormous invasive bullfrog. To ensure the continued survival of the threatened frogs at Vallejo Swett Ranch, Solano Land Trust periodically drains one of the larger stock ponds in late summer, waiting to ensure that red-legged frog tadpoles have transformed into air-breathing adult frogs. As the pond shrinks, the slower-growing bullfrog tadpoles become easy prey for birds and other predators.

If the CA red-legged frogs were to disappear from our ponds, they may never populate them again. The good news is that this year’s monitoring found red-legged frog tadpoles in the spring and juveniles and adults in August, meaning there was likely a net-gain in the local population. The most recent survey detected no bullfrog larvae, meaning our pond-draining approach is working. This is good news for our red-legged friends!

Solano Land Trust has four properties on the western side of our county. King-Swett, Eastern Swett, Vallejo Swett, and Lynch Canyon are all considered critical habitat for CA red-legged frogs. With your support and our wonderful volunteers, Solano Land Trust provides a safe home for these frogs to increase their population.

(By Ryan Lewis, stewardship coordinator, and Sue Wickham, former project developer, and current volunteer citizen scientist. Photos by Ryan Lewis and Sue Wickham)

Friday, November 2, 2018

CRANEium For Kids!



A monthly gift designed by and for kids

Remember how excited you felt as a kid when something came in the mail with your name on the envelope?

Solano Land Trust’s CRANEium keeps that special excitement alive with a subscription package designed for kids ages 5-10 years old. It’s a fun and educational gift!

CRANEium was created by Brooke Abess, the 14-year-old daughter of Chris Abess, the volunteer race director for our annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hike. Brooke, like her father, has volunteered and been involved with Solano Land Trust for many years. Clearly, volunteerism and a passion for the outdoors run in the Abess family.

This project is all Brooke’s idea. She wanted to do something that would benefit a nonprofit, share her love of nature, and help children experience what she calls the “joy of the envelope.” She coined the catchy CRANEium title and pitched the idea to us. CRANEium came from her own fond memories of getting an envelope in the mail with her name on it. Brooke’s genius idea and enthusiasm were so inspiring, that is was an easy decision to move forward with the project!

The idea is simple. Every month a child receives an envelope addressed to them containing something they learn, something they do, and something they get. They will receive a fact sheet about an animal that is native to the land protected by the Solano Land Trust (something they learn); a coloring page featuring the animal of the month (something they do); and finally, a handcrafted origami crane by a local teen artist (something they get).

Brooke says that her main goal with CRANEium is to share knowledge of the amazing wildlife around us in a fun and simple way. By receiving a CRANEium package, we hope that children will learn the importance of nature and wildlife and develop a life-long passion for nature.

CRANEium makes a great gift and is literally a gift that keeps on giving. This creative subscription is a refreshingly original gift idea for the kiddos in your family-or-friend circles. Proceeds from CRANEium are used to support Solano Land Trust’s mission.

Choose from two subscription packages:

•  Full-year subscription (12 issues), January-December 2019 ($30)

•  Half-year subscription (6 issues), July-December 2019 ($15)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Donate: Our Forever Promise


You are a vital part of our mission. Your support makes a real difference in helping to save the natural areas and farm and ranchlands in Solano County forever and to inspire a love of the land. The rolling hills and wide open agricultural land help create the Solano County way of life. The lands we have protected will be protected forever. Together, we can ensure more of these special places will be here for future generations. Every donation supports programs that focus on clean water and clean air, connecting people with nature, and protecting critical habitat.

Your gifts help us buy land and agricultural conservation easements, connect people to nature, and improve our lands through management, research, and restoration.

Working together, we can protect and preserve the natural and agricultural heritage unique to Solano County.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

This Is Your Legacy



Some of the most wondrous places on Earth are here for us to enjoy today because of the commitments that past generations made to help protect nature. Create your own legacy to keep the lands and waters you love healthy for tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches November 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


November 3 @ 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, 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.