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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Explore: 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.

With an abundance of sensitive and endangered species, these lands serve as an important nature preserve.

PG&E purchased the ranches in 1980 as a potential windmill site and continues to be involved with restoration activities. When Solano Land Trust purchased the Vallejo Swett Ranch in 2005, it completed a three-parcel purchase—with Eastern Swett and King Ranches—from PG&E that began in 2001. This acquisition by Solano Land Trust was the realization of a plan begun in 1992 by a coalition formed to preserve 10,000 acres of land as a buffer zone between the cities of Benicia, Fairfield, and Vallejo. The purchase of the properties was made possible with generous grants from the Coastal Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the three cities, and the County of Solano. Solano Land Trust's resource management plan protects natural, agricultural and cultural resources, maintains cattle grazing, and invites the community on docent-led hikes.

The properties—also referred to as Sky Valley-Cordelia Hills Open Space—are located between Interstates 680 and 80 near Fairfield (to the northeast), Benicia (to the south) and Vallejo (to the west).

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Baby Gull Release International Bird Rescue's LA Center



Baby Gulls being released back into the wild on September 8th, 2016. The video was taken by Katrina Plummer.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Lynch Canyon Open Space Park - Aerial Video



Flying above lynch canyon open space park. Over highway 80.
Part of bay area ridge trail.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bringing Back A Butterfly



For the first time in nearly a decade, Dakota skippers are back at The Nature Conservancy’s Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie preserve in Minnesota. In the first-ever reintroduction of this federally-threatened species, the Minnesota Zoo released more than 150 butterflies that had been bred in captivity onto the preserve in the summer of 2017.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Help Us Plant A Billion Trees!



A billion trees? It's a large number, but it's possible with your help!

Forests help sustain all life on Earth. Through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign, we aim to plant 1 billion trees by 2025. This will restore over 1.6 million acres of forests around the world - the equivalent of 1.6 million football fields. Together we can bring back our forests for a healthy tomorrow. Visit plantabillion.org for more information on how you can help.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Out Of Yellowstone - Revisited



It's winter time in North America. In the spirit of Transformation Tuesday and Throwback Thursday, this week we want to take you back in time (to 2010!) with a film highlighting the voices of ranchers, conservationists, scientists and others as they worked to preserve the herds of America's incredible Yellowstone National Park. This work continues today!

For the deer, elk and pronghorn in and around Yellowstone National Park, surviving the winter means finding adequate food and areas with low snow accumulation. But this critical winter range is increasingly threatened by energy and residential development. At stake is the very future of the Greater Yellowstone region's iconic wildlife. See how TNC is still transforming conservation!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Many Hands Make It Work



Middle school kids and gardening aren’t two topics we often put together. Yet, dozens of young Wyoming students turned out to plant sagebrush seedlings on a windy November day – and there was no extra credit! Check it out.

More information:
The Nature Conservancy has joined forces with the students on the Abandoned Mine Lands Native Plants Project (AML NP2). The multi-year effort is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality – Abandoned Mine Lands Division. The project goal is to restore sagebrush on previously reclaimed abandoned mine sites around Wyoming.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Brown Pelican Released Back To Nature



Great Therapy: Releasing a Brown Pelican back to nature in San Francisco Bay. Volunteer Karen Jensen returns a special bird patient back to wild at Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA.