Monday, August 19, 2019

Labor Day Hike 2019



Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, red flag closure or rain cancels, 9am-1pm.


Meet at the red “Ice House” building on the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Rd.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A Lasting Legacy: Robbin Thorp: 1933-2019


Dr. Robbin Thorp was a passionate advocate for bees, and a beloved fixture at Jepson Prairie Preserve for decades. An emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, Robbin died at age 85 at his home in Davis on June 7, 2019.

The community will reap the rewards of Robbin Thorp’s passions for a long time.

You probably know that Jepson Prairie Preserve, protected with your support, has exquisite wildflower displays and tiny endangered critters that live their short lives here. Jepson Prairie also has an amazing and talented group of people who study this rare land and share their generous knowledge, time, and passion—people like Robbin Thorp.

Robbin was a member of the UC Davis entomology faculty for 30 years, from 1964-1994. His knowledge of the native flowers at Jepson Prairie and the bees that pollinate them was singular, as he was one of the first scientists to study vernal pool flowers and their pollinators.

“Robbin was a mainstay of the docent program at Jepson Prairie,” says Kate Mawdsley, Jepson Prairie’s docent volunteer coordinator. “He unfailingly provided a great talk on the role of solitary bees in pollinating vernal pool plants. Moreover, he came to almost every training session. He was so kind and unassuming that new docents were completely unaware that they were talking to a world expert.”

In Robbin’s retirement, he continued his research, worked full-time at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on the UC Davis campus, and advocated for pollinator species protection. He was a fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, and chair (1992-2011) of the advisory committee for the Jepson Prairie Reserve, UC Davis/Natural Reserve System.


His bee advocacy work with Solano Land Trust didn’t stop there. Since 1993, Robbin gave a workshop about native bees at Rush Ranch. The event was always standing room only, and everyone who attended left with an understanding of the importance of California’s native bees.

“He will be missed by our native bees and all of us,” says Rush Ranch Educational Council’s Mary Takeuchi. “I feel like I’ve lost a friend.”

Solano Land Trust honors the work and legacy of Dr. Robbin Thorp. “We are proud to protect land, and proud that open space advocates — be they amateur enthusiasts or specialists like Robbin — can participate in protecting the health and well-being of our local plants and animals,” says executive director Nicole Braddock.

A celebration of life date will be announced soon. Further information will be posted on the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology website.

Photos courtesy of Kathy Keatley Garvey and Scott Braley.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

September Kid's Hike: Nature Detectives 9/2/2019


Spend Labor Day with Solano Land Trust on a hike at Lynch Canyon!  During this hike, participants will strengthen and exercise their nature detective skills.  All ages are encouraged to join the hike. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45; the hike starts at 10. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended for HeadCount.

COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon 08/24/19


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch August 17th 2019


On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary month to month. In April, you and your kids can experiment with science discovery labs, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh. Weather permitting, you can also ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride; the wagons are specially-designed with a wheelchair lift. You can also explore exhibits and wander trails on your own. No pre-registration required.

Date: August 17th
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rush Ranch
3521 Grizzly Island Rd. 
Suisun City, CA 94585 United States

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Creek Restoration At Rush Ranch


For a few months starting in August, the South Pasture Trail at Rush Ranch will be closed to hikers — but open for restoration!

Thanks to your support, the restorative measures taken at Lower Spring Branch Creek will improve the connection between the Suisun Marsh and the uplands. This restored natural connectivity will provide several benefits, such as more food for fish of all ages in the marsh.

Years ago, landowners built a long berm to control the flow of the creek and provide water for cattle. They also installed two culverts below the ranch road, but the culverts were too small to accommodate the flow. With a design by Siegel Environmental and implementation by Hanford ARC, we’re letting the water run its natural course.

“The whole project is about connecting the uplands to the marsh,” says Sue Wickham, former project manager, and current volunteer. “The old, too-small culverts were acting like two large holes in an earthen dam. The new 20-foot diameter half-culvert with an open bottom will let the water flow.”

The improved flow will allow runoff from the hills, which will bring sediments to the marsh. That sediment from soil and plants will provide food for fish such as salmon and the embattled Delta smelt.

Improved flow also allows water to move into the uplands. Non-native weeds don’t like the brackish (salty) water from the slough, but native wetland plants do. Improving natural circulation will help native plants thrive, and that helps wildlife.

The South Pasture Trail will be closed for the restoration work from August 8 to November 1, 2019.

A second restoration project at the north end of the ranch will take place simultaneously. At Suisun Hill Hollow, we are lowering a man-made berm that was created when the soil was quarried from the ranch and used as fill in Suisun City.


The Marsh Trail will be closed at Suisun Hill Hollow from the end of September to mid-October.

Once these changes to the land have been made, we will be looking for help to replant several areas. Keep an eye out for announcements about several big restoration days. You can also contact Di Holokahi and ask to be put on a list for the Rush Ranch restoration project. Call 707-420-1041 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons and Tom Muehleisen.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sunday Supper October 6th, 2019


We are honored to host our Sunday Supper in recognition of your lasting commitment to land conservation. Enjoy an extraordinary evening filled with stories of the land and live music.

We are proud to present Chef Ken Frank, Executive Chef/Owner of Napa Valley La Toque Restaurant – Winner 2018 Michelin Star | 2018 Wine Spectator Grand Award

Dine on a sumptuous meal and join us and your fellow kindred spirits for this evening of rustic elegance!

Single tickets are $150. A full table of 8 is $1,200.

In addition, Business Sponsorships are available

Please join us @ Joyful Ranch

Date: October 6th, 2019, Sunday

Time: 4:00- 7:00 p.m.

Location: Joyful Ranch | 8212 Pleasant Valley Rd. | Vacaville, CA 95688

Tickets may be purchased through Solano Land Trust only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Phone: 707-432-0150

Email: Michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Monday, July 29, 2019

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


August 3rd @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 Red Top Rd. Park-and-ride in Fairfield.

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, July 26, 2019

Hike Our Lands


Wide-open spaces are a dominant characteristic of the Solano County landscape, but with California's population expected to grow by 11 million new residents by 2030, open space preservation cannot be taken for granted. Solano Land Trust has been in the vanguard of protecting Solano County's open space since 1986. To date, SLT has permanently protected 22,270 acres of natural areas and agricultural lands while also stewarding the diverse and important habitats and species on those properties, including many that are threatened and endangered.

To protect and enhance our lands, we work in close partnership with various private and public entities, such as the University of California, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. We also work hand-in-hand with several nonprofits including Access Adventure, Rush Ranch Educational Council, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Napa-Solano Audubon, and the Solano Resource Conservation District.

Grazing on our lands is also important to our mission. Grazing continues historic use patterns, helps control invasive weeds to improve native plant communities and provides a source of income for property maintenance.

We hope you will explore our lands. Protect the legacy of Solano County's open spaces by supporting Solano Land Trust.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon July 27th 9am - 1pm


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon

Saturday, July 20, 2019

11th Annual Kite Festival May 4, 2019 | Lynch Canyon, CA



11th annual kite festival held at Lynch Canyon, CA. Area is located between Vallejo and Fairfield, CA.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rush Ranch



Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown, http://www.nancydbrown.com, visits Rush Ranch in Suisun Valley, California. This working cattle ranch is owned & managed by Solano Land Trust. The historic ranch offers kid-friendly activities, horses, bird and wildlife viewing.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mid-Year Resolutions


Why should New Year’s Eve be the only time to set goals and make improvements in your life? Why not give some of that thunder to the half-year mark

Here is a list of suggested resolutions, but don’t take it as pressure. Even if you vow to make one of these changes, you will help to improve your health, your community, and the world.

#1. Get outside

 Some people like camping during the summer, while others like to explore other cultures. There is a third option and one for which you don’t even have to leave Solano County! For summer exploration, take advantage of your own local open spaces, and in return, you will improve your fitness and state of mind.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control says that less than one-quarter of Americans get the exercise they need. Regardless of which category you fall in, you have plenty of opportunities to get outside and exercise more! Yes, it can be hot in the summer, but a morning walk at Lynch Canyon often has a nice breeze from the marine influence that pours through the Golden Gate. And most of our docent-led hikes are in the morning.

#2. Take a kid outside

Kids like to be outside! A Nature Conservancy study found that kids 13 to 18 years old said being outdoors made them feel peaceful, calm, free, happy, adventurous, and alive. Not only does it benefit them physically and emotionally, but it can also help combat stress and obesity, and even help them in school. SLT provides a lot of opportunities to get kids outside. Check out our activities calendar.

#3. Eat fresh & local

Eating local and seasonal food is a win-win. It’s good for your health, and it also supports our local farmers. Take advantage of summer and the fact that you live in an area where you can buy produce directly from those who grow it. You can find Farmer’s Markets in the cities of Benicia, Vallejo, Fairfield, Rio Vista, and Vacaville. There are also several places where you can buy food straight from the farmer including Brazelton Ranch, Larry’s ProduceSoul Food Farm (for eggs), Be Love Farm, and Robledo's Farm Fresh Produce.


#4. Volunteer

 Volunteering is good for you! Several studies have revealed that volunteering improves health and mental and emotional well-being. Working with others, especially outside in nature, can reduce blood pressure and ease depression. Solano Land Trust has many volunteer opportunities, including helping as a Citizen Scientist, working at events, or being a docent and ambassador on our properties.

#5. Cut down on plastic use

It’s time to get serious about cutting single-use plastics out of our lives and keeping it out of our waterways. We can make an impact together! A recent study by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute found that microplastic (plastic debris less than five millimeters across) is in the ocean from the surface to the seafloor, and is entering the food web. One easy way to make a difference is to carry your own reusable water bottle and coffee cup.


#6. Plant a tree

Trees are superheroes! They provide home and habitat for birds and mammals while absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen for us to breathe. They provide shade and can help lower the temperature in urban and suburban areas. Trees reduce stormwater runoff and may help to reduce flooding. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. If you don’t have a place to plant a tree, show your support for trees and make a donation to Solano Land Trust. We plant them all the time!

Photos courtesy of Aleta George, Brazelton Ranch, Be Love Farm, Robledo’s Produce, and doityourself.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon July 27th 9am - 1pm


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon

Monday, July 8, 2019

TEAMWORK AT JEPSON PRAIRIE



We have new benches!

Together, we have begun a long-awaited project that will offer our community another meaningful connection to nature. Thanks to your $7,000 in donations and over 300 hours of volunteer service, now roughly 60 people can sit and admire the beauty of Jepson Prairie.

On a clear spring day when the ground was wet and fairy shrimp were growing in Olcott Lake, Solano Land Trust staff and volunteers met to install beautiful new benches and interpretive signs at Jepson Prairie. The day yielded a successful result of a yearlong effort that had begun with a vision and a weld.



Benchmark accomplishment

Ken Poerner and Dave George, long-time volunteers, have put forth a significant amount of time and effort into the Jepson Prairie visitor area upgrade project that will serve student and adult visitors for years to come. With Dave prepping materials, and Ken leading the staff, the workday went seamlessly.

Dave has fifty years’ experience welding, twenty-eight of which were spent as a welding instructor for Solano County. Dave sourced the donated stainless steel for this project and volunteered over 24 hours of cutting and welding the bench and signposts. Clearly, he was the right man for the job. This former teacher of the year (2004), now works part-time teaching construction trades in alternative-education schools in Napa and Solano counties. In his spare time, he often volunteers for Solano Land Trust. When asked why he helped with this particular project, he says, “I enjoy repurposing things, and it’s a win for everybody.”

Ken, retired United States Air Force and Solano Land Trust’s former field operations manager, is now one of our most active volunteers. He has led the overall implementation of the Jepson visitor area improvement plans, including the bench and sign installations.

Ken was prepared and managed to keep all the staff operating at an efficient pace. He had already spent over 40 hours on other upgrades at Jepson, and there is still much to do. Why does he do this? He cares. “Like the Jepson Prairie docents and donors, I really care about the property. I also want the docents to know how much we appreciate all their efforts on the ground,” says Ken.



Benches are an important means to connect people to nature; so are other people. During the spring season, Jepson Prairie docents will foster that connection by sharing their extensive knowledge of the wildflowers and critters that abound during the season.

We are able to accomplish great things with your generous support and by leveraging the countless volunteer hours that allow us to stretch donations to their full potential. Although the larger vision of the Jepson upgrades still has a way to go, we thank you for giving our community another opportunity to enjoy this natural land.

By Deanna Chedsey, Development Associate. Photos courtesy of Di Holokahi, Ken Poerner, and Charlie Russell.

Friday, July 5, 2019

TRAIL CREW AT LYNCH CANYON JULY 13th


July 13th @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

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!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch July 20th


On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary month to month. In April, you and your kids can experiment with science discovery labs, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh. Weather permitting, you can also ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride; the wagons are specially-designed with a wheelchair lift. You can also explore exhibits and wander trails on your own. No pre-registration required.

Date: July 20th
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rush Ranch
3521 Grizzly Island Rd. 
Suisun City, CA 94585 United States

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Fun & Educational Subscription For Kids: CRANEium


CRANEium is a fun and educational subscription package for children ages 5-10 years old.  Remember that feeling of excitement you had as a child when you received a piece of mail addressed just to you? CRANEium captures that same feeling of excitement, while also introducing and educating kids to animals that live on  Solano Land Trust properties. CRANEium hopes to teach children to appreciate and love the nature and wildlife that surrounds us every day.

Proceeds benefit The Solano Land Trust.  By purchasing a CRANEium subscription package, you are supporting a wonderful non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving land that is home to the animals featured in CRANEium.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Citizen Science Friday 07/12/2019


July 12th 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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 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!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

WINDOW ON WILDLIFE


After four years of hiking at Lynch Canyon, volunteer Tom Muehleisen had seen lots of bobcat and coyote scat (poop) but the animals themselves remained elusive.

As a wildlife photographer, Tom is passionate about wildlife and its relationship to the land. So he asked Solano Land Trust if he could implement a trail camera pilot project at Lynch Canyon to get a better sense of the biodiversity. Lynch Canyon was once tagged to become a garbage dump until it was saved by citizens who support open space.

After doing extensive research on trail cameras, Tom purchased (with his own dime) five Bushnell cameras to cover the 1,000 acres. With support from Sue Wickham, he gathered a team of volunteers to monitor the cameras, change batteries, and record the wildlife on standardized forms.


“Participating in this project has been a tremendous learning experience,” say volunteers Vince and Sheila Webster. “It’s one thing to hear stories about bobcats on the local news, but quite another to actually participate in a study observing their tracks and behavior patterns.”

After seven months the cameras captured nearly 2,000 images, including those of bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, and deer. These images are hugely helpful in understanding the wildlife populations at Lynch Canyon. As a result of the pilot project, Tom was able to estimate that between two to four bobcats and five to six coyotes live at Lynch Canyon.

Three images of a cougar appeared at the beginning of the study, but it’s unlikely the mountain lion is a resident. The images were all taken on the same day and no other images were taken during the seven-month study. “I believe it was just passing through,” said Tom. The range of a mountain lion is from 8 to 500 square miles.

Solano County Parks Ranger Diana Samuels monitored one of the cameras. “The ease that the coyotes and the deer showed on camera indicate low stress in the open space, and that’s a very positive bit of information on how Lynch Canyon is being utilized and managed,” she says. “I often saw the same animals and felt lucky to be able to watch them play and live in their natural habitat.”

Tom continues to monitor three cameras even though the pilot project wrapped up in 2018. Your support of Solano Land Trust helps to keep places like Lynch Canyon thriving.

Evista

Monday, June 17, 2019

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches July 6th 2019


July 6th @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 Red Top Rd. Park-and-ride in Fairfield.

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, June 14, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon June 22nd 2019


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Citizen Science Friday June 14th 2019


June 14th 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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 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!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

MEET LAURA LIVADAS


We would like to introduce Laura Livadas, the newest member of the Solano Land Trust team. Laura’s energy and connections in the community make her the perfect person to spearhead a new campaign that will expand and share our vision of the Solano County lifestyle and provide access to nature for all.

“We are thrilled to have Laura join our team.” says Nicole Braddock, executive director. “As our new comprehensive campaign manager, she brings a dynamic twist to the organization.”

Laura brings over 25 years of business experience, including 4 years in the United States Air Force and 15 years in the wine industry. She comes from Vezer Family Vineyard where she served as their vice president of operations.

So far, Laura is impressed. “I am floored by the passion of our supporters whose generous contributions and countless volunteer hours are staggering. It’s evident people truly care about local land conservation and support this organization. I’m excited to be part of a dedicated leadership team and serve our community,” she says.

One of her projects will be to facilitate the progress of opening  Rockville Trails Preserve to the public, including the development of over 10 miles of trails. The trails will also include a low-mobility loop for an easy walk to our scenic view of Rockville and Suisun Valley. By making this natural land accessible for all, we can achieve our goal of serving the whole community.

Laura is also developing a new and improved business partnership plan. Her unique perspective as a small business owner will help SLT gain momentum in building more partnerships and reaching more audiences in our community. “By developing the program, I hope to bring a new way of cultivating and developing community relationships,” says Laura.

She is also excited about all the outdoor activities on our lands and eager to jump in.  “I hope to meet you all at our events this year, including the Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hike on June 1!”

Laura hopes you will contact her with your questions and ideas about how to be more involved with Solano Land Trust. You can email her or call  (707) 709-9025.

Photo by Di Holokahi.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Yoga Hike At Rush Ranch 06/15/19

Barbara Fredericks will lead this family-friendly hike with some warm-up stretches and then will proceed on the trail.  On yoga hikes, participants practice standing poses to support the body before, during and after the hikes.  Participants can enjoy the sun on their face and the wind in their hair while they do yoga.


Meeting location: Rush Ranch Nature Center.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Nature Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve 06/08/19


Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, rain cancels, 9am-1pm.


Meet at the red “Ice House” building on the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Rd.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

TRAIL CREW AT LYNCH CANYON JUNE 8th 2019


June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

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!

Monday, May 27, 2019

12th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run June 1st 2019


June 1 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Run details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org

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

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

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run, register at lynchcanyontrailrun.org

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 a tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.
WHAT TO BRING: Trail running shoes with good grip.

Friday, May 24, 2019

GRADUATION PHOTOS


A special day at Rush Ranch for foster kids

Taking graduation photos is a rite of passage for most young people, but not all students can afford them.

Earlier this spring, five young people were given the gift of a professional photo shoot at Rush Ranch thanks to a small group of photographers and stylists who donated their time and expertise. This is the kind of community connectivity that your support of Solano Land Trust provides.

“Senior portraits are a big deal to students,” said Carlene Kanellis of Carlene Imagery, one of the volunteer photographers. “Everyone should be able to experience that.”

Carlene has volunteered her services to foster kids for years, but until last year she did her volunteering in another county. Since she lives in Vacaville, she wanted to do something local and has started working with CASA of Solano, a group that advocates for abused and neglected young people in the court system.



An expansive landscape

This was her second year working with CASA kids. Last year they took photos in downtown Vacaville. This year they tried the magnificent landscape at Rush Ranch with great results.

Three young women and two young men who are graduating seniors started off by having their hair and make-up done in the Nature Center by professionally-trained artists, Rachel Espinosa, and Connor Kanellis.

“Usually they’re super shy, but after getting haircuts and makeup, you can see in their body language they dig it,” said Carlene, who along with photographer Alex Sommerfeldt, led the students outside for photo shoots near the corrals. The historic farm equipment, framed with tall green grass and wildflowers, made for a spectacular backdrop.

“By the end of the session they were super excited, more confident, and really appreciative,” said Carlene.

After the graduation photos had been taken, the students stood on a ramp to quietly watch a week-old foal in the corral.

Photos are courtesy of Carlene Imagery, Nicole Braddock, and Tom Muehleisen.


(Stonewall Santiago is the newest foal in the line of Stonewall Sport Horses of Access Adventure.)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mountain Bike Ride at Rockville Trails Preserve May 25th 2019


May 25th 9:00am to 1:00pm

Docent-led mountain bike ride at Rockville Trails Preserve

Please join us for an approximately 7 to 10-mile mountain bike ride with approximately 1,500 feet of climbing.  The ride will cover most of the trails at the site with scenic views and several interpretive stops.  Experienced riders recommended with hardtail or full suspension mountain bikes that are in good condition.  RSVP recommended.  Meet at the red Icehouse building at the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Road.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

GETTING KIDS OUTSIDE


Nature literacy and science on the land

Rush Ranch cradles many things, including children. Local kids have been coming to Rush Ranch Open Space on field trips for many years.

These days it’s more difficult and way more expensive to get kids out of the classroom. With tight budgets and high transportation costs, most schools can’t afford field trips anymore. Working together, we can help.

We have several programs that welcome kids to Rush Ranch. One is called Marshes Matter. Thanks to a transportation grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, a dedicated team of volunteers, and your support of our programs, over 600 kids have visited Rush Ranch and its marsh in the last two years to explore what it means to be a scientist.

Suisun Marsh is special

After the rains, this spring, a group of fourth graders from Edwin Markham Elementary School in Vacaville were split into four groups after being welcomed and given an introduction to the marsh by lead docent Lynn Garrison. A docent-led each of the four groups into different sections of the ranch.

The first stop for docent Dennis Wells and his group of five boys and three girls was the murals outside of the Nature Center. He asked questions of the kids: What makes the Suisun Marsh special? What kind of water is in the marsh? What special animals live here?

The kids raised their hands or shouted out their answers. They each carried a field journal with the title, “Exploring the brackish tidal marsh at Rush Ranch.” On the trail to the marsh, they saw a hawk in the eucalyptus trees. Dennis pulled a bird identification book out of his backpack, and by matching the markings of the bird to the picture concluded it was a ferruginous hawk.

Continuing on the trail, he asked more questions, just like a scientist would. He asked if they noticed that Rush Ranch was on Grizzly Island Road. “Why did they call it that? Does anybody know anything about grizzly bears, or what top of the food chain means?”

Kids are extra special

A chilly wind blew, and another storm was on its way. The children didn’t complain though. For the most part, they were focused, curious, and knowledgeable. One of the girls found a ladybug and picked it up. It crawled on her arm and across her journal, and held the fascination of all the girls until it flew away.

“This place is literally one-thousand acres big,” one kid said to another as they turned on the South Pasture Marsh Trail to view the Suisun Slough from the edge of the trail.

Research shows that exposing young people to science and nature is good for them. We can’t know what these experiences will lead to, but we know that they are important. Thank you for believing in that, too. Your support makes these moments possible!

Photos are courtesy of Aleta George and Di Holokahi.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Kid’s Hike: Mother’s Day


May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come Kick off Mother’s Day with us!  From spring to early summer, Lynch Canyon is in bloom. Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite the community to bring their kids and join the next kids’ hike to see how many different flowers they can find. All ages are encouraged to join the hike. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45; the hike starts at 10. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended for HeadCount.
COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon

Monday, May 6, 2019

Citizen Science Friday May 10th 2019


May 10th 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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 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!

Friday, May 3, 2019

LYNCH CANYON KITE FESTIVAL MAY 4, 2019


Come To The 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival On Saturday, May 4, 2019, From Noon To 4:00pm!

Bay breezes, grassy hills, and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon.

COST:

• The festival is free! Solano County Parks has generously waived the parking fee for this day.

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) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
(7) 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) 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 30, 2019

Big Day Of Giving May 2nd 2019


Thursday, May 2nd


24-hours to Give Big

Giving Local Makes a Difference

Please help us protect land and share natural parks with people in our beautiful home. Together, we can preserve Solano County's unique heritage, and provide inclusive access to nature for all to enjoy.

It feels good to be part of a cause greater than ourselves. Please participate in this 24-hour campaign to help us protect land and serve our community!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches May 4th 2019


May 4th @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 Red Top Rd. Park-and-ride in Fairfield.

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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rush Ranch Open House Saturday April 27th 2019


Join Us On Saturday, April 27, 2019, From 10:00am to 3:00pm!

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. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Solano Overnight Hike April 27 @ 8:00 am - April 28 @ 4:00 pm


April 27 @ 8:00 am - April 28 @ 4:00 pm $45

Join the Ridge Trail, Greenbelt Alliance, Solano Land Trust, and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District for the second Solano County hike and overnight! Participants will attend a 2-day supported hike from Newell Open Space Preserve to the Benicia State Recreation Area staying at McIntyre Ranch overnight on the journey south. The hike will feature panoramic views of San Francisco and Suisun Bay, a docent-led tour through the Vallejo-Swett Ranch, and the opportunity to socialize with other trail enthusiasts!

What you can expect:

Saturday, April 27

  • Park your car at Benicia State Recreation Area handoff camping gear to be brought to McIntyre Ranch
  • Get shuttled from BSRA to the start point at Newell Ranch
  • Hike 12.5 miles to McIntyre Ranch
  • Enjoy a catered dinner at McIntyre Ranch from Kinder’s BBQ

Sunday, April 28

  • Wake up at McIntyre Ranch and enjoy a pancake breakfast
  • Create your own sandwiches for lunch that you can pack with you
  • Hike 7.2 miles to Benicia State Recreation Area where your camping gear will be delivered back

Please note: this hike is approximately 19.7 miles over 2 days walking across a variety of terrains like sidewalks and rocky trails. The hikes are rated as “moderate” but due to the length of them, the severity can increase.

For additional questions please email events@ridgetrail.org.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NEW MONTHLY HIKES


More opportunities to get out on the land

We want to help get you outside!

Solano Land Trust recently expanded the docent team with graduates from our docent-training program. With the added capacity, we will begin to host a docent-led hike every Saturday at one of our protected properties. Now you will have more opportunities for interpretive hikes on our lands!

You never know who will be inspired on the lands you’ve helped us conserve. Just ask docent Jim Hanser. Jim was never a nature enthusiast until after he retired from Kaiser Vacaville. When he joined one of the first docent-led hikes offered at Rockville Trails Preserve, he was hooked. “I thought it was a beautiful place, and now I have a new interest in oaks, lichen, and wildflowers,” said Jim.

He took his first docent training at Jepson Prairie Preserve and fell in love with the vernal pools, flowers, and creatures in Olcott Lake. Since then he has taken all the docent training that Solano Land Trust offers and is a docent for all the properties. “I can’t explain my newfound love for nature. Now I’m outside every day, at least for a few hours,” he said.

Here’s the schedule for the monthly hikes:

•  First Saturday at King-Swett Ranches: Docent James Walsh has been leading this stimulating hike for years. He and others will lead a strenuous hike on various trails, each of which offers views and hills that go on forever. Be ready to sweat at King-Swett!

•  Second Saturday at Rockville Trails Preserve: This property offers expansive views of Solano County, and plenty of majestic oak trees and lichen to admire.

•  Third Saturday at Rush Ranch: Docents include themed hikes as part of Get the Rush! Each hike will explore a different topic such as the history of the people who have lived at the ranch, or all the magical wonders of the Suisun Marsh.

•  Fourth Saturday at Lynch Canyon Open Space: This property offers views, a good workout, quiet serenity, and is known for its raptor sightings.

Thank you for protecting these lands that inspire our community and our wonderful docents. We will continue to offer specialty hikes and walks such as the Jepson Prairie tours every spring, the seasonal birds-of-prey outings, yoga on the land, and explorations designed for kids and their families.

Get outside on Saturdays to get to know our properties and share in the enthusiasm of all our docents.

Get more information about times and meeting places on our Activity Calendar.

Photos courtesy of Lynn Garrison, Dave Reider, Kathy Goding, and Solano Land Trust.

Monday, April 15, 2019

HELP YOUNG PEOPLE RUN



Opportunity to fund race scholarship for youth

There's nothing but good vibes at the Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hike, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 1.

This year, you have an opportunity to help youth join in the fun of the run by contributing to the Lynch Canyon Trail Run Scholarship. Twenty percent of registrants have already chosen to help get young people out on the trail!

The Lynch Canyon Trail Run, deemed, “Solano County’s toughest trail run,” is enjoyed by first-timers, sponsored athletes, and repeat and new runners from 8 to 80 years old. Many participate for the physical and mental challenge, to overcome obstacles, or to get a mental reset in the beautiful natural setting. Thanks to your support, Lynch Canyon is open to the public and able to host this popular event, now in its 12th year. The community walk is free, and no advance registration is required.

Lynch Canyon Trail Run Scholarship

The new scholarship was inspired by Jim Dobyns, a home and hospital teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. “Young people spend so much time in front of screens. It’s great to get them outside where they can feel the sunshine, breathe the air, and move around,” he said.

Jim ran a half-marathon at the Lynch Canyon Trail Run last year for the first time and appreciates the camaraderie. “Everyone is really supportive and it’s inspiring to be around that community,” he said. “Even if you’ve never done it before, just walk it and be part of it. There’s nothing more natural than fresh air and sunshine. It’s good for you.”

We are partnering with local nonprofits to reach youth, but if you know of an individual or organization that can benefit from the scholarship, send an email to race founder and organizer Chris Abess.

We hope you join us at this fun event! Whether you can come or not, please consider helping a young person participate who might not otherwise be able to go. When registering online for the half-marathon, 10K, or 5K you are given a chance to donate $25 (optional) to a scholarship. To support the sponsorship fund without running the race, please contact Michelle Dickey. You can also contact Michelle for sponsorship opportunities.

Event proceeds benefit Solano Land Trust. Thank you.

Photos by Tom Muehleisen and Daniel Smith.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bird of Prey Hike with Northern Harrier Presentation by Dr. Shannon Skalos April 6th


April 6 @ 9:45 am - 1:00 pm

We are happy to announce an end of season event which will be held on April 6, 2019, at Rush Ranch.  Larry Broderick will lead a Bird of Prey Hike, followed by a presentation on the Northern Harrier, by Dr. Shanon Skalos from U.C. Davis. A chili and cornbread lunch will be provided.

Registration Recommended.

In lieu of the $10 fee, donations will be accepted for The Suisun Wildlife Center.

Some items on their wish list are:

Paper Goods

-paper towels

-xerox copy paper( 8 1/2 x 11)



Garbage bags

-large yard

-large kitchen

-compactor bags



Cleaning Supplies

-glass cleaner

-cobweb duster/ broom/ dustpan

-unscented laundry detergent

-bleach ( unscented),

Sheets, pillowcases, baby blankets ( especially flannel or fleece)

Food items

-Grapes and apples

– Unsalted Nuts in the shell ( walnuts, almonds, pecans)

– Eggs

– Meat ( including freezer burned or out-dated beef or chicken, no processed meat)

– Shrimp and seafood

– Birdseed

– Mouse Food

– Liquid Bird Vitamins/ Calcium Powder

Miscellaneous Items:

– Heating Pads

– Electric Fans

– Heavy Duty hoses/ nozzle

– Pet Carriers ( no cardboard unless new, please)

Gift cards from grocery stores, pet stores, gas stations, Walmart, Amazon, Costco, and Home Depot are welcome.

Cash donations welcome.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches April 6th


April 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 Red Top Rd. Park-and-ride in Fairfield.

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wildflower & Water Critters Walk Sunday March 31st


March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. 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. Visitors can enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Participants can learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these two-hour tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., March 9 through May 12 (Mother’s Day).  For groups of 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or   530-758-5093. A minimum $5 donation is encouraged to attend this tour.