Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 26th: Communing With Cattle: Interpreting Animal Behavior And Sending Positive Cues

Registration for the Communing with Cattle Workshop scheduled for January 25th filled up quickly!  We are happy to announce that we have added an additional day for those who weren't able to make the initial registration list, but still wanted to participate!  Please join us on Saturday, January 26th at Rush Ranch! 

Venture into the world of animal behavioral science! We will be learning how to read and interpret cattle body language and recognizing how our actions can affect cattle behavior. As Citizen Scientists, Docents, and SLT staff and volunteers, we can lead the way towards minimizing stress for livestock and recreationists alike. Let's learn to safely share the trails!

Livestock and recreationists share the trails on over 130,000 acres of open space in the North Bay and San Francisco Bay Areas. All of Solano Land Trust's properties are managed with grazing. Grazing animals serve a valuable purpose on the rangeland but are often misunderstood. Cattle can be especially imposing to hikers due to their large size.

January 26th, Meet by 9:30 am at the Rush Ranch Nature Center; you will be done by 1:00 pm. This activity will be led by Jasmine Westbrook, SLT Project Manager. We will begin with a presentation and some discussion, and then we will take to the pastures to try to interpret the behaviors of cattle in the field. Please bring water and comfortable shoes for the outdoor portion. I recommend dressing in layers, as the Nature Center can get a bit chilly! The walk to the pasture will be easy to moderate difficulty level, depending on where the cattle are. If it is pouring rain, we may cancel the hike, but the rest of the event will take place. I plan to bring a lunch and I hope that some of you will join me!

RSVP by following the link:

Space is not limited for the January 26th event, but it will help us get a head count. This event is open to the entire SLT community. If you are a docent, the docent specific training will be February 2nd.  For questions about this event, email Jasmine Westbrook at jasmine@solanolandtrust.org. THANKS! 

Looking forward to another learning adventure with you!

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