9:30am- 2:30pm We will depart from The Madrones @ 9:30am to a private ranch in the Yorkville Highlands.
Birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities in the country. This unique experience will be facilitated by two respected members of our community with a wealth of knowledge regarding nature observation. The field experience will take place on one of the largest private ranches in the area, where you will be able to learn more about techniques in birdwatching as well as the particulars of the natural environment of Northern California. A 2- 1/2 hour field experience will be followed up by a picnic lunch and an open discussion regarding our observations.
Margot has been coming to her family’s ranch in Yorkville Highlands all of her life and been deeply rooted in the natural world, but only took a serious interest in the birds about eight years ago after taking an introductory class on birding and getting hooked. She has since birded in many spots in California, Costa Rica and Africa, always returning to watch the seasonal changes on the ranch as marked by the comings and goings of the birds. She takes a particular interest in birding-by-ear, learning to recognize birds’ songs and calls. As a naturalist, she is looking forward to sharing her love of the land and its birds with you.
During the last 35 years, Brad Goodhart has planned and led over 100 safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganada, the Congo and South America for well-known eco-tourism companies, his own company, and private individuals. An experienced naturalist and birder, he has pioneered eco-tourism in exotic places around the world. Brad’s home is in the “high roller” part of the Anderson Valley and will share his knowledge of the local wildlife.
What to bring: A good pair of binoculars, water, hiking shoes or boots and a hat. Dress in layers.
Cost: $75. includes lunch.