Explore Sonoma County's environmental history or just learn some new fascinating nature facts. Grab your favorite burrito, pour yourself a refreshing drink and tune in as we have fun sharing all about your parks with fascinating live presentations! Registration is required for this free, virtual event.
Twists of History—Stories of the Changing Russian River
Thursday, March 25 • 12-1 p.m.
This event is full.
Learn about the role the Russian River has played in shaping the local landscape as it winds its way from its headwaters in Mendocino County, through Sonoma County and out to the Pacific Ocean. This 110-mile long river continues to be a crucial water source for our community as well as a historical source of industry that has informed local economies and population demographics. For more information, contact Ellie Muelrath by email at Elspeth.Muelrath@sonoma-county.org
Rebirth—Nature's Resiliency to Fire
Thursday, April 8 • 12-1 p.m.
For millions of years, plants and animals have had their own way of surviving and living with fire. Humans have learned how to be stewards of the forest by caring and managing for Sonoma County's ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. This webinar will include a live component where you can "join" me in the park and see how some of our recently affected parks are recovering. For more information, contact Katja Svendsen by email at Katja.Svendsen@sonoma-county.org
Fishing for the Future—Spud Point Marina Past & Present
Thursday, April 15 • 12-1 p.m.
Spud Point Marina is on Bodega Harbor, about 60 miles northwest of San Francisco and 20 miles west of Santa Rosa. Nestled in the sleepy fishing of Bodega Bay, this harbor is the hub of commercial and sport fishing in Sonoma County. Who is the sleepy fishing village of Bodega Bay named after? Who was Captain Smith and what fishing legacy did his son William Smith leave along the docks of Spud Point Marina? Join Sonoma County Parks for their series Stories of the Land and sail back in time and meet the people who gave life and spirit to local commercial fishing in Bodega Bay. For more information, contact Irmas Cuevas by email at Irma.Cuevas@sonoma-county.org
City Nature Challenge 2021
Thursday, April 22 • 12-1 p.m.
Are you ready to nurture your inner scientist and explore the vast biodiversity in your community? Join us in learning how you can participate in the 2021 International City Nature Challenge. Assist in documenting the flowers, insects, lichen and other organisms that call our local parks home. Using your smart phone, you can help create lasting records of the plants and animals that reside in this beautiful place! This is a great opportunity to reconnect with nature while contributing to scientific research and having fun. For more information visit citynaturechallenge.org/ or contact Ellie Muelrath by email at Elspeth.Muelrath@sonoma-county.org
Mooooving History—Ragle Ranch Past & Present
Thursday, May 13 • 12-1 p.m.
Ragle Ranch Regional Park contains 3.56 miles of trails with excellent birding and wildlife-viewing opportunities. The trails give clues to the history of this park with the occasional pear tree. This seasonal wetland doesn't look like a ranch, but then why the name? Who owned what is now Ragle Ranch Regional Park? Was it a cattle ranch? Join Sonoma County Parks for their series Stories of the Land and explore Atascadero Creek's rich history as we leisurely walk back in time to Ragle's ranching days. For more information, contact Irmas Cuevas by email at Irma.Cuevas@sonoma-county.org
Super Special Serpentine Soils & the Plants that Love Them!
Thursday, May 20 • 12-1 p.m.
Explore the origins of the unique botany that grows in serpentine soil. Many rare plants that are endemic to Sonoma County exist because they have adapted to grow in serpentine soil, which has a mineral composition that challenges the growth of many other plant species. Learn how serpentine soils were created by the tectonic activity in the region, and discover where to find serpentine soils in Sonoma County. For more information, contact Ellie Muelrath by email at Elspeth.Muelrath@sonoma-county.org