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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2017 Schedule

 

Laguna de Santa Rosa: Historical Ecology and Landscape Change
Presentation with Robin Grossinger and Sean Baumgarten, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Thursday, February 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
FREE! And, pre-registration required. This talk is now FULL.
If you'd like to be added to the wait list, please click here. 

Join us for a look back in time at the Laguna as it existed 150 years ago. The Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed has been highly modified over the past century and a half, transformed by urbanization, agricultural development, logging, and many other land and water use changes. Nevertheless, remnants of the historical landscape persist, and the Laguna remains a vital ecosystem for a wide range of native plants and animals. In this talk, scientists Robin Grossinger and Sean Baumgarten from the San Francisco Estuary Institute will describe their research on the historical ecology of a central portion of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and how it has changed over time. Drawing on a wide range of archival maps, photographs, and documents, their research provides a window into the complex mosaic of wetlands, riparian habitats, and stream channels that occupied the central Laguna landscape during the mid-19th century.

Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he co-directs SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program. For over twenty years, Robin has analyzed how California landscapes have changed since European contact, using these data to guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. Robin's innovative work to synthesize history and science has been acclaimed for helping scientists, managers, and the public appreciate both the dramatic transformation and the impressive resilience of the state's ecosystems. Sean Baumgarten is a scientist in SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program, where his research focuses on the historical ecology of California ecosystems. Sean has conducted research on coastal, riverine, and terrestrial ecosystems throughout the Bay Area as well as in southern California and the Central Valley, using archival data to reconstruct the form and function of past landscapes and understand how they have changed over time.

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Drawing Green Leaves and Stems in Colored Pencil
Workshop with botanical artist Nina Antze
Saturday, March 4, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$85.
  Pre-registration required (below). 

“It is sometimes claimed that the ability to paint and draw leaves well, rather than flowers, is what makes the difference between a good and an excellent botanical artist.”…Margaret Stevens, The Art of Botanical Painting. If you are a nature artist, you know that drawing leaves are the most important objects we draw and yet often the most difficult. Learn to mix and identify “good” greens, draw veins and edges, and make your leaves come to life. Experiment with creating fun browns to create interesting stems and branches. Enjoy a peaceful, meditative day doing pencil work in lovely Heron Hall. All drawing levels are welcome. Suitable for 12 year olds and up (children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult). A supply list will be provided.

Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist and quiltmaker. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She teaches colored pencil and botanical workshops throughout the Bay Area. Learn more about Nina at her website.

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Sonoma County Birds of Prey: Identification and Natural History
Presentation with Larry Broderick
Thursday, March 9, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10.
(non-refundable), Pre-registration required. 

Join us for this enthusiastic and informative presentation about the resident, migrant and over-wintering birds of prey (“raptors”) in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and California. Larry Broderick's fascinating and visually-exciting presentation includes not only wonderful first-hand stories from the field, but also is packed with interesting information about raptor habits, identification, and suggestions of where to spot them, as well as some interesting one-of-a-kind and rare special surprises. Once you attend Larry's presentation, you have him as a resource and reference for questions and outings for years to come, as he is highly accessible through West County Hawkwatch Raptor Research's webpages and his direct contact information.

Larry Broderick is a local Birds of Prey Natural History and Interpretive Specialist, Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch Director and Certified California Naturalist. Larry has been working with Birds of Prey as an educational specialist for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has led walks, hikes and presentations with Solano and Sonoma Land Trusts, Madrone Audubon, Bird Rescue Center and Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. Larry conducts Bird and Wildlife surveys for the Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust and Pepperwood Preserve. He also runs West County Hawkwatch and manages dozens of docents, photographers and tour guides. Larry is the recipient of the Madrone Audubon's 2012 Betty Burridge award and Sonoma Land Trusts Special Recognition of Volunteer Service award 2015-2016.

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Birds of Prey at the Laguna: Winter Spotting and Identification
Birding Walk with Larry Broderick
Saturday, March 11, 10:00am-2:00pm
Beginning at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$30.
Pre-registration required. 
Suitable for all ages and levels of birdwatching from beginners to advanced. 
Moderate to heavy rain reschedules to the alternative rain date of Sunday, March 12.

The Laguna de Santa Rosa has long been one of the best spots in the North Bay to see resident, migrant and over-wintering birds of prey and many other bird species. We will walk through Laguna trails looking for Birds of Prey while keying in on diagnostic identification field marks and behavioral traits. On past trips through the wetlands and uplands we have found all the common Birds of Prey in our region, plus some more uncommon ones, such as Prairie Falcon, Merlin, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk and Bald Eagle. We will also be on the lookout for other interesting birds and wildlife. We’ll meet at Heron Hall and carpool to one or two sites along the Laguna, depending on conditions. If the forecast on Friday night is for moderate to heavy rain Saturday morning, we will notify you and reschedule to the alternate rain date of Sunday, March 12.

Larry Broderick is a local Birds of Prey Natural History and Interpretive Specialist, Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch Director and Certified California Naturalist. Larry has been working with Birds of Prey as an educational specialist for over 25 years. For the last 10 years he has led walks, hikes and presentations with Solano and Sonoma Land Trusts, Madrone Audubon, Bird Rescue Center and Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. Larry conducts Bird and Wildlife surveys for the Wildlands Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust and Pepperwood Preserve. He also runs West County Hawkwatch and manages dozens of docents, photographers and tour guides. Larry is the recipient of the Madrone Audubon's 2012 Betty Burridge award and Sonoma Land Trusts Special Recognition of Volunteer Service award 2015-2016.

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Spring Birding in the Laguna
Bird Watching Adventures with Lisa Hug
Sundays, March 26, April 23, and May 21, 8:30am-1:00pm
Beginning at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$45. per class. Pre-registration required
(see below). Geared towards adults and older teens. 
Moderate to heavy rain cancels (in which case we'd refund your money).

In this birding series, we will celebrate Spring by exploring a different non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna each month. In March we will enjoy the wide variety of waterfowl that utilizes the deep channels of the Laguna that the winter rains have brought. During the months of April and May the resident songbirds will awaken and the colorful migrants will arrive from Central America with their vibrant songs. There will be a short PowerPoint orientation the first session. Bring binoculars, (spotting scope optional), a field guide, comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, water and a packed lunch or snacks. We will end each session with a group lunch and make a list of the species which we encountered.

Lisa Hug originally came to California from the Midwest in 1986.  She was very involved with Point Reyes Bird Observatory and eventually became a contract biologist and freelance naturalist in the mid-1990s. She has been teaching for the College of Marin, Petaluma Adult School and Point Reyes Field Institute for over a decade.  She was president of Redwood Region Ornithological Society for two years and received the Martha Bentley and Ernestine Smith Award For the Dedication to Wildlife Conservation Education in 2009. She is currently a regional coordinator for the Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas and she just finished editing the new Birds Checklist for the Laguna de Santa Rosa which can be bought through the Laguna Foundation Store.

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Also on tap . . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Rare Pond Species Workshop with Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez, March 23-25
  • Geology talk with Dr. Jane Nielson, April 20
  • Day of the Child, special Open House and activities, April 29
  • Writing the Watershed, workshop with Elizabeth Herron, May 6
  • Spring Fling in the Wilds of the Laguna, hike and picnic with Denise Cadman, May 19
  • Talks about botany, anthropology, reptiles, arachnids, bats, and butterflies
  • Laguna kayaking adventures, hikes and natural history explorations
  • And much, much more!!!

For more information, contact Anita Smith, Public Education Manager, (707) 527-9277 x110 or by email at anita@lagunafoundation.org.

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CANCELLATION POLICY:  If you are registered for an event and need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received more than 14 days in advance of the event date will receive a refund minus a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made between 14-7 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. We are sorry but refunds cannot be given on cancellations made less than 7 days in advance. Please also note that we often need a minimum number of participants to conduct most events. If the Laguna Foundation needs to cancel the event for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible (at least 1 day prior to the event) and you will receive a full refund.

NON-REFUNDABLE FEES: Events that cost $20 and less are non-refundable (except in case of our cancelling for inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances, in which case we will issue full refunds). This is due to significant processing fees associated with online registration services such as PayPal. Thank you for your understanding, and thank you for your interest and support of our programs!

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