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Mt Lion Kittens Courtesy Beth Pratt

Wednesday, Sept. 20: When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors

Free lecture and book signing with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom Co-Sponsored by Solvang Library. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:00 p.m. Legion Wing, Veterans Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang. Featured photo of Mountain Lion cubs in the Santa Monica Mountains, courtesy of National Park Service. In a rapidly urbanizing state with nearly 40 million residents, how do we create wildlife friendly spaces and …

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Saturday, September 30: Birding Miguelito Canyon and Ocean Beach

Field Trip with Rebecca Coulter Saturday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 15. Advance registration begins August 30 at synature@west.net or 805/ 693-5683. Members free/ non-members $20. Featured photo of Townsend’s Warbler by Liz Muraoka. Join us for a morning of birding at Miguelito Park and Ocean Beach Park in Lompoc. Fall migration is underway! …

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Thursday, October 12: Backpacking and Hiking in the San Rafael Wilderness

Free lecture with James Wapotich Co-sponsored by the Los Olivos Library. Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Grange. 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos. Featured photo of San Rafael Wilderness by James Wapotich Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images and stories from his treks through our local backcountry.  Ever changing, the Santa Barbara backcountry is …

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Thursday, October 26: Cultural Markings in Blue Stone: A Story of the San Rafaels

Free lecture with Sam Spaulding Co-sponsored by the Los Olivos Library. Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Grange. 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos. Featured image of cultural markings in serpentinite by Sam Spaulding. Pictographs are paintings on stone using natural materials, while petroglyphs are carvings or markings in stone. Chumash pictographs in Santa Barbara County are well …

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The Program Report highlights Summer and Fall 2016 field trips and photos.

Simply click on Program Reports on the menu bar, above. Featured photo by Merrilee Fellows

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New Coyote

Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.: Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

Free lecture and book signing with Dan Flores. Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. Legion Wing, Veterans Memorial Hall. 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang. While frequently seen in Santa Barbara County, and increasingly found even in urban areas across the country, the coyote remains a mysterious animal with its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience. Dan Flores’s most recent and …

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Saturday, February 11, 6:45 p.m.: Annual Members’ Meeting at Sedgwick Reserve, preceding Oak Studies lecture

Annual Members’ Meeting Saturday, February 11, 6:45 p.m. Tipton House, UC Sedgwick Reserve. 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. Immediately preceding the California Oak Studies lecture at Sedgwick Reserve, the annual Members’ meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m., to elect and introduce new board members for 2017, and hear a brief Treasurer’s report. Members, please join us in the Tipton …

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Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.: A Trilogy of California Oak Studies: Phylogeny, Phenology, and “Flow-ology”

Free lecture with Victoria Sork and Andy Lentz Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. Tipton House, UC Sedgwick Reserve. 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. As oaks in California face ever-changing threats to their survival, this timely talk will deepen our understanding of their evolutionary history as well as their fragility and potential resilience. Victoria Sork and Andy Lentz will present three …

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Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.: Harnessing Water & Harvesting Soil: 2,000 Years of Water Harvesting in the Petra Hinterlands

Free lecture with Erin Addison. Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Grange. 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos. Erin Addison is an historian and landscape architect who has worked in Jordan since 1994. She began her work in the Middle East as a Fulbright scholar researching the water infrastructure and politics of the Umayyad Caliphate in the 8th …

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Saturday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.: Exploring Mount Dibblee

Field trip with Larry Ballard Saturday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 25. Members free/non-members $20. Pre-registration required at synature@west.net or 805 693-5683. This infrequently used trail takes us through a large stand of chaparral on the upper west part of UCSB Sedgwick Reserve. The chaparral is entirely Buckbrush, Ceanothus cuneatus, one of the most widely distributed …

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