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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

April, 2006

 

Audubon Opens To The Public For the Season
By Submission

Stinson Beach, CA - Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a long-time guardian of the natural environment dedicated to preservation, education and research, today announced its 1,000-acre Bolinas Lagoon Preserve will be open for its 2006 Public Season from March 18 to July 16, 2006, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bolinas Lagoon Preserve hosts one of the largest Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Snowy Egret nesting sites on the West Coast and averages close to 100 active nest sites yearly in groves of redwoods on the property.

During the course of the public season, visitors to ACR's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve can witness various stages of the heron and egret nesting cycle including courting rituals, eggs, chicks and first flights.

In addition to views of the nesting site, Bolinas Lagoon Preserve offers visitors bird and wildlife viewing platforms which are outfitted with spotting scopes and binoculars, eight miles of hiking trails, picnic locations and indoor education resources.

As a nature preserve and environmental education center for children and adults, ACR's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve differs from traditional parks or open spaces by offering visitors a unique learning experience in nature. Ranch Guides are stationed at various points of interest to answer questions about the natural history and wild inhabitants of the preserve, promoting an understanding and appreciation of our natural world.

In addition to the nesting colony and diverse ecosystems of ACR's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, visitors may also spot: Numerous water, shore and landbirds, Reptiles and amphibians, Black-tail deer, Bobcat, Badger, Gray fox, Raccoon, Brush rabbit, Meadow mouse, Coyote.

ACR's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve is located three miles north of Stinson Beach on Highway One in Marin County, and 30 miles north of San Francisco. During ACR's Public Season, Golden Gate Transit offers bus service to the Preserve. Contact Golden Gate Transit for details. For more information call 415-868-9244 or visit www.egret.org


About Bolinas Lagoon Preserve
ACR's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve is host to one of the largest annual springtime nesting colonies of Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Snowy Egrets on the West Coast. Each year thousands of people visit the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve during its open season from March to July. During the course of the public season, visitors can witness various stages of the heron and egret nesting cycle including courting rituals, eggs, chicks and first flights. Resource management, conservation-based research and environmental education programs are conducted throughout the year. Last year, more than 3,000 school children learned about the preservation of area habitats and the biology of its flora and fauna through the BLP Elementary School Environmental Program.


About Audubon Canyon Ranch
Audubon Canyon Ranch was founded in 1962 to save one of the largest Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Snowy Egret heronries on the West Coast. To prevent intensive commercial development in the pristine West Marin area surrounding the colony, early pioneers of Marin's environmental and conservation movement began a grassroots crusade to protect and preserve the open space of Marin and Sonoma counties and subsequently change the areas' land-use ethic. To date, Audubon Canyon Ranch has acquired thousands of acres in Marin and Sonoma to serve as wildlife sanctuaries and centers for environmental education and conservation-based research. Each year, thousands of visiting children and adults develop a love and appreciation of ACR's preserves and better understand the need to protect our natural heritage.

With dedicated staff, highly trained scientific professionals and hundreds of volunteers, Audubon Canyon Ranch is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of its donors and volunteers for its continued success. For more information, visit www.egret.org or call 415-868-9244.

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