Agricultural Heritage Outing
A Flurry of Feathers: Birds of the Estero Americano
Tour private agricultural land to meet the birds and farmers that share the Estero Americano
When: Saturday, March 26th, 2016, 8:30-11:00am, Valley Ford, CA.
Join the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District on a walk of the Estero Americano wetlands to view and discuss the incredible birds that thrive in its delicate habitat. Learn how private lands provide wetland habitat, and hear dairyman Steve Moody’s perspective on a lifetime of farming in the Estero Americano. We’re sure to see many birds of a feather with the help of knowledgeable birding guides as we walk a flat 3-mile course along the wetland edge. We have the great opportunity to even walk a section of private land along the estuary: the 1,500-acre Ielmorini-Moody Dairy, preserved since 2002 by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Sixty-two shorebirds and waterfowl stop in the Estero including grebes, pintails, herons, godwits, snipes, curlews and cormorants.
Bring your binoculars, layered clothing, sun protection and sturdy, waterproof shoes for this energizing outing. And, bring your lunch for an optional picnic after the walk.
For more information, please email Adriana at Adriana@goldridgercd.org or call 707.823.5244.
There is no cost for this event. This outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Agricultural and Open Space District's work with a quarter cent sales tax. Part of the Agricultural Heritage Series presented by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District & the Sonoma Resource Conservation District.