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The RCD works with our partners to sponsor on-site and on-farm demonstrations, trainings, tours and workshops for landowners, farmers and the community at large on a range of conservation topics addressing things like erosion and drainage, wildlife habitat, water quality and supply, wildfire preparedness, forest health, private road maintenance, and watershed health.

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Ag Heritage Outing: Birds and Farms of the Estero Americano

June 25, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

- Free

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 habitat. Learn how private lands provide wetland habitat and hear local farmers’ perspectives on 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 will view 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. 62 species of shorebirds and waterfowl stop in the Estero including grebes, pintails, herons, godwits, snipes, curlews, and cormorants. End the outing in the town of Valley Ford for a complimentary cheese tasting at the Valley Ford Cheese and Creamery!

Bring your binoculars, layered clothing, sun protection and sturdy, waterproof shoes for this energizing outing.

This event is in partnership with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, the Sonoma Resource Conservation District, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, and the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. There is no cost for this event. This outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District’s work with a quarter cent sales tax.

Please register for this FREE event soon as space is limited.

Register at the Eventbrite link below!