Animal Awareness

Posted on Wednesday 25 November 2009

On Monday January 4, 2010 we’ve arranged for two guest speakers! Léo Laporte, a Professor Emeritus in Earth Sciences at UCSC and a Jasper Ridge docent will be giving us a brief overview of Jasper Ridge. Then in keeping with our theme for the month, Animal Awareness, Brian Knittel from Riekes Nature’s Awareness Center (www.riekes.org) will provide us with an outline of animal awareness and suggest some ways to help us open our senses in natural settings.
Then on Saturday, January 9, we will set out on our exploration to Jasper Ridge. There you will meet our docents for the day:
-Brian Knittel, Animal awareness docent
-John Montgomery-Brown, PhD. Stanford, Environmental Science.
-Léo Laport: J.R Docent, geology expert & specialist in serpentine soil ecology.
-Pepper Yelton: J. R. Docent and expert in flora of the region.

We will then spend the majority of the morning walking and looking for animal track sites. During our walk, we will also observe flora and fauna of the area and learn about serpentine soil ecology. Of course we will also be keeping an eye out for any lichens, mosses or fungi that catch our interest. This time of year and with all the rain, we are sure to discover a variety of colored fungus! (If you have any field books on the subject, please bring them.)

On the way back to the Jasper Ridge Field Research Lab for our picnic lunch, we pass though riparian woodland area and might possibly see a wood rat nest or two. After lunch, we will then visit an old Ohlone site with grinding stone area and cave. This day should be a full and rich experience!


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