On the Land Public Outings
Discover Raptors Above Our Lands Along the Pacific Flyway
More hikes to this popular venue will be offered in the spring!
All fall Pole Mountain hikes are currently waitlisted.
September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26
Get a great workout and learning experience among the trees.
The Jenner Headlands Preserve has proven to be a spectacular destination to observe birds of prey during the annual fall migration. Notable species identified include ferruginous hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and broad-winged hawks, along with the more usual red-tailed hawks, kites and kestrels. Join leaders of the Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch team to learn raptor identification techniques in real time as they take advantage of the wind on the coastal prairie mountainside. The strenuous 4.5-mile roundtrip hike will ascend more than 800 feet in elevation. Some sections of the route are especially rough with uneven footing; being in good physical condition is a must.
Raptors at the Estero Americano Preserve
With Larry Broderick
Sunday, October 5, 10am–2pm
Come out and enjoy the wide open vistas of the Estero Americano Preserve without having to hike a great distance to get there. With the help of “raptor magnet” Larry Broderick, we will learn raptor identification techniques in real time as migrating hawks, eagles and falcons fly overhead.
Redwood Forest Ecology at the Jenner Headlands
Saturday, November 8, 10am–3pm
This is an excellent opportunity to get a good workout while also learning something interesting. You’ll learn about redwood forest ecology and how The Wildlands Conservancy and the Sonoma Land Trust plan to care for the Jenner Headland’s 3,100 acres of forest, now and into the future. The Wildlands Conservancy staff will share information about redwood ecology, the plants and animals found among the trees, and how to manage the land for a healthy forest ecosystem. Ecologically-sound management practices are the key to our long-term goal of bringing back the big trees and restoring the native forest. The 5-mile roundtrip hike will travel along Russian Gulch creek, through redwoods grooves and coastal prairie grassland with some sections especially rough with uneven footing; being in good physical condition is a must.
Raptors at Haire Ranch/Skaggs Island
Saturday, November 15, 10am–2pm
This area is rife with raptors, both resident and migratory. Join San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager Don Brubaker and birder extraordinaire Larry Broderick for a raptor walk and tour of Skaggs Island and Haire Ranch. Learn about the history of the island as along with plans for the restoration of Skaggs Island to marsh, as we scan the sky for the abundant displays of raptors above. We will drive to various locations on the 4,400-acre island, taking walks at scenic locations.
Join Sonoma Land Trust in celebration of our most recent acquisition – Pole Mountain! This strenuous, 6-mile round-trip hike begins at our Little Black Mountain Preserve, and has a 1,000-foot elevation gain as we hike up the north side of the mountain along old ranch roads. We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of Pole Mountain, as we bask in the panoramic views from the Sonoma Coast’s highest peak.
Email us at email@example.com or call 707.526.6930 ext. 114 for more information.
For more unique opportunties to get on the land, check out our volunteer workdays.
For more than 35 years, the Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America.
Volunteer with Sonoma Land Trust
You will enjoy:
- Access to diverse and beautiful properties
- Educational and skill building opportunities
- Great community
- Annual Volunteer Celebration
Become a Member
You will receive:
- quarterly announcements of upcoming members-only hikes
- monthly eNews and quarterly newsletters
- seasonal invitations to members-only open days at Glen Oaks Ranch
- annual holiday open house and other special events
- ongoing satisfaction of helping preserve what we all love most about Sonoma County