August 26, 2017, 5:00 – 10:30 pm Monte Bello Preserve, managed by MidPen
Explore the world of arachnids with spider-loving docents Debbi Brusco, Jack Owicki, and Sara Witt. With luck, a tarantula may cross your path as you search for sometimes timid creatures that you might usually be inclined to avoid. You’ll hike at a mostly leisurely pace along the Canyon Trail in addition to other trails, with an elevation gain of up to 600′. Capable, attentive children 10 years and older are welcome. Bring a flashlight (with a red filter or cellophane cover if you have it), plastic to sit on, and your meal. Reservations are required and will be accepted on or after August 12.Where to Meet:
Meet at the Preserve parking lot on Page Mill Road (across from Los Trancos Preserve), 7 miles west of I-280 or 1.5 miles east of Skyline Boulevard. Those traveling from I-280 on Page Mill Rd. should allow approximately 35 minutes travel time.
Wednesday September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Presentaition- Reconsider the Coot: Crazy Reproductive Antics of a Common Marsh Denizen…Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center
Bruce Lyon, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Lyon will present on the American Coot, a frequently overlooked yet common bird.
Dr. Lyon has been studying the reproductive antics of American coots for the past two decades and has discovered that there is far more to this bird than meets the eye. He’ll highlight discoveries about the parental and reproductive strategies of coots, from both a natural history and scientific perspective.
Coots are bizarre when it comes to raising their chicks, and there are many puzzling features of coot parental care behavior. For example, why do coots lay far more eggs than they can normally raise and why do they beat up their kids so much? And, finally, why are baby coots born with such a ridiculously fluorescent orange plumage? Dr. Lyon will answer these questions and many more in his talk.