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Nature Events 2006 Apr-Jun



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Nature Festivals and Events 2006:
April - June


January-March | April-June | July-September | October-December


   

April-September
Historic Garden Tours
Monterey
Tel: 831-649-3364
The Historic Garden League leads 90-minute guided walks of several Old Monterey gardens Thursdays and Fridays (meet at 10:30am at Casa del Ora garden, Pacific and Scott Streets). Reservations required; groups can be accommodated with advance notice on other days as well.

April 2, 22
Birding Excursions
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
www.elkhornslough.com
Tour Elkhorn Slough by nearly-silent pontoon boat, guided by expert naturalists, to observe spring migratory and nesting birds.

April 7, 21
Trail Hikes
Fort Ord Public Lands
[email protected]
Former military lands are often unexpectedly rich in wildflowers, animals and history, undisturbed by modern development. These half-day, morning hikes, led by students at CalState University Monterey Bay, explore the former Fort Ord, in search of flora, fauna, historic tidbits, and more.

April 8, 30
Sea Otter Focus Tours
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
www.elkhornslough.com
Learn all about the cutest critter in Elkhorn Slough – the threatened sea otter – as you tour by pontoon boat, guided by expert naturalists. Reserve early!

April 9
Wildflowers for Beginners
Fort Ord Public Lands, Marina
Tel: 831-394-8314
Novice plant enthusiasts, or those who simply don't know California wildflowers well, will enjoy this easy hike into the grasslands, chaparral and oak woodlands of the former Fort Ord. BLM hike leader Sue Hubbard introduces botany basics and a tremendous variety of plants; meets at 10am.

April 14-16
45th Annual Wildflower Show
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
Prepared with the collaborative efforts of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, presenting over 600 species and varieties of Central California wildflowers at PG's Museum of Natural History.

April 15
Peak Season Wildflower Tour
Fort Ord Public Lands, Marina
Tel: 831-394-8314
BLM botanist Bruce Delgado is your guide on this driving tour with frequent pauses for easy-to-moderate hikes into the heart of wildflower heaven. Sites include vernal pools, the scene of a grasslands/oak woodland fire in 2005 (perfect opportunity to see fire-following flowers), and a maritime chaparral area. Meets at 10am; call for details.

April 22-23
Brazil Ranch Wildflower Hike & Survey
Big Sur
Tel: 831-384-1376
www.brazilranch.org
Brazil Ranch, recently acquired by the US Forest Service, is a beautiful setting for a conference - or a hike. Volunteers are invited to join USFS staff and BLM botanist Bruce Delgado for a series of hikes around Bixby Creek, through redwood groves, and across the meadows to identify even more than the 175 plants so far found on the property. Reservations essential.

April 23
Dia del Nino
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
www.montereybayaquarium.org
With Cinco de Mayo just over the horizon, the Monterey Bay Aquarium honors both the Spanish and Mexican heritage of Monterey with a day of cultural events and crafts for kids.

April 29
Convergence 2006: The Abalone Connection
Monterey
Tel: 831-239-0212
www.pacificcurrents.org
Have you seen abalone run? Celebrate all things abalone and the 109-year historical connection between Japan and the Monterey Bay Region. Event highlights include abalone diving demos, stories and song - plus live abalone races!

April 29-30
Ventana Wilderness Wildflower Survey
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2879
www.pelicannetwork.net/ventanawilderness (general information)
Volunteers are invited to join USFS staff in charting locations of wildflowers and other plants in the Ventana Wilderness. Hikers will pass waterfalls and redwoods on a 5.5 mile trail to camp in a meadow surrounded by ponderosa pines. Reservations essential.

May 5, 19
Trail Hikes
Fort Ord Public Lands
[email protected]
Former military lands are often unexpectedly rich in wildflowers, animals and history, undisturbed by modern development. These half-day, morning hikes, led by students at CalState University Monterey Bay, explore the former Fort Ord, in search of flora, fauna, historic tidbits, and more.

May 6
Marine Mammals Babies and Behavior Tour
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
www.elkhornslough.com
Discover marine mammals like harbor seals and their brand-new pups during a specially guided cruise of Elkhorn Slough Nature Reserve. Early reservations are essential.

May 6
Family Fun Day: Symbols of California
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
Springing from an exhibition of extraordinary photographs of the California golden poppy, the PG Museum of Natural History invites families to spend a creative day exploring our state's natural symbols.


May 13
Mosses Trail Walk
Fort Ord Public Lands, Seaside
Tel: 831-336-8548
California's central coast possesses hundreds of species of mosses, a surprising diversity. This easy, 10am hike with local expert Ken Kellman reveals dozens of them (most easily seen with a magnifying glass and knee-pads!).

May 13
Photo Safari
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
www.elkhornslough.com
A professional photographer accompanies this cruise through Elkhorn Slough to help you get the best nature pictures possible.

May 13
Paddlefest
Monterey
Tel: 800-649-5357
www.montereybaykayaks.org
The beach at Monterey's Wharf II will be wall-to-wall kayaks during this special one-day festival. More than 100 kayaks from five manufacturers will be available for a 'test drive,' with mini-classes and information about kayaking and marine ecotourism, too. Proceeds benefit the research of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

May 13-14
7th Annual International Festival of the Winds
Marina
Tel: 831-656-0315
www.marinafestival.com
Marina makes the best use of springtime onshore breezes by hosting a delightful 'WindFest' that features kites large and small, hands-on activities like making a balloon, and much more fun for all ages.

May 13-14
Aquarium Adventures Sneak Peek
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
www.montereybayaquarium.org
Get the skinny on what Aquarium Adventures will offer for youngsters during the summer of 2006.

May 14
Rocky Ridge Wildflower Hike
Big Sur
Tel: 831-372-6374
Moms who love wildflowers, great views, and hiking won't be able to resist this five-mile excursion (9am-3pm) into Big Sur wild lands around Soberanes Creek and Rocky Ridge. Expect redwoods, madia sunflowers, snapdragons, tidy-tips and more; bring lunch, water and a walking stick.

May 21
A Host of Hikes Annual Picnic
Fort Ord Public Lands, Marina
Tel: 831-384-1376
www.chuckhaugenconservationfund.org
Choose from a host of hiking opportunities during this special BBQ picnic to benefit the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund, including walks to discover rare wildflowers, a bird-and-butterfly spotting walk, and the Plain Ol' Bugs hike that introduces kids to the wiggly, walking, creeping and crawling inhabitants of our world.

May 26-September
TeamOCEAN on Monterey Bay
Cannery Row, Moss Landing
Tel: 831-521-9512
http://montereybay.noaa.gov/educate/to/
If you're out kayaking off Cannery Row or in Elkhorn Slough on a summer weekend (Fri-Sun, 9am-4pm), look for the distinctive red and blue kayaks of the National Marine Sanctuary's 40 volunteers. These on-the-water educators are there to teach visitors about the marine creatures they may encounter, and how to watch them safely.

May 27
"Golden Poppies of California"
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
www.pgmuseum.org
Photographer George Lepp talks about the remarkable series of images in his recently released book, surrounded by the exhibition in the galleries of the PG Museum of Natural History.

May 27-28
Humpback Whale Celebration

Monterey
Tel: 831-901-0013
www.whalefestmonterey.com
Many species of cetaceans - including the trio of "great whales," the gray, the blue and the humpback - make their way through the ocean currents not far from Monterey Bay. This new educational festival all about humpback whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.

June 10-11
Deep Sea Days
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
www.montereybayaquarium.org
The mysteries of the deepest parts of our oceans are revealed in two special days at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Part of the Oceans 2006 Year of Exploring program for kids and families.

June 24
8th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-1530
www.bigsurarts.org
Visitors come upon musicians and artists as they discover a half-dozen beautiful home gardens in Big Sur. The garden market offers handicrafts and items to make your garden special; the Captain Cooper School Garden shows kids have green thumbs, too. Reservations essential.

June 24
Big Sur Bird Bash
Big Sur
Tel: 831-624-1202
www.ventanaws.org
Learn about the reintroduction of California condors when the Ventana Wildlife Society hosts its first 'Bird Bash' at the Henry Miller Library. There'll be fun, games and crafts to little nestlings in the afternoon, and a BBQ party with live music for adults until midnight.

June 17-September 4
Aquarium Adventures Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
www.montereybayaquarium.org
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers boundless opportunities for kids and families to experience the wonders of the ocean and Monterey Bay up close and in detail, during the summer-long Adventures programs. SCUBA lessons, overnight stays and morning rounds, sailboat excursions and guided walks: visit the website to learn more.







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