Upcoming Events

California Climate and Agriculture Summit @ UC Davis Conference Center
Feb 28 @ 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Sonoma Ecology Center’s biochar researchers will join this important UC Davis summit — the 5th annual — giving a presentation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on “The Potential of Biochar as a Climate Tool.”

David Morell, SEC’s operations director, will discuss California’s environmental challenges — climate change, water scarcity, and forest fire threats — and offer a novel solution: biochar. Participants will get an overview of the current science on the potential of biochar production to address these challenges, and hear about an on-farm example of biochar use at a commercial egg production operation in Petaluma. Speakers include David Morell of SEC’s Sonoma Biochar Initiative; Sanjai Parikh of UC Davis’ Department of Land, Air and Water; and Mike Weber of Weber Family Farms. The moderator will be Garrett Liles of Chico State University.

The conference is presented by California Climate & Agriculture Network, or CalCAN. Conference Day tickets for farmers and ranchers are still available for $50, but going fast, according to organizers. “Partial Day” tickets for workshops only are still available for $75.

For general info on the event, go to http://calclimateag.org/calcan-summit-2017/. For details on the Feb. 28 program go to http://calclimateag.org/calcan-summit-conference-day-program/.


Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair.  Meet at the White Barn at 9:00.   Tools provided, no experience needed.  And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email john@sonomaecologycenter.org

Sugarloaf Volunteer Training @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Do you have extra time in your schedule and want to volunteer with local parks in Sonoma County? Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is looking for you. Volunteers are the life force of this lovely park. Join us for a volunteer training to become part of our team.

Daylight Saving Time starts
Mar 12 all-day
Montini Preserve Volunteer Patrol Recruitment Meeting @ Montini Open Space Preserve, 4th Street Kissing Gate
Mar 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

To take care of the Montini Open Space Preserve, the City of Sonoma needs people to be the “eyes and ears” of the Preserve, give regular updates to the Sonoma Ecology center on conditions at the Preserve, and discourage inappropriate uses, including littering, pets, and vandalism. Observations and insights from the Patrol will provide valuable information about conditions at the Preserve, allowing Sonoma Ecology Center to manage and protect the property.

Please join us on our Saturday morning meeting if you’re interested in joining the Patrol and learning more on how to submit sightings and reports on the trail after your hikes.

The goals of the Volunteer Patrol are to monitor the property and rapidly communicate problems and opportunities, strengthen a constituency supporting the property, and educate those who have dogs present and/or who are not being proper stewards of the preserve. Responsibilities of Volunteer Patrol participants including walking the property at least once per month for a year, submitting reports and observations in a timely manner, and possibly participating in one or more volunteer workdays per year.

The 4th Street Kissing Gate is marked on this map. For inquiries related to the Montini Preserve Volunteer Patrol, please contact:

Tony Passantino
Sonoma Ecology Center
(707) 996-0712 ext. 124

Montini Volunteer Patrol
C/o Sonoma Ecology Center
P.O. Box 1486
Eldridge, CA 95431

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