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Birds and Bugs at RVOEP

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  • Chuck & Barbara Vaughn
    Greetings Mendobirders- Please see the announcement below about a birding/bugging field trip to the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project facility on
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2007
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      Greetings Mendobirders- Please see the announcement below about a
      birding/bugging field trip to the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project
      facility on Saturday, May 19. The mixed woodlands at the RVOEP support an
      abundant and varied population of both birds and bugs.


      DISCOVER THE WORLD OF BUGS AND BIRDS

      Saturday, May 19, 8:30 to 12:30, at the

      Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP)



      Spring is the perfect time to learn about insects and the birds that eat
      them. On Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 to 12:30, the public is invited to
      participate in a morning of hands-on insect and bird study at the
      RVOEP. Caterpillars are abundant in the spring and some studies show that
      in a healthy forest ecosystem, birds eat eighty to ninety percent of leaf
      destroying caterpillars. This helps insure the survival of many of our
      broad leaf trees. Starting at 8:30 AM sharp, Chuck Vaughn and other local
      birding experts will help participants find out more about the many
      important jobs birds perform in our ecosystems and learn to identify birds
      by their songs, field marks, and behavior. Participants will take a short
      hike to observe newly arrived spring migrant birds as they stake out their
      territory in the insect rich forest of the RVOEP. Chuck, a researcher at
      the Hopland Field Station and local Audubon member, has led many birding
      walks at the RVOEP.

      At 10:00 AM, Mendocino Community College professor Jim Xerogeanes will lead
      participants in a focus on the favorite springtime food of birds ---
      insects! Jim is an avid entomologist and participants can look forward to
      becoming genuine bug hunters as they learn about the life cycle and unique
      adaptations of some of our spring insects. This is guaranteed to be a fun
      and educational morning for all ages. Children should be seven or older
      and accompanied by an adult. Those participating are asked to park at
      Redwood Valley Elementary School and walk to the RVOEP located at 8301
      Pinecrest Drive. Pinecrest Drive is directly across from the
      school. Participants should wear good hiking shoes, long pants and a hat
      and bring a snack, mosquito repellant, and binoculars. The RVOEP also has
      binoculars available for use. The workshop will be cancelled if it
      rains. For further information call 485-0690.

      The Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP) is a
      community-supported project of the Ukiah Unified School District providing
      outdoor environmental education opportunities to students, their families,
      and our community.



      Helen Menasian, Educational Coordinator

      Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project

      PO Box 45

      Redwood Valley, CA 95470 Email: hmenasian@... Phone:
      485-0690 or 743-2065







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      Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
      Ukiah, CA 95482

      cevaughn@...

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