14th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

14th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

The City of Galt, in partnership with Cosumnes River Preserve, is hosting the 14th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival. This is a VIRTUAL event and completely FREE to all who’d like to participate. The keynote speaker this year is John Muir Laws, a talented artist and naturalist. He will be giving a lecture as well as teaching two bird drawing classes. Cosumnes River Preserve staff will be releasing multiple virtual tours, which will be posted

Tall Forest Bird Survey

Tall Forest Bird Survey

The Tall Forest is a substantial block of valley oak-dominated woodland strongly resembling the pre-Anglo Central Valley riparian forests, a habitat now almost obliterated from California. The big trees overtop a varied, dense understory, and California grape and poison oak climb into the canopy in many places. The complex vegetative structure permits a rich variety of birds to reside permanently or seasonally there. Come join John Trochet, leader of this survey for more than two

Guided Paddle Along the Cosumnes River

Guided Paddle Along the Cosumnes River

Join experienced naturalists for a leisurely paddle up the Cosumnes River and its peaceful sloughs.  We’ll likely see forest birds, raptors, egrets, herons, cormorants, and maybe deer, a beaver and/or an otter.  We’ll talk about the flora and fauna found in this riparian corridor, and about the first people to live here, the Plains Miwoks. Bring your own boat (canoe, kayak, SUP), paddle, and PFD. We will meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center

River Walk Bird Survey

River Walk Bird Survey

Join well-known Audubon Society member, Jim Rowoth, as he ventures out on the Cosumnes River Preserve River Walk to survey birds of all species. The walk takes you through wetlands, riparian forest, grasslands, and along the Cosumnes River. The walk covers 4 miles at a leisurely pace and should take approximately 4 hours, so be sure to bring a lunch and water. All birding levels welcome! Make sure to dress appropriately: sturdy shoes, layers, a

Vernal Pool and Wildflowers Guided Hike

Vernal Pool and Wildflowers Guided Hike

Join Cosumnes River Preserve docents on a guided vernal pool and wildflower hike along Rancho Seco’s Howard Ranch Trail! This significant landscape is important because of the rare and unique landscape of vernal pools, which occur only in California’s Mediterranean climate. These pools support flora and fauna that exist no where else in the world. The guided hike takes you 2 miles into the nature area, stopping along the way to learn about the vernal