Weldon, CA – One
precious moment volunteering in the field can reward one with nature
for years to come if planned properly. Nature does this on her own
every day but sometimes she molds a new future. This was the case
with our local December floods.
Nature brought down a bounty of soil and
nutrients along the South Fork Kern River and deposited
more than humans could handle
in a developed area. By allowing a forest and natural
ecosystems to thrive and on occasion be rebuilt by nature, we have
just a little work to do to repair human amenities such as roads,
trails and fences. We have worked for several years to restore a
natural desert habitat upslope of the riparian forest. This habitat
is a unique buffer around our many canyon riparian corridors. It
provides habitat to many species of birds, mammals, insects and
plants. The December storm did some rearranging of our well planned
irrigation lines and buried some of the plants.
Join staff and
volunteers on Saturday, March 19 from 8 a.m. to noon for a morning
of planting more upland vegetation and repairing the irrigation
systems. For the past 30 years Audubon and volunteers have been
living green by helping to restore nature where it had been altered
enough to need a kick start in renovation. Now millions of birds
either winter, nest or pass through the restored magnificent forest
and upland habitats of the preserve. We continue to work on projects
once a month from Fall through Spring.
Bring gloves, wear
long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes/boots and safety glasses if you
have them. The preserve will supply the tools. Meet at 7:55 a.m. at
the headquarters of the Kern River Preserve:
18747 Highway 178, Weldon, CA. Contact
the Kern River Preserve Land Steward,
Sean Rowe or call
863-5709 to RSVP
for the work party.
After the workday and a no-host picnic lunch; we will take a hike to
enjoy nature's bountiful wildflowers. From 12:30-2:30pm, we will
explore local fields. We will stop and interpret the bloom, identify
the flowers and how nature provides a unique display each year.
Binoculars, cameras, and a field guide are handy to have.
All monthly events
at Audubon Kern River Preserve are held outdoors
and begin at the preserve
headquarters. They are
free and appropriate for ages 5 and up. All interested persons
are welcome (children under 14 must be accompanied by an
adult). Please dress for cold to warm
weather, bring drinks, a picnic lunch, sunscreen and bug spray.
Binoculars, camera and a field guide are always a good idea if you
For more information
please contact us at 1-(760) 378-2531 or
The next scheduled
nature exploration will be
a wildflower and spring migration hike -
The next scheduled
volunteer project will be trail maintenance in preparation for the
Spring Nature Festival - April 16th.