August Treks with Bear Yuba Land Trust

What: Butterfly Walk with Wildlife Biologist Jessica AbbottBYLT hydaspe_underwingsmall
When: Sunday, August 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Sierra Discovery Trail, located off Bowman Road
Cost: Suggested donation $20, Kids 12 and under FREE!

This weekend, join wildlife biologist Jessica Abbott and the Bear Yuba Land Trust for a butterfly walk at the scenic Sierra Discovery Trail on the Bear River. Jessica, a local wildlife biologist with the Institute for Wildlife Studies, is studying how climate change will impact butterfly populations throughout California and Oregon. Come take a relaxed stroll around the one mile loop trail while catching butterflies and learning about local butterflies and Jessica’s research. This is a great activity for kids! The Sierra Discovery Trail is accessible via a packed gravel path appropriate for people of diverse mobility levels. Wear comfortable clothes/shoes, sun protection, and bring a snack/lunch to enjoy at the picnic area after the walk. Jessica works for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving wildlife, habitats, and biodiversity.

What: Camp 19 Forest Research Field TripBYLT camp19
When: Saturday, August 12
Where: Grouse Ridge Forest Conservation Easement
Cost: $20 Members, $25 Not-Yet-Members
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Bill Stewart, Co-Director of University of California’s Center for Forestry will lead a short field trip from the old Camp 19 site. The Center for Forestry will manage the property as part of their network of research forests in the Sierra Nevada. Participants in this outing will walk across the canal and west across the property to a section of the forest impacted by the 2008 Fall Creek fire where reforestation can be observed in very different patterns. During the three-mile hike, we will discuss forest ecology, fire ecology and stream ecology. The trip should take 2-3 hours and will involve hiking through the forest and over Clear Creek. In 2016, Bear Yuba Land Trust received the 1,459 acre conservation easement, now owned by the University of California. Camp 19 refers to an old construction camp used to rebuild and improve the Bowman-Spaulding canal.

What: Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature on Woodpecker PreserveBYLT jrconservationist
When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12
Where: Meet at the Cascade Canal Trail parking lot on Gracie Road, Nevada City
Cost: Donations Appreciated

Join BYLT this morning when we focus on birds! There’s a lot to learn about woodpeckers. Participants will hike about 2 ½ miles on the Cascade Canal Trail and BYLT’s Orene Wetherall Trail on Woodpecker Preserve. It’s a well-shaded trail used by many local families. California Naturalist Steve Roddy is our guide and will share stories and animal tales. Bring binoculars (optional), water, a snack, sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. This outing is designed for children ages 7 – 12, accompanied with a parent or other caregiver. No dogs please.

What: Dog Walk on Rattlesnake Trail
When: 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, August 19
Where: Rattlesnake Trail
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, 2 – 3 miles
Cost: FREE!

Join BYLT’s Trail Volunteer Gene Haroldsen and his dog Eli for this fun morning stroll designed just for dog owners on the Rattlesnake Trail. The trail is a collaborative project with the Rattlesnake Neighborhood Association and located in the Rattlesnake Ridge neighborhood off Highway 174 in the outskirts of Grass Valley. The trail provides a nice summer outing as it winds through shady forests and along an NID canal. We’ll discuss the fundamentals of dog owner etiquette on the trail and provide just the right amount of socialization that all pet owners are looking for. This is a great way to meet other dogs and their owners in the community. Dogs on leashes, please, and don’t forget to bring the poop bags!

What: Fireside Chat: Camp Kitchen Cuisine
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 16
Where: Inn Town Campground
Cost: $10. Registration required.  Participants can camp that evening with 50% off regular tent camping sites or 25% off regular glamping sites. Booking your campsite in advance is highly recommended.

Ready to spice up your camp-food life? Join self-proclaimed camp chef Nick Somers from Mountain Recreation for a deliciously informative Fireside Chat. Nick’s chat on Backpacking Basics in June was such a hit, we are thrilled to bring him back. We will discuss camp kitchen essentials, how to choose the right cook system, ration planning for longer trips and Leave No Trace techniques specific to a backcountry kitchen. Part of the evening will focus on freeze-dried food options, quick Do-It-Yourself meal recipes and how to stay fueled on the trail. With opportunities to sample some of our camp kitchen cuisine, this Fireside Chat will be a feast of knowledge.

This is a great opportunity to pitch a tent or go “glamping” at the Inn Town Campground with family and friends at a reduced price. If not camping, please park outside the campground gates and walk in. We’ll be by the campfire. Snacks and beverages provided. Maps, outdoor gear and merchandise for purchase.

Content and photos submitted by Laura Petersen