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Visit Quail Ridge Reserve with ecologist

By From page A3 | March 14, 2013

Visitors are invited to walk the Quail Ridge Reserve from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The reserve is on a peninsula at the southwest end of Lake Berryessa.

The walk, along hillsides of California native grasses, wildflowers and trees, is easy, and will be led by Frank Maurer, a zoologist and ecologist and executive director of the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy.

The reserve is beautifully green and lush this month, and bedecked with early spring wildflowers. Visitors should be prepared for rain, though the skies may be clear and balmy and the perennial bunchgrasses will be “gloriously green,” Maurer said. Bring binoculars, a camera and drinking water or snacks.

Toward dusk, visitors will use an ultrasonic device to hear bats as they begin their evening feeding and forest owls vocalizing.

The group will gather at 2 p.m. at Markley Cove Resort to begin the walk, and will return at about 5:30 p.m. All participants must leave the reserve at the same time. The walk will be canceled only in the event of substantial rainfall during the day.

RSVP to 530-219-4477. Donations for the conservancy’s work to protect Quail Ridge are welcome.

Enterprise staff

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