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Napa-Solano Audubon Society's Big Day of Birding   Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
NAPA-SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Napa and Solano Counties
Bird all or part of the day, anywhere In Napa & Solano Counties! Have fun birding with a friend or join a team! For participants wishing to join a team, email: NapaBirder@gmail.com. Help NSAS Raise money by asking family members, friends, or friendly corporations to sponsor your bird sightings. Find Sponsors to donate any amount ($25, $50, $100 or more) or a set price per species seen (ex. $1.00/bird). Our goal is for each participant to raise $25 or more. Donors of $25 or more will be posted on our website and in our newsletter! Record the species you see or hear using eBird, a checklist, or a pencil & paper. Sign into Zoom at 7:00 p.m. to share your results and win prizes. The winning individual or team who finds the most species will have their name engraved on our Big Day trophy and win a birding necklace! For more information click here.

 
Mountain Bike Tour   Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park
Please join us for an approximately 7 to 10-mile mountain bike ride with approximately 1,500 feet of climbing. The ride will cover most of the trails at the site with scenic views and several interpretive stops. Experienced riders recommended with hardtail or full suspension mountain bikes that are in good condition. Registration is required. For more information or to register online, click here. Or call 707-432-0150.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Icehouse at the corner of Rockville Rd. & Suisun Valley Rd. 

 
Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  King-Swett Ranches
Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife in this area, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Bring: a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Recommended: binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters. Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared: a strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit us online.
Registration is required.
Location:
     140 Red Top Rd.
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Red Top Road Park-and-Ride in Fairfield.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
Annual Kite Festival   Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
10:00 AM

SOLANO COUNTY PARKS / SOLANO LAND TRUST  —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
All you need to bring are your kites and kids to enjoy the Annual Kite Festival! It’s a family-friendly event, and kids of all ages and ability levels are welcome. The festival and parking are free. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while watching dancing kites. No dogs allowed. For details, visit us online or call 707-420-1041.
Location:
     3100 Lynch Road
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: From I-80 East, take the Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs. From I-80 West, take the Red Top Road exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs.

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Jepson Prairie
Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Visitors can enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Participants can learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these two-hour tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., March 12 through May 8 (Mother’s Day). For groups of 5 or more, RSVP online. A minimum $5 donation is encouraged to attend this tour. For more information, click here.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Cook Lane off Highway 113 South 12 miles south of Dixon

 
Peña Adobe Open House    Saturday,  MAY  7, 2022
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Peña Adobe Park
The May 7 open house event will feature performances by the Congressional Gunfighters of America, a professional acting stunt troupe! The reenactment group is dedicated to preserving old Western history, specializing in live entertainment. They use period costuming and weaponry. Prior to the pandemic, they performed at historical “old town” events, train robberies, rodeos, state fairs, and specialty events. Some club members have appeared in films and TV shows! In addition to the gunfighters, music will be provided by the Vacaville Acoustic Jammers, directed by Terry and Leslie Cloper. The Jammers sing and play a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica.

The Peña Adobe is the oldest fully restored structure in Solano County. The adobe was built in 1842 by Juan Felipe Pena after he and Juan Manuel Vaca arrived from the New Mexico region. Tours of the Adobe conducted by 5th generation Peña family descendants Cecelia Peña and Darlene Stewart will be available throughout the day. Native American Park Docents Armando Perez and James Tunstall will be speaking with park visitors of the Native Americans who lived here before the Peñas and Vacas arrived in the Lagoon Valley. The park is also home to the Mowers-Goheen Museum, with its artifacts from the area’s settlement, as well as the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial Garden and the Indian Council Ground. Fun activities for children will include an old fashioned Potato Sack Race and learning to rope cattle.

The Peña Adobe Regional Park is located in picturesque Lagoon Valley off of Interstate 80, left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. This event is free! For questions call (707) 447-0518. If you have a passion for local history and are interested in tours, volunteering, or more information, e-mail us at penaadobe@gmail.com.
Location:
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance..