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May 2017

Delve Deeper at Bodega Dunes

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bodega Dunes Campground, 3095 CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Bodega, CA United States
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In the month of May the North Coast Nature Journal Club will be going to one of my favorite locations, Bodega Dunes! This is another great spot to learn the usefulness of a tracking perspective and how reading tracks can accelerate your learning as a naturalist and nature journaler. We will also get a chance to explore the edges of seasonal ponds, coastal wildflowers, the digs of coyotes and badgers, and perhaps osprey and other raptor activity. Last time I…

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June 2017

Scope Out Schollenberger Wetlands!

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Schollenberger Park, 1400 Cader Ln
petaluma, CA 94954 United States
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In June, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will scope out the marshes of Schollenberger park near Petaluma. This convenient park provides ample opportunities to sketch water birds and learn about California's coastal wetlands, the most endangered of all our ecosystem types. There will also be expansive views of the long extinct volcano that is Sonoma mountain. We will focus on drawing and learning about the plants and birds that inhabit this area and we will also practice composing and…

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July 2017

Nature Journal Homework

July 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In July, I will be Nature Journaling in Tanzania so there will be no official meetup of the North Coast Nature Journal Club. However, I will come up with some fun homework exercises for practicing while I am gone!

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August 2017

Adventure and Learn at Abbott’s Lagoon!

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Abbot’s Lagoon, Pt Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes National Seashore, California 94937 CA + Google Map
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In August, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will head to the incredible dunes of Abbott's Lagoon in Point Reyes National Seashore! Badgers, otters, harriers, and bobcats are just a few of the species to be found in this epic landscape in Marin County. We will meet at the trail head parking lot and make our way to the dunes. There will be ample opportunity to study and sketch animal trails and to practice drawing landscapes and water. Last time…

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September 2017

Draw Majestic Elk and Epic Landscapes!

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, Pierce Point Road, Inverness, CA + Google Map
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In September we will hike out on Tomales Point to see the elk herds during their rut and enjoy the overall epic scenes! The Tule elk will be on their most dramatic behavior this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your journal. There will also be plenty of opportunity for…

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October 2017

Revisit Salmon Creek

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
South Salmon Creek, 116 Bean Ave, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 + Google Map
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In October, we will be back to South Salmon Creek Beach to see how it has changed since our last visit in March. This will give us the perfect opportunity to talk about the role of our nature journals in seasonal patterns and changes over time. How are the colors different? How have the animal tracks and behavior changed since our visit in March? This is a very fun location to observe coastal wetlands, waterbirds, and to explore animal tracks…

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Sketch at the Reptile Expo!

October 21 - October 22
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Hall of Flowers, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
santa rosa, 95404
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On October 21st and 22nd I will be geeking out with my nature journal at the reptile expo in Santa Rosa!! What a great opportunity to see a diversity of willing models. As you might know I am passionate about sketching snakes and really look forward to drawing some of the endlessly fascinating color patterns on their skins. More information as the event gets closer. Save Save

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November 2017

Second Chance Elk at Tomales Point!

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, Pierce Point Road, Inverness, CA + Google Map
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In November we will hike back out to Tomales Point for a second chance or a double dose of the Tule Elk! There should still be some of the mating season behavior at this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your journal. There will also be plenty of opportunity for…

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December 2017

Explore Sunset at the Laguna!

December 17 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, 6303 Highway 12,
Santa Rosa,
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In December we will meet at the Laguna de Santa Rosa trail during the most exciting and most beautiful time of day! The crepuscular hours are when many raptors can be seen hunting and many mammals are out in the open. Every time I walk this trail near sunset I'm surprised by how many birds I see and by the incredibly lit landscapes. Last time, I saw a family of owls! We will focus on techniques for drawing and painting…

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