Siskiyou Land Trust has been getting outdoors with all kinds of folks: bird lovers,  school kids, conservation partners and families. We’re excited about the land-based education that is happening in a number of places in various ways. 

Mattole Valley Middle School science students spent the month of October on Thamar Wherrit’s Rainbow Ridge property in a field study class. Students wrote in their field journals, talked about frogs and endangered/threatened species designations and identified trees. After studying owls specific to the landscape, students scouted locations to place owl boxes and a wildlife camera, and they placed one bat box. SLT is hoping to install two owl boxes by mid-November, led by board member Christine Jordan with volunteers support to place a large post.

A Celebration of Birds with Raven Tree Wild Bird and Nature Shop in October included a bird walk and nature activities in Sisson Meadow, along with the bird house building contest.  People of all ages came out to the meadow. Birders saw a sharp-shinned hawk, cedar wax wings, pine siskin, spotted towhee, along with several species of sparrows, warblers and jays. In the children’s nature activity kids made their own Sisson Meadow field journals, coloring in drawings of bird species specific to the meadow. 

Earlier this summer Sisson Meadow was the site of a plein aire painting workshop and a family friendly native plant walk with the Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. The Ecology Center also led a nature walk at the Garden Greenway.