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Audubon Program Features UCM Natural Reserve

MARIPOSA – The University of California at Merced now boasts a newly designated natural reserve. Last month the UC Board of Regents approved the formal addition of UC Merced’s Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve to the university’s Natural Reserve System. At 756,000 acres, it is the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. The new UCM reserve, one of 39 ...

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State Parks Begins 150th Year With New Year's Day Hikes

SACRAMENTO — This New Year’s Day 2014, California State Parks will commemorate their 150th Anniversary with several First Day Hikes planned across the state. On Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, 31 state parks will offer 38 different hikes, including hikes in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and beaches, as well as a paddle hike, and other activities.

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Notes From The Field: Christmas Bird Count

Submitted by Oakhurst artist Monique Wales YOSEMITE – Binoculars, field guides and cameras in hand, Virginia Lazar and I stepped into the Citizen Science arena via Yosemite’s Christmas Bird Count. New to the birding world, and filled with enthusiasm, we joined the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) taking place all over the Americas from Dec. 14 to Jan. ...

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Area Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled

MOUNTAIN AREA – Bird lovers, photographers and any interested parties are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 114th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900. It now numbers more than 2,500 individual counts, and will be held throughout the area between Dec. 14, 2013, and Jan. 3, ...

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December Audubon Features "Birds Of Brazil"

MARIPOSA – Brazil conjures up many images among Americans — Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, tropical rainforests and abundant, exotic animals, especially its stunningly colorful birds. The largest country in South America, Brazil is home to a hugely rich diversity of avifauna — more than 1,800 species of birds, more than 200 of them endemic (found only there). Sixty percent ...

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Critters That Hang Around The House: Roberta Bobcat

If you live in the foothills like I do, you have many visitors dropping by. I have started calling this one Roberta Bobcat but I don’t have a clue whether Roberta is a he or a she. She makes her rounds through the property about once a day. She had been coming through in the afternoon but has recently modified ...

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Birding Field Trip On Saturday With YAAS

MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Society will lead a birding field trip to the Merced Falls Reservoir (McSwain Forebay) beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov 16. Everyone will meet at the Mariposa rest area adjacent to the Mariposa Museum and History Center just off Highway 140.

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Lottery Open For Ostrander Ski Hut

YOSEMITE – With the winter season approaching, Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2013-2014 season at the newly restored Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by intrepid skiers and snowshoers who make the 10-mile journey from the park’s Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake.

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