In the fall, normally nocturnal male tarantulas come out during the late afternoon and look for dancing partners. This activity draws the interest of the tarantula hawk (a very formidable insect) and some spider-eating birds.
The hike and talk is targeted to youth ages 8 - 17, although all age groups are welcome. We will do our best to answer any and all questions about these wonderful arachnids and their native ecosystem during the hike, capture and release of these gentle giants.
Bring water, a shade hat, a jacket and some comfortable walking shoes. The hike will be no more than 1/2 mile on level ground. We will be talking about common California tarantulas, their habitat, courting, prey and predators.
We will catch a live wild spider, discuss it, let it do some spider walking on our hands (for those who dare...), then let it loose into the wild oak woodlands again. If we are lucky, we will see pairs of tarantulas courting.
Grab the kids and join us for a unique outdoor experience. We promise your family will remember this a lot longer than the latest Avengers movie. Sorry Spider-Man....
The Showcase Regenerative Farm at Restoration Oaks Ranch
1980 US Highway 101, Gaviota CA 93117
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