Winter rains transform dry vernal ponds into a wonderful display of natural regeneration. Seasonal ponds are essential breeding habitats of native amphibians, and an important part of the local foodchain. We are blessed to these ponds on the ranch.
The wild toad hike and talk is open to people of all ages- but wild metamorphizing amphibians are for all us kids at heart. We will do our best to answer any and all questions about the wild oak woodlands, vernal ponds and awesome amphibious wildlife ambassodors of Restoration Oaks Ranch.
Moms, you may also want to bring some hand santizer for after the hike. PLEASE don't hyper-wash or sanitize your kid's hands before the hike, what kills bacteria may also sicken or kill our amphibious friends, they breathe and absorb molecules from their environment through their skin!
Bring water, a shade hat and some comfortable walking shoes. The hike will be no more than 2/3 mile on level ground. We will be talking about native California Toads and Pacific Tree Frogs, their habitat, courting, lifecycle, prey and predators. We will catch some tadpoles, toads and frogs, discuss them, then let them loose again. If we are lucky, we will see some predators working the ponds as well. Join us for a wonderful outdoor learning experience in the wild oak woodlands of Restoration Oaks Ranch.
ALL HIKES START AT 4:00 P.M.
REGARDING COVID-19 AND ALL 2022 NATURE HIKES
We will follow protocols as needed. Masks will be optional, as the entire hike will be outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. We will have soap and water and hand sanitizer available. We believe everyone on the hike will be observant and respectful of others.
Wild Farmlands Events on Restoration Oaks Ranch
1980 US Highway 101, Gaviota CA 93117
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