Saturday, March 4 from noon to 4 pm
Join us as the “Ranch of the Bear” becomes “Ranch of the Newt,” and participate in our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but well adapted amphibians. Live amphibians will be available for viewing. Ranger led salamander hike will start at 3 pm on the mile long Marsh Trail. Herpetologist Amy Patten will be presenting a talk on “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” at 1 pm. This free event is appropriate for all ages. The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.
“Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” talk by herpetologist Amy Patten at 1 pm
The diverse habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a number of spectacular salamander species. Colorful newts, minute slender salamanders, or the impressive California Giant Salamander are just a few of the salamanders that you might see on a walk through the woods or even in your own backyard. Each species has special adaptations to meet the challenges of escaping predators, finding food, breeding and surviving harsh weather conditions. This presentation covers the natural history and behavior of these salamanders and highlights their importance in our local ecosystems.