Earth Weekend Backyard BioBlitz 2021: Report Out

On Earth Day last year, SYRCL called on our community to get outside and explore nature within their own backyards for a BioBlitz. We had such an overwhelming response that we brought it back again this year for the weekend following Earth Day. Details

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Earth Day Outings in the Yuba Watershed

As the skies clear and the days begin to feel just a bit warmer, more and more of us are looking to get out and into nature. We’ve been getting a lot of folks asking where they can go to continue to maintain social distancing while being close to the river. Details

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How to Safely Spot the Sierra Newt

Sierra Newts begin migrating to breeding streams in January and can be seen near streams and creeks until about May. If you are interested in newts and want to find this colorful creature in its own habitat, now is the time. Details

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A Look at Fire Adapted Ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada

Forests of the Sierra Nevada have evolved with fire, as is evident in Sierran tree species characteristics, landscape scale fire histories, and the cultural history of these forests. Now, these same forests face the consequences of over a century of fire suppression that has resulted in a buildup of fuels and, in the worst cases, high-intensity wildfires that burn tens of thousands of acres. With great effort, decision-makers and stewards of the land are working to restore fire to the landscape in a way that supports fire resilient ecosystems and reduces the risk of high-intensity wildfire. Details

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Meadows & Fens in the Sierra

In the Sierra Nevada, a diversity of meadow and wetland types offer the opportunity to admire beautiful and fascinating plants from spring through fall. Learn more about how the geomorphology and hydrology support that diversity. Details

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WSFF Self-Guided Excursions

During the festival, there are many events other than just films. Keep the “Wild” in Wild & Scenic by taking time to appreciate the nature around you. We are pleased to offer these self-guided excursions from our local community. While these hikes are for Nevada County, CA we encourage you to go get outside and explore wherever you may be! Details

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Local Birds of Prey

In Nevada County, we are lucky to live among diverse habitats including grasslands, oak savanna, chaparral, mixed coniferous forest, wetlands, meadows, and more. These landscapes are also home to a number of charismatic birds of prey. Read on to learn more about how to identify some of our local feathered friends. Details

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